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While a formal entry is the place for prim and proper decor, by contrast, the mudroom is the place to get down and dirty. Literally. But just because it’s where the family stomps mud off their feet, doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. With mittens, scarves, and hats, plus coats and totes, not to mention ice skates, field hockey sticks, and the stray umbrella, the modern day mudroom is one of the most significant spaces in the house. So before we get any deeper into winter, take stock of what you’ve got, and figure out what you need to make order of it all. We’ve pulled together nine inspirational photos along with lists of must-have items to help you get your act (er, accouterments) together.
These mudrooms, each with gray floors, white walls, and natural toned accessories, are highly organized, with bins, hooks, and shelves for everything. Bins look to hold cold weather accessories and sporting equipment, while narrowly spaced shelving provides slots for multiple pairs of shoes. An abundance of hooks allows one to array a different tote for every day of the week. Finally, even the bike helmet is easily accessible.
Image credits: IKEA; Photo by Martin Dyrløv for Bolig Magasinet
The gray and white palette of these long hallway entries create soothing backdrops for spaces that are chaotic more often than not. A tile floor is easily mopped; if there’s wood, be sure to add a runner, preferably in a dark toned pattern to mask dirt. Benches provide a place to perch when pulling on shoes, a designated spot for boots and shoes makes due in the absence of racks, and finally, a blackboard for everyday reminders.
Image credits: Photo by Sharyn Cairns for Homelife; photo by Mikkel Adelsbol for Boligmagasinet
A full-on mud room isn’t always possible, especially in an apartment. The dark walled entry area designed by Thom Filicia makes the most of a statement, but still stays practical and organized, with a Turkish rug, pierced stool, and coat tree. The umbrella stand is clear instead of chunky wood or metal, for a barely there effect, perfect for a small space. In the photo below, it looks like a wood plank gets a second life with the easy addition of some hooks. Don’t forget a charming wall clock, wouldn’t want to be late!
Image credits: Designed by Thom Filicia; Country Living
Open lockers are considered suburban splendor in the most luxurious of mudrooms. A slot for each kid keeps everyone in order. Don't be afraid to decorate like it’s a real room—the toile wallpaper on the upper left is a nice touch. As for the entry on the right, looks like an apartment with built-in cubbies filled with wicker baskets. Genius. Finally, do not forget to add enough wattage so you don’t mix up your brown gloves with black. If you’re hanging industrial pendant lamps by the door, be sure it doesn’t dangle too low, lest you won’t be able to get inside.
Image credits: Traditional Home; via Pinterest; Restoration Hardware
Shopping Guide: 1. Philip Reinisch Croft Black Hall Organizer 2. Round Metal Wall Clock 3. Chain Coir Door Mat 4. Kichler Olde Bronze Fresnel Lens Pendant 5. Antiqued Wood and Metal Console Table 6. Brooklyn Bronze Sconce 7. Black Coat Tree 8. Uttermost Wrought Iron Chain Link Mirror 9. Zanzibar Collection Polished Chrome Black Leather Hook 10. Cancun Outdoor Trunk 11. Surya Smithsonian Area Rug 12. Saul Modern Grey Shelving Unit 13. Fresca Stitched Decorative Boxes 14. Profile Collection Shelf
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Having a clock in a mudroom area is a great idea! We put one in our front-hall mudroom area, and it helps me to get my kids to school on time! (Kids can take a surprisingly long time to get their shoes and coats on!)
These are great ideas and designs for mudrooms.