3 Ways to Design the Perfect Mudroom
Whether it’s a full-fledged mudroom or a makeshift entryway, decorating these spaces is almost always tricky. There’s a lot to consider when planning the first space that everyone sees when they enter your home and sometimes you need to be crafty and creative in order to marry style and functionality. First, there’s the storage situation. How much do you need? What kind of storage would you like? Then there’s a matter of style. We know they’re called mudrooms for a reason but there’s no need for them to be drab. Whether you’re decorating a new mudroom from scratch or giving your current one a facelift, I’ve put together the three aspects of your mudroom you should focus on. I’d love to hear your tips too! Do you have any advice on how to craft the perfect mudroom? Let me know in the comments!
1. Storage that works (so you don’t have to)
Perhaps the most important aspect of your mudroom you should consider is the storage you choose. And there are tons of options. Built-in solutions are a great way to organize if you have quite a few items to store. There’s a place for everything, and everything can be in its right place! In terms of storage, you should also think about how you want all your belongings to be seen. Do you want it completely hidden or are you someone who needs to see your items every day to remember them? Either way, keep this on your radar when deciding between storage options. Baskets and cubbies are two more storage solutions that are perfect for smaller items, especially when you need to get to these more readily and access these items more often! My go-to stores for ready-to-assemble storage solutions are IKEA and Container Store.
2. Hooks and extras
If there’s one thing that a perfect mudroom can’t function properly without, it’s hooks! First, decide how much “stuff” you actually need to hang. Will you use the hooks for just coats and jackets or add your bags, dog leashes, and helmets too? This will all determine the kind of hooks you should get. For fewer items on hooks, go for a smaller bar of them. If you’re going to hang bulkier items and lots of them, a bunch of heavy-duty hooks is the way to go. There are so many stylish options out there, you really can’t go wrong. Check out Rejuvenation and Schoolhouse Electric for fantastic knob options that really finish off the space nicely.
The finishing touches to any room are always some personality! The mudroom is no exception to this rule. There are a ton of different ways to go about this, of course. My favorite is to find a bench with some character. This could be upholstered or unupholstered with some pillows added, whatever you think your mudroom calls for. The next step is to add some art and a few personal character touches to tie it all together. A painting or a print is the obvious choice here but don’t be afraid to branch out a little! I absolutely love the chalk names in the mudroom above, but pieces of memorabilia would also do the trick. The biggest thing to remember is nothing is off limits as long as the decor doesn’t get in the way of the space functioning nicely for you and your family.
Shop Our perfect Mudroom Picks!
Threshold Round Woven Basket – Black • Threshold • $29.99
Metal & Wooden Bench With Baskets • $149.99
Painted Ferns Art Print • Minted • $90
Pavilion Long Bench • $79.99
Navy Double Hook • Rejuvenation • $25
HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS Household Essentials 2-Shelf Bamboo Storage Bench • Household Essentials • $65.99
Yaquina Hook • Rejuvenation • $29
Pitted Hook • Pottery Barn • $24.50
Honey-Can-Do 3-piece Rectangular Woven Nesting Basket Set • Honey-Can-Do • $61.79
Kellan Wall-Mount Row of Hooks • Pottery Barn • $71
Painted Rock No 1 Art Print • Minted • $85
Wire Mesh Storage – Rectangular Basket • west elm • $39
Top image via Lonny