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15 Ways to Maximize Your Mudroom

15 Ways to Maximize Your Mudroom
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Ready or not, fall is almost here. Extremely hot temperatures, cloudless skies, and glasses filled with cold roses will give way to cooler conditions, rain forecasts, and mugs filled with wine. All of this to say, it is time to start preparing your mud room for autumn before the leaves begin to fall and season changes officially occur.

We can all agree that sample seats, lots of storage, and thick rugs are an integral part of an efficient mud room. If your space lacks any of these things, getting out of the door on time is a problem. So, in an effort to help you prepare space for the coming season, we detail 27 ways to maximize the mud room up front.


1. Opt for a Heavy-Wearing Rug

Given that the mud room is used every day, it is very important to choose a thick carpet that will withstand in high traffic areas. A durable indoor / outdoor rug that can be easily rinsed, like the runner seen in this space designed by Shea McGee from Studio McGee, inspects all the boxes.


2. Install Slate Tile Floors

For a widely used mud room (imagine snow boots, muddy footprints, and a dripping umbrella), consider installing a solid slate floor, as seen in this mud room, another beautiful one designed by Shea McGee from Studio McGee. (Psst … we also like the herringbone slate floor tiles in this mud room.)


3. Consider Seating With Built-In Storage

For those who have a long and narrow mud room (or even just aisles), consider giving a bench space that has a built-in drawer for additional storage. Of course, leave it to Shea McGee from Studio McGee to solve all the difficulties of storing your small mudroom with this simple but brilliant solution.


4. Tuck a Basket Under a Bench

Even though your youth room doesn’t have a long bench located between two ceiling-high cabinets, you can still steal this clever idea from Jenny Komenda from Juniper Home. Simply tuck one or two sturdy baskets under the seat in your entry to keep space organized, no matter how messy.


5. Hang a Peg Rail

Take a page from interior designer Kylee Shintaffer based in Seattle and hang a peg in your mud room to keep everything from raincoats to leashes to organized and within arm reach as you head out the door. Believe us, this seemingly simple storage solution truly changes lives.


6. Add Visual Interest With Board and Batten

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Everything in its place. ✨ Shot for @hogankellydesign

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In the mud room designed by Hogan Kelly Design, boards and batten walls provide visual interest in an empty white space. Not to mention, low maintenance wall maintenance is easier to clean than painted drywall, making it ideal for entrances that actually place “mud” in the mud room.


7. Choose Cabinet Fronts With Texture

While we are on the topic of adding visual interest to the room, it allows us to direct your attention to the cabinet door in this mud room designed by Julie Howard of Timber Trails. Instead of opting for a smooth cabinet front, let this space inspire you to choose a front that adds texture elements to the room instead.


8. Set the Tone With Pendants

Do not ignore the effects of lighting that can exist in this space. If you have the luxury of high ceilings, the pendant can set the tone for the entire room. Take for example this narrow alley turned into a mud chamber designed by Julie Howard of Timber Trails that features a pair of star-shaped pendants.


9. Add Additional Seating

If you have square footage to store, make it like Amber Lewis from Amber Interiors’ and add a farmhouse talent to your mud room with a wooden bobbin bench. In addition to being decorative, it offers extra space to take off your shoes and get ready to step into the sanctuary which is your home.


10. Lend Charm With a Dutch Door

There are several reasons for falling asleep on this mud which was designed by Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design: forest green cabinet, gold-plated wall hooks, black-and-white wicker basket. But we were positively fascinated by the wooden doors of the Netherlands.


11. Install a Simple Shelf

At the entrance to a small room designed by Rebecca Axler of RTG Design, the shelves provide sufficient surface area for decorative flower vases, notepad, and key covers. Follow Axler’s hooks and hooks on the opposite wall to take advantage of the small space that is part of the mud room from the passage.


12. Go Bold With Color

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Green mudroom at our #POelmstreetnewbuild !

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Follow the instructions from Renee DiSanto and Christina Samatas from Park & Oak Interior Design and appear bolder in color in your mudroom room. Here, walls, built-in cabinets, moldings, and door frames smear dramatic green, giving a somber atmosphere to the room.


13. Or, Keep It Neutral

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Mud room at our #POhinsdalenewbuild !

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On the other hand, this mud room, also designed by DiSanto and Samatas from Park & Oak Interior Design, made the case for a neutral color palette. Thick black doors and pendants contrast with built-in pure white, and brick floors, natural wooden benches, and wicker baskets, give the room texture.


14. Incorporate a Cork Bulletin Board

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High traffic areas such as the mud room are an ideal place to display important messages or leave reminders about appointments, which is why interior designer Amy Storm of Designstorms has inserted a cork bulletin board into this space. Brilliant. (We definitely stole this idea for ourselves.)


15. Line Cubbies With Baskets

We have said it before, and we will say it again (and again): You can never have too many baskets. Especially in the mud room where chaos just tends to pile up. Here, Julie Howard of Timber Trails placed these storage workpieces nicely, lining each cubby with each wicker basket.