A mudroom isn’t a space in your home where you spend a lot of time. However, the mudroom is a crucial area that helps keep the rest of your home clean and neat. It’s where you can take off wet or muddy shoes, rain jackets, winter coats, mittens, scarves, and hats. It’s also a room where you can put your purse, umbrella, wallet, keys, backpacks and work-related items upon entering your home.
Here’s the problem. If your mudroom isn’t well organized and highly functional, it can become a frustrating, messy, and dirty spot where personal items get misplaced and everything ends up on the floor. Why not transform your mudroom into a place that is totally organized, extremely functional, and aesthetically pleasing? Read this article and you will find out how you can give your mudroom a modern makeover.
1) Refresh the walls
Because a mudroom is typically on the smaller side, give it a larger feel by covering the walls in a fresh coat of light-colored paint. Light-toned hues, such as white linen, barely gray, or creamy almond will make your mudroom appear brighter. It will also offer a more spacious and airy ambiance.
Add white beadboard halfway up one or more walls to create a cottage, farmhouse, or coastal vibe. Or you can design an accent wall for your mudroom by attaching ship-lap paneling to a single wall. You can also paint the beadboard or ship-lap in a shade or two lighter or darker than your wall color for a two-toned appearance.
2) Lighten up
Sustain the light and airy feeling in your mudroom after you’ve painted the walls a light-colored hue by inviting more natural light to come inside. You can start by giving your mudroom windows a good cleaning on the inside as well as the outside. Remove any dark, heavy window coverings and exchange them for more functional, lightweight replacements. Instill an earthy vibe by hanging natural woven grass or matchstick blinds over the windows.
Cellular blinds in natural tones or window blinds with two-inch faux wood slats offer economical, functional alternatives. You can raise the window blinds during the day to allow sunshine to stream into your mudroom and lower them at night to provide desired privacy. Update your existing light fixture with a more modern style. A light fixture with polished chrome or a sparkly chandelier adds reflective life to a ho-hum mudroom.
3) Add a bench
When you’re in the process of taking off or putting on your shoes or boots, a bench makes an ideal place to sit. Choose a freestanding storage bench seat with a hinged top that you can lift to store things inside. An alternative option is a bench seat with open space underneath to get shoes and boots out of the way. A bench is also a convenient spot to quickly place items as you’re coming inside.
If you want a permanent addition to your mudroom, create a custom built-in bench seat against one wall. You might consider designing your custom bench to extend the length between two of the walls for a larger bench. The custom bench will appear as if it was built as part of your original house plans.
We’ve put together a guide with tons of examples of entryway benches that look great at your front door or in a mudroom. There are benches with hanging racks and shelves, or just a simple seat for taking off your shoes. Check out our Entryway & Mudroom Benches Buying Guide.
4) Invest in appropriate rugs
A mudroom with tile, laminate, or wood floors can become hazards for accidental falls when they get wet. Minimize this danger by placing the proper rugs in the right places. Situate a heavy-duty outdoor mat outside your mudroom entrance to stomp off clumps of snow and mud before you go inside.
Lay a rug inside your mudroom that you can step on immediately as you walk indoors. Choose a rug that’s designed to absorb moisture and allows you to scrape remaining mud and debris off your shoes. Make sure the rug has a slip-resistant backing to keep it from sliding around on the floor. Some entry rugs also have a raised rubber border to prevent water from oozing out onto the floor. Select a rug size to fit your floor space. Avoid light-colored rugs that are quick to show dirt.
5) Get organized
A mudroom without structure equals chaos. A place for everything and everything in its place is a good mantra for your mudroom. Place a free-standing coat rack in a bare corner as a convenient spot to hang jackets, coats, and hats, allowing them to dry out when you come in from the rain or snow. Install sturdy hooks on a wall to hold purses, backpacks, and winter scarves.
If you have kids, position a storage cabinet with cubbyholes securely to a vacant wall. Assign each child his own cubbyhole with a basket he can pull out to store his mittens, gloves, backpack, lunchbox, or other loose items. You can also add a smaller cubbyhole unit specifically designed to store shoes or a standard wire shoe rack. You might also want your own cubbyhole basket as a handy, safe place to put your keys, wallet, loose change, and other work-related books and papers.
Avoiding a pile of shoes in your entryways brings peace of mind. Walking into a mess is always frustrating after a busy day. Check out our Shoe Storage Ideas for more info and recommendations.
6) Prepare for the weather
Think of your mudroom as space where you can prepare to meet the changing outdoor climate every day. In order to get ready for any type of weather, you’ll need to stock your mudroom with a mixture of items. Store a variety of umbrellas in assorted sizes in an umbrella stand along with rain boots on a boot rack for the kids. You might also want galoshes for yourself to slip over your shoes when it’s wet outside.
Keep your family member’s gloves, mittens, and stocking hats inside each of his assigned basket cubbyhole so they are easy to locate. Store seldom-worn hats (outdoor, beach, dressy, winter) on a wall shelf where they will be readily available when needed. Fill an empty cubbyhole basket with sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, hand lotion, wet wipes, and other outdoor-related consumables you may need.
7) Accessorize your space
Now that you’ve created a light-and-breezy, organized, and functional mudroom, you have one thing left to do: accessorize. Make this space personal by clipping your kid’s artwork with colorful clothespins to a sturdy string hung on the wall. Incorporate a few inspirational wall hangings to start your day right before heading outdoors. Hang a few pieces of favorite wall art to enhance your mudroom’s decorative theme, such as coastal, lodge, farmhouse, or nature inspired. Place a few decorative toss pillows on your seat bench for added texture and warmth.
After reading this article, which designer tips will you integrate into your current mudroom? Does your space need to be more organized? Could it use a few updates to make it function better for you and your family? Or perhaps a cosmetic makeover with new paint, improved lighting, and decorative accents is what your mudroom is lacking. Whatever the case, design a plan to renovate your mudroom with the information in this article to create an improved space in your home.