Mudrooms are one of those spaces that can easily get overlooked because it’s tempting to simply come in, kick your shoes off and shut the door to forget about all the stuff that literally gets dropped in there. Well I wanted to take a different route and make sure anyone who arrived through the mudroom felt as welcomed and calm as our front foyer.
When we were designing our home, the city would not allow us to have an attached garage to the house. We have a lane way where our garage is out back. Our main entrance is the mudroom! Our mudroom is also connected to the foyer and I didn’t want to have to keep the door shut all the time so in designing this room I wanted to have style and an inviting place to be.
For us here were the keys to designing a bright and functional mudroom.
1. Storage is key!
We added a lot of storage in our mudroom, with four of us there is a lot of shoes, jackets and backpacks that is stored, so having space for everyone was a must.
– Cubbies: We added cubbies top and bottom. I added storage baskets up top to hide hats, scarves and gloves.
– We left the bottom cubbies open so shoes can easily be stowed away.
– Lockers: We put lockers on either end that have two pullout shoe racks in each.
– A large Walk-in closet: We also wanted to have a large walk-in closet for hanging jackets, shoe storage and to store all of our cleaning products.
2. Bench seating and hooks
The first thing you want to do when coming home is, sit down and take your shoes off. I love the large bench seat we put in, it adds some comfort to the space.
Hooks: We have 4 hooks that are perfect to quickly hang up jackets.
3. Tile floor
Patterned tiles are so popular now and they add such a fun element to the room. I fell in love with my tiles from Fontile, I love how these tiles have a random pattern. Tiles are perfect for a mudroom especially after a soccer game in the Vancouver rain, the last thing you want on your hardwood are the kids muddy or sandy cleats.
4. Natural light
We don’t have any windows in the mudroom but we wanted a bright space so we chose to get a custom door with window panes that let’s a lot of natural light in. It really made a huge difference to the room, it would have had a completely different look and feel if we had put a solid door in.
Add some fun lighting to a mudroom. I put in Thomas O’Brien Hicks Pendants, they really stand out and add a perfect touch to the room.
6. White Cabinets
I always get asked how do I keep the white cabinets clean in this room? Well, everything gets dirty no matter what. I just clean it! I had dark cabinets in my old house and they drove me nuts! You could see every single hand print and mark, I was constantly cleaning them. I think white hides it so much easier. I just love the look of white, it’s bright and fresh looking.
Baskets: Pottery Barn
Paint: Benjamin Moore
Lighting: Circa lighting
Cabinet Hardware and coat hooks: Restoration Hardware
Architect: Su Casa Design
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