Tracking in a Good Design, Leaving out the Mud

The mudroom is to many the most overlooked yet overused room in the house.

As the place seen first when entering the home and the last when leaving, the mudroom experiences a high volume of traffic by all. With everyone using it, the mudroom also sees first everything that comes into the house – from muddy cleats, to wet raincoats and umbrellas, to bags of groceries – and acts as a room from where you grab everything when coming and going.

However, just because the mudroom sees the most activity does not mean it always gets the necessary design attention. When well organized and customized, mudrooms can be a perfect combination of form and function for your family. It is important to keep in mind personal needs when planning a mudroom, as they will drive what amenities you will want to incorporate.

If your mudroom is a space used most frequently by kids coming and going, take into consideration how they might use it. Putting hooks on which to hang coats and bags behind cabinet doors is a great way to hide clutter; installing individual cubby spaces can also increase organization.

Traditional Entry by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Molly Quinn Design
Contemporary Entry by New York Interior Designers & Decorators MuseInteriors

If you are using it as a space in which to clean up before entering the house – such as after gardening – you might think to add a washing station.

Eclectic Entry by Philadelphia Media and Bloggers Colleen Steixner

Depending on available space, mudrooms can also double as home offices or laundry rooms. By including an area for a desk or a washer and dryer you get the benefit of two rooms in one!

Traditional Laundry Room by Princeton Architects & Designers Knight Architects LLC
Traditional Laundry Room by Burnsville Design-Build Firms Highmark Builders

While many are, mudrooms do not have to be a completely separate room. If you are more challenged for space, a well ordered entryway or a converted hallway closet can collect belongings, too.

Traditional Entry by Bedford Hills Furniture and Accessories Country Willow
Mediterranean Closet by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

To maintain the organizational value, you can place a tasteful table by the door on which to put mail and keys or a bench under which baskets or shelves can collect shoes.

Traditional Entry by Larkspur Architects & Designers Polsky Perlstein Architects

By adding a mirror, you both increase the feel of space in the smaller area and give yourself a chance for “one last look” before running out the door.

Lastly, mudrooms do not have to be simply utilitarian – show off some personality by adding a unique wallpaper or a brightly painted door. As the first and last room seen, make sure to give a great, lasting impression of your home.

Traditional Home Office by Raleigh General Contractors John C. Sanders and Company

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