Now that summer is coming to an end and school is back in session in Charleston, our daily schedules are filling up. The mudroom in your home may become the drop zone for shoes, backpacks, sports gear and dirty laundry. With the right layout and design, a mudroom can serve as a place for seamless organization, while also reflecting the design style of the rest of your home. Whether you have space to create a mudroom, or are looking to revamp your current space, we’ve rounded up current trends to consider.
Storage. If you have a large household, then you’ll need storage to match. Even if you don’t have a designated mudroom in your home, you can use empty space to create a makeshift setup. Adding floor-to-ceiling cabinetry or a stand-alone cabinet to an entryway can transform a wasted area of space into a functional storage place. Open storage with coat hooks installed is also a popular way to give each household member a designated area for their items such as a backpack or coat. Built-in window seats with hidden storage can also serve as a place to gather belongings before leaving the house. Built-in cubbies can be maximized by storing items in wicker baskets for organization, while also adding a touch of farmhouse style to your mudroom.
Design. A mudroom can be both gorgeous and functional. Adding a pop of design to your mudroom is a great way to make a statement. Consider painting the cabinetry a trendy color, such as sage green or navy blue and add in patterned floor tile for contrast. Brass coat hooks and cabinet hardware are also a popular way to add a trendy touch to your mudroom. Pull the space together with eye-catching wallpaper, a rug and artwork. If you want to go over the top, add in a statement door that will give you an uplifting feeling before leaving the house each day.
Laundry. A laundry room can be more than a place to wash clothes, it can double as a mudroom to keep everyday items out of the way. If the laundry room has extra space, and your home doesn’t include a mudroom, utilize the extra space to create a makeshift mudroom. If space allows, add in a sink to complete miscellaneous house chores, such as mopping or hand-washing clothes. The extra storage cabinets can also be used to store household cleaning items and laundry detergents.
Homework. If your mudroom has relatively unused, quiet space to utilize, create a homework station or home office. When walking in the door after school or work, this is a convenient space to go ahead and setup for homework and snack time. If your mudroom doesn’t have any extra space, use a flex space or even a corner in a bedroom or kitchen to create a work station.