Here is a summary of a recent mudroom design project for a family of five.
We love our mudrooms in New England. Muddy boots, wet clothes from snow, sand covered flip flops from summer play; it all gets left behind in the mudroom helping to keep the rest of the house clean.
In mudroom design, there is a balance between look and function. On the one hand, it is purely a functional space for storage, and a place to get ready to go outside. But on the other hand, when guests enter (assuming they don’t come through the front door), it is their first impression of your home, so we want it to be beautiful.
With that balance in mind, we designed this mudroom for a family of five and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Dora.
We began with a color palette. The kitchen that this room flows into is this lovely blue, so we decided to carry that color into the mudroom. The espresso cabinetry complements the paint well. We chose the tile floor because its multi-dimensional tones would hide dirt well.
Once we had an initial design concept, we thought through function. Just inside the door to the garage, we created a “purse-drop” for Mom. This a location for her purse, keys, sun glasses, etc. to live. This cabinet is also a place for Dad to keep his keys, glasses, and other small items that he would grab on the way out the door. No more roaming the house searching for keys as you are trying to race out the door. Give those important items a home.
The closed storage here was created to house Dora’s things: food, bowls, leash, toys, they are all hidden away nicely.
The open shelf storage gives us a place to put baskets for gloves and hats in the winter. Baskets allow the mess to be hidden, while also providing some contrast by popping the light wicker off the espresso finish of the woodwork.
While Mom and Dad are sharing the larger cabinet, each of the three little boys gets their own cubbie. We LOVE this concept for families. Everyone gets a spot for their own items, backpacks, coats, boots, cleats, etc.
Each boy has a place for shoes, a spot to sit to put on their shoes, two hooks for coats and backpacks, a basket for little items, and closed storage for items they don’t use every day.
Sure, it’s never going to look this empty with the boys’ things there, but the cubbie concept keeps everything contained. A place for each things means that kids are more likely to put them away where they belong.
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Photo Credit: Leah Martin Photography