Mudrooms are the workhorse of a country home. As the name implies, it’s a place to remove muddy boots, shake off your raincoat, and catch the muck before it makes its way into other areas of the house.
Although it’s used as an everyday entryway, people tend to overlook mudrooms when revamping or remodeling a house.
But don’t let the name fool you; even a functional room like this deserves a makeover.
Luckily, refreshing a mudroom can be one of the easiest home improvement projects. We’ll show you how you can add beauty as well function to a mudroom in 4 steps.
Tip #1: Start With the Floor
A mudroom is the ultimate stomping ground—literally. When renovating a mudroom, it’s essential to choose a durable flooring material that can stand the tests of time or mud-covered boots.
Ceramic and porcelain tile are a good choice because it’s impervious to the elements, and nowadays, it can look like almost anything, including wood and natural stone.
Both of these options have surfaces that are easy to maintain, will not stain, and can take a good scrubbing.
Tip # 2: Get Fancy With a Rug
Just because it’s called a “mudroom” doesn’t mean you need to settle for an outdoor mat. Keep the doormat outside (where it belongs) and spring for a stylish rug instead. A durable rug will catch dirt while adding texture, color, and a cozy feel to the room.
Wool and polypropylene rugs tend to do well in entryways, as they can withstand plenty of boot abuse and frequent vacuuming. Brumbaugh’s boasts a large selection of stylish rugs that will dress up the area while offering long-lasting durability.
Tip #3: Make it Comfy
No mudroom design is complete without a bench to sit and remove shoes. We love this all-in-one, farmhouse-style bench that comes with built-in hooks and drawers.
Benches might be the main star of your entryway, but nothing pulls together a room quite like fabrics.
Add pillows to your bench to incorporate a pop of color and pizzazz, as well as an extra layer of comfort when you come home after a long day. Since the mudroom is one of the messier rooms in the house, it’s best to stay away from non-washable fabrics like silk or suede. We love the durability and fun pattern of our Safari Pillow.
Tip #4: Wake Up the Walls
A gallery wall is a great way to liven your mudroom and showcase your unique style. Mix and match your favorite photos of your family, artwork, or prints.
Add our Moon Indigo Canvas to your well-curated gallery wall for a touch of sophistication and kick of country flair.
You can also incorporate mirrors into your gallery wall or use one as a stand-alone focal point. Mirrors brighten things up and help make small spaces, like mudrooms, feel larger because they reflect light into the room. Plus, they give you a final pit stop to check your look before you run out of the door. Check out Brumbaugh’s mirror collection to add some atmosphere and dimension to your mudroom.
Tip #5: Organize, Organize, Organize!
The mudroom is the daily drop zone. It’s the space where shoes, jackets, backpacks, and packages all land upon entry.
Fill your mudroom with smart organizing solutions to cut down on clutter.
Hang hooks to establish a “keys-go-here” routine. A coat rack can add a stylish touch, keep your room tidy and free up a little closet space. Baskets make for easy storage, and many are so beautifully designed that they pull double duty as decorative accessories.
If your mudroom has more space to work with, add a buffet or a console. The extra storage space works well to hold keys, dog accessories, or unread mail. Plus, the flat surface allows you to accessorize with catchall bowls or family photos.
Give Your Mudroom the Beauty Treatment
Mudrooms serve as a catchall for the clutter and chaos that enters your home, so it needs to be highly functional. But they can be so much more than that. Follow these tips to create a beautiful space that works hard and welcomes you home.