Bring in a Storage Bench
Large built-ins are ubiquitous in mudrooms, but they're a big undertaking. Adding a storage bench gives you same effect in a fraction of the time. Plus, it's the ideal solution for smaller foyers where built-ins would be too bulky—offering storage and seating in the same piece.
Hang Up Some Hooks
Wall hooks take mere minutes to install but can transform the entire look of a mudroom while providing valuable vertical storage. The classic solution is to hang a row of hooks, but you can also get creative by scattering them across a wall to turn your outerwear into functional wall art.
Mudrooms can get, well, muddy. That's why it's a good idea to change out doormats on a regular basis. When you do switch out your floor coverings, you can take the opportunity to update the mudroom's color palette with a fresh coat of paint and complementary accents.
Open New Doors
A quick way to make a room feel new is to change the way you enter it. Swapping out a door – like replacing a solid-core door with a French door – will change the entire feeling of the mudroom and can help this pass-through area to flow better into the rest of the house.
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Design to Reflect On
A mudroom serves as a dressing room for the great outdoors—a place where people add and remove layers of clothing. So adding a good mirror is a smart way to keep you and your space looking sharp. And mirrors aren't just functional; it will also bounce light around in a dimly lit entryway.
Mudrooms look good in white—when they're clean, that is. Highlighting a wall in bold colors can both transform the space and draw your eye away from baseboards, doors, or floors that can quickly get dirty. Choosing a daring accent color here is a low-risk way to try something new.
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Upgrading basic light fixtures is a bright idea that makes a big impact. Keep in mind that you may want softer lighting in a mudroom to take the spotlight off the inevitable messes that happen there. Choose your lights wisely; in a sparsely furnished mudroom, a good light fixture can make a big design statement.
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