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33 Mudroom Ideas Interior Designers Stand By

33 Mudroom Ideas Interior Designers Stand By

Avoid a drop zone in your entryway with a designated space for outerwear, shoe storage, and backpacks.


Even though people often stash outerwear and gear on a hall tree near the living room or in the entryway, brainstorming mudroom ideas that focus on creating a designated space for essentials—including backpacks, sports equipment, and more—is certainly worthwhile. “Having a space for organization, to start or end your day, is invaluable,” says Laura Britt of Britt Design Group in Austin. The mudroom may be the hardest-working part of the house, as it tackles dirty shoes, snow-covered coats, and dripping umbrellas, so that the rest of the home can remain pristine. That’s why this less-formal entrance and high-traffic area needs plenty of shoe storage, accessories for organization, and durable materials that can withstand the elements that get tracked in by guests, kids, and pets.

Read on to learn why mudroom design is important, even if it is just a transitional space with wall hooks.

Incorporating a mudroom into your home is an excellent way to add value to your space. “Most homebuyers are seeking solutions already in place so that they can visualize easy living there as well,” Britt says. “Solving for common day-to-day needs is a wise investment.”

Does a mudroom add value to your home?

If your home doesn’t already include a mudroom and you wish to add one, keep in mind this insight from Cleveland-based Noelle Pangle, realtor with Howard Hanna. “Before investing in a costly addition, consider how long you intend to live in the home,” she advises. “Ask your local realtor to run recent comparable home sales to ensure you don’t over invest in a project you won’t see a return on.” Pangle advises her own clients not to spend more than $15,000 on cosmetic improvements if they plan to live in a home for three years or less.

Even if you don’t go full-on renovation, a mudroom or entryway is an area where you can showcase your personality, and that can bring intangible value to your home. Optimize the space that you do have. “If your home is set up in a way that doesn’t allow for a mudroom, you can always maximize a corner or back hallway with board and batten and playful wall hooks,” Pangle continues. “Anthropologie has a great assortment of eclectic hardware.”

How to decorate your mudroom?

Do not be afraid to decorate your mudroom to reflect your personal aesthetic. “A little personality and style—whether it’s modern, transitional, or traditional detailing—makes it functional, interesting, and comfortable for your personal needs,” Britt says. “Add a great punch of color or art: There’s nothing like a beautiful piece of art to welcome you back home.” Consider displaying images of soothing nature scenes that will fit the space perfectly, given that it serves as a bridge between indoors and out. The mudroom is also an excellent place in which to display family photos. If you’re stumped for mudroom ideas, consider how you approach decorating as a whole and bring in other room ideas to this space.

What should a mudroom include?

A mudroom should be both functional and stylish. As Los Angeles-based Christine Vroom, of Christine Vroom Interiors, notes: “A good mudroom should be able to organize anything thrown its way as soon as you walk in the door. A great mudroom still looks stylish amidst the chaos!” Mudrooms for busy families often include various forms of storage, such as cubbies, a coat closet, storage benches, and other tools for housing outerwear, sports equipment, and the like. “Hidden storage is underestimated when it comes to maximizing space,” says Hayley English, of Hayley English Interiors in Pasadena, California. “Think a laundry basket behind a faux drawer, pocket doors, etcetera.” Whether a mudroom includes additional features in order to double as a laundry room or home office is up to you. “Determine the three most important uses for the space and let those drive floor plan and storage decisions,” English suggests. Britt shares some additional mudroom ideas. “Ideally, a bench or place to sit and put on shoes should always be included,” the designer says. “A large sink with prep space is great for creating floral arrangements, cleaning arts and crafts projects, or dirty shoes.” Mudrooms get dirty, so invest in a washable rug, Pangle adds.

Below are 33 mudroom ideas from interior designers that will have you feeling inspired and ready to transform your home to maximize mudroom storage potential.

Go bold with blue

Bring in whimsy

Optimize utility

Lean into millwork

Create cubbies

Back it up with shiplap

Think local

Choose cheery paint

Try geometric patterns

Maximize storage options

Embrace green paint color

Embrace history

Customize for each family member

Layer rugs

Design for double duty

Seek storage solutions

Keep it classic

Add depth

Design with work in mind

Optimize organization ideas

See to small spaces

Work in styled hardware

Wow with wallpaper

Consider open shelving

Transform existing spaces

Plan for messes

Look to the ceiling

Charm guests

Dream up details

Gut small spaces

Bring in charm

Welcome with cottagecore

Play with it

Designed for a busy family of five this mudroom space by Kristina Phillips—of Kristina Phillips Interior Design in...Millwork and cubbies painted in Benjamin Moore Midnight Blue  enhance this mudroom by New York Citybased Becky Shea of...Sarah Eilers of Lucas Eilers Design Associates in Houston painted the walls of this mudroom in Sherwin Williams Stolen...

Article exerted from Architectural Digest. Originally published in February of 2023. Written by Sarah Lyon.

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