Would you like your home to work harder for you? If you have unused space near an entryway, consider converting this area into a beautiful and functional mudroom. Think about all the items that collect by the door – shoes, coats, bags, umbrellas, keys, mail. The list goes on! A thoughtfully-designed mudroom can not only contain these items and help keep common areas tidy, but it can be customized to add comfort, convenience and efficiency to your daily routines.

Mudrooms can be designed with features that encourage and inspire organization. You’d be surprised what a little organization can do for your household, as it helps to reduce stress and increase peace of mind. Aim for storage options that are just as diverse as the items that will collect there. Cabinets, cubbies, pegs, hooks, and drawers are just a few of the storage possibilities.

Storage is just one piece of the puzzle – granted it’s an important one. A built-in bench can come in hand for temporarily laying coats and jackets and for sitting to remove or put on shoes. If you’d like a little surface area for managing mail and having a place to write, consider incorporating a little countertop. A sink might be another luxury that you may want to include in your mudroom design.

When choosing materials for a mudroom design, remember that this high-traffic area will need to be able to stand up to lots of wear and tear, as well as any elements that get tracked in. Think sturdy cabinetry, wood-paneled walls, and rugged flooring. Some of the most popular flooring options for withstanding muddy shoes and sopping umbrellas are brick, concrete, ceramic tile, vinyl, and linoleum.

Mudroom materials should be just as attractive as they are durable. After all, this room will also be the space that greets you every time you return home. When choosing light fixtures, take this as an opportunity to add personality and style. An eclectic chandelier or an antique pendant, for example, can add elegance, character or charm.

For more mudroom design inspiration, we invite you to peruse the TMS Architects portfolio.

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