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The Hard Working Room in Your Home | Mudroom Mood Board

September 6, 2022

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Every home needs to have a hard working utilitarian space to drop your things and go–a mudroom! Having a designated space that you’re coming and going from every day is going to keep things at home running more smoothly! And that’s what a mudroom is for. In addition to the dorm room mood board for grads headed to college and today I have a good one for you. As you’re getting your homes ready for the upcoming season change, here’s a mudroom mood board to give you some inspiration.

Surprisingly, we were missing a mudroom in our house when we moved in–okay, still are. But we come and go through our garage door and there’s a little hallway that opens up into the kitchen! This is where we added that striped grasscloth wallpaper and I want to paint all the trim and doors in this space a color eventually! It also opens up to a staircase that leads directly into the bonus room and this is why we made a designated locker area up there. So every day after school, the girls go straight up the stairs and drop off the backpacks and jackets.

F&B Stiffkey Blue | Lockers | Basket | Rug | Leather Chairs | Backpacks

In our garage we have a little station for umbrellas, rain boots, and our favorite reusable grocery bags. Right now we also have a garage fridge and I’m thinking that once our new kitchen fridge is in place, we can get rid of the garage one. This would free up the perfect space for some mudroom things.

We also have a coat closet next to the powder bathroom that we store our seasonal coats and jackets in. We’re definitely not missing out on storage!

I would say, spend some time making your utilitarian mudroom a functional and beautiful space for your family! A hard working room like that deserves some time and attention so let’s get into it.

Mudroom Mood Board

This is obviously a mood board for a room, but you might only have a wall with room for a bench, hooks, and a mirror. Either way, you need a designated space for all your things. It really sets the tone as you’re coming and going, so take inspiration where you can!

1. Painted Shiplap MDF $12 This is meant to be some vertical paneling. I love a wall treatment in a mudroom because it’s easier to wipe down than textured walls. Check out this post, “How to Add Paneling to Any Wall or Room” for a tutorial.
2. Rattan Shade Chandelier $470 The light fixture is the splurge piece in here. Lighting is the way to add personality to a space, so I always recommend putting some budget behind this line item.
3. Savina Mirror $109 Every mudroom needs a mirror (for getting a quick glance on your way out), and every room needs a pop of black. This is that! I love the simple rectangular shape in a large size that will bounce light around.
4. De Nimes Paint Color – This paint color is the perfect slate blue gray. It’s meant to go on the paneling AND the armoir because I love a good tone on tone.
5. Hook Rack $298 The warm wood tone of this hook rack is sending me. Beautiful curves, and such a practical design.
6. Grimsby Armoire $349.99. Like I said before, this armoire is unfinished and meant to be painted the same De Nimes paint color as your paneling! It’s filled with a hanging rack, shelves and drawers!
7. Umbrella Holder $175 (similar!)Even your mudroom needs a conversation starter and I can’t think of something more fun to talk about than this!
8. Honed Marble Mosaic Tile $31.69 Next, we have this tile! If you were lucky enough to score some FloorPops with the relaunch, those would go great in here! I also love this black mosaic pattern.
9. Everyspace Doormat $34.95 This is a waterhog and will absolutely suck up any moisture that you put on it without soaking through. They’re amazing for wet and/or snowy climates.
10. Modern Oak Dining Bench $324.99 If you don’t have a bench to sit on while putting your shoes on, then you’re missing out.
11. Hunter Tall Rain Boot $170 These are just the boots that I imagine wearing out on a rainy day.
12. Sheet Metal Boot Tray $49.99 To go with your new boots.
13. Austin Utility Basket $69 Lastly in this mudroom mood board is a basket for storing your gloves and scarves and hats and things!

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  1. Lindsay says:

    Can you show a picture of the garage spot you referenced. I’m trying to make a landing spot in my garage right outside where the kids come into the kitchen.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Beautiful… but $1600, not including paint. Yowza!

  3. Our mudroom serves double duty with our laundry space. It’s small, but it’s the first home that has had a designated space so I love it! We have some built in lockers and I just recently made the space over with some paint and wallpaper- it made such a big difference!

  4. AK says:

    Nice! Oh for a similar space in our place but no such luck, since the natural spot is now the laundry room and esp since people come in through three different doors. So I added big hooks to the front closet for book bags and guest purses, also a boot pan that gets moved to just inside the front door when it’s extra wet/snowy and where there’s a sofa to sit on to take boots off. But the hardest working mud room function is in designated drawers in the kitchen, everyone gets one for keys, masks, the week’s pill box, mail that needs dealing with, stuff for school the next day, etc. We don’t call them junk drawers, we call them working drawers or “your drawer” and they really do limit clutter in the kitchen. Just a note of hope for others who can’t carve out a mud room space … PS does anyone know if the LLBean Waterhog rugs are soft on the feet, appropriate for a bathroom? I’m guessing not but hoping …

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