Mudrooms are just a part of Central Oregon living–the snow-dusted boots, the mud-drenched bike tires, the wet shoes from paddling–each of our outdoor adventures make their exit and entrance through these spaces.
Traditionally, mudrooms have been boring clusters of coats, boots, and outdoor gear. But when Greg Welch Construction started designing homes, he thought the mud room could be so much more than a threshold to the home!
Check out our designer tips for making a high-impact mudroom space–Greg Welch style!
How to Design An Amazing Mudroom
1. Small space, big impact. Don’t skip over the details just because your mudroom space is small. It’s because the mudroom is such a small space that there is so much opportunity to make a big impact. Giving your mudroom the same level of attention to detail as other spaces in your home will produce a surprising and high-impact space.
2. Continue the design from other spaces in your home. Don’t skimp on finishes such as the cabinetry, wainscoting, texture, and trim used in the other parts of your home. The reason mudrooms tend to look dreary, disorganized, and cheap-finished is because they are!
3. Storage with purpose. Storage is a necessity in a mudroom! Not only does it help sort and de-clutter your space, but it also organizes your items in a beautiful and aesthetically-pleasing way. Mix up your organization with a variety of storage options like baskets, shelves, cabinets, and drawers.
4. Decorate like it’s a real room of your house. Don’t forget to bring forth all the elements that make a room “homey.” Artwork, paint, flowers, furniture (such as chairs, bureaus, and accent tables), and other decorative items create a cohesiveness with the rest of the house and change the feel of a mudroom from laundry room to luxury space.
5. Work with what you’ve got. Large or small, you can make a high-impact mudroom no matter what the size. Maximize the space you have, and consider solutions such as floor-to-ceiling shelves or cabinets, fold-down tables, long rows of hooks, and closet organizers to get the most out of your space. If little space means no walls to jazz up with paint, pictures, and decor, consider adding a little extra “wow” with a cedar ceiling, stone floor, or a fantastic custom barn door! There’s always space to add a little flair!