Mud rooms are the latest home trend and when done right they can make a valuable addition to your home. With this in mind, here are a few things to keep in mind when creating one in your own home this winter.
Pretty and Practical
Mud rooms are the perfect way to keep your family home looking flawless. This room is the first place your family will set foot as they pile through the door and as a result it intercepts all of the mess that comes with them. This practical space will be the reason that the carpets in your hallway will stay looking pristine for years to come and why your kitchen is clutter free. However, a mud room is a place for organised chaos rather than a dumping ground for shoes, coats and general bits and bobs. The mud room welcomes muddy footprints and soaked shoes but with the right tools you can turn it into a stylish space that will wow your guests.
Storage is the key to a stylish mud room and therefore your first job is to plan out what type of storage you need and where it will be located. You can keep it as simple as you like. Start with a wooden shoe rack and a few shabby chic storage bins. There’s a great online DIY tutorial that shows you how to build your own personalised wooden bins. Hooks are essential when designing a mud room as they provide the necessary hanging space for coats and backpacks. You can create a fabulous area to hang coats with a power drill from somewhere like Anglia Tool Centre. A nice idea is to create separate sections of the room for each of your family members and use chalkboard paints to personalise each section with initials. Pallet benches with hidden storage are great as they provide a seating area as well as impressive storage capacity. With the right power tools, you can make all of these mud room essentials with your bare hands.
Once you have the right storage solutions in place, it’s time to add the finishing touches to your mud room. A lick of paint will add a touch of sophistication to the room and you can choose to create a classic look with cream paint or opt for something more adventurous. If you need a bit of inspiration when planning your mud room design, simply take a look at these fabulous mud rooms on Pinterest.