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12 Mudroom Ideas That Make Mundane Chores Feel Magical

Words by Olivia Lidbury
a room with a table and a bunch of boots

Photo by Christopher Horwood; Design by Max Rollitt

Give it up for the hardest-working—but all too often uncelebrated—spot in the home: the mudroom.

This hero of a space, with its affection for muddy boots and capacity for all-weather outerwear, is what allows your actual hallway to sing in all its uncluttered, well-styled glory. It’s where the dog pads in without care, and doubles-up as an ‘in-tray’ while you ready yourself to unload the grocery shopping.

While it’s a room which has to score highly on practicality, that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful too. And if anyone can make a utilitarian side room look magazine-worthy, it’s our roster of Experts. We’ve compiled a handful of lust-worthy mudrooms for inspiration, and remember—you can book a consultation to get the Expert touch on your own small but mighty space.

Get personal

a room with a checkered floor and white cabinets

Photo by Malissa Mabey; Design by Alex Adamson Design

When everyone has their own designated area, it makes for a tidy space—no excuses. In this mudroom by Alex Adamson, slim ‘wardrobes’ and cubby holes offer ample storage, but the wood treatments and material finishes means they don’t appear too uniform. The bench to sit on while putting your shoes on is the icing on the cake.

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Load up on laundry—and pattern

a kitchen with green cabinets and tile flooring

Photo by Helen Norman; Design by Andrew Howard

If you have the square footage, incorporating a laundry station into a mudroom is a smart move. By using uplifting prints and mood-boosting colors, seemingly never-ending chores will take on a more joyful dimension. Andrew Howard mixed blues and greens here to dazzling effect, because for a space you won’t actually spend any time sitting down or relaxing in, you should have carte blanche to indulge a more daring decor fantasy.

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Make the mundane magical

a bathroom with a sink and a basket on the floor

Photo by Rikki Snyder; Design by Becca Interiors

‘An ordinary space reimagined to find magic in the everyday’ is how Expert Becca Casey sums up this oh-so desirable mudroom in upstate New York. Loaded with tongue-and-groove paneling, and stone flooring for texture, the wooden cabinets echo the earthen palette used around the rest of the colonial property. Suddenly putting a wash on just became top of the to-do list.

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Think outside of the (cabinetry) box

a kitchen counter with flowers and a vase on top of it

Photo by Shade Degges; Design by Ashe Leandro

Sure, you can continue your kitchen’s cabinet style into an adjoining mudroom, but using counter skirts offers a softer sense of whimsy (and might be kinder on your budget). This patterned fabric in a home by Ashe Leandro doesn’t just seamlessly bring in a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s an invitation to also cultivate the area into your very own ‘flower room’.

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Mudroom, but make it summery

a kitchen area with a stool and a window

Photo by Sam Frost; Design by Jeffrey Alan Marks

Paneled walls, material ceiling, textured stone flooring… Functionality was never going to get in the way of frivolity in Expert Jeffrey Alan Marks’ Montecito ‘sand room’. A must for beachside dwelling, the Dutch door on this sweet space welcomes the outside inside in the most traditional of ways.

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Make every square inch sweat

a room with a bunch of clothes hanging on the wall

Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg; Design by Cameron Ruppert Interiors

Even if your mudroom is a glorified hallway, it doesn’t mean it can’t perform. These boot hooks dreamed up by Cameron Ruppert keep the floor space clear, while a row of pegs is all you need for everyday coats. A vintage runner provides that little ode to beauty.

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Create your happy space

a laundry room with a washer and dryer

Photo by Amy Bartlam; Design by Light and Dwell Interiors

If traditional interiors are your bag, don’t deprive your mudroom of a decorative wall finish and some artwork. No matter where you fall on the maximalism scale, marrying form and function is always a must. Never let the practicalities ruin your party; as Light & Dwell shows—there’s always room for both.

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A room with a view

a kitchen filled with lots of windows next to a sink

Photo by Dominique Vorillon; Design by Mark D. Sikes Inc.

Mudrooms don’t always have the primest of real estate, but if you have a garden-facing space to repurpose, consider going grand with glazing à la Mark D. Sikes. All of a sudden your mudroom is more ballroom, and commands a giant sink for those freshly-cut stems from the garden.

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Put the beauty in utility

a bench with a coat rack and a potted plant

Photo by Colin Way; Design by Nam Dang-Mitchell Design

Downton Abbey may have informed Nam Dang-Mitchell’s obsession with traditional auxiliary spaces, such as mudrooms, laundry rooms, and butler’s pantries. Her translation into real life sees her blend natural woods and brick tiles to create a room that is as noteworthy as anywhere else in the home.

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A case for drawers

a kitchen with green cabinets and a window

Photo courtesy of Salvesen Graham

Design duo Salvesen Graham are advocates for squeezing a chest of drawers into a boot room (the correct term for Brits). “They are so useful for small things like dog leads, gloves, secateurs, shoe cleaning kits,” they reason. Failing that, a unit with cubby holes for pull-out baskets comes a close second. And of course, any space is an opportunity for more soft furnishings and pleasing pops of color.

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Focus on what’s underfoot

a walk in closet with purple painted cabinets

Photo by Sarah Shields Photo; Design by Whittney Parkinson Design

Bathed in opulent color from skirting board to ceiling, and topped with brass hardware, who needs a formal entry when Whittney Parkinson’s mudrooms look as delectable as this? Tiles or pavers get the thumbs-up as the flooring of choice from the designer, as they combat the moisture from the elements (hello: rain!) better than hardwoods.

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And don’t forget those extras…

a blue locker in a hallway next to a window

Photo by Lauren Miller; Design by Ashley Montgomery Design

A charming blind, a vintage flush mount, and painted window frames are all small but impactful details which contribute to making the mudroom feel just as considered as any other part of the home. Ashley Montgomery’s embrace of powder blue and a small stool for a moment of quiet contemplation make this space feel more like a sanctuary than a utility zone.

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