5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom


5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

A stylish mudroom – can you imagine it? Probably not. After all, it’s called the mudroom for a reason. Although the front porch or entryway tends to be the place in your home where family members dump their coats and track in dirt, you can strategically design the space so it attracts less mess with these five essentials.

5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

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1. Hall tree bench

Hall tree benches are perfect for mudrooms because they offer a place to sit and take your shoes off, hooks for coats and storage for shoes. Plus, there are many stylish options available, allowing you to set up the mudroom to be both functional and attractive.

5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

2. A mirror

Mudrooms are typically smaller, but you can make yours appear larger with a stylish mirror that reflects light and opens up your space. Plus, hanging up a mirror allows you to do a quick appearance check when you’re heading out the door in a hurry!

3. Umbrella holder

Your umbrella might be protecting you from the rain, but it certainly doesn’t protect your mudroom. Upon entering your house on a rainy day, place your wet umbrella in an umbrella stand to keep the water from dripping all over your floor.

4. Welcoming light

The mudroom is the first room guests walk into as they enter your home. Make sure it looks inviting by installing a wall fixture for ambient lighting. If your space allows, you can also hang up a stylish pendant or chandelier.

5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

5. A durable rug

Mudroom floors have to handle a lot. Water, gravel and dirt can all be tracked into the entryway, so you’ll need a durable indoor/outdoor rug that will protect your floors. When choosing a rug, make sure it is absorbent and can hold water and mud without becoming too dirty-looking right away.

Spring is here and you know what that means: more mud. Make sure your mudroom is ready with these five essential items.

By Wendy Weinert


From blah to spa: How bathroom lighting can turn your space into an oasis

Whether your bathroom is hectic or heavenly depends on more than just the size of the room. With the right décor and lighting touches, any bathroom can become more tranquil, providing you a spa-like getaway whenever you need it.

Lighting should be at the heart of your bathroom design – and the more options you give yourself, the more versatile the room will become. But the details of the lighting you choose will also make a big difference, so select wisely.

Think muted 

Rather than super-shiny and crystal clear designs, frosted glass and muted metals can create a softer, more relaxing atmosphere. A vanity light like the Minka-Lavery Aged Stone Three-Light Bath Fixture is also a great choice that also incorporates natural stone for an organic feel.

Layered lights Bathroom

Flipping one light switch and being overwhelmed with brightness is the exact opposite of the spa effect. Consider putting overhead lighting, sconces and vanity lighting on separate switches that better allow you to control where the light is coming from.

Dim it down

If you’re limited in the number of fixtures you can add to your bathroom, one simple way to achieve a more versatile look is to put your existing fixtures on dimmers. That way, you can dial down the brightness when you want a more serene space for relaxation.

Everyone needs a place to escape, even in their own home. With a few simple changes in lighting, the bathroom can become your go-to space when you need a little R&R.