The last thing you want is for your children, husband or dogs to bring muddy footprints (or pawprints) into your clean home. For an active family, a mudroom is a must-have design element if you want to keep the outdoors at bay and your sanity intact.
– Depending on where your front or back door is located, stationing your mudroom next to a bathroom is a smart design idea! Your kids can unload their sports gear and school supplies while sitting on the built-in bench, then head straight to the bathroom to wash up for dinner. Open shelving above the bench helps keep school books and homework in one place. Use a custom, built-in cabinet design below the bench to store shoes.
– If you're not crazy about having multiple coats, shoes, bags and other items on display, consider implementing a custom closed cabinet design into your mudroom. Framed cabinets look elegant and can be used to hide unsightly items. Designate a cabinet for each member of the family to keep contents organized.
– Just because it's "the mudroom" doesn't mean the design should look unkempt. Create a breathtaking entryway that will impress your guests as you welcome them into your home. White framed cabinets and built-in open shelving really stand out against a wood mocha-stained bench and hardwood floors. White crown molding and elegant chandeliers will make you want to show off the entrance to your house.