Keep dirt and grime at bay with a beautiful mudroom design

Hide unsightly items in the mudroom with closed, custom cabinets.

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.