Let’s talk mudroom design! What components make up a functional and stylish mudroom? Today I’m sharing my organized black and white mudroom REVEAL along with my 6 tips to achieve a stylish & clutter free drop zone in your own home.
The chaos of life can often leave our mudrooms and entryways looking like a tornado of shoes, toys, coats, and backpacks. This space is the catch all of incoming family, which is why it needs to be super duper functional. If you have been following my blog, then you’ll recognize the photo below. Some of you may even think, “what a pretty entry way, I love how it’s so organized”.
While this mudroom did serve as our catch all, it rarely looked like this. It contains some of the elements of a great mudroom, but it’s missing just a couple key components that I was sure to add in our new mudroom design. Here is your first peak at our black and white mudroom.
Organized Black and White Mudroom Reveal
What stands out to you? I bet it’s this amazing black and white marble tile. I must tell you I selected this Carrara Thassos Hexagon Marble Mosaic tile along with my entry way inlay tile, before the house plans were even finished. I was so excited the day we picked it up from Floor & Decor that I even took a picture with it, lol. Which brings me to my first tip to achieving a clutter free yet stylish Mudroom…
Thank you to Floor & Decor for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Fun Flooring – Make an impact with your flooring choice. The mudroom is the perfect place to go bold. You’ll notice my last mudroom had a fun black and white tile too (which a painted and stenciled I might add), but this Marble Hex tile is much more durable. The natural stone contains veins of gray which only helps hide dirt and debris. The black marble details on the floor produce a level of elegance and contrast very nicely with the light colored lockers. Click here to get my mudroom tile.
Sturdy Bench– A rock-solid bench in the mudroom is a must. It’s where everyone puts on and takes off their footwear, so make sure the bench can handle the weight of several people without tipping over. My bench is made of white oak and is fastened right to the wall. My cabinet guy used this clear protectant to keep the natural beauty of the white oak from getting distorted. I added a fun X detail to the back to give it a fun design pop. You will find this X design in my windows as well. Click here to learn about how I saved money on my black custom windows.
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Storage Lockers – Okay this is a big one guys! Remember my last mudroom? If you can’t have doors, just be prepared for your mudroom to never look clean (esp in winter). That being said, you gotta work with the space you have. Make everyone responsible for their own things by giving them their own locker. These cabinets provide individualized spaces for school supplies, equipment and outerwear. The closed lockers will keep your mudroom looking organization (even when your kids aren’t). You could number them, make labels with their names, or just trust that they know which locker is their own. I haven’t decided which one I am going to do just yet.
If you are designing your locker stations or buying a prefabricated unit, always go with closed doors if possible. I promise the open locker stations never look like the ones you see on Pinterest;) I went with a traditional cabinet front that carries over throughout my home. They are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Each locker got a little blinged out with these Amerock knobs. I matched the crystal knob with the hex shaped floor tile for some cohesive design. One side of the mudroom has an additional bench that projects out over the shoe station. It’s just big enough for my children’s small hinnies or to rest your foot upon while tying your laces. I designed a second stack of lockers to go all the way to the ceiling. Since I live in a climate with all 4 seasons, our family has a lot of layers. It just makes it easier to rotate out seasonal gear and store it where it wont get lost.
Hooks– Mudroom organization isn’t complete without a set of strong hooks and a few sturdy shelves for storage. I may add a couple of hooks to the back of my X bench, but the majority are hidden inside the lockers. Open storage sounds all trendy and cool, but the reality is seldom cool and organized. I mounted 2 hooks on the left and right sides of each locker. Click here to get these hooks. This will allow for all the layers of winter and school backpacks to fit inside without a hitch.
Shoe station – If you don’t really have the room for a full mudroom organization setup, then at least dedicate a corner for shoes and boots. I skipped the shoe bins and designed pull out drawers for my mudroom. The drawer fronts are made of white oak just like my bench. You will find this wood finish accented throughout my home. Each drawer has a built in handle cut out in the shape of a rectangle.
Docking Station – Last but not least, create a docking station for phones, iPads, and tablets. While my kids are still a bit young to have a phone, I can see it will be coming soon. Having a spot (that they are responsible for) where they can charge their devices a safe distance from their bedrooms is a win. Each locker is equip with a shelf and an outlet containing a usb plug in. Now that is a multi functional mudroom design.
That completes my 6 tips to a stylish and organized mudroom, but there are still a couple design details that I need to mention. Have you noticed this beautiful pendant light hanging down? I absolutely love the ornate silhouette created by this glass shade. Click here to get this light from Lamps Plus. The glass light plays well with the crystal door hardware don’t ya think? I also painted the ceiling dark to balance the room and make the cabinetry and pendant light pop. The ceiling color is Cheating Heart by benjamin Moore.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of F&D. The opinions and text are all mine.
I hope you loved my organized black and white mudroom reveal! I am so excited to move in and put this space to the test. If you found my tips to be helpful and would like to join me for all my upcoming room reveals in the “French Country Modern”, make sure to subscribe to my blog below. I be sharing all kinds of diy projects and home design tips along the way. If you found this post helpful, please pin the image below to save this post for reference and/or share it with others.
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