March 14, 2019

Design Advice for Weathering the Daily Storm

Mudroom Must-Haves

With spring showers well underway here in Houston, our mudrooms are working overtime. These unsung home heroes serve as a much-needed transition from the elements while providing storage for all your daily essentials, keeping them neatly tucked out of view. Whether you’re thinking about building a mudroom, or just making a few upgrades, these tips will have you and your family feeling ready for whatever weather comes your way.

Cabinet Paint: Sherwin Williams Alabaster | Baskets: Madras Basket | Flooring: Arto Brick Concrete Tile | Runner: Madison Lily

Location, Location, Location

When selecting a location for your mudroom, consider your main point of entry. You want the mudroom to be in a high-traffic area of your home, but not necessarily the first thing your guests see.

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If you don’t have a designated place for a mudroom in your home, consider looking to your garage or covered patio to create a space.

Planned Perfection

Next, think about how the space will be utilized. Are you constantly running between sports activities? Do you have furry friends to consider? Maybe you have a passion for gardening? Customize your space to meet the specific needs of your lifestyle by making a list of your commonly used items and then creating a storage plan accordingly.

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If you have a green thumb, consider a farmhouse sink for flowers and trimmings. Sinks and floor showers are also great for pets, providing a nice spot for cleaning paws and filling water bowls.

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Use cabinets of various sizes to conceal oddly shaped sports gear.  A hinge bench is a mudroom multitasker, providing a place to sit and remove shoes, while also lending ample storage.

Durable Details

If your mudroom is going to get a lot of love, use materials that stand up to daily wear and tear. For flooring, we love brick, travertine, concrete, and wood that can be sanded and resealed. Consider finishing your cabinets in a semi gloss paint that’s easy to wipe down or opt for a naturally stained wood that hides scuffs well. Counters made of concrete, soapstone, or quartzite, are hard surfaces powerful enough to stand up to any of life’s happy accidents.

Flooring: Arto Brick San Felipe Cement Tiles | Counters: Dark Grey Concrete | Cabinets: Sherwin Williams Alabaster in Satin Finish

Jack of All Trades

Think BIG when designing your mudroom. It can serve a multitude of functions beyond housing your family’s belongings.

We love a mud/laundry room combination! Kids can drop dirty clothes right at the door for a quick and easy wash.

Having a desk conveniently located next to your entrance makes writing thank you notes, replying to RSVP’s, and paying bills a breeze.

Ample Accessories

Once you’ve determined the location and functionality of your space, it’s time to bring in accessories that keep things tidy. Hooks are a universal mudroom must-have, perfect for hanging coats, bags, umbrellas, and more.

Baskets, another mudroom staple, can be placed in cubbies, holding odds and ends that can’t be hung. Opt for baskets made of natural materials or canvas that can be easily cleaned.

Lastly, look for things that will keep your life simple. I love bringing in rugs for wiping off feet, a boot tray so shoes aren’t scattered about, and an umbrella stand (a Houston necessity).

And most importantly, have a little fun! This is the perfect space to bring in interesting colors and patterns that bring you joy.



Join the Conversation

  1. Rivers Farrell says:

    Beautiful home! WHat color Arto cement tile did you use in your mudroom? I am looking to use the tile in my master bath and love the color look.

    THank you!


  2. Daron says:

    building our home and picking colors for walls and stain for cabinets! Do you know the colors of the photo above showcasing the desk? I am in love with all the colors! the stain on the cabinets and the wall and trim colors in particular! Are you willing to share? thanks so much! -Daron

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