The mudroom is part of the 300-square-foot breezeway we added as part of the garage addition. It’s a long, rectangular space that connects the garage to the house. The breezeway also houses the office and the future wine room, but I’ll cover those rooms in separate blog posts. Prior to the addition, we had a small mudroom right off the side entry door, across from the kitchen. That area is now part of the new pantry. The mudroom is the first room we tackled after the garage addition. We knew it would the workhorse that it has proven to be.
More on the mudroom design process:
Our Green Farmhouse Mudroom Reveal
The mudroom is a long rectangular space. The office is accessed via the pocket door in the mudroom so we had to make every inch of width count. The goals for this room were lots of storage, durable finishes, bench seating, and a peg rail.
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We recessed the wall right off the door to the garage in order to accommodate cubbies. We worked with a local carpenter to build all of the cabinetry and millwork. We have four cubby lockers with a small bench on either side, as well as a large armoire-style storage cabinet. In addition to the cabinetry, we installed tongue and groove on the walls and ceiling. I originally wanted to paint the cabinetry, walls, millwork, and ceiling all the same color for an enveloping effect, but at the eleventh hour, we decided to stain the ceiling instead. I love the warmth it gives the room.
The cubbies have been a game changer. I love having a concealed area to store bags, purses, and backpacks. We keep frequently used shoes in the drawers under the cubbies. I agonized over color for weeks and finally landed on Benjamin Moore’s Country Life. It’s an organic, rustic brown-green. We paired the paint with mid-tone oak and brass cabinet hardware.
Between the two windows, we added a large bench for additional seating. It’s been handy for putting on Shiloh’s shoes or a drop zone for mail and bags.
Once the millwork and walls were painted, the room was begging for some pattern so I opted to install wallpaper above the millwork. I chose an organic pattern with fruit trees. The green in the wallpaper ties in nicely with the cabinetry and millwork and I love the pop of yellow and burnt orange in the pattern.
The peg rail has been a useful addition. Not only is it cute, but it gives an extra area for guests to hang bags or jackets. I have it styled with two hanging baskets which provide an extra area to drop things in.
The small wall in the corner as you enter the rest of the house felt so empty so I bought a small half-moon console table and styled it with a lamp, vase, and catchall dish.
A runner rug breaks up the brick flooring and adds some softness and warmth to the room. Java and Twix often lay here and look out the breezeway window.
This room has been a game-changer for how we live in our home. It provides some valuable storage for all the things that used to pile up elsewhere. There’s plenty of space for guests to utilize the storage as well, which I think is important for keeping clutter minimal. The windows provide a lot of natural light and I love seeing our fountain right out the large picture window. This room gives you a warm hug when you enter the house from the garage.