A mudroom, also known as an entryway or a transitional space, can be a lifesaver for any home. It serves as a barrier between the outside world and the interior of your house, where you can leave your dirty shoes, coats, and bags. However, a mudroom can be much more than just a functional space. With a little bit of creativity and planning, it can become a stylish and organized part of your home that sets the tone for the entire house, especially since there are many trendy mud room ideas to spark your inspiration.

Family friendly mudroom features a white quartz built-in bench fitted with storage drawers donning vintage cup pulls and mounted beneath open lockers finished with shiplap trim and polished nickel hooks mounted under white cabinets.

Photo Credit: Mel Bean Interiors

If you’re considering adding a mudroom to your home, or if you’re looking to spruce up your existing one, there are countless ideas and options to choose from. You can opt for a simple and minimalist design, or you can go all out with custom cabinetry, built-in seating, and statement lighting. The possibilities are endless, and the choice ultimately depends on your personal style and needs.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the best mudroom ideas out there, from small and practical spaces to grand and luxurious ones. We’ll discuss different storage solutions, flooring options, lighting fixtures, and decor elements that can transform your mudroom into a functional and stylish space. Whether you have a large family or you live alone, whether you have a spacious entryway or a narrow hallway, there’s a mudroom design that will work for you. So, grab a cup of coffee, take a seat, and let’s dive into the world of mud room ideas!

Wood and glass double doors open to reveal a cottage mudroom featuring a brown jute rug placed on red brick pavers between floor-to-ceiling light brown closed lockers and a light brown wooden stool framed by light brown cabinets with vintage bronze hardware.
Two-story mudroom boasts black hexagon floor tiles fixed beneath a green built-in bench placed under nickel coat hooks mounted to a green plank and a green bench topped with a white cushion and whtie sheepksin throw. Fixed against a green backsplash, a row of nickel hooks are located under a green shelf holding metal bins.
A blue kilim rug sits in front of a gray built-in bench boasting cubbies filled with woven baskets and fixed beneath gray open lockers. Oil rubbed bronze hooks are mounted to white plank trim beneath a shelf style with layered framed black and white photographs.
A u-shaped mudroom storage bench topped with a green and blue cushions fixed beneath white open lockers accented with pink lattice wallpapered backs. Coat hooks are mounted beneath shelves located under white overhead cabinets.
Mudroom features a blue bench with cubbies under a row of hooks on a white shelf.
A gray mudroom boasts a row of gray open lockers along with cubbies and drawers adorned with brass pulls.
Mudroom features green lockers with woven baskets on a concrete floor.
Cottage style mudroom features a built in gray mudroom bench and cabinets with beadboard trim and vintage brass hardware.
Terracotta floor tiles lead to floor-to-ceiling blue mudroom cabinets with oil rubbed bronze knobs.
Purple mudroom design features an aubergine and purple stone bench under aubergine shiplap trim, aubergine mudroom cabinets accented with brass hardware and red brick herringbone pavers.
Gray-green shaker mudroom cabinets are accented with polished nickel pulls and fixed over a wood top bench finished with drawers and shoe cubbies. The space is complemented with black and white grid floor tiles.
A dining room with white shiplap, a wooden table and chairs. A dining room with white shiplap, a wooden table and chairs.
Gray herringbone tiles lead to a built-in mudroom bench fitted with cubbies holding metal bins and positioned beneath a gray cushion. The bench is mounted against a white board and batten trim holding brass hooks beneath overhead cubbies stuffed with woven baskets.
Light gray closed mudroom lockers are fixed against terracotta hexagon pavers beside a light gray Dutch door framed by light gray shiplap. A light gray built-in bench is topped with a light gray cushion and finished with wood and leather pulls.
Light brown mudroom lockers accented with vintage bronze hardware are fixed in a cottage mudroom against red brick pavers.
Mudroom features blue lockers with brass lattice doors, blue gingham wallpaper and a mudroom skylight.
Blue mudroom features brass hooks fixed to blue shiplap trim beneath white shaker cabinets donning brass knobs and over a blue built-in storage bench finished with brass pulls. Walls are covered in
A lovely blue and beige vintage rug sits on a brown wood floor in front of a white built-in mudroom bench finished with a storage drawer and flanked by stacked white cabinets with brass hardware. Gold and blue quatrefoil hooks are mounted to shiplap trim beneath a shelf topped with woven baskets.
Black and white geometric floor tiles frame a green mudroom bench topped with a blue striped cushion and a white and red pillows placed against shiplap trim beneath a window. Green mudroom cabinets are stacked and adorned with oil rubbed bronze hardware.
A brown wood top mudroom bench is fitted with white shaker drawers donning bronze pulls. The bench is mounted beneath open lockers boasting oil rubbed bronze hooks mounted to shiplap trim under white cabinets iwth oil rubbed bronze knobs.
Mudroom features a floating oak bench under hooks with black oak cabinets and a pink and gray mudroom rug.
Slate herringbone patter floor tiles lead to a wooden mudroom bench fixed over gray shelves and against gray shiplap trim holding coat hooks under a gray shelf filling with woven bins. A turquoise blue mudroom door is finished with a brass door handle and glass panels.
Closed brown wooden mudroom lockers are finished with shoe drawers.
A black chevron runner sits on black floor tiles in a black galley-style mudroom between facing closed black lockers finished with matte black hardware.
Cabin styled angled mudroom features mesh lockers, a small built in window bench and herringbone floors.
Mudroom features a floating bench flanked by built in cabinets and a black herringbone floor.
Black cottage style mudroom features a black built-in bench fitted iwth shoe shelves and mounted against black shiplap trim holding polished nickel hooks under stacked black shelves holding woven bins. A gray runner covers black slate floor tiles.
A black and white lantern lights a mudroom boasting a white vertical shiplap wall contrasting dark gray mudroom lockers adorned with brass hardware and fixed beneath dark gray overhead cabinets and over dark gray shoe drawers with a wooden bench top.
Black sliding glass doors open to a beautifully designed mudroom featuring an industrial freestanding island placed against dark gray picket floor tiles perpendicular to a built-in wood top bench. The bench is fixed against gray shiplap trim holding brass hooks beneath windows.
Stacked show drawers donning brass pulls are fixed beneath a blue mudroom bench top mounted under blue closed lockers.

Storage Solutions

The key to a well-designed mudroom is storage. When designing your mudroom, think about how you can maximize storage space. One of the most common storage solutions for a mudroom is a built-in bench with storage underneath. This bench can be used to store shoes, boots, and other items that are frequently used when entering or leaving the home.

Stacked show drawers donning brass pulls are fixed beneath a blue mudroom bench top mounted under blue closed lockers.

Photo Credit: Amanda Teal Design – Stacked show drawers donning brass pulls are fixed beneath a blue mudroom bench top mounted under blue closed lockers.

You can also add hooks or a coat rack to hang coats, hats, and bags. Another great storage solution is a cubby system. Cubbies can be used to store shoes, backpacks, and other items. You can also add baskets or bins to the cubbies to keep things organized.

Black sliding glass doors open to a beautifully designed mudroom featuring an industrial freestanding island placed against dark gray picket floor tiles perpendicular to a built-in wood top bench. The bench is fixed against gray shiplap trim holding brass hooks beneath windows.

Photo Credit: Kate Marker Interiors – Black sliding glass doors open to a beautifully designed mudroom featuring an industrial freestanding island placed against dark gray picket floor tiles perpendicular to a built-in wood top bench. The bench is fixed against gray shiplap trim holding brass hooks beneath windows.

Flooring Ideas

When it comes to flooring for a mudroom, you want something that is durable and easy to clean. Some popular flooring options for mudrooms include tile, vinyl, and concrete. Tile is a great option because it is easy to clean and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

A black and white lantern lights a mudroom boasting a white vertical shiplap wall contrasting dark gray mudroom lockers adorned with brass hardware and fixed beneath dark gray overhead cabinets and over dark gray shoe drawers with a wooden bench top.

Photo Credit: Britt Design Studio – A black and white lantern lights a mudroom boasting a white vertical shiplap wall contrasting dark gray mudroom lockers adorned with brass hardware and fixed beneath dark gray overhead cabinets and over dark gray shoe drawers with a wooden bench top.

Vinyl is another great option because it is durable and water-resistant. It is also easy to clean and comes in a variety of styles. Concrete is a durable and low-maintenance option that is perfect for a mudroom with an industrial or modern style.

Black cottage style mudroom features a black built-in bench fitted iwth shoe shelves and mounted against black shiplap trim holding polished nickel hooks under stacked black shelves holding woven bins. A gray runner covers black slate floor tiles.

Photo Credit: Hendel Homes – Black cottage style mudroom features a black built-in bench fitted iwth shoe shelves and mounted against black shiplap trim holding polished nickel hooks under stacked black shelves holding woven bins. A gray runner covers black slate floor tiles.
Mudroom features a floating bench flanked by built in cabinets and a black herringbone floor.

Photo Credit: Cara Woodhouse – Mudroom features a floating bench flanked by built in cabinets and a black herringbone floor.

Lighting Ideas

Lighting is an important part of any mudroom. You want to make sure that the space is well-lit so that you can easily see what you are doing. One way to add lighting to a mudroom is to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. This will provide an even amount of light throughout the space. You can also add a pendant light or a chandelier to add some style to the space

Cabin styled angled mudroom features mesh lockers, a small built in window bench and herringbone floors.

Photo Credit: House of Jade Interiors – Cabin styled angled mudroom features mesh lockers, a small built in window bench and herringbone floors.

Another great lighting option is to install sconces on either side of the door. This will provide a warm and welcoming glow when you enter the home.

Closed brown wooden mudroom lockers are finished with shoe drawers.

Photo Credit: Brooks and Falotico – Closed brown wooden mudroom lockers are finished with shoe drawers.

Decoration Ideas

When it comes to decorating a mudroom, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that the space is functional. This means that you should focus on storage solutions and organization.

Slate herringbone patter floor tiles lead to a wooden mudroom bench fixed over gray shelves and against gray shiplap trim holding coat hooks under a gray shelf filling with woven bins. A turquoise blue mudroom door is finished with a brass door handle and glass panels.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Hanson Design – Slate herringbone patter floor tiles lead to a wooden mudroom bench fixed over gray shelves and against gray shiplap trim holding coat hooks under a gray shelf filling with woven bins. A turquoise blue mudroom door is finished with a brass door handle and glass panels.

Once you have the functional aspects of the mudroom in place, you can start thinking about decoration. One way to add some style to a mudroom is to add a pop of color. You can paint the walls a bright color or add a colorful rug to the space. You can also add some artwork or a mirror to make the space feel more inviting.

Mudroom features a floating oak bench under hooks with black oak cabinets and a pink and gray mudroom rug.

Photo Credit: Carrie Delany Interiors – Mudroom features a floating oak bench under hooks with black oak cabinets and a pink and gray mudroom rug.

Small Mudroom Ideas

If you have a small mudroom, you want to make sure that you are maximizing the space. One way to do this is to use vertical space. Add shelves or cubbies that go all the way up to the ceiling. You can also use the back of the door for storage by adding hooks or a shoe organizer.

A brown wood top mudroom bench is fitted with white shaker drawers donning bronze pulls. The bench is mounted beneath open lockers boasting oil rubbed bronze hooks mounted to shiplap trim under white cabinets iwth oil rubbed bronze knobs.

Photo Credit: Lewis Interiors – A brown wood top mudroom bench is fitted with white shaker drawers donning bronze pulls. The bench is mounted beneath open lockers boasting oil rubbed bronze hooks mounted to shiplap trim under white cabinets iwth oil rubbed bronze knobs.

Another way to save space is to use multipurpose furniture. For example, you can use a bench with storage underneath as a place to sit and store shoes.

Black and white geometric floor tiles frame a green mudroom bench topped with a blue striped cushion and a white and red pillows placed against shiplap trim beneath a window. Green mudroom cabinets are stacked and adorned with oil rubbed bronze hardware.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Garrett Interiors – Black and white geometric floor tiles frame a green mudroom bench topped with a blue striped cushion and a white and red pillows placed against shiplap trim beneath a window. Green mudroom cabinets are stacked and adorned with oil rubbed bronze hardware.

Large Mudroom Ideas

If you have a large mudroom, you have more space to work with. One way to make the space feel more inviting is to add a seating area. You can add a comfortable chair or a small sofa to create a cozy space.

A black chevron runner sits on black floor tiles in a black galley-style mudroom between facing closed black lockers finished with matte black hardware.

Photo Credit: Amy Storm and Co – A black chevron runner sits on black floor tiles in a black galley-style mudroom between facing closed black lockers finished with matte black hardware.

You can also add some decorative elements, such as a rug or a piece of artwork. Another way to add some style to a large mudroom is to add a statement piece, such as a chandelier or a piece of furniture.

A lovely blue and beige vintage rug sits on a brown wood floor in front of a white built-in mudroom bench finished with a storage drawer and flanked by stacked white cabinets with brass hardware. Gold and blue quatrefoil hooks are mounted to shiplap trim beneath a shelf topped with woven baskets.

Photo Credit: Kelly Caron Designs – A lovely blue and beige vintage rug sits on a brown wood floor in front of a white built-in mudroom bench finished with a storage drawer and flanked by stacked white cabinets with brass hardware. Gold and blue quatrefoil hooks are mounted to shiplap trim beneath a shelf topped with woven baskets.
Blue mudroom features brass hooks fixed to blue shiplap trim beneath white shaker cabinets donning brass knobs and over a blue built-in storage bench finished with brass pulls. Walls are covered in

Photo Credit: Molly Basile Interiors – Blue mudroom features brass hooks fixed to blue shiplap trim beneath white shaker cabinets donning brass knobs and over a blue built-in storage bench finished with brass pulls. Walls are covered in

Adding Color

By using color strategically, you can transform your mudroom into a space that is both stylish and practical.

First, consider the overall color palette of your home. You want your mudroom to complement the rest of your home’s decor, so choose colors that work well with the existing color scheme.

Mudroom features blue lockers with brass lattice doors, blue gingham wallpaper and a mudroom skylight.

Photo Credit: Andrew J Howard – Mudroom features blue lockers with brass lattice doors, blue gingham wallpaper and a mudroom skylight.
Light brown mudroom lockers accented with vintage bronze hardware are fixed in a cottage mudroom against red brick pavers.

Photo Credit: AKB Design – Light brown mudroom lockers accented with vintage bronze hardware are fixed in a cottage mudroom against red brick pavers.

If you have a neutral color scheme throughout your home, consider adding a pop of color to your mudroom with a bright accent wall or colorful accessories.

When choosing a color scheme for your mudroom, think about how you will be using the space. If your mudroom is primarily used for storage, you may want to go with a calming color scheme that will help you feel relaxed and organized. If you have kids, consider using bright, playful colors that will help them feel energized and excited to come and go from the space.

Light gray closed mudroom lockers are fixed against terracotta hexagon pavers beside a light gray Dutch door framed by light gray shiplap. A light gray built-in bench is topped with a light gray cushion and finished with wood and leather pulls.

Photo Credit: Change & Co – Light gray closed mudroom lockers are fixed against terracotta hexagon pavers beside a light gray Dutch door framed by light gray shiplap. A light gray built-in bench is topped with a light gray cushion and finished with wood and leather pulls.

Once you have chosen your color scheme, consider adding color through paint, wallpaper, or accessories. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room, and you can get creative with stencils or patterns to add extra interest.

Gray herringbone tiles lead to a built-in mudroom bench fitted with cubbies holding metal bins and positioned beneath a gray cushion. The bench is mounted against a white board and batten trim holding brass hooks beneath overhead cubbies stuffed with woven baskets.

Photo Credit: Kathryn Lilly Interiors – Gray herringbone tiles lead to a built-in mudroom bench fitted with cubbies holding metal bins and positioned beneath a gray cushion. The bench is mounted against a white board and batten trim holding brass hooks beneath overhead cubbies stuffed with woven baskets.
Mudroom features green lockers with woven baskets on a concrete floor.

Photo Credit: Marika Meyer  – Modern mudroom with a green cabinet that features hooks, sitting bench, and storage baskets underneath.

If you don’t want to commit to a full wall of color, consider adding colorful wallpaper to one accent wall. Finally, accessorize with colorful throw pillows, rugs, and baskets to add pops of color throughout the space.

Cottage style mudroom features a built in gray mudroom bench and cabinets with beadboard trim and vintage brass hardware.

Photo Credit: Maddie Hughes Designs – Cottage style mudroom features a built in gray mudroom bench and cabinets with beadboard trim and vintage brass hardware.
Terracotta floor tiles lead to floor-to-ceiling blue mudroom cabinets with oil rubbed bronze knobs.

Photo Credit: Ashley Montgomery Design – Terracotta floor tiles lead to floor-to-ceiling blue mudroom cabinets with oil rubbed bronze knobs.

Adding color to your mudroom is a great way to make the space more inviting and functional. By choosing colors that complement your home’s overall color scheme and considering how you will be using the space, you can create a mudroom that is both stylish and welcoming. Whether you opt for a bold accent wall or colorful accessories, adding color to your mudroom is a simple and effective way to transform the space.

Purple mudroom design features an aubergine and purple stone bench under aubergine shiplap trim, aubergine mudroom cabinets accented with brass hardware and red brick herringbone pavers.

Photo Credit: Whittney Parkinson Design – Purple mudroom design features an aubergine and purple stone bench under aubergine shiplap trim, aubergine mudroom cabinets accented with brass hardware and red brick herringbone pavers.
Gray-green shaker mudroom cabinets are accented with polished nickel pulls and fixed over a wood top bench finished with drawers and shoe cubbies. The space is complemented with black and white grid floor tiles.

Photo Credit: House of Jade Interiors – Gray-green shaker mudroom cabinets are accented with polished nickel pulls and fixed over a wood top bench finished with drawers and shoe cubbies. The space is complemented with black and white grid floor tiles.
A gray mudroom boasts a row of gray open lockers along with cubbies and drawers adorned with brass pulls.

Photo Credit: Mel Bean Interiors – A gray mudroom boasts a row of gray open lockers along with cubbies and drawers adorned with brass pulls.
Mudroom features a blue bench with cubbies under a row of hooks on a white shelf.

Photo Credit: William Lyon Designs – Mudroom features a blue bench with cubbies under a row of hooks on a white shelf.
A u-shaped mudroom storage bench topped with a green and blue cushions fixed beneath white open lockers accented with pink lattice wallpapered backs. Coat hooks are mounted beneath shelves located under white overhead cabinets.

Photo Credit: Jenkins Interiors – A u-shaped mudroom storage bench topped with a green and blue cushions fixed beneath white open lockers accented with pink lattice wallpapered backs. Coat hooks are mounted beneath shelves located under white overhead cabinets.
A blue kilim rug sits in front of a gray built-in bench boasting cubbies filled with woven baskets and fixed beneath gray open lockers. Oil rubbed bronze hooks are mounted to white plank trim beneath a shelf style with layered framed black and white photographs.

Photo Credit: Tracery Interiors – A blue kilim rug sits in front of a gray built-in bench boasting cubbies filled with woven baskets and fixed beneath gray open lockers. Oil rubbed bronze hooks are mounted to white plank trim beneath a shelf style with layered framed black and white photographs.

A mudroom is an essential part of any home. It is a space that is used frequently and needs to be designed with function and style in mind. When designing your mudroom, think about storage solutions, flooring, lighting, and decoration. Whether you have a small mudroom or a large mudroom, there are plenty of ways to make the space functional and beautiful.

Two-story mudroom boasts black hexagon floor tiles fixed beneath a green built-in bench placed under nickel coat hooks mounted to a green plank and a green bench topped with a white cushion and whtie sheepksin throw. Fixed against a green backsplash, a row of nickel hooks are located under a green shelf holding metal bins.

Photo Credit: Tamara Magel – Two-story mudroom boasts black hexagon floor tiles fixed beneath a green built-in bench placed under nickel coat hooks mounted to a green plank and a green bench topped with a white cushion and white sheepskin throw. Fixed against a green backsplash, a row of nickel hooks are located under a green shelf holding metal bins.
Wood and glass double doors open to reveal a cottage mudroom featuring a brown jute rug placed on red brick pavers between floor-to-ceiling light brown closed lockers and a light brown wooden stool framed by light brown cabinets with vintage bronze hardware.

Photo Credit: AKB Design – Wood and glass double doors open to reveal a cottage mudroom featuring a brown jute rug placed on red brick pavers between floor-to-ceiling light brown closed lockers and a light brown wooden stool framed by light brown cabinets with vintage bronze hardware.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a mudroom?

A mudroom is an entryway or transitional space found in many homes, typically located near the front door or garage, used as a place to store shoes, coats, bags, and other outdoor gear.

Why are mudrooms important?

Mudrooms are important because they help keep the rest of the home clean and organized by providing a designated space for outdoor equipment. They also serve as a buffer between the outdoors and indoors, reducing the amount of dirt, mud, and debris that gets tracked throughout the home.

What are some mudroom storage ideas?

Some mudroom storage ideas include installing built-in cubbies, shelves, and cabinets for shoes and other items, using hooks or pegs for coats and bags, and incorporating a bench or seating area for putting on or taking off shoes.

How can I make my mudroom more functional?

To make your mudroom more functional, consider adding storage solutions that fit your specific needs, such as a dedicated space for pet supplies or a charging station for electronics. You could also add a sink or hand-washing station to help clean up after messy outdoor activities.

What flooring options are best for a mudroom?

The best flooring options for a mudroom are ones that are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to water and dirt. Some popular choices include tile, vinyl, and concrete.

Can a mudroom be stylish?

Yes, a mudroom can be both functional and stylish. Consider incorporating decorative elements such as wallpaper or a statement light fixture, or using colorful baskets or bins to add visual interest while still keeping the space organized.

Do I need a large space for a mudroom?

No, you don’t necessarily need a large space for a mudroom. Even a small alcove or hallway can be transformed into a functional mudroom with the right storage solutions and design elements.

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