Living in New England means dressing for all sorts of weather, from sunny, flip-flop beach days to blizzard-like winter storms. This means having a wide range of coats, footwear, and accessories easily available as fickle Mother Nature changes her mind. But who has the room for all these items piled in the front entryway? To avoid a constant mess and to keep the all-weather gear easily accessible, many homeowners are opting to add mudrooms or create them out of the existing space they have. Let’s look at what every mudroom should have as well as what paint can make the most of the space you have.
A well-planned mudroom can not only create a smooth transition into the interior of your home, but it can also house all the gear your family needs on hand.
- Organization – Every mudroom looks different, but what they all have in common is the sense of organization. For example, storage can be in the form of cubbies, lockers, bins, baskets, drawers, shelves, and a myriad of hooks ranging in size. Organization is the key to keeping your mudroom clean. Labeling the storage makes it that much easier to find that lost mitten or pair of sunglasses.
- Seating – Mudrooms should also include a plan for seating, whether it is a built-in-bench or a few chairs to make it easier to pull on those shoes or boots.
- Easy-to-Clean Surfaces – With many hands and feet making good use of the mudroom, it is a good idea to make the walls and surfaces easy-to-clean. Many homeowners choose a paint finish that makes wiping things down just that much easier such as semi-gloss or eggshell sheen for this high traffic area.
- Color Choices – Now that you have all the hooks to hang coats, bins to store sweatshirts, cubbies for boots, drawers for the gloves, and baskets to organize the sporting equipment, it is time to choose a color that makes the space a true mudroom. This choice should take into consideration adjoining rooms as well as the amount of light in the area. Also consider if you want a bold color choice or muted neutral for the mudroom. We suggest choosing one color for the main area and accent with a splash of color on baskets, bins, or cushions for the seating area.
Do you need help planning and painting your dream mudroom? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.