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Entry and Mudroom

‘First impressions are lasting impressions’, is a principle that is as true for homes as it is for people. And that is why, the entry way is so important to the look and feel of your home. Apart from looks, cleanliness is also important and that’s where the concept of the mudroom comes in. Both these areas are basically transitional spaces meant for specific purposes – leading into the main areas of the home, and maintaining its cleanliness.

The entry way speaks volumes about the owners, and can make or break visitors’ impressions of the home and its owners. That’s precisely why you need to spend time and effort to create an entry area that radiates warmth and cheer. The entry area includes the front entry door, the walls framing the entry door, the spaces around it, the nitty gritty like door handles, furnishings, and the lighting arrangements. The main entryways generally carry a fancy look, and lead into elaborate foyers, or straight to the home’s living areas. Although they are usually located in the front portion, don’t be surprised if you come across entry ways that are to the side or rear of the house in many a case.

Mudrooms are convenient spaces for residents and close family friends, to take-off their soiled footwear, and protective clothing such as wet coats, before entering the main areas of the dwelling. These rooms are also a useful place to hang your hats, coats, and other paraphernalia. Mudrooms are discreetly placed to the side or back of the house.

Right Design Your Entryway and Mud Room

While factors such as size of the family and age groups in it, can dramatically impact the proportions and design of the entryways and mudrooms, there are some universal aspects that must be followed at the planning stage. This way, it is possible to smoothen the to-and-fro movement of people, as well as clamp down on clutter.

Focus on functionality: Look at the specifics of your family requirements when planning the mudroom. Do you have to create sufficient storage space so that individual requirements of every family member are covered adequately? Similarly, if there are young children or physically challenged people living in the house, storage compartments will need to be positioned lower than usual, to give them easy access. For families with pet dogs and cats, the mudroom needs to be designed for access to pets as well. So, the first step to designing your entryway and mud rooms, is by evaluating the functional aspects of your requirements.

Work up from the floor: With such large amounts of foot traffic taking place here, and added to it the constant scraping and scrubbing of dirty shoes in the mud room, you can rest assured that the flooring in your entryway and mudroom must be tough and resilient. Choose tiles that are strong and able to withstand heavy foot traffic, and can stand up to constant scuffing and scraping by dirt-laden shoes. Avoid fancy interiors material such as rugs, hardwood flooring that are prone to damage from exposure to water and moisture.

Seating: An entryway or mudroom is only as good or bad as the convenience and comfort it offers us while wearing or removing our footwear here. It’s important to be able to sit down comfortably and be able to put on or take-off the shoes. A low bench or stool or even a conveniently located chair is good enough to keep your balance about you while taking off soiled footwear, and barging into the living areas of the home.

Color consistency: The entry and mud rooms shouldn’t stick out like sore thumbs but rather blend in with the overall color scheme of the home décor. Paint and do up the interiors of the entry and mud rooms in colors that match the color schema of the house. To achieve visual order, you can rely on a combination of clean lines and unicolor scheme. Since we tend to scrub our shoes here, use satin- finish or semi-gloss sheen paints for their scrub-resistant properties.

Establish order: Plan meticulously, if you intend your entry and mudrooms to be tidy and smart. Earmark storage space for the various items that will be parked here. For instance, assign a closet for baby’s needs, storage cubicles for shoes, one side of the wall can have hooks for hanging coats, keychains, and other odds and ends. Marking a designated spot or space for keeping all the things that are routinely brought in or taken out of the house, will ensure you don’t lose track of the essentials just when you need them.

Types of Entryways

Open Concept Entryway

It’s a small area that isn’t actually sealed off, but it is used for entering and exiting the house.

Enclosed Entryway

This is really a small room that is projected out from the house, and is used for entering and exiting the house.

Mudroom

It’s a kind of entryway typically found in farm or countryside homes. They provide space for taking off wet or dirty clothes and shoes and storing them, before entering the house.

Foyer

This is usually a large, open space that functions as the first room of large houses. It usually comprises a staircase and several doorways leading to other rooms in the house.

Types of Mud Rooms

One-Wall Organizers

If you can spare just one wall, the challenge lies in designing a system for organizing storage for a variety of needs. This type of entry way or mudroom manages to get it right by using rows of hooks, shelves, and closet space, along a single wall. Apart from saving space, the one-wall organizer is economical and ideal for small families living in cramped homes.

Closet Systems

A simple closet, coupled with a bit of ingenuity, can handle almost the same capacity of a reasonably large mudroom. All that needs to be done is design the interiors of the closet, to hold a variety of footwear, overcoats, jackets, backpacks, umbrellas and other paraphernalia. You can equip the closet with an assortment of hooks, shelving, and cubicle space so that it is the ideal berthing space for shoes, gloves, scarves, water bottles, scarves, and other routine stuff. Once you have the closet interiors ready, position it near the door such that it can’t be missed.

Whole Rooms

If you have a whole room to use as a mud room, you can plan a whole range of functions. Devising elaborate storage facilities for an entire range of items like shoes, gym gear, milk bottles, newspapers, keys and so on, becomes a cakewalk in such a scenario. Closets, cabinets, hooks, sink, and laundry – literally everything can be incorporated in mud rooms set up in whole rooms.

Entryway Furniture & Decor

Here are some of the most common fixtures and elements that provide your entryway, the right mix of functionality, convenience and style.

Bench

The entryway bench is a convenient piece of furniture for sitting down and putting your shoes on and taking them off. They’re also useful to place bags and briefcases after you reach home from a long day at work.

Coat Racks and Hooks

A coat rack can turn out to be quite useful if your entryway does not have a closet. Alternately, you can install hooks on the walls to hold scarves, and coats.

Console Table

It is generally placed in entryways for storage of personal items that are accessible at a reachable height. The table top can be given a glitzy look by placing ornate items such as trays and table lamps on it.

Lighting

Table lamps or chandeliers are usually preferred to illuminate entryways.

Tips for entryway decor

Add definition to entryway space – Absence of a clear definition between the entryway and the rest of the home, can be confusing. Defining the space with the help of aids such as color and furniture allows visitors know where exactly the entry area ends and the actual home begins.

Use mirrors to magnify tight spaces – Apply the power of mirrors to reflect light and create an illusion of bigger spaces in the entryway’s narrow space.

Maximize storage with floor to ceiling shelves - While inexpensive shelving can be used to keep costs low, go creative by using color coordinated bins and baskets. Out-of-season items can be stored high up.