5 Pretty and Practical Mudroom Upgrades Designers Swear By

published Jan 6, 2020
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New year, new mudroom! If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s entry and drop spot to make it more practical and more beautiful, we’ve got some major inspo for you here. We’re highlighting some of the best, most stylish pieces from designers and design bloggers here—get in on these to take your own mudroom from good to great.

Lots of extra hooks in coordinating finishes

Don’t stop at just a few! Danielle and Michael Gutelli of Clark + Aldine hung plenty of hooks in their mudroom, ensuring hats, scarves, and jackets will always have a home. The extra ones come in handy when guests visit—they don’t have to dig through a pile on the bed or rummage through a coat closet to find their jacket once it’s time to head home.

Buy: Overscaled Hook, Cast Iron, $29.50 at Pottery Barn

Unique open shelves for storage and style

Brittany Krupnik of Blissful Design Studio gave her mudroom some extra glam with brass-toned open shelves over the washer and dryer in her mudroom. Cute shelves like these make it easy to display both fun and functional items while adding some visual interest.

Buy: Antiqued Brass Floating Shelves Set of 3, $119 at CB2

Easy-to-reach baskets to corral the small stuff

It’s easy to designate one basket per family member, and if they’re see-through (like the metal ones pictured above), it’s always a snap to find the gear you need. Christy Black of 11 Magnolia Lane placed hers low to the ground for easy accessibility.

Buy: Spectrum® Medium Metal Wire Storage Basket in Satin Nickel, $14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Statement lighting overhead

Jessica Nickerson of House Homemade designed a gorgeous mudroom with tons of useful elements, but we’re also totally loving the pendant light that’s hanging in the picture shown above. If your current lighting situation is so-so, consider upgrading to a piece that will steal the show; this is one way to add high style impact without taking up wall or floor space.

Buy: Samira 3-Light Semi Flush Mount, $429 at AllModern

Credit: Lucy Call

Fun wallpaper that turns every wall into art

The designers at Studio McGee gave this stunning space some extra oomph with leaf-patterned walls. An all-over print works especially well for small spaces, where it’s hard to overdose on it, and can even take the place of artwork.

Buy: 56 sq.ft. Olive Branch Wallpaper, $79.98 at Home Depot