Mudrooms and laundry rooms are not the first areas most people think about when it comes to home renovation. But these spaces should not be overlooked. A well-designed mudroom helps not only to hide clutter, but can become a place of beauty and nostalgia, where hanging coats and mittens remind you of jumping in leaves or building a snowman last winter.
And laundry rooms can become much more than a hallway by the garage or upstairs that happens to be where a washer and dryer fit. When considering renovation, most people are thinking kitchens and bathrooms — or a big addition that adds some much needed living space.
But don’t forget about other spots where a lot of living and household work takes place. In your next renovation, include a new mudroom and laundry room to help keep an attractive, well-organized home.
With all that in mind, here are 13 beautiful mudroom and laundry designs that showcase classic style and clever organization.
The mudroom is often the family entryway to the house — the front door is for guests and the UPS delivery person. A well-designed mudroom will be functional without looking messy. There will be a place for everything, and it will be a place where the aesthetics of the home are on full display. Here are a few ideas of what your mudroom can look like with some forethought and smart design.
The mudroom can be placed in the hall by the back door. This creates a convenient space for cubbies and a bench to eliminate clutter in an area that has sightlines to other parts of the home.
Gone are the days when laundry rooms are an afterthought, placed in high traffic areas where you can do laundry or walk by, but not both. A laundry room renovation can be an opportunity to create a bright, clean environment with room to multi-task.
11. When space is at a premium, bathrooms and laundry rooms might need to share space. With cleaver design, the two can blend together seamlessly.
12. When you have more space, the possibilities really expand. A laundry room can serve as a place to wash and fold, but can also serve as a craft space, or even a homework area.
13. Why settle for a tiny work surface and limited storage when you can create a laundry room like this? Multiple countertops on several levels, plenty of sunlight, a light color palette, along with ample storage make this laundry room a study in form and function.
Neglecting the mudroom or laundry room in a renovation can be a missed opportunity. These areas of your home may not always be top of mind, but when they are well-organized and designed, it makes all the difference in the world. So, maybe it’s time to move the laundry up from the basement to the second floor. Or maybe it’s time to find a solution to the tangle of boots and coats cluttered near the garage or back door. You know these rooms are crying out for attention. While these spaces may not be the initial catalyst, be sure to include them in your next renovation project.
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