To have an orderly and stylish entry that you are proud to welcome family and friends into takes careful planning. Each member of the household (including the dog) should ideally have at least a small dedicated space to put away gear and store important items when entering and leaving the home. Baskets and wall hooks are essential, but don’t forget to include something purely pretty as well — you will notice that in each of the photos featured here, there is an equal balance of practical storage and aesthetic appeal. Incorporating artwork, meaningful photos, and cherished decorative pieces will put a smile on your face each time you walk in the door, so don’t skip that step! In the space shown above, hooks and baskets rein in the mess, while a high shelf provides the perfect spot to display a collection of black and white photos, and a paper mache animal sculpture.
For a creative take (and one that works well in smaller spaces) consider a bulletin board framed with reclaimed wood, accessorized with hefty hooks, as shown here. Use art postcards, small photos, and inspiring quotes to create your own changeable display. Wall mounted barn-style lighting is an industrial cool look that also saves floor space in a narrow hall.
On a tight budget? No problem! Just stack up a few wooden crates as shown here to make your own rustic storage cubbies, and fasten a few pieces of scrap wood to the wall. One board with hooks can hold your coats, while another fitted with bulldog clips can hold a rotating display of photos.
If you’re feeling crafty, bust out the paint sample pots and go to town, customizing your wooden crates for a unique look in your favorite color scheme. Fasten your crates to the wall to transform them into floating shelves, or attach casters to the bottom to make a rolling shoe or magazine storage container.
And of course, no mudroom would be complete without a sturdy rug to protect your floors from scuffs. Choose a darker hue to hide the dirt… you’ll be glad you did! If you have a no-shoes policy in your home (a great way to keep floors clean) it is helpful to provide a spot to sit while taking off and putting on shoes — storage benches with shelving below and seating on top offer a space-saving solution.
So now it’s your turn: Do you have a full mudroom, or just a tiny entry area? How do you organize your space? Share your thoughts in the Comments!
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