The entryway of this ski chalet in Whitefish, Montana offers up plenty of storage space for coats, hats, scarves and equipment. Nooks beneath the benches keep shoes and boots accessible, yet out of the way.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, designer Jillian Harris decided to make a contemporary mudroom for the family. The homeowners needed a space where the family could come in from enjoying their time in the pool and leave their wet things. The mint green and cream striped walls give the space a beach feel, while the bright red "pool" lettering gives the space a touch of modern flair.
A simple and sleek mudroom provides convenient spot for jackets, shoes and toys right inside the door. Stunning hardwood floors are the perfect juxtaposition to the ultra-white cubbies and cabinets in this tidy mudroom.
Your mudroom doesn't necessarily need to be an expansive storage unit with shelves, cubbies and drawers. Susan Howell says the essentials of a mudroom should be entirely based on the needs of the homeowner. Smaller families with teenagers may only require a small bench and hooks for hanging coats. "What is really essential in a mudroom is knowing the demands of the mudroom before it's even built, so that whatever is essential to the homeowner's family is present in the final product," she says.
The HGTV Dream Home 2012 neutral mudroom is accentuated by colorful jackets and snow gear. Industrial pendant lights can be seen in the mudroom and the nearby laundry room. By placing the mudroom and laundry room so close together, no one has a chance to dirty up the rest of the house with mud-covered belongings.