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Jkath Design Build + Reinvent / Cabinet Shop  / Crafting Comfort and Order: The Art of Designing a Family Mudroom
Twin Cities mudroom renovation with light green custom cubbies, ventilation details, and brass coat hooks.

Crafting Comfort and Order: The Art of Designing a Family Mudroom

A family mudroom is the quintessential gateway to organized living. Whether it’s a busy morning rush, a post-school day chaos, or a muddy paws parade, this space stands as the last line of defense before elements sprawl into your peaceful home. Disarray, however, is not inevitable, today we will shed light on the essentials of crafting a mudroom that is crafting comfort and order.

Character grade white oak custom cabinetry, open and closed storage, black slate tiles and green painted cabinetry.

The Essentials of Entry Organization

Welcome to the heart of your mudroom operation, where streamlining begins. Using practical design elements doesn’t have to compromise aesthetics. We partner with our homeowners to identify storage needs for their families, both current and long-term desires. Meanwhile, considering the pretty finishes that need to outlast the use of this space.

Built-In and Beyond

Custom cabinetry will always top the list, offering bespoke solutions from one-of-a-kind decorative storage to low, kid-friendly zones. Within these tailored storages, every broom, and every boot can find a designated sanctuary, with modular shelves and racks sculpted to your family’s unique needs.

Twin Cities mudroom renovation with green walls and limestone flooring.

Cubbies for All

Personalized cubbies are the ideal storage. Alcoves assigned to each member signify a tidy nook for their belongings. This shapes responsibility from a young age while subtly signaling your home’s desire for individual spaces. Here at Jkath, we highly recommend open storage under each cubby for easr of storing wet boots and shoes to keep the main areas free of clutter and a safe place to dry boots while not compromising the integrity of your custom cabinetry.

Alder wood mudroom with unlacquered brass hardware, and reeded glass pocket door.

Bench Seating

Bench seating extends a warm welcome and a place to sit down while pulling on winter boots, or kicking off shoes for the day. If using open cubbies, this can double as a seating bench too.

Design with a Purpose: Aesthetic Considerations

Aesthetic in the mudroom brings joy through functionality. Design choices should amplify the space’s usefulness, starting with surfaces and extending to colors, textures, and lighting.

Flooring That Lasts

Flooring should navigate beauty and endurance. Opt for materials resilient against moisture and dirt. Easy maintenance should be considered, so tiles, sturdy hardwoods, or even outsoor pavers are your best friend.

Twin Cities mudroom renovation with green paneling, botanical wallpaper, and window seat.

Splash of Color

This is an area to add vibrant tones to optimize the space, an opportunity to be playful. Cheerful greens and robust blues don’t just please the eye but also camouflage the signs of daily wear. Pair these bold choices with textured walls, a v-groove paneling or wallpaper selection you’ve had your eye on for months.

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray painted mudroom storage, open and closed storage with hardwood flooring and an oversized area rug.

Lighting Insights

When possible, prioritize natural lighting. Reusing an existing window, while working around an original location is a great idea. Aditionally, a mudroom is a great space to add a flush mount fixture rather than builder grade can lighting. This adds a decorative element while making this space feel truly special.

Twin Cities mudroom renovation with light green custom cubbies and ventilation details.

The Personal Touch

Completing the family mudroom isn’t just about a paint color or mudroom hooks; it’s about imprinting it with your family’s narrative. Personal touches turn what could be a mundane space into a unique space that feels like home. Sharing a few ideas here.

Gallery of Growth

A wall-integrated growth chart may not save you from mud, but it tells the story of family lineage. Mark the memorable benchmarks, be it the kids’ height progression or even the milestones of your pets (directive tail wags?).

An Upright Story

If there is room, a tall linen built into the wall serves as additional full height storage for brooms, cleaning supplies, or seasonal storage. Often, this can be painted in a complimentary color or blended into the wall color to prioritize function over an added design feature within the space.

Character grade white oak custom cabinetry, open and closed storage, black slate tiles and green painted cabinetry.

Artisan Craftsmanship

Engage local artisans. Handcrafted pieces that embellesh the space with character and, more importantly, with the labor of love are personalized creations. From local cabinet makers, reclaimed woods, wicker baskets to pottery for miscellaneous items, each craft resonates with its own tale, marrying form with function.

If you’d like to discuss a future design or renovation project, let’s connect!

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