Designing a Mudroom and Entryway to Embrace the Outdoors
Does your entryway or mudroom keep the outside out? Or does it embrace the outdoors and act as a welcoming transitional space? Traditionally, these spaces were dark and enclosed. Today, more and more homeowners are using these tips to design a mudroom or entryway that is bright, airy, and inviting.
An Obstacle To The Outdoors
The challenging part about most mud rooms or entryways is their enclosed feel. While these rooms will typically have a door, not all do. The lack of a doorway can make it particularly hard to access the outdoors.
Additionally, these spaces can lack windows. If they do have windows, most are small and have taken care to obscure your home's interior from outsiders looking in. While this is a thoughtful safety measure, it can prevent light from filtering into your home and keep you from gazing upon your lovely outdoor space.
Tips to Embrace the Outdoors with Your Entryway or Mudroom
These tips can help you reimagine and redefine your entryway or mudroom.
Open Things Up
Bringing in light is a surefire way to make your space feel more welcoming to the outdoors. There are multiple ways to open the room up.
Consider building in a transom window, a thin and rectangular window often located above the door. If your room has built-in cabinetry, you could also consider installing a window above this storage. It will allow light to filter into the room and makes use of an often-underutilized space.
A sliding glass patio door is another beautiful way to invite light in and provide an easy access point. Whether you want to slip out into the garden with a morning cup of coffee or view your outdoor oasis from inside, a patio door is a perfect solution!
Maximize Storage Using Minimal Space
Mudrooms and entryways often aren't large rooms. One way to make the most of this space is with smart cabinetry. Built-in shelving can help offer lots of storage without a huge footprint. If you don't want to splurge on custom cabinetry, consider a hall tree that includes vertical storage and a built-in bench.
You can even go above and beyond with your storage by incorporating shelving with adjustable heights, below-bench storage, and hooks for hanging items. Cabinetry with a combination of cubbies, hooks, and seating is multifunctional and truly maximizes your available space.
Consider a Calming Ambiance
Finally, don't forget to add a few nods to your outside oasis by using decor. A comfortable bench or chair has many purposes. It can be used as a place for guests to sit and take off their shoes. Alternatively, it can be a wonderful spot to sit and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors.
Potted plants, stone flooring, and other natural elements help embrace the outside by pulling outdoor features in!
You don't have to think of your mudroom or entryway as only a vestibule to hang your coat and leave your shoes. But it doesn't have to be this way! Despite their size, these rooms can be a fantastic spot to enjoy your home's surroundings. All it takes is some careful planning and innovative design choices.