Mudrooms: Inside Vs. Outside

Where your mudroom is located will determine what materials you'll need.


Photo courtesy of Ron Brenner

Photo courtesy of Ron Brenner
By: Julie Cole Miller

Whether your mudroom is located inside or outside the main living space will determine what materials you should choose. Let's take a look at what you’ll need to consider in planning your space.


Photo courtesy of Terra Cotta

Photo by: Jeff Herr

Jeff Herr

Photo courtesy of Terra Cotta

Inside Your Home

A mudroom inside may be the only choice for those without garages or anyone who lives in apartments, condos or townhouses. But many people choose to have an indoor mudroom, where the space can be climate-controlled, well-lit, easily accessible and designated for multiple uses. An indoor space will need to be both functional and attractive, and depending on where it's located, may need to be designed to echo the look and feel of the surrounding rooms. "A combination of open and closed storage will keep the area chic and functional," says interior designer Traci Zeller.

"Mudrooms don't have to be confined to rows of cabinets or lockers," says interior designer Molly Quinn. "If you can, incorporate some furniture that you like, perhaps a chest of drawers or bench. Hang a beautiful mirror or a piece of artwork, or tuck in some photos that make you smile on your way out the door."

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Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Outside Your Home

A mudroom outside — in a garage, a utility room or even a shed — can be a great choice for anyone with activities that involve getting out into the elements. This is the spot for heavy coats, bikes and skis. Materials for an outside mudroom need to be durable and functional, first and foremost. No need to decide upon the perfect pristine white to paint this space. It’ll just lead to frustration.

Think rugged, dark gunmetal grays, rich earth tones or anything that can withstand a few scrapes and smudges without skipping a beat. "In coastal areas, we often do a sand room, a place where you can store a surfboard," says Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets. "And that definitely takes into account the durability of materials you're going to use. You'll want to ensure they can take a lot of wear and tear."

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