Home Trends from Ciaran O'Neill

Ciaran O’Neill

HOWTO CREATE THE PERFECT MUDROOM A mudroom may not be the most exciting space in a home, but it’s definitely one of the most important – and overlooked! A well-designed mudroom is a transition between your outdoor and indoor space and should be both beautiful and functional. Even if you don’t have room for a separate space, the area near your entrance should be dedicated to hiding dirt and storing shoes and coats – all while creating a sense of welcoming. Here are five ways to achieve the mudroom of your dreams. In-floor heating. A luxury? Or a wonderful treat for your toes? If your mudroom is tiled, then in-floor heating is a lovely way to create a warm and welcoming entrance to your warm and welcoming home. Built-in storage. A built-in bench, storage cubbies, cabinets and closets are all ways to up the functionality of your mudroom. And thanks to the beautiful craftsmanship of many of today’s available cabinetry and millwork, built-ins are not only functional but they also add to the overall vibe of the space. Plenty of hooks. Hooks are the easiest way to encourage family members and visitors to hang up their coats, scarves and bags. Unlike hangers, even small children can easily place their items on a hook. Baskets, baskets and more baskets. There’s nothing like a basket to add warmth and texture to a space, all while keeping things organized and tucked away. Pretty and practical decor. A mudroom shouldn’t be all business and no fun. Carry the same level of decor from the rest of your home into your mudroom. Adding artwork to the walls, throw pillows on the bench, and small accessories on the shelving add personality.

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