What Does Your Home’s Entryway or Mudroom Say About You?

Your home’s entryway or mudroom is the first thing guests notice when they walk through the door. What kind of impression does it leave about you?

Start improving your home at the front and back doors and it make it a place you can feel happy about when leaving in the morning and excited to return to at the end of the day. Make it a place you feel comfortable about when you have guests arriving. Functional entryways and mudrooms are essential in every home. Design your home so it will be comfortable, sustainable, efficient, healthy, and beautiful.

Entryways and mudrooms are the high-traffic areas in all homes. They help prevent debris and contaminants from entering the home on the soles of shoes and are transitional spaces that provide storage for shoes, coats, book bags, keys, umbrellas, mail, and charging stations etc. Formal mudrooms can be incorporated at the front of the house for guests, while one at the back of the house is informal and is simply for family use. They bridge the space between indoors and outdoors.

Mudrooms are all about function, they have been around for a long time. In the past, they were known as the family entrance and were usually located at the back of a home. Farmers used them when they came in from the fields, they would have a basin and a picture with water to wash their hands, and children would have a place to remove their dirty shoes and things. Mudrooms began to be omitted from homes with the arrival of indoor plumbing and space being at a premium. When laundry rooms became popular they were typically located in the family entrance and they took the place of mudrooms.

Entryway and mudroom design needs to be conceived with function in mind, effective organization and style to make them a success. Many modern day mudrooms are used as multi-purpose spaces that include an office, laundry, pet, or storage areas. They should be fitted-out with quality, healthy and attractive finishes that can withstand mud, water, shoe stains, pets, and can accommodate various storage alternatives. Installing a welcome mat or area rug at all entries will help decrease indoor air pollution. Furthermore, removing your shoes when entering a residence helps to reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides that accumulate on the soles of shoes and then are tracked throughout the indoor spaces. To encourage people to remove their shoes, be sure create an area with seating, shoe and slipper storage.

When building a new green and sustainable home or renovating your existing home, incorporate an entryway or mudroom in your space plan. Well-designed entryways and mudrooms help organize the traffic flow, keep people organized when leaving or returning home, reduce debris and contaminants from entering the home, and give you happiness in return for your investment every day of the year.

We are here to help you make your home a healthy, soothing and sustainable place, so you can flourish, not just exist. To learn about our range of Sustainable Interior Design, Universal Design and Consulting services available in Connecticut, New York and areas beyond, contact us at sitemail@lynnhoffmandesign.com or 203.984.4695.

Lynn Hoffman

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