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FORM + FUNCTION: Mudroom
Add stylish design to your mudroom space without losing all the function.
The laundry room, mudroom and home office carry a lot of weight in the average household. Not only do they play an essential role for most families; they probably don’t get the planning attention they really deserve. Interior designer Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Design says that while designing these mudroom spaces does need some... Keep Scrolling
Written by JICKIE TORRES
Photography by ERIN COMERFORD


The laundry room, mudroom and home office carry a lot of weight in the average household. Not only do they play an essential role for most families; they probably don’t get the planning attention they really deserve.

Interior designer Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Design says that while designing these mudroom spaces does need some extra forethought, making yours work hard for you can actually be easier than you think. She put her expertise to work on this North Carolina remodel. “This homeowner is a busy mom with two young kiddos, 2 rescue dogs, 2 rescue cats and a husband who travels a lot for work,” Lauren says. “Both kids play sports and are constantly on the go. So a contained and organized space for all of the ‘stuff’ to go was her number one ask.”

Ready to rework your mudroom? Here are her top tips.

3 KEYS TO A SMART AND STYLISH MUDROOM

Gray blue colored builtin mudroom renovation with three separate personal spaces for folded, hanging and drawer items.
Lauren chose Benjamin Moore Brewster Gray for this builtin, which wears well with heavy use and looks gorgeous against the lighter Gray Owl wall color next to it.

1. Organizing the Mudroom

This locker/cubby-style tall hanging system with a bench to sit on and a place for shoes just makes sense. We added the top shelf with baskets for overflow and seasonal items like hats, gloves, scarves, which are rarely needed here in Charlotte. My favorite part of this drop zone is the metal-grated front of the shoe drawers, which not only look fabulous but allow any stinky odors a chance to escape.

2. Flooring

An easy-to-clean and does-notshow- everything floor is a musthave in this space! That’s why I love this faux wood porcelain tile, as it is the perfect color and style to easily wipe up dirt and spills, but it also hides a lot and will hold up beautifully over time. Choosing herringbone style, we did not sacrifice looks for function at all.

White cabinetry in a customized mudroom with long rectangular window, hanging hooks and cork board.
Courtesy of Lauren Nicole Designs

3. Light and Bright

Good lighting is a must in any space. Early in the morning or late at night, when natural light is not the best, you want to make sure that you can find your keys in your purse, that Henry grabs a matching pair of cleats and that sweet Alice doesn’t leave her school book on the bench.

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