5 Mudroom Ideas for a Stylish and Functional Entryway

Most families keep their coats, boots, and school bags stuffed in an entry closet or on hooks by the front door. A mudroom allows you to organize and store these items in a dedicated space. Mudrooms can be thought of as informal entryways. They’re more decorative than garages but more functional than traditional foyers.

Like a sunroom, a mudroom acts as a transitional indoor/outdoor space. It’s the perfect place to get creative with decorating. We’re bringing you 5 designer-approved mudroom ideas to make your home more beautiful, functional, and tidy!

Features To Include In a Mudroom

Stain-Resistant Floors

Low-maintenance, stain-resistant flooring is a must in any mudroom. But while you need your floors to stand up to the elements, you don’t have to choose between form and function. Here are some resilient and attractive flooring materials to consider for your mudroom:

  • Tile
  • Vinyl
  • Concrete
  • Laminate
  • Sealed wood

Cleaning Supplies

As the name suggests, mudrooms can get messy. Having a dedicated spot to store cleaning supplies makes it easy to quickly mop up spills and muddy footprints. Keep all your products hidden and easily accessible in a decorative basket or a stylish cabinet.

Storage and Hooks

Having a clean and organized space to drop off your things is one of the main benefits of a mudroom. Include built-in hooks, cubbies, shoe racks, and baskets so that everything has a place. You can even add labels for each family member to keep things ultra-tidy.

Decorative Wallpaper

Like any entryway, a mudroom acts as an introduction to the rest of your living space. Its design should reflect the look and feel of your home. Textured or patterned wallpaper instantly adds visual interest and character to a mudroom. Just make sure you measure correctly!

A Pet Station

Pets have a habit of tracking mud, water, pollen, and other debris into your home. Adding a pet grooming station with a compact shower or tub allows you to quickly rinse off your cat or dog and protect the rest of your home.

Convenient Seating

Seating is an important but often-overlooked feature in mudrooms. From cozy armchairs to built-in benches, having a place to sit down while you tie your shoes or organize your work bag is essential.

Patterned Rugs

Placing rugs or welcome mats in your mudroom can help keep the rest of your home clean. Patterned rugs are less likely to show dirt and debris and can also add a touch of creativity to your entryway.

Themed Mudroom Style Ideas

1. Natural and Rustic

A rustic design style is a no-brainer for mudrooms. These casual entryways are among the hardest-working rooms in a home, and rustic materials hold up well against the elements. Natural designs also create a cozy and welcoming feel.

Center your color palette around browns, beiges, and softer whites and creams. Opt for reclaimed hardwood or natural stone flooring and add open shelving and brass hooks for storage. 

On your mudroom walls, consider installing wood paneling or select an organic wallpaper like the stalks jewel floral wallpaper or the Betty White palm leaves wallpaper. Complete the look with wicker baskets, woven rugs, house plants, and textured curtains.

2. Coastal Elegance

A coastal mudroom can bring the magic of a summer vacation right into your home. Coastal décor offers a timeless, refined take on that classic beachside look. 

Opt for a light and airy color palette. Whites and creams accented by pale blues are perfect for this style. The key is to add charming, homey details that still feel fresh and elegant. 

Here are a few coastal-inspired mudroom features:

3. Whimsical Flair

Do you love eclectic interior designs? A mudroom is the perfect place to experiment with unexpected patterns, textures, colors, and materials. 

To ensure your whimsical mudroom feels cohesive, choose a combination of bright colors and more neutral pieces. For example, try mixing patterned rugs or floor tiles with a creative wall mural like the marble mirage wallpaper mural or the stacked wallpaper mural in olive. Then decorate with rugs and throw pillows in beiges, browns, and creams to soften the look.

Add even more creativity and whimsy to your design by including vintage wardrobes and mismatched wall hooks. A statement light fixture is also a nice touch.

4. Sleek and Modern

If you love the upscale look of modern interior design, your mudroom should reflect that! A sleek mudroom can make the space feel truly luxurious. Depending on your personal style, you can opt for a bold and abstract design or a clean and minimalist look.

For a contemporary feel, keep textures sleek and patterns simple. The halsted geometric wallpaper and the Mrs. Paranjape dashing jet black geometric wallpaper are both great choices for sleek and modern mudrooms.

A good way to keep your mudroom sleek is to opt for a classic black-and-white color palette. Then, if you want to add some additional intrigue, use décor items to infuse abstract shapes and bold colors into the space.

5. Cottage Charm

There’s something undeniably cozy about a mudroom, especially in a rural setting or an older neighborhood. 

Decorating your mudroom in a quaint cottage style gives your entire home a warm and welcoming feel. It also allows you to incorporate softer colors and more traditional design elements.

Here are a few cottagecore design elements to consider incorporating:

Complete Your Mudroom with a Wallpaper to Suit Any Design Style

Mudrooms are fun spaces to decorate. But they also pose some unique challenges. A mudroom has to accommodate your practical needs and serve as an introduction to your home’s interior design – all in a relatively small space.


Adding a wallpaper is a simple and fun way to express your creativity and personal style in a small room. Mitchell Black Wallpapers are available in a wide range of patterns, colors, and textures that suit any theme. Select from peel and stick, premium paper, and type II vinyl varieties and transform your entryway!