Farmhouse Style and the Mudroom
The big draw with farmhouse style is its simple and functional design. As one would guess, farmhouse style is inspired by the lifestyle of a humble farmer, which can be very busy and at times very messy. After a day of working from sunrise to sunset, it’s nice to walk through the door, shed those muddy boots, hang that hat, and relax. The mudroom is the place to start. Open lockers make for a very organized mudroom. Each family member gets a locker with a hook for hanging coats as well as a cubby located above for tossing mittens, scarves, hats, etc. If the ceiling were high enough, I would recommend squeezing in a few cabinets for some closed storage. We all have random stuff that needs to be hidden.
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At the very bottom, beneath the bench, is a place to store shoes. The height should be around 18 inches tall to achieve a comfortable sitting height for bending over and tying laces. As you can tell from this Houzz image, some medium height boots fit underneath the bench seat with room to spare.
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Be sure to continue the flooring underneath the bench for easy maintenance. When the flooring is continuous, it is easier to access for sweeping and mopping. I would recommend a large porcelain tile like 12×24 with tight grout joints. Porcelain tile
can take on the appearance of stone or wood while being very durable. In farmhouse style, the goal is to design surroundings to be low maintenance, which is especially true in the mudroom. That’s why I like to recommend a bead board wainscoting to protect the walls from nicks and scratches. Nothing says farmhouse like bead board paneling painted white. The white color provides a nice clean palette before adding the busyness of puffy pink coats and plaid scarves.
The simplicity of farmhouse style is all about sticking to the basics. When the basics are covered, feel free to jazz things up with fancy iron coat hooks or a herringbone tile pattern on the floor. It’s the special touches that make it feel like YOUR home.
By Amy Etz
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