4 Masterful Mudrooms With Unique Function and Personality

Fall in love with these one-of-a-kind spaces.

Fall in love with these four one-of-a-kind Hudson Valley home spaces that are just as functional as they are stylish and chic.

– Utilitarian –

Designer: Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, Jersey Ice Cream Co

Location: Earlton

Style: Farmhouse meets functional

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Photography by: Beth Kirby

The Details: “[The space] wasn’t set up that much differently than it is now, but we gave it some love and refreshing,” says Tara Mangini, one part of the team behind Jersey Ice Cream Co. The mudroom includes an old farmhouse sink complete with countertop and storage, hooks running up the staircase to hang coats and hats, and plenty of character thanks to the reclaimed barnwood, eclectic accessories, and palette choice. “It’s nothing fancy, which is how a mudroom should be,” she adds. “[It’s] a cute place to throw boots and hang your coat.”

The Inspiration: “The space itself was the biggest inspiration,” says Mangini. The existing room is part of a farmhouse with Arts and Crafts influences owned by a couple that has now added a child to their family.

The Materials: Reclaimed barnwood and beadboard

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Designer’s Favorite Part: “I love the coat hooks up the stairs and the monochrome paint on that side of the room,” says Mangini.

– Multifunctional –

Designer: Claire Paquin, Clean Design Partners

Location: Rye

Style: Sleek lines with transitional style

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Photography by: Donna Dotan Photography

The Details: This Colonial home was new construction, and this mudroom is tucked into the lower level of the home. “The clients wanted to make their basement more functional,” says Claire Paquin of Clean Design Partners. “To incorporate a playroom, mudroom, and laundry room. We tucked the mudroom in neatly right next to the entrance of the garage and tiled this space so it would be [easy to clean] and allow the kids a place to unpack from the day without tracking mud and snow all over the basement carpeting.”

The Inspiration: The space and the fact that the client’s son plays a lot of sports. “[The homeowners] didn’t want to be confined by individual cubbies for each family member,” says Paquin. “They preferred an open concept with lots of hooks so that they could rearrange their equipment as the seasons changed.” Drawers were added to contain shoes. Coats, sweatshirts, and hats can be hung on the hooks, while sports gear can be tucked away in the open cubbies or left on the bench.

The Materials: Maple cabinetry, vintage hooks, and porcelain tile

Designer’s Favorite Part: “How seamlessly it transitions into the playroom and laundry spaces,” says Paquin. “It’s always a challenge to incorporate many functions into one large room, but it’s always very rewarding, too!”


– Transitional –

Designer: Claire Paquin, Clean Design Partners

Location: Larchmont

Style: Family friendly, with a splash of color

Photography by: Donna Dotan Photography

“What makes a mudroom functional is a good balance of closed and open storage.”

—Claire Paquin

The Details: This space was originally a transitional room off of the garage being used for storage. It is between the home’s larger basement playroom and the main living level. “[The homeowners] requested that the room be converted into a more casual family room for their kids to hang out and watch TV, which would allow the living room to be more available for adult entertaining,” says Claire Paquin of Clean Design Partners. “Given that the room serves as the main entry to the home for this family of four, straight in from the garage, I suggested that we also incorporate a mudroom space as well.”

The Materials: Maple cabinetry, porcelain tile, vintage hooks, Aubrey pull

Designer’s Favorite Part: The window seat. “I designed the mudroom’s built-in with a bench under a window that could serve the mudroom as a place to remove shoes and put down bags, but also to work with the family room layout as another place to perch, to hang out, or read a book,” says Paquin. “[It] comes alive with a bright magenta cushion and eases the transition from the family room to the mudroom. We used large-scale, pale gray, porcelain tile for the entire room, but by adding an area rug in the family room, it helps define that area and separate it from the mudroom.”

– Modern –

Designer: Megan Oldenburger, Dichotomy Interiors

Location: Woodstock

Style: Minimalist modern, with organic touches

Photography by: Deborah DeGraffenreid​

“A good mudroom needs plenty of hooks, and super durable and easy to clean flooring such as the slate look porcelain I chose over natural stone, to help keep things neat and easy to maintain during snowy weather.”

—Megan Oldenburger

The Details: With this addition to an existing structure, Megan Oldenburger of Dichotomy Interiors designed the mudroom to connect the garage to the home while also creating an entryway with views through the porch and out to the mountains. “There is floor-to-ceiling glass that creates the look of a breezeway while still being fully heated and usable all four seasons. It is a favorite lookout spot for the family pets, as well as a great place to dry and clean them off before coming in!”

The Inspiration: “My inspiration for this room came from the entire overall design for the home we created, and the views outside. We wanted the main attraction to be the gorgeous views and for the room to flow completely from the outside of the house to the inside. The mahogany from the exterior was carried through, to seamlessly blend the spaces as they transitioned from outside, to inside and then outside again,” says Oldenburger.

The Materials: Benjamin Moore’s super matte black paint, porcelain flooring, reclaimed wood, mahogany, and a custom-crafted large sliding barn door

Designer’s Favorite Part: “The use of the sculptural hooks that act as both art, and for hanging lots of coats, scarves, and hats,” says Oldenburger.

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