Even with a tiny space, a custom compact shelving system can be built around the window or door to maximize storage.
The traditional mud room has a country feel in its simplicity: low cubbies for shoes, open lockers with hooks for coats, additional hooks for bags, and a bench to sit. Don't forget resilient flooring to mop dirt away. Here, flirty lighting balances out the otherwise austere space. And it all works.
Here's a more glamorous take on the traditional mudroom with nice detailing to make it for a luxurious feel. Perhaps you would find this in a town home. Closed cabinet doors and woven baskets for stowing away loose items. Two bright chandeliers for illuminating a small space. A ladder for reaching higher shelves adds a touch of unexpected appeal.
Besides cubbies and hooks, consider a small writing surface and key hooks near the back door for convenience.
The mud room does not have to be traditional. A funky light fixture, striped wall paint, and a bold graphic rug transform the basic mud room components into a modern-looking space.
Another modern take on mud room components shows gorgeous minimalist detailing. Just look at that bench silouette and how it joins with the frosted glass window.
This mud room takes on a beachy feel with a blue painted door, natural starfish and shell decorations, and a sink to wash off loose sand. Doesn't this look like a must-have for any coastal home or beach bungalow?
Here's a rustic entry/mud room with grass cloth wallpaper, many wood tones — even a trophy head. It gets a refined look from quality materials, hanging pictures, plants and decorative knickknacks. This room is not an afterthought. Instead it is revered space.
Locker door faces offer another fun idea for chalkboard paint: Family members can write lists or reminders to each other as they come and go.