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It’s rainy, it’s snowy, it’s wet… it’s Canada! This time of year, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in this country that’s dry. And it’s also this time of year, that anyone who has a mudroom remembers why they do, which is why we’ve developed this list of Must Haves for your Mudroom. Whether you have large house with a designated space for this, or you’re working with a smaller entrance that needs to double as a mud room, we’ve got you covered on the essentials. We’ve gathered this information from designers we love, Pinterest of course and also our own personal experience with our clients.

7 Must Haves for your Mudroom this Season:

1. Hooks + Baskets

If we had a nickel for every mudroom we saw on Pinterest with these 2 features, we’d be rich. But there’s no going around the efficiency these two features bring to an entry space. You need somewhere to toss your raincoat because it’s way too wet to put back in the closet, and there’s no way all your mitts and toques would look good in a pile on the bench. Baskets are the perfect cheat to making a space look tidy without any effort. A trip to Homesense and you’re good to go!

2. Built-in Storage

This one is in our wheelhouse. We accommodate many requests when building our client’s their dream homes, and a mudroom with perfectly designed built-ins is always on the list. Bench seating, cubbies for shoes and coat closets are all must haves for your mudroom. Make the most of your space by going all the way to the ceiling, especially if you have a smaller space to work with as this maximizes your storage!

3. Statement Pieces

A mudroom is a place you can really have fun with. It’s also the first thing you see when you come home, so why not make it a beautiful and stylish space? Maybe that rug you bought on your travels doesn’t really fit into your living room or bedrooms — so it will go perfect here. You get where we’re going…

4. Accent Door

Whether it’s a paint color, a beautiful stained glass or the style of door itself–explore your options. We love the look and functionality of this farmhouse door. It looks fun and interesting and also serves a purpose to let in a little light, or holler at the kids for dinner.

5. Patterned Tile

A no brainer. Perfect for hiding mud and dirt!

6. Natural light

We’re guilty of putting this one on almost all of our lists. But we can’t drive home the effect natural light has on the feeling of a space. If you’re currently stuck with what you got, add a few mirrors to help reflect. But if you’re about to begin, or in the process of a building or renovating, this is something to seriously consider. Take it from us.

7. A Shoe Shower

Okay, we just HAD to put this one in our list. It’s genius! There’s no better way to get those wellies clean than a good ol’ rinse. This would also be ideal for pets, kids feet in the summer, washing your veggies… the list goes on! This one is getting pinned to our board for sure.

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