How to decorate a mudroom

Decorating for practicality.

One thing is sure. No matter how clean your family’s shoes or boots were when they went out, they won’t be that clean when they come home. The idea of a mudroom is to give the family somewhere apart from the hallway to take off those dirty boots, overcoats, anoraks, etc., and not to feel too bad about getting their outside clothing dirty. It’s a practical addition to any home, though the decoration should be well thought out, since this is one room which gets more wear than any other room in the house. This guide takes you through the process of decoration of a mudroom, and makes it easy to see what choices would be the most practical and stay the most attractive for the longest time possible.


Step 1

Taking the empty design and developing it.

Look at the shape of the room. Try and see where built in cupboards could be provided. These are great for hiding things like brooms, etc. If you have space for one full length cupboard this should be installed prior to decoration, allowing shelf space for all those bits and bobs which usually end up in a mud room. Look also are floor clearance under the doors. Do you have sufficient clearance to install a tiled floor? Tiles are a great hardwearing choice for a mudroom. If not, a good quality linoleum may be a suitable choice, especially if you have a large family, since this is relatively easy to keep clean.

Step 2

Order of work.

The flooring must be put down before other work can proceed. This means that when you install cupboards and other areas, the floor is already laid and that the arrangement of the room can be changed at a future date. You also need to look at what fittings need to be included. Things such as a seating area to take off boots and shoes is a great idea and can also house the shoes once they have been taken off. All permanent fixings should be installed before decorating walls and ceilings. If any changes need to be made to electrical outlets, these should be dealt with by a registered electrician and done before decorating takes place.

Step 3

Choosing colors and paint types.

The color scheme for a mud room should be simple. The reason for this is that if you use emulsion water based paints in a light color, you can touch in areas which get chipped or messed up. This is a dirty area, so this really is the best way to treat upper walls. For lower walls, you could install a panelling to chair rail height if you want to avoid damage. In this case, you can choose a contrasting color oil based paint for the panelling which will get more wear than the wall areas.

Step 4


All walls and ceiling areas will need to be filled and sanded ready to take the paint covering. The skirtings, woodwork and doors will need to be rubbed down. After all sanding has taken place, the whole room should be cleaned and dust sheets put in place.

Step 5

Painting order.

Paint the ceiling first and let this dry. It will need two coats. When this is dry, you can then apply the wall colors, working downwards. The casings, woodwork and door will need a primer, undercoat and topcoat. The topcoat should be applied last, and a thorough cleaning undertaken before the topcoat is applied.

Step 6

Contrasting hooks.

Hooks can be colorful, since you have chosen pale colors for the walls. These should be hung at an appropriate height to take coats. A two tier system can be used for adults and children, and little name tags can be placed on the children’s pegs.

Step 7


You will need rugs as these will be used to wipe feet. It is wise to have one outside of the mudroom for the worst dirt, inside of the mudroom for those people coming into the room, and another between the main house and the mudroom. These stop the dirt from traveling through the house.

You will Need
• Flooring.
• Paints for walls and woodwork.
• Hooks.
• Shoe racks.
• Mats.
• Shoe cleaning products area.
• Broom cupboard space.

Tips & Warnings
• Try to avoid using paints which cannot easily be bought again. You will inevitably have to retouch areas which get damaged.


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