Posted on 01/07/2013
There's nothing better than walking into your home and immediately feeling a sense of coziness. However, this can be more difficult to achieve than you think if your mudroom or entryway isn't as eye-pleasing as you would like it to be.
Luckily, you don't have to settle for mediocrity when it comes to your foyer - there are several ways that you can spruce it up without going to too much trouble. Even if you aren't experienced in interior design, you can transform your mudroom from drab to fab with radiant heat, the right decorative accents and wall paint. Here are some tips to help you get started on your project.
1. Make storage a priority.
Storage is everything in an entryway, and it can be the difference between a foyer that stays aesthetically pleasing and one that becomes cluttered in a short amount of time. Make it a point to install cubbies, hooks or baskets to keep everything from shoes to umbrellas - the items most used in the space. By giving your family members a place to put everything when they walk in the door, you can prevent belongings from making their way onto the floor. In the end, you'll be much happier with the space.
2. Keep it warm.
Have you thought about how big of a difference radiant floor heating can make in your mudroom? Think of the moment when you take off your shoes at the door and step onto your flooring - do you feel warmth or become chilled to the bone? If it's the latter, think about installing an electric floor heating system to upgrade your foyer and turn it into a more luxurious area of your home.
3. Use all of your wall space.
Real Simple magazine recommends making the most of the square footage in your mudroom, especially if you're working with a limited amount. Utilizing your wall space can do wonders for your foyer if you're strapped for space. Put up hooks that can hang jackets and umbrellas, and ensure that your children can reach them. With the wall space that you have remaining, consider hanging a couple pieces of art or framed photos to make the area feel more welcoming. After all, this is the first place you see when you walk into your house!
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