How important is the mudroom for you? This is a question that obviously produces a wide range of answers from different folk. Some believe that it is probably the most important room of the house when it comes to keeping things clean and organized. Others might just not see the need for one considering the home they live in and their lifestyle. In the sophisticated city apartment for the working urbanite, a small entry might be the perfect solution. Yet many of us need the additional buffer space of a functional mudroom that helps us transition from the outdoors to the comforts of our home. And as we move through summer and await fall, few styles seem more appropriate in here that coastal and beach.

Fabulous coastal mudroom with smart storage and a lovely little bench [From: Bartolomei & Company Interior Design]

Both coastal and beach styles have a certain unmistakable summer-filled aura about them that draws from sun, sand and surf. There is the added advantage of using a simple color scheme and a breezy ambiance that is welcoming. The best beach style and coastal mudrooms come in a wide range of sizes and bring along with them different storage options. From the tiny to the spacious, this is a look at the most gorgeous mudrooms with coastal charm –

Staple Hues of White and Blue

It is barely a surprise that most coastal and beach style mudrooms have a color palette that is anchored in white and blue. This is an automatic choice and one that works well in more ways than one. For starters, it is easy to convert your modern mudroom into one with beach style because you already have a backdrop in white. Adding a few blue elements to this space makes for an easy transition while coastal touches brought in by decorative pieces does the rest. A popular color choice, blue is also a hue that seems to top the trends charts all year long. A perfect way to welcome guests!

Open cubbies are a staple of the mudroom along with the bench that offers additional storage [From: Bay Area Contracting]
Using baskets in the space underneath the bench give you more flexible storage options in the mudroom [From: Terracotta Design Build]
Cabinets in blue at both ends of the bench along with the wall in the backdrop add color to this white coastal mudroom [From: St. Croix Custom Homes and Renovation]
Dark blue cubbies, bench and storage units rolled into one

Smart Benches and Storage

The perfect mudroom is arguably more about ergonomics than it is about aesthetics. That is why we suggest you plan for on where you get exactly the amount of storage and shelf space you need. Every family has different needs when it comes to the mudroom with some wanting just a bench and a few hooks on the wall while others with kids need a more elaborate open cubbies system along with plenty of storage room. The balance between open shelving and closed storage is not hard to achieve with the right custom unit in here and by making most of the vertical space on offer. You could even add a small workspace, laundry area or resting space for your pet amidst it all!

Find a mudroom setup that fits with the specific spatial needs of your home [From: Tom Stringer]
Space-savvy beach style mudroom in gray and wood with designated storage space for each person [From: Z+ Interiors]
Baskets on the upper level along with cubbies create ample space in this mudroom [From: Robert Paige Cabinetry]
Closed cabinets, storage units and a lovely little bench in the mudroom work better in a home without kids [From: Vision Interiors]

Light and Easy on the Eyes

You do not want the mudroom to be far too demanding in terms of the accessories you use or the décor inside the small space. It is best to focus on functionality and keep rest of the room as uncomplicated as possible. Using a beach or coastal style in the mudroom allows for this and makes your decorating choices a lot easier. Use coat hangers in the corner, hooks that maximize wall space and ensure that the accent you use complement the existing hues in the room. Most often, the presence of wooden cabinets in the room already gives it a cozy appeal. It is best not to flood the room with too many other colors.

White mudroom with beach and cottage styles features patterned floor tiles and bright pink bench [From: Megan Brakefield Interiors]
Striped rug in white and blue for the coastal style mudroom
Tiny mudroom and entry with a small window seat and a bright blue throw pillow [From: DiMauro Architects]

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