Treasured for its timeless livability, neutral wears well with everything, which is why a neutral living room design scheme can be extremely appealing. From linen to taupe, dove gray to charcoal, neutral-clad living rooms are welcoming, warm, and truly classic. Browse our collection of photos we gathered for you of neutral living rooms for inspiring ways to blend style and sophistication in your home, as well as some great tips for designing your neutral scheme. Whether your style is modern, transitional, or classic, a neutral backdrop enables the perfect setup for upbeat colors and playful patterns without overwhelming the space.
If you love the look of a bold accent wall or the pop of colorful pillows, our neutral living room ideas will help you discover new, powerful ways to punch up plain hues. In a neutral living room, center conversation on an eye-catching area rug with a chevron, striped, or geometric pattern and painted storage pieces. Anchor your living room with a pair of patterned armchairs to add contrast to a neutral color scheme. Create depth in a neutral living room by pairing white walls with dark furnishings. Install beaded board and millwork to instantly revive a bland ceiling and bare walls.
Have you been able to successfully decorate a room with a neutral color palette? Let us know in the comments section below! If you are looking for more living room ideas, be sure to check out some of our past articles on 47 Extremely cozy and rustic cabin style living rooms and 43 Cozy and warm color schemes for your living room.
1850s Upgrade: This living room employs clean, modern touches in order to enliven an aged farmhouse interior. A Pottery Barn sofa slipcovered in washable canvas and a bolster pillow that’s been hand stitched from a grain sack add new life to impressive exposed wood framing and support beams. Fresh white paneled walls welcome in lots of light. Using an old chicken crate as a base, a homemade coffee table helps retain genuine rustic appeal.
Use high-quality texture: When you don’t have dazzling colors to create interest and get attention, other aspects of your room become even more important. Texture is one of them. In the room above you can see how the light is reflected and absorbed at different angles on the fabric of the chair by the window. If you are using leather in your design scheme, take a little time to educate yourself on the grades of leather.
Incorporate pattern: The large-scale pattern on this upholstery really makes the room. The area rug also is patterned, as well as the beautiful drapery fabric.
York Living Room: A light and airy perspective in a home that has low ceilings and limited natural light. Colors and mirrors were chosen to expand the walls and bring in the sun.
Add black for punctuation: In this room, there is black in the area rug, throw and toss pillows, which add a strong bit of punctuation.
You can mix your neutrals: Most people think a neutral color palette is made of a bunch of beige. But there are other neutral colors and you can mix them if you want.
This English Country style living room in Northome, Minneapolis feels comfortable and familiar, yet fresh and clean. Those neutrals — vibrant woods contrasted with pale creams and beiges — simply glow together. What makes this space feel more engaging is the apricot throw pillows, which bridge the neutrals and create an irresistible warmth.
Tip: Mix the “high” with the “low.” We don’t all have the budget for designer fabrics, high-end furniture, original art pieces and one-of-a-kind accessories throughout our entire home. Buy the best seating pieces you can afford. You’ll use them and touch them every day, so you’ll notice the difference. Choose a few other standout pieces and the look of your space will be elevated even if you have many bargain pieces.
Don’t be afraid to add a little bit of color to your neutral palette in small doses: Adding some pops of color adds life to a neutral color palette.
Eye-Catching Elegance: Applying narrow strips of molding to suggest panels is a popular treatment known as picture framing. Frame sizes may vary to emphasize smaller spaces, such as around a fireplace. The key to eye-pleasing design is to keep the spacing between frames uniform and the edges aligned.
Use a combination of interesting materials and surfaces: In the photo above we see varying side tables and coffee table. They both add interest to the room that would be missing if matching wood coffee and side tables had been chosen.
Tip: Do not go into a furniture showroom and buy the matching 5-piece-sofa-loveseat-chair-coffee table-side table combo. It might feel like a safe choice, but will never make a statement!
Use beautiful and interesting shapes. Removing color from the equation also brings shape into the foreground and the shapes in this room really catch your attention. The soft lines of the chairs, the oval shaped nesting side tables, the octagon mirror and even the rounded decorative objects, they all add interest and contrast with the very straight lines of the coffee table and sofa.
Include elements from nature for interest and warmth: Bring the outdoors in with natural tree stump side tables.
Neutrals: Mix It Up: Neutrals get more exciting when you mix textures and materials. Contrast adds spice to a potentially boring color palette.
This stunning living room showcases white walls and hardwood floors layered with a bound sisal rug. The living room features a traditional fireplace with mini mosaic tile surround. The fireplace is topped with a large black framed mirror and a black and white framed wedding photograph. A pair of black mirrored chests flank the fireplace topped with a glass vase of manzanita branches. A pair of contemporary gray sofas face each other and are dressed with white pillows, gray trellis pillows and a fringed gray throw. A rectangular iron based, wood topped coffee table sits centrally in the space. A pair of gray rattan stools add seating in front of the fireplace. The leaded glass French doors are dressed with chic floor to ceiling black and white curtains. A large iron lantern pendant gracefully adorns the ceiling.
Decorate with Natural Elements: Once limited to flower arrangements and random shell collections, bits of nature (and nature-inspired objects) now rule the roost as demonstrated in this beautifully designed living room.
Use many different shades of your neutral color: Whether you have decided to work mostly with taupe or cream or gray or any other neutral, using several shades of that color will add depth. In this room, the seating pieces employ four different colors: the draperies and walls are a different color, and the wood is quite dark compared to the upholstery.
Use multiple textures that contrast well. If the seating pieces in this room were all microfiber, the room would fall flat. But the fabrics on the two sofas and the chairs have distinctively different textures, and they contrast well with the leather piece in the foreground. The drapery panels are the same color as the walls, but the walls are a matte texture, and the drapery shines.
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Colordrunk Designs is a life-long dream that came true almost by accident for interior designer Jenna Buck Gross, whose firm is based out of Decatur, Georgia. Though art and design have always been a passion of Jenna’s, she has devoted much of the past several years to raising her two girls and designing and decorating her own home. However; after their family home was featured on the TLC show, Four Houses, Jenna had several people contact her to ask for help with their own homes, and Colordrunk designs was born!
Jenna really believes that a person’s surroundings affect the way they feel. Her goal with Colordrunk Designs is to insure each and every client feels absolutely comfortable in their home. Whether it’s a whole-house design or just a one room facelift, no job is too big or small. On each project the designer works to create a bespoke design that reflects each client’s individual wants, needs, personality, and budget. After all, good design and a comfortable space shouldn’t be a luxury.
Jenna brings a unique perspective to interior design. Colordrunk Designs allows her to couple her education and years working in the fashion industry with her lifelong passion for art and design. Further, as a young mother of two, designing for families, particularly those with young children, is a specific focus for Jenna.
Statement from the designer – Oh, and for those “color-phobes” out there, don’t be shy about contacting me! I will try to cure you of your fear of color, but if I am not successful, I can promise you a beautiful design-in a palette you are comfortable with.
Jenna Buck Gross lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Caleb, daughters, Mary Jennings (3) and Lottie (1), her Great Pyrenees, Beau, and her best friend (and pomeranian), Tibi.
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Create a romantic bathroom retreat by integrating a traditional master bath with the master bedroom for the ultimate space for relaxation, rest, pampering and romance. To help spice up your bathroom retreat, the key is lighting, one of the most essential and overlooked parts that creates a romantic ambiance. Lighting changes our perspective on how we feel and perceive a space, when you are in control of the lighting, you also control the mood. Try mixing lighting with soft, flattering tints. In addition to typical overhead lighting and any other fixtures you may have in the space, consider purchasing a high-end chromatherapy bathtub, which is fitted with adjustable underwater lights in various colors. You will find that some spa-style shower heads will have built-in mood lighting. Whatever type of lighting scheme you select, it should be simple to control and adjustable for various moods. Gilt, soaking tubs, infinity pools and gorgeous tile: Feast your eyes and find inspiration in these sumptuous bathrooms that we have featured for you below.
Scroll down for some tips on creating the ultimate romantic bathroom experience and if you are still looking for further bathroom inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on 51 Mesmerizing master bathrooms with fireplaces and 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms.
Be sure to indulge your senses with these other key features: 1. Color: Whatever your idea of a romantic hue is, analogous colors work very well (ones located next to each other on the color wheel). Various tones of the same color family will create a soothing effect, while pairing complementary colors (located across from each other on the color wheel) will help to create drama.
2. Fixtures: Luxury, spa-style fixtures like soaking tubs or multi-spray showers would make anyone feel pampered and relaxed, creating an incredibly romantic frame of mind. 3. Furniture: Die-hard romantics don’t need to settle for boxy vanities and boring countertops. Many of the latest styles are available in designs and finishes that would look right at home in any well-decorated bedroom, while standing up to daily bathroom traffic.
4. Scent: The ultimate romantic bathroom should not smell like cleaning supplies. Experiment with scent diffuser sticks, scented candles and natural potpourri blends, or go all out with products that turn a plain steam shower into a scented spa experience. 5. Music: Whether your romantic taste runs to boleros or Barry White, music is essential for setting the proper tone. Load your music library digitally, and then control the sound with a single remote. Use a single sound system with speakers throughout the bedroom and bath to help bring together the ultimate romantic master suite.
Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub: Christoper Grubb transformed a minimalist bathroom into a luxurious spa with a stunning glass shower and a sunken tub surrounded by polished stones.
Oak Plank Floor: Flooring can be used as a uniting element for distinct areas. Here, the pale oak planks help retain the bath’s overall sense of intimacy while offering visual continuity between two zones of the room.
Dramatic Asian Bathroom: A marble mosaic wall is the main feature which forms the backdrop for the original clawfoot tub. A storage niche for towels, bath products and decor, sits behind the tub and becomes a storage niche. The shelf seamlessly displays the homeowners Asian inspired sculptures, wall art and accessories.
Zen Paradise: The floating bamboo ceiling references the vertical reed-like wallpaper behind the LED candles in the niches of the chiseled stone.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s Hampton’s dream home features this master bath with a round black stone bathtub surrounded by Moroccan cement tiles.
White Mosaic Bathtub: This transitional bathtub from designer Michael Habachy is finished in mosaic tile and topped in marble. It is accented by a decorative wall and coordinated in marble flooring.
Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity: This rustic cowgirl bathroom has an ornate, layered look. The fringed shower curtain matches the patterned wallpaper, while the distressed red vanity coordinates with the beadboard wainscoting. Vessel sinks atop a granite countertop are a more contemporary accent.
Sparkling Infinity Bath Tub: Iridescent blue tiles surround the infinity bathtub with marble deck, making this space look more like a spa than a bathroom. Ambient lighting sets a relaxing mood.
Transitional Bathroom With Stone Elements: This transitional stone bathroom is like coming home to your own mini spa every day. The bathroom features a white neutral stone accent wall with a modern freestanding white soaking tub on a pebble stone floor base.
Delightful French country bathroom design with white walls encasing large windows spilling sunshine upon a gorgeous white egg shaped bathtub . An incredible floor to ceiling bone inlay floor mirror sits upon beautifully rustic wood plank floors.
Mediterranean-Style Bathroom With Copper Soaking Tub: Tucked below an arched window, a freestanding copper tub transforms this bathroom into an elegant, relaxing retreat. The neutral tilework surrounding the tub and the delicate seashell border framing the window enhance the space’s soothing atmosphere.
Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub: Weathered wood panels and barn-style additions, make this bathroom’s appearance simulate an old western outhouse. One of several bathrooms in the home that contains this soaking tub, which rests on old barn beams instead of the typical iron claw feet.
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Like a piece of art, a well-decorated and designed room necessitates time, attention, and good planning. Arrange your furniture perfectly for all rooms of your house by minding the following decor tips and tricks.
Use a Tape Measure
No matter what your preference, tendency for less or more, or ability to keep rotating designs and furniture implements, include a tape measure in the process. Measure dimensions of the room, which makes it easier to envision a finished space when buying your sofa, loveseat, chairs, dining tables, etc. Measure twice and buy once. Using a tape measure ensures there are no blunders when it comes to crowding, room flow, and getting pieces in and out of door frames and front doorways.
Match but Don’t Forget to Mix
You’ll may want to match colors, shapes, and numbers of chairs, yet don’t forget to mix the decor for design effect. For example, create asymmetrical lines with molding, candles, and pictures hanging on the wall. In addition to asymmetry, designers add depth, space, and light. Matching furniture works well amid a small room, yet a larger room affords the opportunity for contrast.
Deconstruct to Add More
Even small rooms can be broken down to serve various functions. For example, a studio apartment has no walls, yet a crafty designer can deconstruct the space to host several areas devoted toward dining, entertaining, sleeping, and preparing food. Deconstruct the space to add more opportunity. It means smaller dimensions, yet furniture and design elements may serve several purposes (A futon couch seats guests and serves as a sleeping surface.)
Consider the Function
Consider the function of each piece of decor in addition to your preference for its color, design, or brand label. A fine, leather couch may look great yet serve no purpose in a room reserved for dining. Consider the function of each piece, and don’t forget ‘more is less.’ Furthermore, as mentioned, consider using one piece for several purposes. For example, a large desk may be used as a workspace during the day and double as a dining surface during evening hours. Ornate and attractive is charming yet purchase pieces based on ability to serve practical purposes.
Focus on the Big Five
Focus on the big five furniture elements and reserve the most style and amount of investment for those items. Contemporary sofas, window treatments, rugs, side chairs, and coffee tables are considered the ‘big five’ and require unity and the most planning regarding style and unity. Take your time in purchasing each respective piece until the ‘set’ is assembled.
Know Your Palettes
You don’t have to study palettes as closely as a professional artist, yet reserving two main colors and one to serve as an accent creates limited yet diverse design possibilities. Furniture upholstery, flowers, books, rugs, and decorative accessories provide opportunity to feature one’s chosen palette of colors. Don’t forget – little things count. Every flower, wreath, and piece of ribbon makes a decorative impression.
Create a Visual
Designers understand how to create visuals throughout a room. Encourage the visitor’s eye to float throughout the space and notice a number of visual and inviting elements, with each having a different effect. Designers reserve nicknames or industry references for particular room elements. For example, the ‘inviter’ is a dramatic and major element in the room – such as a bearskin rug. ‘Eye lifters’ tempt the eyes to look up and make visitors appreciate the upper third of the room.
Store and Save Space
Particular elements are great for adding space. For example, shelving, bookcases, and large storage chests don’t overcrowd a room yet invite opportunity for immediate and long-term storage of blankets, trinkets, and design elements. In addition to adding or subtracting implements, or limiting those resting on the floor, add space to a room with natural and artificial light. Consider length and fabric material when choosing window covers and drapery. Heavy fabric and dark colors appear elegant yet may take light from a space, making it appear smaller and possibly cramped.
Consider the Future
Consider the future when investing funds and energy into furniture implements and a grand redesign. Seasons change as well as styles. Additionally, you may want to wait and save money to buy high-end elements you really want versus making a decision based on those you can afford right now. Don’t make rash decisions and consider the future when designing any space. Even if you have to arrange the room in small steps, like a work in progress, it’s better than settling on a design that you don’t want.
Designing and redesigning any room is easy when considering the room’s dimensions, function of purchased furniture, and effect of chosen color palette.
This guest post was contributed by Firdaus Nagree who has been involved in contemporary furniture and interior design since the age of 12. fci is a family business, set up by his father in 1970, which he took over in 2003. Firdaus is passionate about the process that takes a blank or mediocre space and transforms it into something completely different and more valuable. Working with some of the sexiest international contemporary furniture brands, Firdaus & fci are well known in the UK for being one of the most important design boutiques for residential and commercial projects.
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A DIY Chalkboard headboard in your bedroom can be very fun because they allow you to get extremely creative and personalize them as you want. Having some form of headboard behind your bed is an important decorative feature that creates a dramatic focal point and can really pull your room together. When using a chalkboard headboard, you get to write funny or inspirational messages on them or you can paint all types of designs on them. They can be a great design decision for using in a children’s bedroom. Instead of an actual headboard you could also just apply a few coats of chalkboard paint to the wall. Not only do DIY headboards save money and display your creativity, a personalized headboard could be even better than one on a showroom floor! So if you are looking for some incredible ideas on chalkboard headboards, scroll down the page and have a look at the collection of 44 inspiring headboard ideas that we have gathered together for you.
For further inspiration on chalkboard walls, have a look at our past article on 45 Chalkboard wall ideas for different spaces.
For this unique headboard, the homeowners used a multimedia projector to superimpose images on this painted chalkboard wall and then trace them out in chalk for a dramatic statement in this bedroom. It looks expensive, but it really would be very inexpensive to do!
Squeezing two beds into a small space? Make a feature of it by delineating the space with a large rug and feature wall. This clever chalk board allows the kids to get creative too. The Kandahar Bed in Quentin Blake Fabric by O&L can be found here.
Whimsical Silhouette: A do-it-yourself headboard is the best way to get a one-of-a-kind look without the cost. Designer Maureen Stevens used some wood, chalkboard paint, primer and a handmade stencil to create this whimsical headboard. The silhouette adds a youthful touch and the chalkboard allows for fun and creativity. Silhouette from Petite Prints
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How would you like to turn your bathroom into a sanctuary of pampering – the appearance of a spa for only just the fraction what you normally pay at the spa? To create a spa environment in your bathroom, you have to think “calm” and “relaxing”, with soothing scents, fluffy, luxurious towels fine bathtubs and of course, what would a spa be without candlelight? If the thought of enjoying those luxuries and indulgences in the privacy of your own home sound good to you, then read on to find the best ways to turn your bathroom into a spa:
By the Light of a Candle
To start creating the relaxing ambiance look of a spa, it’s all about the candles. They simply change the mood no matter where you are, a feeling of calm sets in by the glowing light of a candle. Place candle tins around the base of the bathtub and then set a little jar of candles along the counter. Next use some tea lights and then a mix of small and large pillars with votives. Always make sure that you choose a solitary scent to keep from creating an either abrasive smelling odor. Soft smelling candles that incorporate Vanilla, Lavender and even a light citrus would be ideal for the occasion.
Dress up the Sanctuary
To get that perfect oasis look of a spa, dress your counters with sophisticated and elegant jars that are filled with bath salts, flower petals and oils. Then find a vase and fill it with lavender to give the room to the ultimate natural aromatherapy scent. Maybe even place antique style bottles throughout the bathroom and also try adding some lovely soaps, creating the look of divine calm.
The Aroma of Relaxation
One of the central components of a spa is its aroma, it usually hits you right as you walk through the front doors. The relaxing scents immediately grab your senses and it helps in transforming your mood from the hustle and bustle of life into the tranquility of which is the primary reason to utilize the spa. You have the power to replicate that same tranquil effect in the convenience of your home, by adding your own personal touch of aromatherapy scents. One of the best things to do is purchase your everyday Epsom salts and then add essential oils to them. For scents that bring revitalization and freshness to mind, try scents like eucalyptus and tea tree. Neroli and ylang ylang are excellent selections for the later evening and around bedtime, Then to add the final touches to your relaxation, try finding products for mini-facials and masks, even items that are great around the eyes to reduce the puffiness.
The Final Touches and accessories
The final touches to your spa sanctuary would have to be some light music, soothing sounds of nature or some lovely acoustic instrumentals. The music of a spa beckons you to be transformed and taken on a journey of the senses. Simply adding a small CD or MP3 player with those relaxing choices of sounds will ensure you will be whisked away.
Next you need to find some fine fluffy cotton towels. Try to use oversized bath towels as opposed to the regular ones. They will be super-soft, adding warmth to your entire body from head to toe. Then as a final addition, add a plush style bath mat, this will do the trick, especially for your feet, who don’t want to be left out!
For the Ultimate Spa Experience – Spa bathtubs
If you really want to turn your bathroom into a real spa and give it the official experience, use 1500 Bambino Freestanding Hydro Spa Bathtubs. It is absolute bliss and having the feeling of such a wonderful spa bath whenever you feel like it is a wonder all in itself.
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Designing a mudroom entry with efficient storage and beautiful design is no easy task, but it will help us transition from being outdoors to the welcoming comforts of indoors. When packed with clever built-ins, space-maximizing storage and nifty organizers, a mudroom can also become a high-functioning, double-duty space that can accommodate anything from folding laundry to making crafts. So don’t let your mudroom become a chaotic catchall for shoes and winter gear. Check out the fantastic images we have gathered for you with some of our space-saving tips for keeping your mudroom organized, efficient and, most of all, beautifully decorated.
If you are looking for further inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on 51 Wonderfully clever laundry room design ideas or try perhaps you are in need of some storage solution ideas, try our article on 60 Unbelievable under stairs storage space solutions.
Use hooks to hang items such as bags, hats, jackets, or a dog leash. A built in bench helps with taking off your shoes, and cubbie storage underneath is perfect for storing loose items. Adding a wash sink works well if you have a garden and come in from outside and need to wash your hands right away. It also helps if you have any spills you need to mop up. Under the sink is the perfect place to have a small garbage and store other essentials such as cleaning supplies.
Beadboard Mudroom With Built-in Bench: The built-in shelves and spacious bench in this mudroom help you transition in and out of the house. Beadboard paneling and a tongue and groove ceiling lend an elegant country aesthetic to the space, while an Arts and Crafts pendant light shines from above.
“Mudrooms are typically small in square footage, so make the most of the space by going vertical,” JoLynn Johnson says. “Add shelves where bins and baskets can be placed for easy access. Smaller items like hats, gloves and scarves can be stored in the bins.” This traditional mudroom offers all the storage amenities of a spacious room compacted into one unit. Storage shelves, baskets, hooks, bench seating and convenient floor storage all help keep mudroom contents tidy and within reach.
This whole room is part of a small addition onto a farm house in Minneapolis that included this mudroom, a coat room, laundry and a full bathroom.
To tour of the rest of this sensational lake house, have a look here: Connecticut lake house maximizing its privileged location
Gorgeously reclaimed Chicago brick, set in a herringbone pattern, covers this mudroom floor. The storage unit was custom made and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Acadia White, while the oversize back door with its mullioned glass is from LePage, a Canadian company.
Efficient and thoroughly charming Mudroom & Laundry Room.
A new mudroom including built-in cubbie storage, Powder room, painted wood wainscoting, and stone flooring was incorporated into this beautiful home addition.
Laundry/Mudroom: If you have a spacious mudroom at the back of your house, take advantage of all that room. Consider including a laundry section to make life a little easier. A washer, dryer and small sink mean you can throw dirty clothes right into the wash as soon as you get home.
To see more images of this fascinating home, click here: Stunning transitional design in Bywood Street Residence
The mudroom, a must-have space to keep this family of six organized, also has a gracious powder room, two large storage closets for off season coats and boots as well as a desk for all those important school papers.
Protect flooring and cabinets from wetness: In mudrooms you may want to consider an open tile floor that extends below a bench area to ensure a protected floor regardless of where wet boots may travel.
This mudroom has a built in shelf above the desk for charging electronics. Slate floor. Cubbies for storage.
Office space: Transform your mudroom into a double-function space with a built-in desk and file storage. One wall is all you need if you plan it right. The cubbies and hooks help keep outdoor gear and clutter separated from the desk area.
The entire wall on the left side of this mudroom is a magnetic board, thanks to magnetic paint (this would also be great in a home office space). Note the way the owners framed it with wood.
If you spend lots of your time gardening, include a potting sink in your mudroom that allows you to water plant containers. Choose a user-friendly sink with a wall-mounted faucet, and make sure to have labeled drawers and shelves for extra containers, fertilizers, gardening gloves and tools.
Wall hooks are a great way to store tools and aprons, keeping them accessible and visible. A potting bench with drawers gives you the place you need for seed-starting or potting plants. Include a comfortable padded floor mat below to help you avoid back strain. Consider a boot tray to dry the shoes, clogs or boots you use in the garden. A freestanding coat rack can be another nice addition to store and dry sweaters, wet raincoats or overalls.
Create your own chalkboard or just use chalkboard paint as an accent wall. If you’re wary of dust, try using chalk markers.
Closed-Off and Clutter-Free: A closed-off mudroom is the best option for those that don’t care to have a guest-ready space at all times. In this traditional home, the designers create a separate mudroom located just off the kitchen and entryway. It features all the elements of a traditional mudroom — like shelves, hooks and drawers — but uses a sliding, reclaimed-wood barn door to keep everything stylishly concealed.
Stock up on baskets and bins: Use containers that slide neatly into divided shelves to keep hats and gloves dust free. If you group like items together it will help make selecting the gear you need simple and easy.
Including flexible storage solutions is key for a mudroom created for keeping all members of the family neat and organized. If you have the space, include a desk with a message center to keep flyers, mail and coupons off your refrigerator.
Add a welcome mat, small area rug or runner: If you are looking for something more thrifty, try looking at HomeGoods or Ikea. You’ll want something durable, washable and colorful enough to conceal whatever comes in on the bottom of dirty shoes.
Personalize your Mudroom. Clever and colorful solutions help bring this mudroom to life. Let your little ones choose a favorite color to make their special space in your mudroom more fun. Color-coordinated baskets add a little personality to an all-white space with minimal cost and effort.
To see more images of this colorful home, click here: Bright and colorful surfer-chic beach house
The sliding barn door can close this space off in a pinch if the room gets a little messy in the winter.
Fresh lilacs, beautiful white cabinets and trimwork, slate floor, hanging straw hats and an antique rake makes this mudroom warm and cozy.
The covered breezeway leads into the mudroom with a custom built-in bench with a flip-top for storage underneath. Lots of hooks and a long shelf makes for lots of room for the belongings of this family of four in Portland, Oregon.
Greek Revival Farmhouse in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. This mudroom is approximately 6′-3″ wide x 7′ long. The architects also incorporated an adjacent walk in closet.
Efficient, Family-Friendly Storage: To ensure a mudroom stays organized and clutter-free, make the space functional and efficient for everyone. Designer JoLynn Johnson of Crystal Kitchen Center says, “Coat hooks are much easier than hangers for storing outerwear, plus you can hang backpacks and purses from them, too. Double up and have two rows of hooks for longer coats on the top and shorter on the bottom, even.” Like in this mudroom, JoLynn suggests using cubbies if you have the space. “Everyone in the family can have their own cubby to organize their things. Add outlets for charging phones, iPods or computers instead of letting these items clutter up the kitchen countertop.”
This mudroom in a New Hampshire farmhouse features floors of sturdy Tuscan terra-cotta tile from Pavé Tile. A salvaged pine bench provides seating and space for shoe storage. The muted color scheme is especially nice — the wainscoting is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mosaic Tile; the trim, Papaya.
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Having a fireplace in your home can generate a wonderfully warm and cozy living space, perfect for those brisk winter days to extricate the chill out of any room in your dwelling. A fireplace is almost always the focal point of a room, adding warmth not just in the physical sense but also in the emotional ambiance of the space. However, a fireplace alone doesn’t bring true comfort into your home. You need to add a few design and decor tricks to the space by selecting the right style, surround, and furniture to truly make it cozy. Adding decorative detailing around the fireplace, such as the hearth and mantel, will enhance the character and style. The good thing is that it’s to too difficult to turn a fireplace into a really luxurious and warm part of any space. Just add a few pillows, the right artwork, the correct placement of furniture around the fireplace … these little things can really add up to a warm house.
Whether you prefer a stone surround or something a little more modern, the collection of fireplaces we have gathered together for you will prove that a striking design is all it takes to become center stage in these stylish spaces.
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Serene, With an Edge: Designer Benjamin Dhong envisioned the living room in this San Francisco home as a serene retreat. “That’s why the walls are a little darker and there are big lounge chairs by the fireplace,” he says. “At then end of the day, drink in hand, they can put their legs up on that wonderful ottoman. The zebra brings in a tiny bit of edge that doesn’t intrude.”
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What makes this fireplace fabulous is that it has a built-in area for you to keep the logs for the fire. This really adds to the charm of the fireplace. The logs themselves form a sort of structural artwork in the wall. The fact that you can actually see the wood that will be used to create the fire makes you feel so much more in touch with the natural elements than you would be if the wood was hidden away until it was used.
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