With all roads leading to the mudroom in interior designer Amanda Reynal’s home, she outfitted the space to be both storage-savvy and smart-looking.
Go figure that our home’s hardest-working spaces are also often responsible for delivering first impressions. (We’re looking at you, mudroom.) “People don’t really use front doors anymore,” says Des Moines-based interior designer Amanda Reynal. “So when our friends come in the back door, our mudroom acts like a foyer.” With that reality in mind, she did the seemingly impossible: designed a space that stands up to the messes of her two teen boys and dog yet is a place fit to welcome guests.
Don’t be deceived by the good looks. Soft gray (Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter) on the custom built-ins and Pietra Cardosa stone flooring inset with quartz banding is only the face of hardworking perimeter storage and heated floors.
Limiting colors to grays and whites keeps the look uncluttered. “The mix of hard and soft, glossy and matte, and scale in patterns creates visual interest without relying on color,” Amanda Reynal says. She also kept open storage (including a doggy bed, right) below eye level so nothing feels too utilitarian.
A LANTERN CHANDELIER GIVES THE MUDROOM MAIN-ENTRYSTATUS.