In today’s post I’ll share a little update we just finished up in our blue and white mudroom. I’ve always loved this space, but it’s even better now dressed in this classic color combination!
Thank you so much to Rug Pad USA for sponsoring this post about our blue and white mudroom! All opinions, ideas, and suggestions are my own as always. Use code CREEKLINELOVES for 10% off rug pad orders of $100 or more.
We added this mudroom addition on about two and a half years ago and we definitely can’t imagine our house without this space now that we have it. It provides a ton of storage for everyday things, a place to welcome guests, and it keeps a lot of mess out of the kitchen, where it used to all end up. I’ve shared photos of this room many times over the past few years for different seasons, and it always looked great, but it never quite felt “finished”. I decided that checking a few of those items off of our list would be a a very satisfying little August project, so I set out to finally make things right in this room.
I’m calling this room my blue and white mudroom, but really, it’s just a beautiful blue rug, white walls instead of the previous grey, and a few select blue and white accessories. Nothing too crazy, but I think the little pops of color make a difference for sure. 🙂
Our Mudroom Before: What Was Missing
I’ve always wanted a proper entryway console table in here, with a mirror and somewhere for decorative items, as well as extra room to put things down. More horizontal space is always a good idea in a utilitarian space like this. When we first finished this room, I put a rustic table that Chris had made years ago for me out of barn wood, and it was fine, but didn’t quite set the welcoming tone that I was looking for. Plus, we really needed a mirror for last-minute checks before walking out the door.
The other issue was that we never really came across a rug solution that worked well for the space, so we had switched the rugs out quite a few times. I had stencilled some utility rugs at one point and they were really fun, but weren’t quite as comfortable as we would have liked, and they also eventually got worn out. I was really looking for the ultimate rug solution, something that would feel soft and comforting to step one when you kick off your boots, but that would also stand up to, you know, actually being walked on by those same boots. 🙂
Finding Mudroom Solutions: The Rug
I realized that we had actually already found the perfect practical-yet-cozy solution with what we had done in our living room this winter. When Rug Pad USA asked if we’d like to partner up on a project, the timing couldn’t have been better. We’ve actually had a Rug Pad USA rug pad in our living room for the past six years or so, and there’s basically nothing you could do to make me part with that thing. We’ve switched out the rug a few times, but the rug pad always stays. It makes all the difference and has made any rug we’ve used, even basic cheapo ones, feel soft and comfortable.
We employed the same strategy in this mudroom as what we currently have in the living room and it’s just right: Custom Rug Pad + Washable Rug = Perfection. 🙂
We chose a rug pad option with a little higher non-slip rating for this room, just to be safe. There are quite a few options available to choose from according to your flooring type and your room’s specific needs. If you need a rug pad for one of your rooms, you can get 10% off of rug pad orders over $100 right now using the code CREEKLINELOVES 🙂
And now we have a rug that’s beautiful, washable (when it inevitably gets very dirty), and wonderfully soft. I love that I finally clued-in and used a large runner in this room rather than two smaller rugs. That extra dose of color really makes a nice difference.
Finding Mudroom Solutions: The Console Table
I’ve been trying to figure out what I want in a console table for this room for the last couple of years and the only thing I really came up with was that I wanted something that would stand the test of time. Nothing too trendy that I’d be tired of in a few years and need to get rid of. I’m happy to switch out the accessories on and around the table, but I wanted to at least have a table that I could count on for the long run. I went back and forth while I was trying to decide between white, and grey, and wood, and glass and then I finally realized that what I was looking for was basically the console table version of the 150-year-old dining room furniture that I have that’s been passed down for the last few generations of my family. It’s classic, great quality, and I never get tired of it. I decided to try to find something with some curved features in it since everything else in this room is so square. When I came across this classic demi-lune table, I knew it was the one. I laughed a little when it finally arrived. I set it up next to the furniture in the dining room, and sure enough, the color of the finish is almost exactly the same. So I hit my mark on that one. 🙂
I love having this table here for extra space to put things down, as well as for adding a few decorative pieces to the room. And we finally have a mirror! This mirror is over 100 years old and it was passed down to me as well. I’ve been wanting to find a place for it for about ten years now, but it’s so heavy, so it needed somewhere that it could rest on a table-top. I think it’s perfect here!
The final thing we did in here was paint the walls a soft white, and add some trim to give them a bit of a board and batten look. I’ll share some more details on how we did that soon!
For now, let’s just enjoy some more fun photos. 🙂
We even took a few shots of the room from outside, peering in through the window. Just for fun. 🙂
What have you added to your entryway that’s made a big difference in how welcoming it is? I have to admit that I have a few more ideas to make the space even more well-appointed, but those can wait. I’m going to enjoy it just as it is for awhile first. 🙂
Rug pad: Rug Pad USA
Console table: Wayfair (unbelievable price for such a beautiful, solid wood table!)
Green demi-john: Rainsford Company
Seagrass demi-john: Rainsford Company
Small blue and white bowls: Thrifted and Rainsford Company
White wave bowl: Jules Love Ceramics
Faux fiddle leaf fig: Michaels
Umbrella stand: Amazon
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.