The month of August is almost like a second new year. After less-scheduled summer months, long weekends, and vacations, August ushers in the return of routine and the push toward the last part of the year. It has it's challenges, of course, but little that a bit of organization and tidying can't help, and nothing quite says "back-to-school ready" like a well-appointed and thoughtfully-designed laundry or mudroom. We've noted a few favorites, and what makes them stand out in both style and function.
More than a pantry but less than a kitchen, a scullery is a utilitarian space dreams are made of. Ideal for storing bulky kitchen appliances, extra large serving pieces, or collections, it's tucked out of the way but still easily accessed. A scullery often includes a sink, making it an ideal addition to a home with a open kitchen design where guests are often entertained. This one is a perfect marriage of style and function, with the fully-tiled walls that closely match the cabinet color contrasting the fun patterned floor.
Even without the square footage, storage can be found if you can go UP! This designer took advantage of the high ceilings in this historic property and added double height cabinetry to the tight mudroom space. Durable floor plus a charming vintage ladder hanging nearby make practical use of the previously-wasted spot. Exposed brick along the back wall adds texture and charm, and is a nod to the home's roots.
Speaking of brick, it's reputation is nearly indestructible makes it a great choice for flooring in a busy space such as a sundry or mudroom. Laid in a herringbone pattern and topped with a vintage rug, it's also a refined choice.
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A Place for Everything
Another undeniably classic selection is a checkerboard pattern made from black and white stone tile. It looks perfectly at home in the space, which is smartly outfitted with open and closed storage options, plenty of hooks for easy access, ample natural light sources, and a small desk to serve as the base of operations for running the household.
Pop of Pattern
In a mostly-white room, a pattern tile goes a long way toward bringing some interest into the space. And in this one, it draws the eye into the room, making the tight spot seem larger than it is. Though not huge, the room is thoughtfully designed with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, a folding surface over the laundry machines, a sink tucked at the end for extra-dirty chores or pretreating stains, and a hanging bar over top for hanging the more delicate items straight out of the wash.
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