Bright ideas for lighting your mudroom

At its most basic level, the mudroom serves as the passageway that leads family and guests from the interior of your home to outdoor areas, and vice versa. However, this space has evolved to have greater purpose and functionality – often equipped with practical storage units, laundry appliances and home office essentials. The mudroom has quickly become one of the most used workspaces in the home. With this in mind, it is important to properly light this room to create an inviting, functional and beautiful atmosphere.

When considering how to light your mudroom, functionality should be your first priority. Nevertheless, there is still great opportunity to beautify this space with unexpected decorative fixtures.

With these tips, you can create a bright and cheery space that both reflects your décor personality and meets the working needs of your family.

1. Decide how you plan to use the space and light accordingly.

In determining the right lighting design for your mudroom, it’s important to first assess how you plan to use the space. Would you consider your mudroom to be more decorative or functional? For example, a room that will be used for careful tasks such as paying bills or finishing homework will require more task lights. If it is more of a stylish nook with minimal storage space, your plan may focus more heavily on general and decorative lighting.

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This open mudroom in the Toll Brothers Glenview model serves as a laundry room and “bag drop” area. Since the activities performed in this area are not meticulous, a simple recessed lighting design is a perfect fit.

2. Assess your general illumination sources (also known as ambient lighting).

Before installing new light fixtures, consider the “already in place” sources of light in your mudroom. A skylight or window is an added bonus that may allow you to cut back on the number of fixtures you install for ambient lighting. In general, ambient lighting is the number one illumination need for mudrooms. In many cases, ambient sources are often all that is required to adequately light this area.

Ambient sources that work well in mudrooms include pendants, flush mounts and track lights. It’s important to determine the number of fixtures and wattage needed to properly illuminate the space, taking into account the size of the mudroom.

Design Tip: Add a mirror on the wall to reflect light and create added depth to your mudroom.

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Because of the natural light in this mudroom, Progress Lighting’s Clayton overhead fixture and recessed light are all that is needed to brighten this area (Toll Brothers, High Pointe at St. Georges)

3. Define your mudroom personality

The mudroom is often overlooked as a room that features beautiful decorative accents. However, it’s careful details like these that truly separate an awe-inspiring home from an average home. In short, don’t overlook your common areas. For a whimsical appeal, add a schoolhouse pendant above an entryway. For a sleek modern look, a flush mount with clean lines may be the perfect fit.

Consider your unique style – and use lighting to further it. Lighting has the ability to add instant beauty to a room and even define the personality of your home. Fashionable pendants, flush mounts, track fixtures, sconces and even chandeliers can be used to illuminate a mudroom.

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This mudroom takes on a traditional, sophisticated approach. Progress Lighting’s Cantata chandelier adds unexpected beauty to the space (Toll Brothers, Overlook at Colleyville).

4. Layer with accent and task sources

Another thing to consider is that overhead lighting often creates shadows. This is where a layered lighting approach that incorporates task and accent lights can be of real help. Install under cabinet lighting to illuminate tabletops, counters and appliances. Wall sconces are stylish additions that cast light on the walls for a beautiful effect. Use accent sources to spotlight and illuminate favorite elements such as a statement piece of artwork or hooks for car keys.

Follow the four steps to illuminate unexpected areas in your home – it could be a good weekend project!