Mudrooms come in lots of shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is utility. A mudroom doubles as a back entry in most homes, so it serves as both a pass-through and a coat and boot repository. Some mud rooms have a sink or laundry area while others incorporate seating or work space. With the potential for multiple uses of a mud room comes the possibility of creative entryway lighting. Sure, you want it to be useful, but that doesn't mean it has to be dull. Check out 1800Lighting.com to find fun, efficient lighting for a mud room makeover.
Ceiling Lighting and Pendants
As the primary lighting for your mudroom, your main ceiling fixture should illuminate the entire space. Nobody wants to grope around for light switches in the dark, so keep things simple in with an easily accessible dimmer switch that controls your foyer lighting. The dimmer lets you turn the light down low for night owls.
Naturally, the lighting for the mud room should fit the space, but there's no reason it has to be plain. In a room with simple, easy to clean surfaces, Spartan coat hooks and basic bins, your choice of lighting can instill some decorative flair. Fancy foyer lighting such as a crystal chandelier is probably a step too far, but a hint of sparkle makes the room special.
For example, you can compliment white Cape Cod styling with the clean lines of lantern pendants from Hinkley Lighting or Visual Comfort. Farm-style fixtures from popular Troy Lighting, Capital Lighting or Elk Lighting collections help you create a homey, down-to-earth atmosphere. One of Elk Lighting's more whimsical designs or a stunning stained-glass ceiling fixture from Meyda Lighting can infuse the starkest room with a vibrant vibe. Whether your back entry décor calls for understated, ornate, quirky or colorful ceiling fixtures, these manufacturers and many more offer a wealth of creative options.
Task Lighting for a Mud Room
By including task lights in your entry lighting plan, you can enhance both the utility and the aesthetic of the mud room in a single stroke. Task fixtures focus lumens where you need them the most, whether you are washing up at your utility sink or composing a grocery list at your built-in desk. Mini pendant lights work well for this purpose, and you can find designs that compliment your ceiling lighting beautifully. Look into mini pendants by Kalco, Kichler and Murray Feiss, or browse some of our favorite collections to find matching task and ceiling fixtures.
You can also delineate a specialized space with creative placement of task lights. For example, decorative track or rail lighting installed above your washer and dryer brightens only the area you are using. This comes in handy during those times when the kids are at school and won't be trooping through for awhile. You can put your lighting track on its own separate switch and position the heads to shed light where you need it. EGLO Lighting and Kendall Lighting supply some of our most popular contemporary styles.
Accent Entry Lighting
Accent foyer lighting makes your mud room warmer and more welcoming. If you have cubbies, you can use under-counter lights so that family members can easily find their stuff. Mini accent lamps from Dale Tiffany and Quoizel add vivid pops of color that revitalize smaller spaces.
If you have bench seating, coordinate a few throw pillows with a decorative lamp that surrounds your seating area in a warm glow. If you have a skylight in your mudroom, consider installing wall-mounted sconces to enhance the daylight and provide a warm glow at night. Anywhere a shadow threatens the vibrancy of your back entryway, strategically positioned accent lights will whisk it away.
Ideally, entryway lighting should voice a warm welcome to family members at the end of a busy day. It should send them off each morning with a bright burst of energy. The trick is selecting a winning combination of ceiling lighting, task and accent lights that make your mudroom work. Browse 1800Lighting.com today for fixture upgrades that flood your mud room with cleansing light.
PRO TIP: Unless you plan to keep your mudroom scrupulously clean – in which case, you would have to rename it – experts suggest using softer, more forgiving lighting in the space. Also, wall art or photos draw the eye away from messy areas.