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Organize Your Mudroom

Revamp an entryway and create a colorful space to drop off everything from backpacks to boots.

By Sara Bliss and Kate Doherty

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Organized mudroom
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Get Happy

A few eye-catching ideas for getting organized.

Go Bright
In a functional place like a hallway or laundry room strong shades are a must. Choose sunny yellows, vibrant blues, crisp greens or an exuberant orange to light up and enhance the space.

Be Bold
Standard-issue basics like calendars, message boards and storage containers are much more stylish when they are in a striking pattern or brilliant tint. Think of bins and key holders as accents in your decorating scheme.

Try a New Hue
You don't have to paint all surfaces the same shade. Loecke delineated areas by bathing the stairwell in a crisp gray to provide a nice contrast for the saturated lime green walls. He kept stair railings, window moldings, stripes in the bulletin boards, and the bench all the same shade of cream for continuity and as an accent.

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