Gussy Up A Mudroom:
Bring new life to a utility room by reviving a tired wood floor with color and pattern

Country Sampler Decorating Ideas - 10/01/2005

news_200510.gifTake advantage of overlooked spaces. Laundry rooms, mudrooms, and other utility spaces don't have to be boring. Interior designer Sharon McCormick, owner of Fairchild House Interiors in Durham, Connecticut, worked with painter Patrick Ganino to create the floor pattern that enlivens the mudroom of her 18th-century Colonial home. Although linear and geometric patterns may not suit older homes' uneven walls, Sharon says that floor provide an ideal canvas for introducing patterns missing elsewhere in your décor. Because the room also serves as the main entryway to the home, Sharon designed a space that has form and function. "I wanted something to perk it up so it would be a happy, welcoming place," she says.

Sharon selected a pale yellow for the walls and ceiling to give the room an overall warm glow and designed the octagonal floor pattern to resemble Colonial-era floor cloths. Patrick, a decorative painter and muralist, used a template, paints and glazes to render the checkerboard pattern. He added a yellow faux finish to the octagons for a textural twist. The sophisticated look is deceptively simple to create, and a few coats of polyurethane make this high-traffic area durable and easy to clean.

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