Beautiful Boot Rooms
If you’re looking to buy a country property, your dream home will probably have a farmhouse kitchen with plenty of space for entertaining, an Aga, an open fireplace in the sitting room, a paddock and a boot room. Sometimes called a mudroom, this life-saving room confines the chaos of muddy wellies and running shoes, wet tweeds and riding hats, umbrellas and damp dogs to a separate area, so your entrance hall can remain pristine and welcoming. A staple feature of country homes across Britain, a dash of design can transform this space from a useful dumping ground into a warm and essential part of your home.
Ideally the boot room is reached directly from outside the house to minimise muddy trudging, although you may have a bit of that if the room leads off from the kitchen. Either way, as one of the first and last rooms you enter, boot rooms shouldn’t be neglected on the style front. If you invest in one item, make it a storage bench with a flip-up lid. Not only will you have a handy spot to perch and remove your shoes and help children with their laces, but you’ll have the perfect hiding place for grubby boots and scruffy kit. Make sure the bench box has ventilation to prevent things going mouldy, and have a comfortable cushion on top, perhaps covered in Sophie Allport dog-print fabric for added country charm.
Shoe storage and plenty of hooks for coats and dog leads are another must for your boot room. Shaker-style pegs or cast-iron hooks are durable and will look equally smart in contemporary as well as older homes. If you have the space, shelving units with rattan baskets for gloves and hats will finish the room off nicely. Ideally a boot room floor is washable, and a hard-wearing colourful rug thrown on top is perfect for creating a feeling of warmth. Choose one with strong earthy red and green colours that will look great on natural stone or wood floors and won’t show the dirt.
Today’s open-plan living means the humble boot room has been elevated in status to so much more than a place to park mops and muddy boots. Who knows, you might find yourself heading there with the dog for a bit of peace and quiet.
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