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3 design details that elevated our mud room...

Don't get me wrong, the BIG PICTURE stuff is important! For a space to feel professionally curated, you need to get the layout, colour palette and furniture selection right. But the details are where a design really soars!


Here are 3 details significantly elevated our mud room design...


1.Faux beams

I added 2 small wood beams to the ceiling of our mud room, spaced evenly between the existing pot lights. They add texture and warmth while still being fairly subtle.


When it comes to selecting materials, dimensions, colour tones, installation method and design, there are endless possibilities!




I built these beams with scrap plywood, 2x4 cut off pieces and leftover stain. Making this project come in at exactly $0.


The plywood and stain are the same materials that I previously used to wrap a bulkhead in our kitchen, which creates repetition and cohesion between the spaces...


2. Picture Frame Moulding

Also called box trim! This project never fails to inject instant character. It makes the space feel rich, and draws your eye to the height of ceilings.


Again, this is a details that is repeated throughout our home. Which means in addition to elevating this space, it also creates a cohesive feel throughout our home. When you get the professional opinion and direction of a design plan, continuity is something that I always consider.


Here's how it looks in our family room...

If you'd like to give this project a try, check out this blog post or Youtube video for a more detailed DIY tutorial.




3. Adding a shelf rail to the floating shelf

Also called a gallery rail or a tipping rail. You can buy them on Etsy, or even use this one from IKEA




This time I struggled to find a rail with the proper dimensions, that could also be delivered on time and on budget. So, naturally I turned to a quick DIY! I used 1/2" copper pipe and some antique gold paint (a $20 project) to add this detail and love how it turned out. It really elevated our floating shelf and brought in the same antique brass you see on the cabinet hardware.

One day I'll put tother a floating shelf tutorial, but for now, if you want to add some DIY shelf rail, here are the steps...

  • Grab 1/2" pipe ($12), 90 degree elbow fittings ($0.93) from Home Hepot.

  • Cut using an angle grinder or manual hacksaw ($15)

  • Fit your rails together (I don't think you need to solder them as you would for true plumbing. They will hold together super well without it)

  • Paint whatever colour you like- I used an "antique brass" craft paint, but spray paint would also work really well.

  • Drill shallow 1/2" holes into your wood shelf, where the ends of the rail will sit. Add a bit of adhesive and fit them snuggly into place.


If you think your space could benefit from a thoughtful design with some unique details, reach out and let's elevate your space!


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