January 6, 2021

My New House: The Mudroom Plan

I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten more questions about a source than I have for my mudroom faux brick tile. Yes, it’s faux brick, porcelain tile, not thin brick veneer or full brick and mortar. First of all, we had a certain floor height we needed to work with in the adjoining kitchen, so using thicker tile/actual brick was not an option. Also, mortar and brick can get very gritty and I wanted something that was durable and easy to clean. These are EmilCeramica Kotto in Mattone color. Hard to find online, but you might be able to find at a local tile store. We’ve since repainted the bench in Ben Moore White Dove (after cutting out the arches below, which frees us up for larger baskets to store shoes and such).

The floor and bench before:

We’ve used this kind of product before in homes, and it’s always been a winner. The key to making it look more like real brick is to use 1/8 or 1/4″ spacers so the grout looks a bit more like mortar. I chose a medium grey grout so that there was definition but not BRIGHT contrast.

We used a greyer version in this spec house mudroom we did with Haven Builders- the spacing is tighter and with matching grout to make it more subtle:

We’re using the same tiles as in my mudroom in this mudroom renovation we’re doing now too…but with a more significant border layout.

Here’s the plan for this space – some cushions, a cafe curtain (guys, they are coming back) and lots of hooks and baskets. I am GIDDY over the organizational opportunities this house will afford me – and I’m not even a neat freak!

LINKS:  hooks // wallpaper // umbrella stand // hangers // baskets // bench cushion fabric with faux leather piping.

Some more brick tiles, both porcelain and real, for floors:

This is one I’ve seen a lot:

Porcelain single brick tiles

Thin Reclaimed Brick Veneer

Herringbone Veneer Thin brick

Another thin brick veneer:

Coming next week – my plans for the family room with our amazing new built in/fireplace!!!!

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