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Tile with Style: Bringing Concrete-Look Floor Tile to the M House Mudroom

Momma to five littles and Head of Design at M House Development—a custom home-building firm that she and her husband Scott founded in 2013— Elizabeth Mathieson is accustomed to a busy schedule and bustling household. It’s no stretch to say Elizabeth is a jack of all trades, especially when it comes to transforming residential homes with high-quality design and transitional to modern finishes.

When Elizabeth took on the challenge of transforming the mudroom in her own home, she knew she needed a durable tile solution that could handle the heavy foot traffic of family and friends without sacrificing aesthetics. After all, as its name implies, the mudroom is also a space prone to dirt, moisture, and debris from the outdoors, so a low-maintenance tile option was crucial. Serving as a buffer between her home and the family’s outdoor pool area, Elizabeth was on the hunt for décor and floor tiles that would offer long-lasting beauty throughout the seasons. 

Wanting to know more about Elizabeth's vision for the mudroom, we went straight to the source for the low-down on each detail.

A:  Elizabeth, what were your floor and décor tile “must haves” for a mudroom that would function well for your family?

E:  For this space, I knew that performance and durability were key. With five (yes, FIVE!) young children, I knew I wanted a forgiving tile that wouldn’t show dirt in this high-traffic area. That said, it also had to be beautiful. I knew that porcelain tile could check both of those boxes. Our mudroom connects to our outdoor pool and bathroom, so wet kids are often traipsing through the space. This porcelain tile flooring is never slippery, so I don’t have to worry about water damage or wet towels piled up by the washer and dryer closet. 


A:   What porcelain tile did you ultimately decide on for your family’s mudroom?

E:  We went with a beautiful concrete-look porcelain tile from Atlas Concorde USA’s Cove collection in the shade “Storm.”

Porcelain tile Cove in a mudroom from Atlas Concorde USA
This porcelain tile from the Cove Collection is ready for "high-traffic".
Finished mudroom with Atlas Concorde USA Cove Collection
Atlas Concorde USA's Cove Collection shines in this amazing mud room.

A:   What ultimately drew you to a concrete-look porcelain tile? How did your choice of tile and pattern support your design vision for this space?

E:  I knew I wanted an “artisan” look in a solid neutral color with natural variation. The Cove collection has some subtle reliefs on the surface, so it looks very high-end (unlike flat gray porcelain, for example). The handcrafted style and texture of “Storm” is a perfect balance—not too much where it looks weathered. The traditional herringbone pattern really ties together the space and the surrounding cabinetry details, too. The room feels very comfortable, inviting, and familiar. But when you look more closely, the finishes surprise you. I love that—it’s an overall feel for me.

A:   What design tips do you have for someone looking to purchase floor and décor tile for their own mudroom or other home improvement project?

E:  Function and design aesthetic can (and should) go hand-in-hand. I love tile and, while sometimes incorporating a ‘wow-factor’ makes sense, a beautiful yet simple pattern can also take center stage. 

Want to see more dreamy M House renovations? In our next "Tile Talk", we’re headed to Elizabeth’s newly remodeled pool deck and cabana to see how she extended this striking tile transformation outside.

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