A back entry should be just as welcoming as the front door. Here's how to set up a cheerful spot for kicking off your shoes.
An indoor/outdoor rug made of poly-propylene is the ideal solution for shielding mudroom floors from whatever you track in. For easy cleaning, just take it outside, shake it out, and hose it off. Because it's UV-treated, you can even let it air-dry outside.
Buy it: Marina Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, from $41 (2' by 3'); dashandalbert.com.