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10 ideas: How to make youryour closet fancy
When we built my walk-in master closet/dressing room, I took a lot of feedback from friends who have created a custom closet. See closet reveal post here.
I’m sharing my top 10 closet design tips if you are looking to revamp or redesign your own walk-in dressing room to make it look special and elevated!
1. Timeless wallpaper
After you’ve selected a gorgeous wallpaper, install the wallpaper before the closet system goes in. You should have the measurements of your closet modular system. I would extend the wallpaper 1-2″ behind the closet system.
I used Lee Jofa’s Avondale and with designer textiles it usually comes in a fabric and wallpaper in the same print! Looknig for temporary? Here’s a pink floral peel and stick option. Here’s a black and white version.
Tip: Take a design risk and choose a colorful wallpaper.
2. PAINT THE CEILING A Fun Color
I’m no stranger to painting the ceiling, my laundry room/mud room which also has a dark black floral wallpaper has a blue ceiling.
This color I used is Sherwin-Williams Rose Colored.
3. Pick Nickel or chrome finishes
This is personal taste, but I heard listening to several designer podcasts that nickel is a classic finish. Brass is trending right now, and I do think brass can be timeless, but not the brass that often seen in closet systems. Select chrome or nickel in a polished finish.
4. Add Locks on cabinets
There are many valuables in your closet, designer purses, jewelry, so putting locks on cabinets and certain drawers is a good idea – it won’t mean they are 100% secure but it certainly a deterrent from anyone coming and going, from service people to a cleaning crew.
Buy the cabinet locks on Amazon here and drill them yourself if you already have cabinets.
5. Make Storage behind Closed Doors
I hate dusty shoes and purses, but I live in a dusty state and I also don’t wear everything that often! So having the non everyday handbag and shoes behind cabinets, glass, or hidden storage is a good idea to keep them dust free.
Some folded shirts and odds and ends should be behind cabinet doors, so I asked for a coat closet with shelving for travel goods, and two cabinets one for my shoes, and one for my folded layered tops and other sweaters to go behind a floor to ceiling mirrored cabinet.
6. have a VARIETY OF ROOM lighting
- Ceiling lights (like canned lighting)
- Ceiling fixture (chandelier or fixture)
- Cabinet lighting
My closet system was 14″ deep and the electrician installed the ceiling lights (on dimmers) 24″ from the edges of the walls, which was enough distance to have with the additional crown molding, phew!
I added a metallic wallpaper to the back of the cabinet (before the install), by layering the wallpapers so they overlapped 1-2″ so I could cut away depending on where the cabinets were placed (I had the measurements but sometimes you give and take 1″).
Add a table lamp if you can, that’s always good lighting!
All lights are on dimmers and with careful planning I knew where the cabinet lighting would go and electrical outlet for the counter top. Your closet designer can help you with this as you build out your closet.
You can have the LED lights in the back or front of the shoe/purse cabinet and I decided to have them in the front and flip on with a switch.
7. Take the closet to the ceiling AND ADD crown molding
Nothing says I wanted it but couldn’t afford to do it all than a single wallpapered wall, or not taking the cabinets to the ceiling. It just looks more finished and luxurious to use the entire space ceiling to floor!
And if you can, add crown molding. You may be able to have a basic closet modular system and just add crown molding with a handyman if you are on a budget.
8. ADD NATURAL LIGHT
If you can add a window, do it! I only wish I made my window taller because I didn’t need to keep it the same size as our other window (I’m not sure why I did that but I think I was hoping to use the same indoor shutter system).
If you cannot add a window, you can add skylights or sun tunnels.
9. ADD A dresser or island
We added a dresser under the window and I added a Conference Recessed Power Strip with USB from Amazon and it blends in perfectly into my dresser countertop. A table lamp in a closet makes the room feel more like a cozy dressing room!
Also look into adding jewelry organizers in some of your cabinets. I ended up buying several of these jewelry drawer organizers in beige from Etsy. I try to avoid any cool tones like gray.
10. Add valet rods and belt racks
Closet systems come with a variety of accessories including slide out tie racks, and belt racks that slide out. I’ve always wanted valet rods to hang purses, plan outfits, or display something special.
Add as many as you can and have a valet rod for the top and a valet on bottom so you can create outfits, tops and skirts not just a long hang.
- Don’t plan to put items you use or want to use regularly out of reach — it will only make it annoying to grab and you’ll use them even less. Store items you rarely grab (like travel) up top.
- Have more long hang areas than you think you need! Trust me you will need it more than you think with the dresses, jumpsuits and long skirts.
- Go as big as you can with the window, but remember you will lose storage space so take the windows higher!
- Have an area for long hang that is your seasonal capsule wardrobe. Outfit pieces that sometimes go overlooked and shouldn’t because they should shine and be worn! Change them out seasonally so your beautiful pieces will be worn!
Making a closet that looks unique is easily created with thoughtful planning. You will have to plan ahead and if you can’t afford it all at once, do what you can within your budget but cannot add later. You can easily change handles down the line!