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Designing a fancy Dressing Room Master Closet
When Benjamin had the idea of expanding to build a 200 square foot master closet, I thought I would settle for a basic closet modular system, due to already increasing prices of building. But as time went on and we waited for permits to be approved, I decided my closet couldn’t be basic! After all, this is our forever home.
I also own very beautiful items that I take care of, and it would be great to have a unique beautiful dressing room to hang and display my wardrobe and accessories. I believe if you don’t see it, you won’t use it which can also lead to buying more and creating more waste.
I’m excited to share with you the closet I designed (I picked the paint, fixture, wallpaper, etc.), my thoughts, and the process of designing this space hiring Inspired Closets Phoenix for the modular closet. I am fortunate to call my own master walk-in dressing room!
I know, the first thing anyone says is THE WALLPAPER! So let’s get into that. It is Lee Jofa’s Avondale in Ruby color way and is a grasscloth. You can buy any wallpaper from Decorator’s Best at 10% off with checkout code DIANAELIZABETH_
I found the closet bench for $150 on Facebook Marketplace! I also found that gorgeous mirror on FBMP too! Benjamin started watching football I got bored and found this listing and she was around the corner! I got it for $55! I know, pinch me!
My little bear piggy bank up top was from my grandmother. She painted it and gave it to me when I was very little and I remember falling asleep looking at it in my room. I’m so grateful my mom never threw anything away. It just means a lot to me and I have it in this space to remind me of her.
THE CLOSET DESIGN DETAILS
I am going to walk you though the design details I chose and share my thoughts.
The gorgeous boutique closet level (starting at $10k+) was what we went with, and used Arctic White, a very crisp white for the cabinets in shaker. If I knew I was going to use the wallpaper I did, I would have also considered a soft white/gray with the texture or beige with wood texture. I am not afraid of color as you can tell, and the texture would be lovely to consider!
I provided my own drawer pulls that were my taste, in my favorite finish, a polished nickel.
I wanted valet rods to help me get dressed, and as recommended by Alice Lane Home podcast Dear Alice (listen for some closet tips!) have one by the bottom and the top so you can put together outfits top and bottom! GENIUS!
I also wanted hidden cabinet space for shoes, t-shirts and things that I’d rather hide than display, like folded t-shirts, sweaters and shoes. I don’t like dust on things, I also wanted one of the cabinet doors to be a full length mirror. I thought about doing two back to back, but Benjamin said it would look like a fun house and he wasn’t into it, so one was enough!
I selected the chrome rods which was the closest finish to polish nickel. I gravitate toward polished nickel or chrome as a finish for a timeless traditional look and also my velvet hangers have silver hooks. If you order your own drawers or pulls you can give them to the team and they will drill them for you.
There is the option to have your closet be taken all the way to the ceiling with crown molding, and also how the bottom is finished – you can decide if it fits within your budget. I also had to know lighting plans and where to put electrical for the LED lights and outlet I want on the top of my dresser.
Also with lights we had them installed 24″ from the wall. Phew on the placement!
Once framing was up (in our case for a new build structure), the Inspired Closets Phoenix team came out, Amanda my incredible designer, and Andy came out to measure. They tagged where to put outlets and the electrician came out the next day.
The lead time for the closet material to arrive and be installed after signing the contract is 14-17 weeks, with installation taking 1-2 days depending on the size of your space. Our install took 1 full day with three installers.
I found these organizers from Etsy! They were so unbelievably cheap but it says they are unavailable now.
Above, you can see behind my glass door which houses other things and I put some of my favorite photos back there like a collage. There’s not enough frames to hold my dearest memories and this is where I can see them multiple times a day. I just tape them to the back of the door with scotch tape.
Also behind this door are the unpretty things like hats, other purses that I don’t think need to be displayed in the LED glass case. Other sweaters, undershirts, etc.
I decided to hire a seamstress who makes custom shades to use the same Lee Jofa Avondale print in fabric. It’s almost the same price $250 a yard. Yeah… but it’s worth it, look at it! I’ll never replace it!
Locks on cabinets are a good idea. They may not prevent a theft if someone were to break in and intend to steal, but it will slow them down or just prevent someone who is in your home from sticky fingers, like maybe a subcontractor, etc. I’ve learned from others it’s better to be safe!
I didn’t think I would paint the ceiling pink until I saw a room on Instagram designed by Alice Lane Interiors based in Utah and I was sold. The color is called Rose Colored by Sherwin-Williams to really bring the drama to the closet, and it’s a closet after all! Often we hear we should weave the same color throughout a home. I also think personal spaces don’t need to coordinate with entertaining spaces either. No one will see them but you (or blog readers) so you can do whatever you want in the spaces that are private. I went with a deeper pink opposed to lighter to avoid a nursery look and bring more sophistication to the room.
I also found a nice vent since it was right behind my Suzanne Kasler light. Thankful for Hill Farm Design for making it look nice with the paint and install. The ceiling was sprayed and it looks perfect.
I added a silver trim I found from Home Depot and cut it myself and installed it with little nails. It was not the easiest thing but I did it! I thought about hiring but it was such a small job and honestly I had been so tired of having people in my house for 6 months straight I just wanted to minimize the visitors.
I also added an outlet to the top of my built in dresser! It is behind this frame. It was a necessity as I planned to place a lamp on there because table top lamps are just beautiful in spaces! With the flip of a switch it would turn on my cabinet LED lights and my tabletop lamp.
My three light switches went to –
- Ceiling light fixture
- LED lights behind cabinets and tabletop lamp
- Ceiling pocket lights
Amanda, our designer had such great ideas and solutions – which is what you get with a professional closet company that does closets day in and day out for a living. There are many times I called or text Amanda over the months – we had coordinated this design at the same time as our expansion which was a good time to work on it – we had a rough idea of the measurements since they we had approved permits, and after drywall was up, they came in for final measurements to finalize the design and place the order. Then we waited for the modular closet to be created and sent, as we worked on finalizing the paint, installing lighting and me wallpapering the closet.
To summarize, luxury closet must-haves
- Lighting on a dimmer switch
- LED lighting in cabinets
- A window, add UV film protectant to protect from fading clothes
- More long hang, and raise it higher than you think for long dresses
- Closed cabinets for: shoes, oversized jackets, and folded sweaters and other miscellaneous to prevent dust and make the closet look more streamlined and less clutter
- Design: Pick your own handles, and go for a chrome or nickel finish over brass.
I have spent so much time in my dressing room. As soon as I get out out of the shower I will sometimes blow dry my hair and head over and put on lotion, talk to friends on Marco Polo and pick out my outfit. I’ll also have a podcast playing as I figure out what I’m wearing. The same goes when I unwind. I have a Google mini in my closet behind my clothes.
Having a space like this is truly a luxury I’m grateful for. One of the best things is being able to see everything I own which keeps me from over buying because I can now see I have enough!
LINKS TO OUR MASTER CLOSET DESIGN
Active links are in bold.
- Drawer pulls: Emtek American Classic pull in 6″ in polished nickel finish
- Ceiling fixture: Suzanne Kasler lighting, it comes in 3 sizes, I ordered size medium
- ROSEROSA Peel and Stick PVC Metallic Self-Adhesive Wallpaper: for back of LED lit purses and shoe cabinet
- Wallpaper: Lee Jofa Grasscloth Avondale Paper Ruby/Spice. (link gets you 10% off)
- Fabric for roman shade: Lee Jofa Fabric (link gets you 10% off)
- Hand Knotted Wool rug: SAFAVIEH
- Ceiling paint color: Sherwin-Williams in Rose Colored
- White wood hangers: Amazon
- White velvet slim hangers: Amazon
- White wood pant hangers: Amazon
- Snake table lamp: CB2
- Brass light switch plates: Rejuvenation
- Brass door handles: House of Antique Hardware
- Mirrored tray: Alice Lane Home
- Gold adjustable tilting vanity mirror: Willows Home
- Crystal Orb Frame: Alice Lane Home
- Metallic Bench: Facebook Marketplace
- Custom relaxed roman shades: Interior Sewing by Kim
- Modular closet system: Inspired Closets Phoenix designed by Amanda Moore
Disclosure: I received a discount for our master closet design and materials. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you Inspired Closets Phoenix for creating a wonderful closet. Thank you for supporting the brands that help me create content on this blog.