You treat your clothes with a lot of care, so why not your closet? Just because it's a storage space doesn't meant it has to be a dull space. Here are a dozen ways to make your closet as inviting as any other room in your home.
Above: The folding doors of the closet in this NYC studio are covered in an eye-catching chinoiserie paper. Image from Domino.
A lively wallpaper picks things up in this bedroom-turned boudour, also from Domino. The freestanding midcentury-style jewelry box is a nice touch.
Another alternative, if wallpapering isn't an option, is to add paper to the back of your shelves. We've written before about what a closet lifesaver IKEA's Billy bookcases can be, and this image from IKEA shows that, with a little paper added to the back, they can be really lovely too.
In a closet from My Domaine, a palm frond wallpaper peeps playfully out from behind rows of clothes.
In this closet from Peeptoes, a shelf above a half-height hanging bar functions as a sort of vanity; picture ledges on either side of the mirror hold jewelry and nail polish.
An oversized mirror glams up the closet in Bianca & Craig's California home.
As long as you have ample lighting, painting a closet black can be a great way to set off colorful clothes, as seen on A Beautiful Mess. The leaning artworks are a nice touch.
Here's another reminder that it's ok to have art in your closet, just like you would in any other space. And this space from Lonny has another idea worth stealing: the glam gold hanging bar.
Here's a clever idea from the Urban Outfitters Blog: use an antique armoire for organization in your modern closet.
This is actually a retail store, and not a closet, but still we love the idea of taking colorful plexiglass and having it cut to fit your shelves. Image from Lonny.
If you have the space, adding an antique dresser to your closet is a great way to dress things up a little, and gain extra storage and layout space. Image from 47 Park Avenue.
As seen on Domino: Matching all your hangers is a little thing that will make a big difference.