Most of us don't have the space for a real, old-school dressing room, but that doesn't mean we can't treat our closets with the same care that goes into designing a grand walk-in. For tips on transforming your blah closet into something special, click below...
- The first step in the process is to clean out your closet. This makes room for new growth and gives you a blank canvas to work with. For a 4-step guide to getting rid of excess stuff, click here.
- Find your source of inspiration. We love looking at designer dressing rooms. They often use rich paint, wallpaper, and floor coverings to bring a sense of glamour to a small space. Develop a color palette for your closet, and decorate the walls and floors as if you were designing an entryway or living area.
- Consider adding lighting. It will expand the sense of space in your closet and, most importantly, it will make it easier to find things. Options include LED dot lights, door-operated closet lights, and motion-sensor lights.
- Add functional elements that will streamline your closet and help you stay organized. Your closet system should include a hanging rod (double rods can be very helpful), separate hooks for hanging individual pieces, shelving for folded clothes, a shoe rack, and maybe some drawers or boxes to organize smaller items. For ideas and recommendations, click here and here.
- If you have room, adding furniture can go a long way towards transforming a utilitarian area into something more personal. You might not have space inside your closet, but maybe there's room for a small upholstered bench or chair by the door. If you're short on square footage, avoid taking up valuable floor space by hanging a floor-length mirror on the wall.