And we don’t just mean a closet that’s well-organized, although that’s part of the equation.
Your dream closet is one that tells the world “This is who I am,” while also attending to a more practical matter: meeting all your storage needs.
Your dream closet isn’t just where you keep your clothes and shoes. When you enter the world of custom closet designs, you’ve given yourself an oasis where you can start each morning and return to at the end of the day.
Here are a few ways to make your dream closet a reality.
1. It’s YOUR dream, so find the system that works for you
From walk-in closets to shallow cubby holes, the places we keep our clothing come in all sizes. It’s up to you to determine how you want to store and sort everything.
“Two common solutions: by color and by item type,” writes Abigail Brennan of The Everygirl. “I’m a big fan of the latter, as it easily allows you to see all your options when choosing an outfit and getting ready in the morning.”
This means, for example, hanging items like skirts, dresses and button downs, and keeping pants and t-shirts and drawers. (Don’t hang your sweaters; they’ll stretch.) Your bookcases and dresser top provide perfect places to display jewelry and accessories.
2. Keep things accessible
You bought your clothes because you like how they look, so keep them visible and easy to access. This will let you make sure you don’t overlook certain items. You can keep small bags and scarves in bins or in built-in cubbies and rotate items according to the season. And when you make sure everything is in sight and easy to access, you’ll have a much simpler time getting dressed at the start of your day.
3. Make it a place you want to hang out
Putting aside practicality, your dream closet needs to be a place where you want to spend time. One idea: try wallpapering the back of a bookcase to add some extra color, or put up a piece of art that inspires you or simply makes you feel happy.
Make sure you have enough light so you can see your closet décor (and so you can see what you’re doing when you’re getting dressed.) When dealing with walk-in closets, be sure you have an appropriate amount of overhead lights. In smaller closets, little click-on lamps and LED lights on your shelves should do the trick.
4. Give yourself a “staging area”
This is one place where larger walk-in closets have an edge over smaller spaces. “Staging areas” are becoming increasingly popular in celebrity homes, designer-to-the-stars Lisa Adams told Today in 2016.
This is a place inside the closet where you can arrange items to plan your outfit, or give yourself space to pack for a trip.
But don’t think this option is only for A-list homes. It’s something you can achieve by mounting a towel bar or an extended valet hook on a wall, Adams told Today.
If you need help turning a drab closet into your dream closet, the experts at Closets & Cabinetry are ready to assist you.