Don’t Just Clean Out Your Closet, Customize It!

Long gone are the days when a closet was just a small, cramped, dark place to throw your clothes and shoes. Now, closets are an extension of the bedroom it is a part of. Closets have become an all-inclusive hotel for your handbags and a spa day for your shoes. From dramatic lighting to creative and inconspicuous storage, the possibilities for a 5-star custom closet are endless.

The current DOs for designing a closet that will make your pantry super jealous include fancy lighting such as chandeliers and lighted rods. Taking your clothes out into the bedroom to make sure they match is so yesterday. Adding light to this space allows you to see your clothes without leaving the comfort of your closet. And speaking of comfort, modern closets are now donning plush chairs or benches for the fashionably exhausted to sit back and kick up their feet. Scarves are not just for necks anymore, people. Scarves can be artistically placed throughout for a colorful and decorative addition to your closet. Matching hangers add a feel of consistency to the space and are an inexpensive way to turn your closet from drab to fab. Replacing plastic or wicker laundry baskets for a leather basket is another way to dress up your dressing space without spending a fortune. A built-in ironing board that folds down from the wall is a great way to maximize your closet space, and eliminates the hassle of trying to work around the ironing board, as well as setting it up and taking it down after every use. Island cabinetry and built-in shelves are a growing trend in custom closets, which offer more storage space without taking up closet space.

The current DON’Ts for designing a custom closet include mismatched hangers, boring white painted hanging rods, and not taking advantage of the artistic potential of scarves by tucking them away in a drawer. Crown molding and baseboard make a big difference in a small room, and having them mismatched or inconsistent with the closets custom feel can be an eyesore.

Whether you have a large walk-in closet or are working with a smaller space, the key to maximizing your closets potential is organization. Getting rid of clothes you no longer wear will create space for your fashion favorites. Consider donating them or taking the gently used, high-end pieces to a consignment store. You could earn some money to use on that coveted closet organizer you’ve had your eyes on.  Store the things you use the most at eye level, the things you use less often below that, and the things you use the least above you will make finding what you need quick and easy.

Transforming your closet can be invigorating and fun, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. It is a project that you can do a little at a time and will make a big difference in the feel of your bedroom. Your closet may just become your new favorite place to visit.

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