19 Dream Closet Designs

Custom storage solutions, convenient dressing areas, glamorous design details – these spaces have everything you could want in a closet and then some. Browse 19 ultra-luxurious and over-the-top closet designs and steal ideas for your own wardrobe.
By: Lisa Johnson Mandell

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Marc Angeles - Unlimited Style Photography, Courtesy of The Agency

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Photo By: Nick O’Neill, Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Photo By: Robert Granoff, Courtesy of Melissa Greenauer & Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Michael Buck, Courtesy of Visbeen Architects, Inc.

Photo By: David Foss

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Lisa Adams

Photo By: Marasuba Granderson

Photo By: Marasuba Granderson

Photo By: Photo Credit: Casey Dunn

Photo By: Photo Credit: Casey Dunn

Photo By: DHDI

Photo By: Grey Munford, Courtesy of Ehrlich Architects

Photo By: Beth Singer, Courtesy of Custom Homes by Derocher

Photo By: Beth Singer, Courtesy of Custom Homes by Derocher

Pretty in Pink Closet

You would never know that this fabulous walk-in closet designed by Nicole Norris, ASID, NCIDQ, was created from an outdoor storage room. An exterior door and window were closed and removed to allow space for custom built-in shelving, providing ample room for clothing, shoes and jewelry. 

Pretty in Pink Closet: Lighting

The light from the sparkling hanging fixture bounces off a shimmery petal pink ceiling, while glass shoe shelves mounted in front of pink damask wallpaper provide a beautiful focal point.

Pretty in Pink Closet: Mirror

The custom-designed full-length mirror and the sconces flanking it stand out in front of the horizontal striped wallpaper.

Pretty in Pink Closet: Storage

Compartmentalized drawers keep bracelets in order, while sparkling pink hardware adds a touch of glamour.

Beverly Hills Luxury Closet

You would expect a lot from the master suite closet of a $35 million dollar Beverly Hills home, and you’d get it here. More spacious than some people’s entire apartments, this closet features a flat-screen TV, a fireplace, bathroom fixtures, a small refrigerator and a grand leather chaise. An overhead skylight lets in natural lighting, while recessed lighting and a modern, crystal-draped chandelier provide illumination at night. Light wood floors and dark wood shelving give the feeling of a luxurious retail showroom rather than a closet, befitting this 15,500-square-foot mansion just a stone's throw from the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel. Shelly and Avi Osadon, the husband and wife duo behind SEE Materials and SEE Construction, created the home. 

Practical and Pretty Master Closet

This customized closet was designed by Mosaik Design & Remodeling of Portland, Ore., to meet the needs of a couple that travels frequently. The shoe shelves were custom designed specifically for his (yes, his) large shoe collection, and the velvet-lined drawers in her island hold an enviable collection of sunglasses. A built-in ironing board and toiletry organizers are hidden behind the soft white traditional cabinetry.

Practical and Pretty Master Closet: Dual Islands

The his-and-hers islands with tops made of Calacatta marble are just the right height for packing and include benches for comfort and ease when putting on shoes. We love the two unique, glittering chandeliers.

Studio Closet

This closet is actually located in the open corner of a studio apartment, where fashion expert Lindsay Albanese shoots her YouTube videos. Designer Lucinda Pace of Laurel & Wolf found that Lindsay was using her clothes closet for storing boxes, paper towels and other miscellaneous items, while her clothes hung on collapsible rolling racks. The designer created this “Style Studio” for Lindsay along one wall to act as clothing storage, a video set and an apartment design element all in one. The chaise, formerly a catchall for un-hung clothes, was reupholstered in ivory microsuede, and now serves as the perfect place for Lindsay to interview guests.

Chic Teal Dressing Room

What was once a bedroom in a Charleston-style home is now a chic, teal dressing room/closet, thanks to Nicole Norris, ASID, NCIDQ. A cheery turquoise color was chosen for the built-ins and balanced with a luxurious leopard-print carpet. Other glamorous touches include a gorgeous crystal and hemp chandelier, sparkling drawer hardware, an upholstered fabric wall behind the glass shoe shelves and a custom-made, full-length mirror. 

Spare Bedroom Turned Glam Closet

When transforming a spare bedroom into a glamorous dressing room, designer Nicole Norris, ASID, NCIDQ, turned the double-door reach-in closet into a custom-designed shoe display alcove with 1/2" thick glass shelves. Luxurious patterned carpeting, gold shimmering wallpaper and neutral furnishings balance out the bright pink shelving. 

Spare Bedroom Turned Glam Closet: Luxe Details

Details such as a gilded tri-fold mirror and a creamy hair-on-hide chair add a touch of glamour to the space. Since the room was so large, several ready-made furniture pieces were added in addition to the custom shelving.

A Touch of Tradition

Designer Melissa Greenauer recently transformed a stark, minimalist residence in Manhattan into a warm and elegant retreat from city life for its new owner. The walk-in closet reflects the client’s traditional style with rich wood tones and classic detailing like fluted panels, antiqued glass overhead light fixtures and leather hardware. Carlisle Wide Plank Floors' custom hickory flooring is the foundation of Greenaur's design for this well-organized space.

A Closet for Equals

When one closet serves as both his and hers, the husband’s space is usually a fraction of the size of the wife’s, but not so in this space by Lisa Adams — it has ample room for both. The dark wood appeals to everyone, and the glass-topped center island, which makes for easy accessory viewing, divides the closet right down the middle. The hanging orb lights add a mod touch while softly illuminating the room.

A Closet for Equals: Clothing Storage

Multi-level clothing rods maximizes the real estate for your hanging wardrobe. Decorative touches are kept to a minimum – fresh-cut flowers and globe pendant lights – keeping all eyes on the clothing and accessories.

A Closet for Equals: Shoe Storage

A custom shelving unit is the stand-out feature in this walk-in closet. Stocked with bags and shoes, the backlit shelves show off the sartorial goods while making each item easier to find.

A Closet for Equals: Sunglass Storage

A specialty drawer insert cushions sunglasses and keeps them from scratching.

Contemporary Closet With Dressing Table

Plenty of closets have islands, but this one has a built-in dressing table as well – just the thing for coordinating wardrobe and makeup. This generously sized closet features high hanging clothes racks that smoothly descend down within reach via convenient pulls. Built by Visbeen Architects, Inc. for both her and him, this master closet is nestled between the master bedroom and master bathroom, its design reflecting the contemporary style of the rest of the home.

Amazing Shoe Closet

This shoe closet is so big it can only be captured with a wide-angle lens. Note how the shoes are placed on sliding shelves on a rail system, much like some public libraries use for books in England. That’s where Walter James got this idea, when trying to devise a storage system for his wife Tiffany’s more than 600 pairs of shoes. Walter designed the closet with three stationary back shelves and three additional rows of double shelves on a track with wheels and a header on top to hold the shelves in place and to keep them stable. The entire closet is made of cedar. 

Elegant English Closet

Leave it to London for use of space that’s both chic and efficient. In this design by Lisa Adams, we love the full-length mirrors mounted on angled doors so they don’t take up valuable closet wall space. The all-white paint makes the narrow room feel more spacious and bright, and the modern crystal chandelier adds a touch of class. Shelves and cupboards reach all the way up to the ceiling for maximum storage space.

Elegant English Closet: Shoe Storage

Cabinetry and shelving extend to the ceiling to maximize storage, and customized compartments hold everything from jewelry to boots to hats to dresses, keeping the transitional space organized and efficient.

Elegant English Closet: Jewelry Storage

Discreet drawers store jewelry and other valuables, while an elegant vanity offers display space for decorative and functional accessories, including a silver and glass cloche that keeps necklaces and bracelets on display.

Elegant English Closet: Smart Compartments

Bags, boots, hats and scarves: Every item has its place in this glamorous custom closet. Pullout drawers for accessories and glass-fronted cabinet doors keep items on display and easy to reach.

A Window to the Soul

Many of us express ourselves in other rooms of the house, but we leave our closets positively generic. Not so for Marasuba Granderson, a real estate investor and entrepreneur who had very humble beginnings in Portugal, then came to the U.S. and achieved the American dream. She found herself in need of an additional 325-square-foot closet to accommodate her couture apparel and over 300 pairs of shoes, so she converted a spare bedroom and had it fitted with imported cherry wood shelving and drawers and custom-designed hardware.

A Window to the Soul: Island

As a finishing touch, she had the saying, "The secret to having it all, is knowing you already do" painted near the ceiling as a reminder of her blessings. In addition, she hung a handmade marionette she purchased in Venice, Italy, because she fell in love with the amazing artistry of the piece, and never had much time to play with dolls as a child.

Bold Fuchsia Closet

What could be more convenient than a closet and bathroom in one, especially when both are so stylishly decorated in bright shades of fuchsia? The white floors, drawers, cabinetry and ceilings, plus the glass shelves give the room a spacious feeling, while the baroque mirror and hand-blown glass faucet and sink add a touch of whimsy. 

Bold Fuchsia Closet: Shelving

With dazzling wallpaper and mini crystal chandeliers where others might hang sconces, this room becomes an inspiring, feminine version of the Man Cave, a “Girl Cave” from which one could emerge in full glory.

Contemporary Walk-In Master

Sleek wooden flooring and cabinetry, frosted glass door panels and ample space make this closet both beautiful and practical. It’s a cinch to organize and keep clutter free, as there are plenty of drawers and panels here to keep misplaced clothes and accessories hidden. The elegant ceramic vase on the center island adds a touch of class.

Shoji Screen Closet

This clever Japanese shoji panel closet runs along an entire 20-foot wall and has no side panels, so there’s plenty of room for clothes, a home theater, boxes, household goods and more. It was designed by Hanson Hsu of Delta H Design Inc., who used natural tone basswood with “Synskin” as a new technology substitute for delicate paper. The classic shoji design allows a beautiful contrast to the exposed wood trusses and concrete floors of the modern residential structure.

A Closet With a View

A comfy window seat in this spacious, wood-paneled closet provides the perfect spot for sitting and putting on shoes, or for contemplating your wardrobe choices. The natural light from the windows helps with that selection, and can be kept from fading clothes by simply lowering the shades. For nighttime dressing, there are attractive hanging glass bulb lights. The center island provides additional storage space and has become a must-have in all ideal closets these days.

Jungle Closet

Talk about a customized closet! This space was designed by Ehrlich Architects for an African art dealer/big game couple, reflecting their trademark styles of dress, which they refer to as “the hunter and the hunted.” He only wears camouflage, while she is devoted to animal prints. The zebra print rug unites them both, as does the spectacular African sculpture in the center. It’s interesting to note the differences in storage space requirements: He needs more shelves for casual folded clothes and duffel bags, whereas she has more hanging space for professional wear suited to her work in the art world.

Princess Closet

Kids' closets can be dreamy too. This adorable space was designed with California Closets’ adjustable shelving, so it can grow with the child. When the child is young, everything is placed low and open for easy access. While the closet features feminine pastel clothes and toys, note that the shelving and flooring are neutral, so any age, taste or gender can be accommodated. The closet was featured in the 2009 Somerset Collection Showhome and built by Custom Homes by Derocher.

Nursery Closet

Like the girly "Princess Closet," this smartly designed boy's storage space features adjustable shelving so it can grow with the child. The closet was featured in the 2009 Somerset Collection Showhome and built by Custom Homes by Derocher.