7 Ways to Optimize Your Closet Space

From storage ideas to lighting tips, make your closet user friendly and design a focal point for your small space.
By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: Virginia Macdonald Photographer

Photo By: Copyright 2010 John Granen

Keep It Open and Attractive

Dramatic drapes are the perfect finishing touch for this closet that adds practical storage and beauty to this one-bedroom apartment. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Choose Colorful Hangers

Instead of basic white plastic hangers that take up space, go for thin, streamlined non-slip hangers in great hues to inject color into your closet. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Layer In Lighting

Track lights included in this closet make the space attractive and contents easier to see. Photo courtesy of Artistic Designs for Living

Add Your Personality

Decorative panels give small-space closet doors a touch of style. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Take Advantage of Dead Space

This strategic storage system optimizes every inch of wall space to create a stylish open closet in this tight attic bedroom. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Have Fun With Patterns and Textures

Use fabric-covered containers and distinctive bins in fun colors and patterns to store items on shelves inside small open closets. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Don't Overlook Backdrop Colors

The back inside wall of this young girl's open closet is painted the same cheerful pink used for the surrounding walls of the bedroom. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid