A Closet for Color Lovers

Stark white walls set the stage for a rainbow explosion in the cheerful master closet of Kelly and Jeff Mindell.

There’s beauty in simplicity, and this colorful, ROY-G-BIV closet from Kelly and Jeff Mindell of Studio DIY is no exception!

The Mindells are currently renovating their 1930s-era home in Los Angeles. If you follow Jeff or Kelly on Instagram, you’ve probably seen glimpses of their frozen-in-time retro kitchen, complete with orange and pink cabinets. Room by room they’re bringing their home up-to-date and transforming bland spaces into whimsical ones, like the rainbow-hued nursery for their son, Arlo.

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

The master closet is their latest flip. What was once an exterior porch-turned-kitchenette is now a gleaming white closet and laundry room combo that maximizes its small footprint.

Jeff Mindell Photography
Jeff Mindell Photography
Before: The Mindell's master closet had seen better days.

Before: The Mindell's master closet was once an exterior porch that was turned into a small kitchenette by the previous owners.

Photo By: Jeff Mindell Photography

Before: The Mindell's master closet was once an exterior porch that was turned into a small kitchenette by the previous owners.

Photo By: Jeff Mindell Photography

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

“We utilized every inch of our closet space, from floor to ceiling, to add additional shelving and storage,” Kelly said. “To reach it, I just have a small step stool I can pull out. You can always swap out seasonal items for the higher shelves, too.”

While she was dead-set on wooden hangers to begin with, she ultimately opted for slimmer ones to save room for more hanging clothing.

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Obviously, their colorful wardrobes really make this closet space pop. A few thoughtful accessories, like the deep pink fringe light fixture, help draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The best part? The light was a DIY project of Kelly’s and only cost about $100 to make!

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

“I had seen a couple vintage fringe chandeliers that were just stunning, but they were either nowhere to be found or a few thousand dollars above my price point. I decided to put my own spin on the concept and DIY it! I used fringe from a craft store and a couple inexpensive lamp parts to make it.”

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Rounding out the pink accents are a simple millennial pink shag rug, oversized peg hooks and our personal favorite: custom pastel closet doors with brass handle pulls that make a serious vintage-inspired statement.

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Photo by: Jeff Mindell Photography

Jeff Mindell Photography

Filling your home with a single bright color can be scary, but Kelly offers this advice: “I always encourage people to start small with any color if they're new to it. Choose a few pillows or small decor items, live with them for a few months and see how you feel. It's always easy to add more pink from there!”

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