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.
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.
“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.
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!
“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.”
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.
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!”