What You Should Know About Closets

Creating a user-friendly closet requires some thought and planning, but we'll help you create the right design for each space in your home
Woman's White Wardrobe

Woman's White Wardrobe

Photo courtesy of California Closets

Photo courtesy of California Closets

By: Jeannie Matteucci

No matter what kind of home you live in, from a small city apartment to a multilevel suburban house, you probably could use more closet space. Clothes, sporting goods, cherished collectibles and cleaning products are just a few of the many things we want and need to store. But often the busy nature of modern life leads to a home full of clutter and little organization. From your kitchen and bedroom to garage and laundry room, having a well-designed and flexible closet can make any space in your home function and look better.

But having an organized closet is just the start of it, as many homeowners now want their closets to complement the rest of their home and reflect their interests and lifestyle.

Boutique-Inspired Closets

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Comfortable and Personal

An upgrade from the typical walk-in closet, boutique-inspired closets often incorporate seating, stylish lighting and other luxuries. In this closet by ClosetMaid, a plush rug and a comfortable bench create a place to relax, while framed photos and decorative boxes add a personal touch. The closet also features ample storage space in the form of drawers, shelves, shoe racks and rods.

Ornate Details

With gold leaf accents, elegant molding and plush carpeting, this closet by Studio Becker is a luxurious extension of the bedroom. A popular feature for boutique-inspired closets, an island provides extra storage space and a surface for folding laundry or packing clothes.

Chic Contemporary

Whether your style is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, choose a closet system that complements your home. California Closets' Venetian Wenge suite system features flat-panel drawers and simple hardware for a look that's sophisticated and contemporary. A stylish light fixture highlights the central island, while a woven rug and baskets add warmth to the sleek space.

Seamless Transition

A large doorway allows this closet by ClosetMaid to flow seamlessly off the master bedroom. The door also defines the his-and-hers zones of the closet, which are equipped with shelving, rods, a hutch for him and shoe storage for her. A double center island with a bench unites the space and adds extra storage space.

Timeless Style

Clean, classic and neutral, this closet by Studio Becker feels like a fitting room in a high-end clothing store. The drawers and storage boxes feature hand-stitched leather pulls, and the shelves are crafted from quality maple wood.

Handsome Design

Cherry cabinetry with an espresso finish adds masculine appeal to this closet by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. The well-designed space includes several convenient features, including laundry storage and open shelving for shoes and purses.

All in the Details

The right details can transform a typical closet into a stylish sanctuary. Decorative molding, an antique-looking light fixture and maple cabinetry with a distressed finish add vintage style to this closet by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Along with rods, drawers and slanted racks for shoes, the closet features built-in shelving for books, framed photos and other personal mementos.

Soothing Hues

Think about what colors attract you when designing your closet. Grays, blues and browns make this closet by ClosetMaid a serene place to get dressed and spend time. For an invigorating space, opt for reds, oranges and other bright colors.

"These days people are making their closet their own personal boutique," reports Los Angeles professional organizer Chris McKenry, owner of GetItTogether LA! and former board member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers). "Twenty years ago closets were just storage, but now people want every square inch of their home to be a place to enjoy."

But if the idea of an attractive, well-organized and efficient closet seems out of your reach, think again. If you take the time to organize what you want to store, carefully consider all of your closet storage options and take note of great tips and ideas from the experts, you too can have that stand-out closet that brings order to your home.

So take notes and get ready to have the kind of closet you always wanted but never thought you could achieve.

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