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Dream Walk-in Closet Ideas

Walk-in Closet

Every girl who cares at all about her wardrobe wants a fancy closet to put it in.  With a little imagination, perhaps you can design that closet!  There are so many options to build walk-in closets these days.  With a little planning, you can build a really great closet to house your fabulous wardrobe!

Walk-in closets have always been a symbol of luxury, but the days when a walk-in closet exclusively belonged in a mansion are over. I have some of the most functional and beautiful walk in closet ideas to help you create an impeccable, organized dressing area.

If your clothes and accessories are works of art to you, it’s time to display them properly. With some good design choices, you can have (and enjoy) the walk in closet of your dreams. The first thing to decide when considering walk in closet ideas is how to create the most functional space possible.

1.     Select a Walk-in Closet Shape

"L" Shape Closet

In closet design, there are three general possibilities:

–an “L” shaped closet
–a “U” shaped closet
–a straight walk in closet

Closets in the form of “L” occupy two of the walls of the room leaving you space to move. A “U” occupies three walls for maximum storage. The straight closet design allows for his and hers sides and works well in smaller areas. Depending on closet size, all three shapes benefit from an ottoman or seating area for putting on shoes or dressing.

2.     Add Good Storage

Storage

Most of us have have lots of accessories, not to mention a wardrobe of seasonal items that need to be stored most of the year. Having dedicated storage for all clothing and accessories makes it easier and less stressful to find the items when you need them. Adding plenty of drawers to your closet design is the best way to keep items organized and dust-free.

The right organizational plan consisting of shelving, hanging space, drawers and cabinets keeps a closet looking neat and uncluttered.

3.     Choosing a Style is Key

Review walk-in closet ideas and decide on a style for your closet. Contemporary styling is the best for a clean, uncluttered space to display your clothes beautifully. Having a definite style in mind will keep the walk-in closet looking cohesive.

Once you get the structure of your walk in closet in order, take inspiration and incorporate some picks from the must-have walk-in closet ideas below:

The Color White

No other color in the palette creates a better backdrop in your walk-in closet for your clothes to shine. White is high-contrast, bright in what is normally a dark room and always looks crisp and new.

White Closet

A Dressing Island

If you have the luxury of space, a dressing item is the perfect spot to drop all your things until you use them again. Islands come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Be sure to select one with plenty of storage drawers and shelves to maximize storage. Add trays or boxes to your island top to catch smaller items like jewelry, pocket change and keys.

Island

Innovative Accessory Displays

Create a beautiful and unique closet space by using innovative displays, like the shoe wall below. Take inspiration from the hottest fashion boutiques to display your fashion objects.  Use items such as mannequins, retail jewelry displays, and open bookcases to show off your wardrobe.

Shoe Display

A Seating Area for Dressing

For your walk-in closet to be truly functional and a space you want to enjoy, you’ll need seating. An ottoman is the perfect solution. You can lay outfits on the ottoman or sit on it while putting on your shoes. For additional storage, try a storage ottoman that opens up.

Depending on your closet shape, round ottomans work better in large, open closets while narrow benches work best in straight, single-aisle closets.

Closet Seating

A Vanity Section

One of the newest upgrades in the world of walk-in closet design is the built-in vanity. Regardless of the amount of space available, you can add one to your walk in closet. The key components to a vanity area include:

–A countertop
–A mirror. If wall space is not available, a portable mirror works, too
–Dedicated lighting. Use a lamp, a lighting bar or whatever lighting works best in your closet’s vanity space
–Drawers. We recommend drawers for easily storing all make-up and grooming tools when not in use
–A stool or seat. A stools work great in a small space because it can serve as a seat or as a ladder to reach taller places

Vanity

Mirrors

You can never have too many mirrors in your walk-in closet. If you are space and wall-challenged, consider upgrading your closet doors to mirrored. The multi-function doors will keep items organized while reflecting light and other parts of your closet, making your dressing area feel larger.

Mirrors

Cool Lighting

Set the mood with lighting in a myriad of ways.  Play with the lighting in your walk-in closet until you get it just perfect for you.  If you have a window, experiment with window treatments that cast a variety of different lighting during the day.  If your closet is windowless, experiment with various lighting fixtures until you’ve reach the right mood.

Lighting

Artful Organization

Once you’ve invested in a walk-in closet upgrade, it’s time to showcase your items like a pro. Some ways to artfully organize your closet include:

–Grouping items like bags or shoes in one section
–Color coordinating all clothes and accessories
–Creating vignettes or combinations of your favorite items for display
–Adding favorite framed personal images or inspirational photos to your displays
–Including favorite art and fashion books on your shelves and counters
–Using a coordinated series of clothing hangers

Besides artfully displaying your items using the tips above, don’t over-do it. Like the image below, keep displays minimal and allow for open space to shine through. The saying, “less is more” is the secret to beautiful closet displays.

 Displayed Items

The Library Ladder

Make the most of your walk-in closet by installing a functional library ladder. The ladder allows for easy access to items stored up high while adding a funky effect to your closet. The best part is that your ladder can be part of your display, where you can hang next day’s outfit or a couple of scarves until you need to use it.

Library Ladder

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26 Comments

  1. BETH YES! im about to get my dream closet ( at least the size ) in the new house were building but have no idea how to design it- eek! cant wait to share some of your ideas!

  2. My husband and I keep our wardrobe to a very minimal size, but a walk in closet would still be so nice for us to have everything neatly organized and easily accessible! The straight closet is my favorite!

  3. Oh wow these are all SO dreamy! I’m so thankful to finally have a walk-in closet and it’s amazing to be able to keep all my clothes and accessories organized in one space. 🙂

  4. I have always wanted a walk in closet!Growing up, I had to share a regular closet with my three sisters. Hopefully one day I can get the closet of my dreams!

  5. These walk in closets are about the size of my bedroom. lol I eventually would love to have a walk-in closet. Having a sitting area would be a must with a full length mirror.

  6. Wow, closet goals! My dream house definitely includes a walk in closet with ample space for shoes and handbags. Until then, I have a tiny corner nook in my 1 bedroom apartment that is getting the job done.

  7. All of these closets are seriously a dream. I am definitely going to make sure I have a big one when we build our house this summer.

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