CLOSET DESIGN PROCESS
One of my favorite projects to design was the renovation of a weird unused space off of my master bedroom into my dream closet. It was a large dressing room/closet with feminine accents, natural lighting, brass, and stripes. What’s not to love!
The space originally had an exterior door, commercial carpeting, and double louvered doors leading into the master bedroom. After removing the exterior door, the flooring was replaced with hardwood to match the existing house. It was a lucky find from a discount surplus store, and was a perfect match to the original floors. Instead of replacing the doors, we covered the louvers, added trim, black paint, and changed out the hardware for an inexpensive fix.
I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of storage, and designed the cabinetry to suit my specific needs, which included shoe storage with glass doors to display my favorite kicks. I had a local cabinet shop custom build the storage, and then painted them myself to save money.
I wanted the space to feel like I was inside a jewel box, which explains the bold color on the walls and the feminine fixtures. To achieve this all-encompassing feeling, I needed some type of ceiling treatment. Originally, I wanted this wallpaper, which I still love, but I couldn’t justify the price or installation costs. Instead, I opted to paint stripes in alternating finishes for a subtle effect. It was a fairly easy process using a laser level and carefully taping off the stripes.
The final design of the closet came out exactly howI had hoped, and I enjoyed every minute spent perusing my clothes and playing in this girly space. Every woman should have a beautiful closet at some point in her life. It just makes life better to start your day in a lovely space.
I have since handed the ultimate closet over to another owner (I miss it everyday!), but I wanted to pull together a design board highlighting the furniture used with a few little changes. This palette is a little less bold and more in line with most people’s tastes. Also, the vanity was a found piece of furniture that I repaired and painted, so I replaced it with a mirrored parsons console.
I’m in the process of designing another closet with a much different look, and I can’t wait to share the completed space. It’s part of a mid-century inspired renovation, and it’s going to be very retro and sleek!