Beyond the Bedroom | Closet Trends

Closets aren’t just those places you closet the door and hide stuff in anymore. Closets have become showpieces where beautiful chandeliers hang and upholstered pieces of furniture sit. Closets have gone from storage spaces to dressing rooms! So today we’re breaking down what the newest closet features are and how these changes and transforming the closet standard forever!

For starters, the typical closet system isn’t just a plain white or stained wood material. Closet systems are being custom made with mixed materials. Or the closet is outfitted like a kitchen with a perimeter shelving system that is one color and a contrast island in a different color wood — some painted, some stained. One of the big goals with closets now is to make them look like the clothes are in actual pieces of furniture (like a wardrobe) instead of just being stored.

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Ambient lighting is also turning into a big closet trend. Not only are people installing gorgeous focal chandeliers in their closet for overall lighting, they’re installing under-cabinet lighting, rope lighting, back lighting, cove lighting and all sorts of other specialty lighting that warms up the closet and highlights the clothing, purse, or shoe display.

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The introduction of materials like glass and iron has also become popular. Homeowners may have a walk-in closet with each wall built-out as a case with glass doors. Again, just another way to add layers and put personal items on display.

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Bringing in upholstered pieces of furniture is also key to transforming a closet into a dressing room. It’s always nice to have a place to sit to put on your shoes but instead of just a little bench or ottoman, why not bring in a big comfy chair that can also double and a place to lay out your clothes or set your bag down. Regardless, these pieces of furniture are what contributes to making a space feel more inviting and comfortable instead of being purely functional.

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Everybody loves a gorgeous closet and it makes sense that they’re upping their game. First the kitchen went from a cooking space to a gather space and now the closet is basically a lounge space!

Pro Tips | Closet Storage

Closets can be a pretty big conundrum for many people...which is why closet designers have a job!  Figuring out the best way to layout your hanging storage and then also adding in all the extra for shoes, hats, bags, belts, jewelry...and whatever else you plan to keep in there is not an easy task!  And whether or not you realize it, closets have accessories too.  How do you think storages like "The Container Store" have stayed in business?!  Obviously a closet system is not an inexpensive investment so you're probably not trying to spend a ton of money on the other accessories you'll need.  Which is why we're posting this today!  We're sharing with you some tips from the pros on what sort of closet storage items aren't worth the money!  So remember these items when you're navigating organization world.

First up, the hanger debate!  There are a variety of hangers out there with pros and cons for each.  Obviously, wire hangers are out!  Pointy shoulders and messy closets are not what we're looking for.  Plastic hangers are a step up and little more streamlined but can still be slippery and may not keep clothing in place like you would like.  They're not too thick, though, so you can still maximize hanging space in your closet.  Velvet hangers are nice to keep clothing in place but they have a very thin frame and can sometimes leave shoulder marks.  And then there's the most expensive, wood hangers.  Great for helping clothes keep shape and slippage but they use up a lot of space on the rail.  Based on that info, you decide what hangers are best for you!

Aside from wire hangers, there's only one hanger pros say not to buy and that's the tiered hanger!  For personal experience, we would agree.  In theory, it adds storage space but it makes it extremely difficult to see what's hanging up.  The skirt or pair of pants in the middle just gets left and forgotten because you can barely see it and forget about hanging it back up with everything else still on the hanger!

Pros also say, don't waste money on "convenient" stackable shoe storage.  While it looks great in the adds, it's unnecessary.  All you need is shelving.  If your closet has adjustable shelves, these are a great place for shoes!  Or if it doesn't, bring in a simple adjustable shelf so you can go up with your storage!

While boxes in closets seem nice and do add storage, they're not practical.  For starters, remembering what's inside the box is always a challenge and forget being able to access anything in it if the box is stacked.  If you must use boxes, buy something inexpensive (think IKEA not Container Store) and keep a single row low so it's easily accessible.

Finally, professionals say that cloth lined hampers are great IF the liner is removable and washable!  Any sort of damp towel or pair of clothing that sits in a fabric-lined hamper can grow mold or mildew so it's important to be able to wash the liner.  Breathable is better when it comes to damp, dirty clothes and towels.

We really love a well-organized closet so if you've got pics of yours, share them below!

Interior Function | Closets

Closets are tricky!  Which is why there are so many companies out there that you can hire to customize your closet.  They're trained professionals who come out, measure your clothes, take note of the different quantities (short hanging, long hanging, shoes, etc.), and discuss special options.  They then go back and draw out the closet to scale, taking into consideration your personal style and how you use the space. NOT an easy job!  Closets are personal.  It's where your clothes are stored and where you get dressed and undressed every day.  They matter!  But we get it.  Closet designers can also be expensive.  They're definitely worth it when it comes to bigger closets, but it's also important for you to understand how to customize a closet on your own.  There are a variety of DIY options for closet systems outs there---like IKEA, Martha Stewart, even the generic brands that are carried at Home Depot and Lowes, so it's available for places that might be a secondary closet at a much lower cost IF you can figure out how to plan it!  So today we're going to try to give you a little lesson in closet function in the hopes that you can save a few bucks on the next small closet you need customized.

For starters, linear length matters!  Not just the height of clothes--like long dresses, pants, jackets, etc. but the actual linear length of the bar space your clothes take up when hung.  You don't want to add a custom built-in to your closet only to realize that you don't have enough hanging space for all of your dress shirts.  

Decide on shoe storage first.  There are a number of different options when it comes to shoe storage in closets.  There's shoe cubbies, angled shelves, straight shelves, and drawers.  You may be limited to the type of shoe storage you can incorporate based on the size of your closet but it is something that's important to figure out early on.  Just like hanging space, you'll need to know how many pairs of shoes you have and decide how you want to store them.

Incorporate a seat.  A lot of people think that something like this might be unnecessary but it's very important!  Even if you don't have room for a full bench or chair, a little ottoman can make your life 10 times easier when there's space made for it in the closet.  Just think how much time you'll save by sitting down to put your shoes on IN the closet instead of having to walk to a different part of the room to find a place to sit.  Trust us!  This is a must so plan for it!

Leave a space for a full length mirror.  It is tempting to fill up every single wall with storage space but if you can spare even one little sliver of wall for a mirror, do it!  In the same sense that the seat is necessary in a closet, a mirror is necessary and time-saving as well.  Plus, who doesn't want to be able to give themselves a quick once-over before they head out of the house.

Don't forget the small stuff.  It's easy to spend so much time worrying about all the linear hanging space and shoe storage that you need that you might forget about the smaller items like purses, belts, and jewelry.  These items can take up a lot of space so it's important that they don't get forgotten!  Add some hooks and keep some shelves open because those hats and bags have to go somewhere!

Finally, look at other closets!  If you just haven't really thought about it before but you know you need to make a move, check out some closet ideas online.  There are so many options for closets out there now that you won't come up short in your search!