If we invest our hard-earned money on our clothes, we want the place we store them to be as luxurious and high-quality as the garments themselves. Dressing rooms appeal to people of all ages and are always an exciting addition to the home, but decorating this space is more difficult than you might expect.
Today, we're listing the top six mistakes people make in their closets. Designing a walk-in wardrobe without considering these no-nos will only ever result in disappointment, so take note before you start to build your own…
The right lighting is a hugely important aspect of any walk-in wardrobe, but it requires more consideration than simply choosing a trendy lampshade.
An ideal dressing room should be light but not too bright, atmospheric but not too dark. This is because the colours of your clothes can look different depending on the light in the room. No one wants to walk out of the house wearing a mismatched outfit, so take heed and install a dimmer switch in your closet so you can see what your clothes look like in all lights.
Walk-in wardrobes are functional spaces—they don't need a stylistic focal point. The key components should be a rail, drawers, and a mirror, but all elements should be in balance with one another.
Unfortunately, many dressing rooms feature mirrors that are far too large for the space they are contained within. As a closet is a private, practical area of the home, there is no need to create the illusion of more space. The mirror should simply be there to provide you with a full-length view of your outfit, not as a way of making the room look bigger. In fact, a larger mirror will reflect more of the stacked clothes and shoes in your dressing room, making it look cluttered. The perfect mirror is long, slim, and faces a blank wall for easy outfit checks.
We all love a bit of incense, but by leaving an aroma diffuser in your walk-in wardrobe for long stretches of time you risk saturating your clothes with the scent. If you truly love the scent of your diffuser, this might not pose a problem.
However, if you habitually wear perfume or aftershave the smells from the diffuser will linger and mix with your signature fragrance, creating a mismatched scent that could be overpowering and unpleasant. Best to move it to another room…
Storage is obviously the most important component of any dressing room—without it your closet would be pointless! But don't fall into the trap of buying multiples of the same kind of furniture for continuity, because you'll just end up lacking the ability to store different kinds of clothes and accessories.
Interior designers recommend taking an eclectic approach to your walk-in wardrobe. Purchase a large rail for dresses, skirts and coats, a chest of drawers for folding, and a range of shelving units for stacking knitwear, shoes, bags and hats. If you really want to make a statement, mix up modern and antique styles (as seen in this picture) for a trendy and unique vibe.
A rail and a few shelves are one thing, but an entirely open walk-in wardrobe is a recipe for disaster. Folded clothes look messy really easily, so a whole room of open shelves will undoubtedly look like a cluttered nightmare after a week or two.
Folded clothes are best kept stashed away behind closed doors. Save the show-off storage for fancy hanging dresses or expensive shoes, both of which are easy to keep tidy.
It can be tempting to try and squeeze as much storage into your dressing room as possible, but don't let that be at the expense of your windows. You need your windows for more than just natural light—they provide crucial ventilation to the room, which will stop your clothes from getting musty, damp and mouldy. Take a leaf from this designer's book and only obscure a maximum of half the window—after all, you don't want to get dressed in the dark, do you?
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