Friday, July 15, 2011

"Closet Case"

Every woman wants a large wardrobe closet to handle all their accessories and clothing needs. Unfortunately, I'm in serious need of a closet makeover! I wish I had the space and time to redesign my closet. But, in order for this to be possible, it will require a total renovation overhaul of my bedroom. In which I'm in no position to start. But, if I had the space and time I would definitely have an ultimate wardrobe closet. So, I got to thinking about what makes a great wardrobe closet. In the past, there wasn't much consideration for closets when it came to design. Closets were not practical and very small. In some homes closets were nearly non existent. Nowadays, people are taking closets to the next level. Celebrities and the elite were some of the first to explore the wardrobe ideas. Today, wardrobe spaces are becoming increasingly popular and mainstream. When buyers are looking for a great home closet spaces are top on their list of must haves. Buyers want their spaces to feel luxurious and spacious. People are more savvy and stylish and want their homes and wardrobes to reflect their lifestyles. 

What is amazing about some of these spaces is the size and attention given to details and finishes. Many of the finishes are custom built with high-end wood cabinetry, italian fabrics, luxurious flooring, and some also have exquisite chandeliers as their lighting. They can also be designed to have temperature controlled settings. Some of these wardrobe spaces are the size of a small bedroom and even bigger. They can range from reach-in and walk-in closets up to a chic wardrobe space. The design options are limitless.

Wardrobe spaces can be traditional, contemporary or modern in style. Just remember that these spaces can be as chic and glamorous as you want them to be. But, if you are like me and have a limited amount of space there are other options to providing storage to your space. If you can not afford to update your space with custom built-in shelves and storage compartments, you can always use a furniture piece or armoire as an option.

Decor by Jennifer Inc contemporary closet
Designed by Toronto interior designer Jennifer Brouwer
Wardrobe closets can be custom built to retrofit any space. Once you have decided on your budget and location you should contact a designer or contractor to discuss design options.
Closet traditional closet
Designed by San Francisco showroom Malka of Innovative Design Group
There are many design options in the market. However, you should select a finish that will compliment your bedroom or home. This will help you if plan to resell your home in the future.

The Boutique Closet contemporary closet
Designed by Los Angeles architect Lisa Adams
Wood is the most elegant choice when it comes to wardrobe closets. So, If you want your space to look high-end wood finishes like mahogany or cherry is a great finish option. Of course, if you're working with a modest budget you can use wood laminate instead.

Pacific Heights Residence traditional closet
Designed by San Francisco general contractor Moroso Construction
There are also a variety of flooring options in the market. But, comfort should be the determining factor of your selection. You should choose the best option that fits your lifestyle.

The Living Space Closet - HIS modern closet
Designed by Los Angeles architect Lisa Adams
Wardrobe closets can be modern, contemporary, or traditional. But, the style of cabinetry should reflect the rest of your home.

Dressing Room contemporary closet

Master Closet and Bath traditional closet
Designed by Dallas general contractor Curb Appeal Renovations
Chandeliers and wall sconces are also becoming increasingly popular among buyers as well. If you want to include this design option with your space, check with your local municipal office for building codes and regulations before installing. Contractors and electricians are required to follow all proper installation techniques and safety measures.

closet contemporary closet
Photo courtesy of New york Photographer Robert Granoff
Walls sconces and chandeliers are a great way to add style and elegance to your space.

Schwartz and Architecture modern closet
Designed by San Francisco architect Schwartz and Architecture
Enclosed storage cabinetry and shelving can be used, if you don't want to expose your clothing and personal items.

Dressing  closet
Designed by San Francisco architect Thomas Rex Hardy, AIA
There are many different designs to choose from for your custom vanity. But, it is important to have them designed to reflect the your taste. You also want to make sure that you allot the appropriate storage space for your vanity cabinets.

Pale Pink Girls Closet traditional closet
Custom vanities can be designed to coordinate with your wardrobe closet and bathroom. Ceramic tile is the most commonly used countertop surface with custom vanities. However, mirrored surfaces are becoming increasingly popular.

Modern and contemporary wardrobes have evolved over the years. So, if you want a more sleek and contemporary look this is a great option. This option will work well if you have modern taste and want a more European style with clean lines.

You should consider what type of feeling that you want to convey and apply that look into your design. You can embellish the cabinetry with traditional or modern motifs to jazz up the space.

Like most shop-a-holics space is always a problem. If this is so, a rotating carousel can be used if you need additional space. With the push of a button, it provides an efficient and practical way to store and hang your clothing.

There many design features you can add to your closet. You can add a pull-out laundry basket with a washable insert to store soiled linens and clothing.

Ironing boards are large, bulky and have little space to store them. However, pull-out ironing boards is a good substitute. It can also be retrofitted to fit your space. This option makes it easy to take out as needed and saves space when not in use. 

There is also an option to store and display pants on a stylish rack.

You can also store valuables in a concealed electronic safe.

Separate your scarves, ties & belts in this cellaret

Lingerie and delicate pieces can be stored as well.

If you want an elegant look cabinetry can be customized to look like furniture.

Any woman would love to have a closet like this. But, if you don't have the space or resources you can always substitute furniture instead.

There are a variety of design options when it comes to closet spaces. Just remember that these spaces can be as chic and glamorous as you want them to be.

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