Photo Gallery: Chic Closets & Dressing Rooms
Get organized with clever clothing storage designs.
This dream dressing room features open shelves backed in pale blue to make them stand out as the closet’s focal point. Linen-covered boxes hold shoes and sweaters, doors hide hanging closet areas, and the marble-topped island features drawers on both sides. To enhance the room’s vintage appeal, Toronto-designer Theresa Casey accessorized with antique pulls and a delicate 1930s chandelier.
The dressing room has built-in storage and shelving in every corner. A small desk doubles as a vanity and impromptu office. Shelving above the desk displays favourite shoes and photographs. A unique coral lamp extends the home’s subtle beachside theme.
Designer Lisa Rogers transformed an extra bedroom into an elaborate storage space. The absence of doors allows homeowner Patricia Lovett-Reid to see all of her clothes at a glance. A freestanding unit in the centre of the room provides more storage and a spot to lay out outfits. Use woven baskets to sort items.
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White walls and understated furniture are given a hit of Old Hollywood glamour with a brass sunburst mirror and mini-chandelier. These two small items make a big impact and change the look of an otherwise simple dressing area.
If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, make sure it has an island. The drawers act as a perfect space to keep smaller items like jewelry and belts organized, and the surface allows you to display a selection of your favourites.
Plenty of natural light sets off the clean-lined components, like open shelves, walnut wall panels and mitred stainless steel clothing rods, all of which enhance the boutique-shop style closet. Extra storage boxes keep out-of-season items out of the way and open shelving clearly displaying everything makes getting dressed a cinch. Woven baskets and a kilim rug add an organic flavour.
Instead of bookcases, designer Christine Ralphs displays her fashion books on top of wardrobes so she can find inspiration every day while getting dressed. Framed art is layered on the floor, leaving wall space for a dressing room essential: an oversized mirror.
Stylist Sabrina Linn’s dressing room, which connects the bathroom to the bedroom, has no doors, creating flow and a reason to keep it tidy. She installed prefab shelving to make use of the available vertical space and create the look of custom built-ins. A chinoiserie-print curtain hides a stacking washer and dryer.
A shoe rack is a must for any organized closet or dressing room. A built-in that blends seamlessly with the rest of your shelving is preferable, but a free-standing shelf like this one can work just as well — goodbye unsightly hanging door organizer!
This men’s dressing room features shallow drawers that allow ties to lie flat, with deeper drawers beneath for sweaters and golf shirts. Cleverly incorporated into the cabinetry, a low bench for donning shoes is nestled between open shelves and backed by a full-length mirror.
Raw-silk drapes and an ornate black chandelier add glamour while a marble fireplace creates a sense of luxury. A glass and chrome vanity doubles as a desk. A vintage swiveling shoe tree holds 200 pairs of flats and heels. The graphic zebra-print rug helps anchor the room’s many hits of bold colour.
Outfits can be composed on the horizontal rails installed on the exterior of one bank of closet doors. Eramosa stone flooring, unembellished surfaces, a muted palette and floor to ceiling doors keep the look contemporary and sophisticated. A table that juts out from the rows of closets provides a place to fold clothes. The upholstered cube stool is firm enough to stand on when reaching for items on upper shelves.
In this elegant yet youthful walk-in closet, order is kept thanks to a built-in dresser and lots of hanging space. The soft blue paint colour creates a breezy, fresh look while pink damask wallpaper and a mini chandelier add personality and a touch of sweetness.
The island’s drawers store delicates such as lingerie and stockings. The bench provides a convenient spot for packing handbags and suitcases. Beaded pink pendant lamps and brass hardware add lustrous details.
In this large walk-in closet, an eye-catching brass tray and a large glass urn are used to hold jewelry and scarves. Stools, like this metallic one, are great multitaskers, working as both seating and side tables.
A short hallway leading into the principal bedroom offers a spot to carve out a clothing closet. Foregoing doors gives the area the feeling of a small dressing room and makes it easy to access. White built-ins and chrome hardware create a clean, modern look.
Designer Rosie Daykin had sleek white closets installed in her contemporary principal bedroom. The custom built-ins offer lots of hanging and shelf space, while spotlights illuminate the contents when doors are open. Vein-cut travertine flooring adds elegance to the room.
Here, an inexpensive floral bedspread was used to create the look of custom drapery. The fabric injects colour and pattern into the space, while the pleated-style header adds polish. A large oval stool provides a surface for laying out clothing items or a comfortable spot for donning footwear.
Wallpaper behind open shelves adds a special, pretty touch, and gives this well-used space a little style. An Eames Walnut Stool is the perfect place to perch while you slip on shoes.