At SkyHomes we’re all about the relentless pursuit of perfection. A chic walk-in closet adds that extra touch of extravagance to your home. Who better to inspire your closet design than one of fashion’s favourite fictional characters, Carrie Bradshaw. We may not be able to mirror Bradshaw’s fearless fashion of plaid crop tops, mismatched prints, menswear-inspired ensembles and over-the-top embellishments in our own day-to-day lives. We can, however, emulate her sense of style in our walk-in closet design. SkyHomes offers you 6 tips to create a luxury walk-in closet Carrie Bradshaw would covet.
Your options for outfitting a closet with a system are now nearly as wide as your choices for furnishing your house. Years ago, all you got were poles, hooks, and shelves. Today, custom millwork is not uncommon, with levels of visual finish as sophisticated as any high-end kitchen or bath. To step it up, add multiple poles and shelves of varying lengths and heights to accommodate different types of garments. Your closet system can be shop built and painted on-site or, for a more durable finish, surfaced with glossy melamine or laminate. You can spring for shop-built, prefinished wood — essentially furniture that is designed and dimensioned to fit your closet interior precisely. Custom-made dresser drawers, shoe cubbies, shelving, and partitions can be added to your new SkyHomes home as an upgrade, allowing you the maximum amount of storage. Utilize closet space effectively by making the most of the corner, depth and height spaces in a closet. In corners, consider a carousel or a custom corner hanging rod so you are using every square inch of space possible. To store shoes choose boot rods, or flat shelves for most shoe types and angled shelves for heels. Install glass doors to the cabinets to give the space a boutique-style look, while making the space appear larger. Avoid wire hangers. For a truly Carrie-like closet purchase matching, no-slip velvet hangers to make your closet look neat and well-arranged.
Bins, drawer inserts
Tame fashion overflow with storage containers that complement your closet’s decor and maintain order to the space. Boxes with tops or covers are terrific for storing seasonal items, protecting them from dust, moisture, light or pests. They stack easily on high shelves above hanging clothes and are a chic way to use an area that can often be underused. Labels on boxes and bins that are stored up high are especially helpful. This way, you won’t have to guess what’s in the box, and you can pull down the right one on your first try. Baskets are available at a variety of price points and in a wide enough selection of colors that they can be used to provide a design focal point themselves. Choose something that goes along with your sense of style, whether it’s ultra-modern, minimalistic, romantic, traditional or retro. Carrie was known for her love of pricey brands, but she also incorporated stylish costume jewelry into her wardrobe. Store your precious pieces in decorative jewel boxes, and purchase drawer inserts to help you organize and separate all of your pieces away from dust. Display your pretty, but less expensive items, so that you can quickly accessorize your outfit, while maintaining that boutique-like feel to your luxury walk-in.
For a closet to work, you have to be able to see what’s inside it. Natural light from skylights or windows is a plus, but beware the fading that sunlight can produce (windows also eat storage space). When sunlight isn’t available, you need good artificial light. Many people only think to add lighting through a lamp or pendant light, but there are several ways to bring it in, such as LED lights in hanging rods. Lights built directly into the hanging rods allow you to see every piece of garment hanging. One consideration here that you might not think of is heat. Incandescent bulbs can be a fire hazard in the tight, enclosed confines of a small closet. Fluorescent lighting is often the only code-compliant solution. Lamps can be used in a walk-in closet for extra illumination, which is beneficial for dressing areas. A stunning chandelier or cool, modern hanging light piece acts as the showpiece.
Paint & Wallpaper
Find a color scheme that complements not only your personal sense of style, but also the colors frequently found in your outfits. Typically people go for white walls. Adding some colour may depend on if you are going to stay in your home. If you have resale in mind in the future, go for a subtle neutral colour. Bringing color into your closet will not only breathe life into the space, but allows you to tie in colors from the bedroom or other parts of the home. Painting only the ceiling can be a chic way to add interest. This way if you change the room color you don’t have to empty the closets. Wallpaper in closets is another option for decorating your wall space. Choose an accent wall and keep to subtle prints so it won’t appear overwhelming. You may choose to install it on a wall with a window so the natural light highlights the details. Or, wallpaper the inside of your shelving, as once your clothes are in most of it is covered, making for a more subtle look.
Plush, elegant seating gives you a place to put on your socks, hosiery or shoes in a relaxed fashion. A chair, bench or other piece of furniture will give the feel of a high-end department store, right in your very own luxury walk-in closet. There are certain types of clothing that should be folded rather than hung so that they don’t lose their shape. Sweaters, for example, are best folded and stored on shelves or in drawers. A beautiful, mirrored or antique dresser adds function and style. Most people only consider adding cabinetry to the perimeter of the closet. Adding a peninsula or island creates more storage space for items not suitable to hanging.