Just as we put makeup on our face to enhance our beauty, the Decor of the closet is the same. Is it necessary? Of course not, the closet is organized and beautiful (now) all on its own, but the closet is a room too and deserves to be “made up” just like any other room in your home. If you treat your closet like a real room, you will be more inspired to keep it neat like one.
The function always comes first in a closet. That is what we have spent six weeks on, now it is time to have some fun! The key to organizing your closet is to capitalize on using all the space available, but the key to transforming it is adding your personality! Without giving away too many photos of my own closet reveal, which will be revealed next week, I found a few inspirational photos to inspire you in the meantime.
It is key to have ample contrast between your clothing and the walls. White walls are acceptable but consider a color or wallpaper instead. I found this rad black and white graphic print temporary wallpaper (Yes, wallpaper is possible even with apartment living these days). I personally kept my surrounding walls white, since my clothing is almost all black it makes for a good contrast for me, I added the graphic, geometric paper to the back wall to give it a punch.
I also painted my hall closet with stripes!!!! 🙂 The shelves I added were just screaming for horizontal stripes to create a clean line. As per my usual, I chose a gray for my tone on tone stripes. (Check back next week for my “how to article” and step by step photos on how to paint horizontal stripes). It was time-consuming but it looks so lovely (and was cheaper than the wallpaper at $15 total)
You can also wrap your shelves with a shelf paper or wallpaper. I personally did not line my shelves, I prefer a clean white look but I know most people love to find ways to use color or pattern. Shelf papers are a good choice to add this element and they have many scented ones available now too, which is always a nice touch, especially when those gym socks in the hamper can take over a small space easily.
I found some fabulous inspiration photos of what you can do with the walls. Again, I stress, it doesn’t matter if you have a walk-in or a tiny closet, you can make it look fabulous and give it a dose of your personality.
If you have the available wall space, most people’s “go to” is hanging a mirror, great option, but nothing groundbreaking about that idea. Choose one that is unique with some character! Also consider personal photos or art! I made this Hello beautiful sign for my closet. Nothing wrong with a little compliment to yourself to start the day. Plus, I wanted to incorporate more gold decor into my closet.
Here are some fabulous Inspo photos of closets that have done a stellar job of incorporating art or a unique mirror.
Good lighting is crucial! It will illuminate the hard to see back corners and darker areas. A small chandelier is a great solution if you can afford an electrician to install and have a larger closet. But, it does not have to be expensive, try adding a lamp or I used these battery-powered stick-on or pop lights that adhere to the wall or bottom of shelves. They offer a clean look while still being functional.
Here are a few ways, others have gotten creative with their lighting solutions:
DOORS- DETAILS! DETAILS! DETAILS!:
You can do some really fun things to the inside of the doors… but do not forget the outside too! Entering your closet space in style is a great touch!
Here is a fun idea! Line the back of your door or walls with cork so you can pin your favorite magazine tear sheets, jewelry, and street-style crushes. I saw a cool installation in a design house many years ago, where someone upholstered the back of a three-way mirror, so when it was open, it was a mirror, closed it was the inspiration board. I couldn’t find a picture of it:(… If you do this please tag us, I would love to see this idea in action!
Here are some inspo photos of some really unique doors:
Coordinate your hangers, bins, and drawers. If you like pink, make them pink! Just stick with one style and color hanger (you were listening in week 3 right?!?!). It really does allow it to stay organized and aesthetically pleasing while having some fun!
Change that hardware! I know silver or even those awful cheap white plastic handles are standard on the closet systems, but hello!?! This is the cheapest way to give your closet some personality and pop! I wanted to add more gold touches to mine, and let’s face it, gold is HOT right now, so it’s still kind of pricey. I decided to make my own. Click here for my DIY on creating your own gold handles. Check out how FABULOUS mine turned out.
There are many great store bought options in black, silver, oil rubbed bronze, etc. No excuses for keeping those ugly, cheap plastic white handles!
Well, I can’t believe this series is coming to an end. It was this article I was MOST excited to write, but took me the longest, thanks to the four-month gap (click here for my “Where have we been?” article if you need to catch up). I will have one more post in this series where I will be sharing my before and after photos on my closet makeover, so you can see every bit of my process that was broken down from start to completion, plus my top 10 final tips!