How to maximize space and create an inner sanctuary for storage, fashion and security.
“Glass Vitrines with LED lights are must-have features along with a full-length mirror”
The closet has transformed from overlooked to a functional and beautiful escape. Designed to be both a wardrobe and dressing room, maximizing space is typically the starting objective of any renovation plan.
According to Armina Kasprowicz, interior designer and founder of Armina Interiors, “Be creative and use the spaces in the walls to build additional storage.”
Begin with an Inventory
Closets are tiny rooms with big demands for lighting, storage, security, dressing, seating and more. Ideally the “designed closet” has full length mirrors, an ottoman, an island to fold clothes upon and an ironing area. Take inventory of your pieces – things you use daily, evening wear, travel, jewelry. An experienced designer can help you organize and plan so that it fully leverages your room.
Creating a Glamorous, Intimate Space
The closet should be a place where you feel pampered and glamorous. These are intimate areas where you want interesting materials, locked cabinets, wallpaper, lighting and personality. “We consider protecting clothing from dust and sunlight while providing lighting that is both flattering and helps coordination of outfits,” states Armina.One of the most useful and efficient bulbs to install in a closet are LED lights. “Despite the number of additional fixtures, they generate a minimal amount of heat even if placed behind glass cabinet doors that may showcase handbags or perfume,” Monika Kerstens, a design consultant with California Closets. Their long-lasting and energy-efficient qualities translate into energy savings. “In some cases, it’s an investment that may add to your home’s value,” she says. (Courtesy of California Closet’s Blog)You should always add personality with artwork, chandelier, statement hardware, rugs, window covering, etc. Today’s trend for mixing styles, layering patterns, colors and textures make it your personal, unique space. This is your private sanctum where you can use the patterns (leopard print) or colors that you love but wouldn’t use in living room. “I still like to follow the home aesthetic, making the closet timeless since trends come and go,” states Armina Kasprowicz. “The closet is a jewel box and I love to add unexpected elements like wrapping shelves in leather with nail head trim.”
We Might have a Hang Up over Hangers
The shape of a hanger is one of the most important considerations when purchasing or using. Curved or contoured hangers should be used to hang suit jackets and coats, flat hangers are better for thin and lightweight clothing; delicate clothing like lingerie should be hung with padded or velvet hangers. According to Armina Interiors, “hangers should reflect the style of the wardrobe.”
Here is our brief guide to hangers:
- Thick, curved wood hangers are best for tailored suits and jackets, as well as knits and sweaters, robes, and evening wear.
- Non-slip hangers are designed to keep garments from falling off, making them ideal for silky materials or strappy styles. Or you can get a wooden hanger with slots made for these items.
- Metal hangers are strong and make a chic addition to the coat closet, the office reception room or the guest closet.
- Acrylic hangers give your closet the look of an upscale boutique.
- Cedar Hangers can be used to repel pests and absorb moisture.
- Padded Hangers are a great option for delicate knits or eveningwear.
Design Process – Always Rely on Experts
“After the inventory, we come up with a concept and style for the space,” Armina continues. “Then we work with our trusted closet installers to measure the space and provide the proper installation and fit.” Closet experts know the latest tricks and tools to organize. And they have the professional installers who can bring everything together beautifully to connect the lighting, pull-outs and specialized solutions.
Recycle and Reuse
“Something that is important to me is to help clients coordinate their personal style – not only for their space – but also for their personal fashion and accessories,” states Armina. “I hate when people throw things away and its impact on the environment. We really encourage consignment resale and donation and to buy quality. I love the idea of shopping your closet and reinvent your look with the pieces you have.”
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