Design a Dream Dressing Room
A must-have item in many designer homes, walk-in closets and dressing rooms are definitely becoming a popular item on the new homeowners wish list.
We're a bit behind other countries when it comes to walk-in closets and dressing rooms, but this feature is definitely growing in popularity with new homeowners, and is definitely on the renovation wish list for home improvements. If you already have the same to have a walk-in closet or dressing room installed, it is considered a luxury item that could add to the overall value of your home.
If anyone in your family suffers from allergies, a separate closet will help keep this under control. Clothing fibres are a main contributor to dust, so a separate closet will ensure that your bedroom is a cleaner, healthier environment for sleeping.
When designing your dream closet, take the time to consider the type of storage you want in the space. You can choose between hanging or shelves, pullout storage for shoes, and hanging or shelf systems for handbags, belts and accessories. These are often the most challenging items to stow for easy access, so organising this up front will solve many problems later on.
If you regularly love to 'shop 'till you drop', slimline pullout shelves - instead of bulky drawers - are the perfect solution for tops and sweaters. The compartments allow you to organise your clothing with ease, but still have them close at hand when you're in a hurry. Plus, you can remove single items without toppling the pile!
For those ladies that prefer dresses and gowns, you're going to want lots of hanging space. However, you can reduce space by dividing clothing into full length and shorter items.
VALUE FOR MONEY
While built-in storage systems are more expensive than ready-made cupboards, the former have the advantage of being fully customisable to fit into your space, and can generally save as much as 30 percent on space over the ready-made systems. And custom storage can be designed to work harder and ultimately allows you to make best use of every inch of available space.
However, do bear in mind that some components of a walk-in closet or dressing room can cost more than others. For example, drawers are more expensive than open shelves or hanging space. If you need to work within a limited budget, look at where you can save and where you can splurge - install shelves and storage boxes in place of drawers, or opt for an affordable but good quality carcass and dress it up with stylish doors, handles and soft-close hinges.
ILLUSION OF SPACE
If you need to cram as much as possible into a small area, you want to avoid the feeling of being hemmed in on all sides. There are many tricks that you can use to make a small space feel larger than it is - from adding lots of mirrors to the use of translucent shelves or glass doors.
The materials you choose for the cupboards will also have an impact on the space. Dark timbers are trending for their ability to add warmth and colour to a room, but a room filled with dark wood can easily feel claustrophobic. Break up large expanses of dark timber with translucent or mirrored panels to prevent the room being overpowered, or install plenty of open shelves and hanging space to open up the room.
In the absence of natural light into a closet or dressing room, artificial lighting is essential. Apart from down lights and spot lights, a central fixture with a glamorous chandelier will not only up the lighting factor, but also elevate the room itself. Use lighting to create mood and pools of interest.
It's important when planning your walk-in closet or dressing room to make sure that you have plenty of plug sockets. You want this room to be the ultimate space for dressing, so make sure to set up everything for your perfect dressing area - a place to apply makeup, dry your hair, and check out your outfit!