A walk-in closet may seem like a luxury to have. But it will do you and your partner a world of good if you love fashion and own many designer clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. It will also significantly make your mornings easier, especially if you’re the type who likes everything laid out and organized so that you can find what you’re looking for as quickly as possible.
When you think about all its benefits, a walk-in closet can be one of the best investments you make for yourself and your belongings. Here are some essential tips and pointers for designing and organizing your walk-in closet.
Maximize every square footage
It doesn’t matter how small your walk-in closet is. With enough strategy and creativity, you can maximize every square footage in that room so that you can find a home for your belongings. Here are some tips to ensure that every single area in that closet is used to its full potential:
- Have as much negative space as the room will allow. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s the only way to maximize the entire space. Negative space means that you have more room to place your smaller items like jewelry under your bigger items like a sweater, and it can also be a drop spot for your shoes and purses in case you’re going to use them again on the same day. More negative space means bigger opportunities to use it.
- Use open shelves and glass doors. Opting for this design choice will make your closet look more airy, light, and bright instead of closing it up using a glass door.
- Make space for a full-length mirror. A big one will make your walk-in closet look larger and more spacious than it actually is.
Invest in smaller containers
It may be tempting to shove everything you own on the open shelves without minding how it will look, but more storage containers will give your walk-in closet a more uniform and cohesive look. From weaved baskets to acrylic ones, there is no shortage of well-designed storage containers to help achieve the look you’re going for. Acrylic containers are better for when you want to be able to see what you’re reaching for, while weaved baskets will look good on a space that has a lot of wood accents and indoor plants.
Mind the temperature
Another thing that homeowners often neglect when thinking of their walk-in closets is the temperature. But there’s a reason why skin care refrigerators have been all the rage in the past few years—the cold helps maintain your products’ consistency, performance, and shelf life.
If you plan on keeping a lot of beauty and hygiene products in the closet, and if you see yourself and your partner getting ready in this closet, you need to ensure that the closet’s cooling and heating systems are up to par. Make space for a new air conditioning unit that you can turn on every time you’re getting ready. The last thing you want is to be a sweaty mess even before you’ve gone out the door.
Be strategic with the lighting
If your walk-in closet lacks windows, then you will need to be even smarter and more strategic about your lighting choices. Here are some tips for lighting your walk-in closet properly:
- Use LED closet lights instead of traditional ones. They generate much less heat, which is perfect for your glass cabinets, perfumes, and handbags. They’re good for your energy bills, too.
- Add character and dimension to your walk-in closet by incorporating a small chandelier or pendant light. It can be the focal point from which your closet will be lit, and it shows you still care about good design, even if it’s just your walk-in closet. If the space is on the smaller side, look for a flush mount chandelier.
- Makes sure to choose the proper wattage too, and decide based on the colors of your shelves and cabinetry as well as the space’s natural light.
- Consider adding LED strip lights. They are exactly as they sound: Lights that have an adhesive backing, which means they are easy and convenient to add and incredibly customizable according to your lighting needs.
Nothing helps you feel more at home in your new residence than knowing that all your belongings are in their rightful place. Give your walk-in closet good design and organization to give your items some tender loving care and to feel like you’ve planted your roots firmly in your new house.