by Sadaf Safdar
A walk-in wardrobe. Ahh that’s the dream hey? A room specifically designed to house and, of course, showcase your hard-earned and much-loved clothing. No more long-forgotten about items crumpled up at the back of the closet, no more bomb-site bedrooms as you pull everything you own out of the drawer in the hope of finding that one top you’ve set your heart on wearing but just. cannot. find.
And whilst the idea of floor-to-ceiling rails, made-to-measure shelving for your shoes and drawers divided up for lingerie, swimwear and other delicates, seems like an unaffordable luxury, think again.
Having moved into a new home recently, I was faced with the challenge of finding use for a room that was too small to be a bedroom and too large to become wasted space. And so it was that I stumbled into my very own walk-in wardrobe. (Ok, so my husband’s suits and shirts have also found lodging here but as soon as my winter wardrobe needs airing, they’re out of here!).
A chic walk in wardrobe needn’t be expensive, and can actually be created more simply than you would think. Take a look at our dressing room inspirations. . .
Covetable Movie Closet
There’s a pivotal scene in the original Sex and the City movie when Big walks Carrie through their new penthouse apartment and swings open a set of dark brown doors to reveal a gleaming white closet. The ultimate dressing room, complete with lingerie dividers, jewellery organisers, seasonal compartments for jackets, skirts and tops all topped off with an illuminated shoe rack. Jealous, us?
Haute Couture Hangings
Mariah Carey’s inspiring walk-in wardrobe simply takes your breath away. A spacious and light design with a touch of the regal creates the perfect boutique feel. Add glamorous touches as seen here with the chandelier and french-style seating area. We love the idea of hanging your favourite dresses as wall ornaments to showcase your favourite designer pieces.
This look is ideal for those who are short on space or who own the ultimate capsule wardrobe. Simple yet inspiring, a pretty vintage-style clothing rod affixed to a wall affords hanging space without the need for bulky wooden wardrobes. Place a simple floating shelf above, and you have ample room for displaying bags and hats. Smaller rails are perfect to hang belts, scarves and bangs, or long stranded necklaces. You can also place pretty boxes on the floor for extra storage.
Lovingly folded into neat piles, by colour and fabric, of course, these glass units are perfect for showcasing an immaculate wardrobe. A chaise longue makes the perfect focal point, and comes in handy whilst attempting to decide which of the dozens of shoes to wear.
How luxuriant is this entire unit dedicated to footwear? With varying sizes of shelves, you can happily store winter knee-highs beside summer espadrilles. If there’s no room for a full shoe closet, an easy alternative is to use a decorative wooden ladder (typically seen in bathrooms), to display your prettiest shoes.
Room with a view
If you are lucky enough to have a room which leads to an outdoor space, or a wide light-filled window then opt for a sleek, modern white-out look. Add textures and warmth with a deep pile or sheepskin rug.
Don’t forget about your jewellery collection. We love the idea of displaying rings, bracelets and earrings on colourful trays. Whilst your necklaces, to stop them getting tangled, should be placed on beautiful hooks.