Is it possible that this interior inspiration blogger honestly requires more closet design inspiration? Yes indeed, she needs it. There are lots of closets in this 30-year old traditional Georgian home, and I intend to tackle each of them even if it takes forever. Believe it or not, we have lived in the home for a year now! So let’s explore inspiring designs and chat about what’s happening with the renovation projects.
Closet Design Inspiration for the Primary Bedroom
Overview of Our Primary Suite & Closet Plan
Here we are still without a functional primary bath since we’re doing it all ourselves in our free time after work.
Good thing we didn’t know our projects would stretch out so wide like this since we probably would have hesitated to start them! (What kept us sane was deciding that all of our efforts in the first year are Renovation1.0…then after living in the house, we can proceed to 2.0 to fine tune after living with our improvements.)
At this very moment, clean up is happening of the mortar used to lay the marble mosaic tile in the bath which is on the other side of the pocket door you see below.
Then the floor and shower niche will be grouted, and we’ll be close to completing the bath.
Months ago, I designed a plan to reconfigure the bedroom’s sitting area from the sleeping area since the room was never an ideal temperature due to nine windows in the room. Does the wall I designed with the arched doorway (and exterior door) now block light from the windows? Yes. But two large windows remain ushering in light near the bed, and light is not good for sleeping anyway!
I still need to paint the trim on seven of those windows and will begin shortly. You can see the vintage exterior door below with its window. Light streams through it, and we keep the door closed all winter. However, the door won’t even be visible the other seasons, and the arch frames everything beautifully.
Before Photos of Our Closet
With the bath, sitting room, and sleeping area almost complete, it is indeed time to address the walk-in closet. A big ol’ mess at the moment, and no apologies. We don’t have a housekeeper, and my man is a busy full-time litigator and renovator extraordinaire.
Right now, the long narrow closet has an ugly fluorescent commercial-like ceiling light, hanging space, and a long sloped custom shoe rack (above) that isn’t serving us. We don’t like bending down to retrieve shoes so I like vertical space like this better:
I placed a vintage dresser and mirror used in our prior home’s closet opposite the door, but it looks out of place and doesn’t take advantage of vertical space. Here’s how it looked in my former closet:
and today at the Georgian:
The Wish List for the Closet Begins!
I imagine lots of drawers, shelves, new hanging space, mirrors to maximize light, new light fixtures, and a space where you want to linger rather than quickly exit. I actually haven’t used the closet at all in the past year, preferring to unpack in another closet.
I store casual everyday clothes in a guest bedroom closet a few steps from the primary. My custom cloffice is located in the North wing of the house, and I use it for special occasion clothing, office supplies, and seasonal storage.
Inspiring Closet Designs
Let’s start with my favorite! This beyond lovely closet with armoire storage and Pyne Hollyhock wallpaper is designer Katie Rosenfeld’s own closet in her newly renovated 1920s Tudor:
Isn’t it the best!?! Armoire storage! What a dream!
If you don’t know Katie? OMG. Get to know her. I want her as my best friend!
Not sure when I discovered her work, but you can get a sense of her personality in her youTube series:
So the closet. It is actually the “her” closet in their home. While we don’t have a window, I can imagine wallpapering the back wall and adding a mirror. Pardon me while I enjoy watching more of her videos for another hour…
Here’s a modern closet with a wallpapered statement wall that is twice the size of ours:
As I browsed for beautiful closet inspiration, I kept seeing bespoke designs like this dreamy one by Marea Clark…
and these by John Lewis of Hungerford…
While ours won’t be a completely custom handcrafted design, with a modular semi-custom design, we can add designer touches to make it unique.
I love a pretty chandelier in a closet! LED lit shelves aren’t too shabby either.
Lighting can truly make a closet feel more like a boutique!
Closet Design Features I Admire
Big fan of rollouts for storage. Also loving the mirrored doors to bounce that light around!
Here’s another style of rollouts with sections for keeping like things together:
Even the simplest modular designs can live large:
While there isn’t the possibility of adding a window to the closet, my wheels are turning as I consider how a mirror could be suggestive of one.
Upgraded Closets & Resale
I have heard murmurs about closets selling houses as kitchens do. It helps to think this could be true when there is so much work ahead of us! Not that we intend to sell, but we need all of the motivation we can get.
Whether this closet winds up semi-custom or custom, all of the labor will be done by us! The last go around went smoothly, but it took a lot of patience and is more of a weekend project than a weeknight task.
Prettier Closet Organization
Oh the possibilities when your budget is unlimited!
Right? But if nothing else, we can take away color palette inspiration from these fantasy closets.
Need proof that just a little tweak and turning down the busy-factor will make a HUGE difference in closet storage appearance?
Thanks so much for tuning in and listening to me as I scheme right where I am. I’m still caught up in Katie Rosenfeld magic so pardon me while I go study more of her spaces and free-spirited approach.
Since wallpaper is totally popular again, why not use a little in a closet for a happy pop of color and personality?
In case you missed it, here’s the plan for the bath. So anxious for it to come together!!!
So much to think about, and I welcome all of your input. I will keep you posted on the plans. Find more closet organization ideas HERE.
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