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The Most Gorgeous Walk-in Closets Ideas to Inspire Your Next Makeover

From gorgeously dramatic to intimate and cozy, here are all the best ideas to make your dream closet a reality.
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“I like my money where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” Carrie Bradshaw.

Imagine a well-appointed sanctuary lined floor-to-ceiling with all your favorite things, where you can relax and be inspired while styling outfits or admiring your carefully curated collections. The benefits of having a beautiful and organized closet goes beyond mere aesthetics, although that clearly takes the cake. On a more practical note, having everything in its proper place will save one a lot of time while getting ready. Also, an intelligent closet design will help in maximizing precious space, which of course has the added perk of allowing one to shop even more. 

So whether you’re in the middle of a wardrobe upgrade or crafting yours from scratch, these chic and clever tips are sure to inspire.

1. Go for glam.

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Sprinkle your wardrobe with crystals and gold, throw in plush carpeting, finish off your tabletops with marble, and by all means, hang that vintage Austrian chandelier. Gone are the days when closets were just meant for storage. Now, they are full-on masterpieces and should be given as much attention as any other room in the house. It’s the perfect space to indulge in a little me time, and makes getting ready something to really look forward to.

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2. Convert a spare room into a walk-in closet. 

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Having the closet of your dreams could be as easy as turning a spare bedroom into a gorgeous dressing area. Add shelves for your shoes and accessories, racks for your clothes, a full-length mirror, a handful of elegant trinkets, and you are pretty much good to go. And given that most rooms already have ventilation and ample natural light factored in, your newly revamped space is sure to be beautiful and airy as well.

3. Make it come alive with a splash of color.

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Imbue your dressing area with vibrancy and charm by painting it your favorite hue. Create an oasis of calm by coloring the walls a soft pastel, or craft an energizing space with a statement color. It infuses your wardrobe with instant atmosphere and is a chance to showcase one’s stellar personal style as well.

4. Make the best use of mirrors.

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Mirrors create the illusion of a bigger space, as well as reflecting light for an ambient glow. Having a full-length mirror where you can see everything from top to toe is ideal, but smaller ones can still add depth. You can also consider the old-world elegance of mirrored cabinet doors, which when positioned directly across each other, can likewise give yourself a 360-degree view.

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5. Turn a cozy nook into a personal office.

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If you have the space, add a small office area. It’s an indulgent place to peruse a few fashion books and maybe visit your favorite website to find inspiration for your next outfit. Surrounded by all your favorite things, you’re sure to come up with the truly sartorial ideas.

6. Give it a homey feel with luxe wallpaper.

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From dainty florals to wild botanical prints, wallpapers give walk-in closets a truly luxurious touch. Take it from the ultimate tastemaker Aerin Lauder, whose feminine dressing room just oozes elegant uptown glam. “My grandmother had the same wallpaper in her office, so it always made me think of her,” she says.

7. Set the mood with beautiful lighting.

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Great lighting is crucial in designing a beautiful walk-in closet. Aside from overhead illumination, some of the most elegant wardrobes also feature backlighting to fully show off one’s priceless possessions. Creating soft and flattering lighting for your wardrobe will also let you admire your outfits with ease.

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8. Create the illusion of space with glass closets.

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Glass cabinets are a great way to open up a room, and likewise give your walk-in closet a clean, modern feel. They’re great for small spaces to keep them from feeling cramped but are amazingly picturesque in bigger wardrobes as well. And if you consider your precious fashion pieces as works of art, then why not display them proudly like in an art gallery?

9. Add a vanity area for finishing touches.

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A well-dressed lady’s ensemble is never complete without choice accessories, some rouge, and perhaps a splash of perfume. Create the perfect space to finetune your look by adding a vanity area to your closet. Insert a few drawers, and it can be a clever way to store your jewelry as well.

10. Make it a place to relax in with cozy seating areas. 

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After a long day, sometimes you need a place to kick up your feet and lounge with a glass of bubbly. Or perhaps concocting your killer outfit is taking longer than usual and you need a little respite. Moments like these, and you will thank yourself that you were clever enough to install that cushy armchair or dressing bench into your wardrobe. Throw in a few ottomans and you can invite your friends in for some much-needed fashion tête-à-tête too.

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11. Design your closet based on your storage needs.

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No two people are alike, so why should your dressing rooms be? The benefit of working with a custom closet designer is that you are able to craft your wardrobe based on the pieces that you own. Anna Go Chia of Poliform Philippines enthuses, “Take time out to think about your requirements, and how your pieces vary through time and through seasons. We all spend some time in our wardrobes every day, so it is wise to invest time and effort to make sure it’s built and organized properly.”

Kristoffer Young of Cooking Room Furniture and Closets has a few suggestions for allocating space. “Ensure that you have a hanger rack in one section for shirts and tops, and a longer one for gowns and dresses. I would also suggest having a decent amount of shelving on top for luggage and bags, as well as space in the bottom for shoes. You can also put drawers inside the cabinet for smaller garments.”

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12. Make sure your trinkets have their own place.

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Small leather goods and jewelry deserve just as much love as bigger items. “Understanding your items and knowing where to put them allows one to utilize available space to the fullest,” says Chia. “There are a lot of accessories now for organizing, that you can add to your wardrobe to fully account for all your needs.”

13. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

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Any true fashionista will inevitably own a veritable collection of gorgeous shoes, and what better way to show them off than in the treasure trove that is your closet. Having them impeccably organized will keep them in pristine condition, and will also make finding them a breeze. Not to mention, on a tough day, there’s nothing like a wall of shiny stilettos, exquisite pumps, and sultry boots to banish the blahs away. 

14. Don’t forget the little ones.

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If you have a budding fashionista eager to follow in your footsteps, then why not give her dressing room the star treatment as well? A pint-sized closet will give your little one—and yourself—an easier time when getting ready, plus make her feel like the bonafide princess that she is. 

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