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Well-appointed walk-in closets are part of todays home design

July 24, 2013

Closets aren't what they used to be. Today's walk-in closet may have as much space as a small room and be outfitted with built-in shelves, a seating area and an area rug like those in Shaw Floors' Modernworks collection, which complement hardwood floors beautifully.

While they are still essentially storage spaces and not livable rooms, closets have gone well beyond the functional needs for which they're intended. Making the fixtures, built-in features and lighting attractive as well as useful is as popular as it is in any other room in the house. In short, walk-in closets can have more in common with dressing rooms than mere storage areas.

There should be sufficient places to hang outfits where they can be seen as whole ensembles paired with jewelry, shoes and other accessories. Having clothing hooks and cubbies to keep handbags and scarves readily at hand also helps. A jewelry compartment that allows pieces to be organized will make selections easier when an outfit is being pieced together.

Floor to ceiling
Before choosing that contemporary or traditional area rug comes the selection of a wood floor that will set the tone for the whole atmosphere for the dressing area. Anderson's Rideau Plank maple hardwood flooring, for instance, works well with a host of trims and paint colors that bring out the best of its wood tone.

Lighting is just as important. Having both overhead and task lighting will aid homeowners in seeing the colors of their wardrobe pieces accurately in both daytime and after-dark illumination. If the room design allows a skylight to be installed, it will bring in sunlight as well.

Function in style
Putting on a pair of shoes is much easier when there is a place to sit down. If there's space, bring in comfortable seating in a style that fits with the wall colors and wood tones of the closet and add some attractive pillows for back support.

It should go without saying that a mirror is needed, but if there's room for more than one to accommodate different angles, homeowners will feel they've been transported into an upscale fashion shop. Mirrors also make any room look larger and reflect light throughout the space.

Clothing and wearable accessories should take precedence over room accessories in a walk-in closet. If items are arranged by color, they'll not only make outfit selection easier, but this may also be a creative statement in itself.