Formerly an icon of luxury, the walk-in wardrobe heralds visions of the chic homes of fashion designers and stylists. Yet with the abundance of flexible modern-day options, these extra-large closets no longer belong exclusively in plush mansions.
Our clothes are often stored haphazardly. Bulky winter items are bundled into the attic, spare shoes take residence under the bed and we have no end of drawers, vacuum bags and boxes. A walk-in closet puts paid to all of this, improving home organisation and forming a functional living space.
Create the ideal walk-in wardrobe in your house or apartment, no matter how small or large the property, with these tips.
Consider size and shape
There’s no need for your wardrobe to take up an entire double bedroom. Choose an appropriate area of your home and section it off with curtains that blend in seamlessly with your decor, or commission a wall to be erected. Have an open archway or a glass front installed to create the illusion of a larger space.
You’ll also need to consider the shape of your new walk-in closet. Traditionally, these wardrobes are U-shaped, L-shaped and straight, with the latter being the easiest to slot into an existing home.
Extend upwards with storage, using the entirety of the available walls, or keep things tucked away neatly in drawers and a closet organiser. Use any negative space as a dressing area. If you have enough room, furnish it with an extravagant vanity and mirror for an upscale feel.
Experiment with design. There are no set rules for a walk-wardrobe, but as it’s your space, it should reflect your style. We tend to associate modern closets with a sleek, minimalist design, but a multihued or vintage aesthetic also works well.
Play with display
If you own treasured or designer clothing, walk-in closet systems are the perfect place to display them. Glass-fronted storage is ideal for turning your favourite Chanel handbag or pair of Christian Louboutin heels into focal decorative pieces.
Light it up
Brighten up a dark or dingy walk-in closet and create an inspirational area in the process. Choose pale colours and install recessed lighting in walls and ceilings to enhance the idea of space.
Alternatively, opt for a masculine decor featuring dark wood set off with innovative lighting and glass features for a contemporary effect. Mirrors should also be a key component to reflect light as well as to check how your chosen outfit looks before leaving your home.
Our expert advisors at Engel & Völkers are on hand to introduce you to properties featuring innovative built-in storage, including walk-in wardrobes. For additional interior design inspiration and tips on maximising space, browse the Engel & Völkers website.