Even the smallest closets have the potential to showcase your personal design aesthetic. In fact, turning the closet into an extension of the bedroom or bathroom has become a popular trend. For 2016, you’ll see more closet design companies featuring specialty cabinet finishes, elegant hardware and furniture-type detailing. You’re gazing into this area a few times a day, so make it a place that inspires you to look—and feel—your best.
➊ Hang a Chandelier…Enlighten a dark closet with pizzazz and add the designer touch of a special fixture overhead!
➋ Closet Jewelry…Forgo the ordinary knobs and pulls and bring in some "bling" for the hardware.
➌ Fine Finishes…When planning a closet redo, consider the décor of adjacent rooms and select wood finishes to blend in with the overall color scheme.
➍ Fashion Underfoot...Throw down an area rug for warmth and style. This makes the closet feel like part of a room.
➎ Assigned Seating…Place a stool, ottoman, bench or slipper chair in the closet so you'll have a spot to try on shoes.
➏ Display Your "Wears"…Give your best-loved pieces the VIP treatment by using a bookcase or custom shelving to keep them prominently in view.
Laura Ray, president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, recommends assessing your personal style as you consider re-organizing or updating your closet. “Shop in your own closet. Treat it like a store you love,” she says. That attitude will help you appreciate your clothing and be mindful of what you add to the space.
This freestanding organizer features 18 hooks to safely hang necklaces or bracelets, a lower section for favorite belts and scarves and a catch-all tray for jewelry. ($59; ContainerStore.com)
✦ Tall Solid-Shelf Dividers
From sweaters to sheets, pants to purses and beyond, keep your closet neat with this sturdy steel shelf divider. ($9.99; ContainerStore.com)
✦ Aberdeen Hamper in Dove Grey
Dirty duds get a sophisticated hiding spot in this glamorous laundry hamper. The tilt-out door reveals a lined stainless steel basket with a removable bag — no excuses for leaving it on the floor! ($399; HomeDepot.com)