Many a gorgeous bedroom harbors a dirty little secret: a terrible-looking closet hidden behind closed doors. But eventually – generally in the morning, when you’re already under pressure – those doors have to open. Imagine facing a closet that looks just as good as the rest of your room, instead of a dark, scuffed cave. It’s easier than you think – you can easily jazz up your bedroom closet with one – or all – of the following tricks.
First Things First
You knew it was coming… if opening your closet means releasing an avalanche of clothing, shoes and tennis rackets, your first step is getting it under control. You’ll need to empty out your closet anyway before redecorating, so take advantage of the opportunity to get rid of clothing you no longer wear and shoes that hurt. Then give the space a good vacuuming and wipe-down.
You’ll be amazed at how much better your closet looks with a dose of color. Plus, it’s a super-easy DIY that only takes a couple of hours. Though dark paint colors are a good choice in small or dim bedrooms, it’s best to stick with brights, mid-tones or pastels in the closet. Choose a hue that’s already used elsewhere in your bedroom, or set off some sparks with a bright shade that complements, but doesn’t match, the rest of the room.
… Or Try Wallpaper
If you want pattern along with your color, have some fun with wallpaper.
Today’s wallpaper is much easier to hang and remove than yesterday’s choices. Pick a pattern with a strong, colorful design – small or low-contrast prints won’t hold their own in a closet. Have some fun with a geometric design, large floral, animal print, or botanical motif.
Let There Be Light
Every closet deserves its own light source, and you’ll appreciate it even more when you’re trying to differentiate between navy blue or black pants.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large or walk-in closet, you can get a little bit fancy – try a semi-flush mount fixture, a small chandelier or a row of spotlights. In a tiny closet, or if you’re a renter, try simple stick-up lights or a flush-mount fixture with a glass bowl.
If you’re looking for the easiest way to jazz up your closet, invest in a full set of matching hangers. Go colorful plastic, choose wood or select flocked hangers that hold onto the silkiest garments --- whichever you prefer, a closet immediately looks better when the hangers:
- Aren’t cheap wire numbers from the dry cleaner.
- All match, and are thick enough to both make a presence and prevent creases in your clothing.
Add a Rug
Why not add a small rug or runner to your closet floor? It’s one more way to add color and pattern, and it’s a chance to take a little decorating risk – try an animal print, an exotic Indian design or a super-bright geometric. Stick with a flat weave, however – it’s easier to vacuum and won’t get dusty and flattened like shag would.
With so many ways to spruce up your closet doors, why settle for plain, white and boring? Here are just a few options:
- Paint the doors to contrast with your walls
- Cover the doors with wallpaper, fabric or scrapbooking paper
- Use washi tape to create stripes or geometric designs on the doors
- Hang a mirror with an ornate frame on the door
- Use stencils to map out a mural
- Decorate the doors with wall decals
It’s Curtain Time
If you have sliding closet doors, another option is to remove the door panels altogether, and hang pretty curtains in their place. You’ll need to measure carefully – hang the curtain rod on the inside of the closet, right over the top of the doorframe, and make sure your curtains are long enough to reach the floor. Go for a striking pattern that turns your closet into a style statement, and you’ll have a smile every time you slide the fabric aside to reach your clothes.