Photo above, courtesy California Closets
Creating a luxury boutique feeling in the master closet is a growing trend, according to industry experts. They are taking notes from luxury retail when it comes to lighting, with the addition of backlit shelves and illuminated displays to add a wow-factor to any space.
Today’s master closets may include elegant light-filled furnishings with mirrors and glass doors, or may incorporate color or pattern on the walls to give the space a stylish look. Some may favor the look of darker wood or industrial-built storage.
“We absolutely take the home’s interior design into account when planning the closet,” says Sandra Sokol of Closets by Design. “We want to coordinate colors and select counter top options that work with wall and flooring colors. We also help the homeowner select doors that complement other cabinetry in the home.”
Some clients want their closet space to have its own unique personality, according to Ali Rudnick of California Closets Nashville. “We do take the aesthetic of the home into consideration, but we love making the new space tell its own story. We collaborate with the homeowners to incorporate their lifestyle and preferences into consideration each step of the way,” she says.
Closets are becoming a design element that is in the style of the home, says Liz Jenkins of A Fresh Space. “People spend a lot of time in a walk-in master closet and it makes sense to create a space that feels like it’s part of the home,” she says.
Mindy Bledsoe of Tailored Living says, “If someone wants to step outside the basic white closet, they should, of course, select finishes that are cohesive with the design aesthetic of the adjacent spaces or the home itself.
“A custom closet that is well-designed and allows adjustability to meet future needs will likely never need to be replaced. So it’s a good idea to stay with timeless design choices—however there’s no reason you can’t add a pop of color with decorative drawer faces, glass insert doors, or colorful hardware.”
Noting that the closet is a very personal space is Adam Floyd of The Closet Company. “It’s honestly the one room in the house that almost no one but the client enters. Every space we design and build is done specifically for the individual client, and we get frequent requests for designs that are driven by lifestyles and hobbies.”
Assessing a client’s storage needs is the first step for Sadhna Williams of Alabaster & Walnut Designs. After that, she says, it’s a matter of solving a puzzle. Large closets obviously are preferred, as they can also serve as a dressing room.
“For efficiency in getting dressed and keeping the bedroom quiet and uncluttered we try to incorporate enough storage solutions to accommodate everything necessary to dress,” says Williams. “Islands are highly favored by our clients, and seating is also often incorporated.” She adds that some closets include a whole wall devoted to shoe storage and some may prefer a mix of open and closed storage.
As closets have added seating space, Williams reports she’s seeing a trend toward incorporating work space for a laptop and a bill paying area.
Some authorities predict that as Millennials begin making their personal preferences known, closets will become more multi-purpose and take on more importance than bedrooms as they become more focused on sleeping.
Emily Yoakum of Jonathan Miller Architects reports her company generally prefers that closets flow with the rest of the home. “We tend to carry the same wall color and flooring from other areas to assure it still fits with the home,” she says. “Usually the cabinet finish will be white unless the homeowner wants to bring in a warm stain or a fun pop of color.” If there are separate his and her closets, she adds, the “his” closet tends to be richer and darker in color.
Closet size is the most important factor for most homeowners, according to Marybeth Duke of John M. Green Realtors, LLC. “Most homeowners would gladly have a smaller bedroom if they could have a larger closet,” she says.
Duke adds that light—any kind of lighting—is extremely important in a closet. “And not windows. We want light that won’t fade clothing,” she says.
Agreeing that homeowners do prefer to include storage in their closets so they can eliminate furniture in the bedroom, Joey Long of Coldwell Banker CM&H, says however that many homeowner maintain dressers or chests with drawers in the bedroom to accommodate televisions and accessories.
There are a number of sources for closets in the Nashville area including:
A Fresh Space Franklin 615/ 509-1933
Alabaster & Walnut Designs Nashville 615/ 243-4791
Caldwell Banker CM&H Clarksville 931/ 206-1343
California Closets Franklin 615/ 367-1030
Closet Company, The Nashville 615/ 742-1955
Closets by Design Franklin 615/ 261-8700
Jonatham Miller Associates Knoxville 88865/ 602-2435
John M. Green Realtors Franklin 615/ 9792-0500
Tailored Living Nashville 615/ 590-8775