Make your closet a happy place

I talk a lot about closet organization. It’s a huge part of my job. A thoughtfully edited, organized wardrobe is crucial to your style health. That said, the state of your actual closet space (sans clothes) needs some TLC too.

I recently re-located to the West coast (still serving clients back East, rest assured) and am in the midst of unpacking boxes and decorating my home. I’m lucky enough to have more closet space than I did in NY, but these closets need a lot of work. This got me thinking–and Pinteresting–some good ideas for how to make the space a happy, pretty place.

If you have a Saturday afternoon free and want to get a little artsy craftsy, here are some ideas to try. Just remember to improvise with the space that you’ve got!

COLOR. Paint is quite simply the easiest way to transform the look of a room, or closet in this case. Experiment with painting the walls and/or shelves in a bold color. Or if that’s too much of an effort, try just painting the rod. This will offer a fun, unexpected pop .


PRINTS. If you want to take it a step further, wallpaper is an exciting option. You can wallpaper the closet walls, or just use as a shelf lining. I’m partial to black and white prints, like this funky bamboo one.

INSPIRATION PICS. One of my clients did this in her closet and I thought it was pure genius. She reserved a space on the inside door for all the magazine tears that inspired her style. That way, she had a daily reminder of what she loved.

JEWELRY ON DISPLAY. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. Use your jewelry as art! Put it on display in or near your closet. There are so many ways to try this. You won’t be disappointed.

FLOOR CANDY. Finally, think about a small rug on the floor, if you have the room. For walk-in closets, this can keep your feet warm while picking out the day’s ensemble. If you have a smaller closet, a rug can serve as an exciting accent.

Do you have any cool ideas for making over your closet? Do share!


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