It’s the ultimate modern luxury and one of the top areas on most modern homeowners wish lists – a dressing room space is peak luxury for the home. Lots of us dream of dedicating a room to our clothes, shoes and accessories, mainly because most people have more clothes than ever before. And creating a dressing room has shot up the list of popular home renovation ideas over the past few years to become something that many people now specifically build when extending their home, or look to find existing space that they can repurpose.
If you’ve never created a dressing room before, there are certain things that it pays to understand before beginning your project. That way you can create a space that is entirely tailored to your needs.
Where To Locate Your Dressing Room
The most important consideration is where you can locate your dressing room. If you’re building from scratch or even undertaking a renovation, you may have the opportunity to site it exactly where you wish. In other cases, you may need to be a little more flexible if you’re working around an existing layout. As a general rule, dressing rooms are best sited next to either your master bedroom or a bathroom. In this way you can create a master suite, especially if your bedroom already has an ensuite bathroom.
When changing your home layout to make space, or adding on to your home, generally you will need to allow at least 8 x 5 ft. to create a reasonable sized space. If you don’t have that space available? Then it may be better to go for custom closets which can be fitted into recesses. These are especially brilliant at creating extra storage in awkward areas, such as an attic with sloping roof, and use clever mechanisms like pull down racks and rails which swing out to make the most of your space.
Consider What You Have To Store
Different clothing collections need storing in different ways, so start by analyzing what you have. Lots of winter coats or long gowns? You need high rails to allow sufficient hanging room. Have lots of handbags to store? Open shelving could work best. A fan of collecting workout gear? Lidded storage bins are a great option. Ultimately, your dressing room needs to work for you and what you own.
Let There Be Light
Designing a lighting scheme that makes the most of your dressing room can be really transformative of the space. Think about things such as a dramatic pendant light in the center of the room to add luxury, adding LED lighting strips to the tops or bottoms of the units or installing lighting inside cabinets. You could even frame your mirror with lights to create a great space to apply makeup or get dressed – go for quality bulbs with the correct color rendering index to ensure you get a true reflection.
Mix Open And Closed Storage
A dressing room is equally about practicality and display. While you may want your favorite pieces, such as some prized handbags out on display where they can add character to the room, you also need to include some concealed storage for things like laundry bins or bulky coats that you don’t want out on display. Design your dressing room with a mix of open shelving, closed cupboards or even a coat rack for the ideal balance.