Which room in your home do you spend time in every day but often overlook? Your master closet. And today’s homeowners are looking for ways to enhance the level of luxury and organization by building a luxury custom walk in closet in their new homes or upgrading their standard closets with custom closets that offer dressing areas and tailor-made storage solutions.
But what exactly take a closet from ordinary to extraordinary? Let’s take a look at some of the best custom walk in closet design features and get inspiration for creating the luxury walk in closet of your dreams.
Luxury Begins and Ends With The Details
Architectural Choices Have Impact
In custom walk in closets, every detail adds up to create the glamorous look that the homeowners want. In this his and hers closet, even the custom made drawer pulls are intricately-detailed, featuring flowers and other organic shapes accented by colorful jewel tones. Raised panel cabinetry complements the beautiful crown and base molding seen throughout the closet.
When creating a custom closet, the architectural choices you make can add to the closet’s sense of luxury. Gold leaf paint in a subtle pattern highlights the arch of the closet opening without feeling ostentatious. And a smartly-placed beverage center, with built-in wine refrigerator and attractive glassware storage, means that the homeowners can indulge in their favorite drink while getting ready to host friends for a party or attend a charity event.
Additionally, a hidden built-in kennel with wire mesh door allows the homeowners’ pup a comfortable, cozy place to spend time with his favorite people.
Natural Light Makes Everything Better
Glass Shelving Allows Your Shoe Collection to Shine
Closets are often seen as dark, cavernous spaces, bereft of character. But custom luxury closets incorporate windows to take advantage of natural light that makes the space instantly feel more welcoming and open. In this home, a custom window seat creates an ideal place to sit and put on shoes or answer a quick message while dressing. White raised panel cabinetry is both beautiful and functional, and luxurious fabrics are used for both the window curtain and the bench cushion, tying the entire look together.
Dark hardwood floors make for a beautiful contrast against the wall and cabinetry colors. Shelving—half-inch polished Starfire glass—offers the homeowner a beautiful way to store and display her shoe collection. In-cabinet lighting is not only practical but also helps to show off the shoes for the works of art they are. Another seating area—a tufted leather bench—makes the closet feel more inviting.
Glass Door Cabinetry Heightens The Glamour
A Custom Purse Display Adds a Touch of Drama
The closet’s center island features a custom purse display atop a marble countertop. The raised panel cabinetry is continued throughout the closet, creating a consistent look and feel. Lighted glass door cabinets top the paneled cabinetry, creating display-worthy purse storage and helping the closet to feel more like a luxury boutique than the place where the homeowners simply store their clothes and shoes. And lockable jewelry drawers offer an extra level of security for valuables.
Luxury Lighting Sets The Tone
Crystal and Gold Accents Amp Up the Glam
Just like in other areas of the home, the lighting in a custom closet can go a long way to add to the feeling of luxury. In this custom closet, a gold and crystal chandelier above the closet island provides a lovely, soft light while amping up the glamour. The chandelier’s gold tone complements the gold leaf accents painted on the closet
Luxury lighting continues throughout the entire closet. Another gold and crystal chandelier—this one hugging closer to the ceiling—graces the back area of the closet. Intricate crown molding throughout the closet heightens the sense of luxury, and floor-to-ceiling curtains complement the other fabrics used in the space while allowing the homeowners to make their space even more private.
Select Design Features
The Difference is in the Details
A Groin Vault Ceiling
The details in the custom closet echo the design details found in the master bedroom. And lighting can help draw attention to beautiful architectural details, as this gold and crystal chandelier does for the master bedroom’s groin vault ceiling. A stenciled gold leaf pattern highlights the ceiling’s unique lines while echoing the gold leaf paint on the closet’s archway.
A Mirror Conceals a Television
Thoughtfully placed mirrors allow the homeowners to take advantage of the custom closet’s natural light, and a built-in television behind the mirror ensures that they can keep up with the news without missing a beat. Glass display shelves offer a perfect place to showcase beloved artwork and other accent pieces, and a built-in safe with a watch winder ensure that valuables are protected.
Luxurious Custom Door Pulls
Custom door pulls in an antique nickel are beautiful yet sturdy. Featured throughout the closet, these door pulls complement the bejeweled drawer pulls also used in the space.
Behind Closed Doors and Drawers
Hidden Storage is the Name of the Game in this Closet
In this custom closet, the homeowners’ clothing, shoes and accessories are neatly tucked into drawers. A center closet island offers ample storage space when combined with floor-to-ceiling built-in closets that fall in between the room’s massive windows.
A Peaceful Oasis
And a Room With a View
Wanting to create an environment where the homeowners felt like lingering and enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine in the evening, Orren Pickell Building Group designed a small seating area in the space. The glass-top table continues the clean lines and airy feel of the room, and the armchairs offer beautiful yet practical seating options.
Large windows adorn this master bedroom closet, allowing the homeowners’ to enjoy the beautiful view of their property and letting in ample natural light. The glossy-top surface of the cabinet island reflects and amplifies the light coming into the closet, making it feel even more open and airy.
Luxury Custom Cabinetry
Built-in Storage with Exceptional Millwork
Large floor-to-ceiling cabinets offer plenty of room for suits, shirts, dresses and other items of clothing that need to be stored on hangers. White recessed panel doors keep all of the homeowners’ clothing hidden from view, allowing the closet to achieve a clean, minimalist aesthetic without looking too stark.
One way to tie the entire space together is to ensure that all of the design details complement each other. Here, the base molding on the center island is used throughout the room to create a cohesive look. Inset cabinet drawers with applied molding echo the details in the cabinetry that lines the walls.
Luxury Closet Makeover
Before and After
Like many closets, this homeowner’s previous walk-in closet was less-than-ideal, with off-the-shelf storage solutions making a halfhearted attempt to provide storage. Dark and uninviting, finding clothes, shoes and accessories in this closet was a difficult task
As part of a whole home remodel in Chicago, the Orren Pickell Building Group tackled an upgrade of the homeowner’s master closet, turning it into an attractive, inviting space. Custom storage solutions, like a stone-topped closet island and shoe shelving storage, helped the homeowner to better organize his items. Dual-level hanging rods create the perfect storage for clothing items of different lengths, and upgraded lighting is both attractive and practical. Hardwood floors mirror flooring seen in the remainder of the home, creating a consistent look. The closet features Orren Pickell Signature Series cabinetry painted in Silver Mist.
Custom Aesthetics Reflect the Homeowners’ Unique Style
A contemporary his and hers closet, the homeowners here wanted to be able to see their clothes, so much of the storage is open with few closet doors. Display cabinets atop the clothing storage make use of stainless steel-trimmed glass-front doors, and his and hers matching closet islands offer additional attractive storage. The built-in bench in a bold yellow fabric creates a strong pop of color in the space while offering practical seating. The chevron ceiling pattern makes the closet truly unique, showcasing the homeowners’ strong design aesthetic.
The shoe shelves at the back of the closet are actually built over an existing window; Orren Pickell Building Group installed special glass between the window and the shelves so that the room can benefit from natural light without worry of fading the shoes. And a television built into the large full-length mirror helps ensure the homeowners can finish watching their favorite show as they get ready for their night on the town.
So Many Options
Clearly, when it comes to luxury closet design, homeowners have a number of options. Whether you choose display-like storage that showcases your clothing and shoes or you prefer to keep those items tucked away, there are beautiful yet practical storage options available for you. Feel free to use one or many of the design elements you’ve seen here as the inspiration for your own luxury walk in closet.
To see even more fantastic closet ideas, check out the article we contributed to on Porch.com: Designing and Organizing your Dream Closet: Tips From the Experts (porch.com)