How to build a dream dressing room
No longer are our clients asking
for custom walk-in closets, but instead
Dream Dressing Rooms. They are
saving inspiration photos in their Houzz
and Pinterest accounts and expecting
to get identical results. It is our job as
designers to make their dreams a reality,
no matter the size or budget.
So how do we accomplish this? By
selecting different upgrades and special
features that work within their concept
and price range it will help you give
them the desired look they dream of.
For example, the backing can be done
in many different ways, and at many
different price points. Instead of using
3/4-inch backing, 1/4 inch can be used
to keep the price down.
Using mirrors as backing brightens the
closet and gives a high-end look when
used in select sections such as jewelry
and glass cabinets or behind shoes and
purses. When building with white or
antique white, painting the walls the
matching color gives the illusion of a
matching back, but at a fraction of the
cost. Painting the closet in a contrasting
color can also be an impressive look.
Lighting can have the most impact. If
a lighting system is not in the budget,
then installing a few battery operated
motion lights in select cabinets or drawers will still provide a high-end look.
Hardware selections also play an
important part in the ;nal look of the
dressing room. It is the jewelry of the
closet. Specialty handles and knobs can
be featured throughout the room, or on
select cabinetry for more impact.
Trim not only adds to the beauty of
a closet, but also can help with trouble
areas or provide secret storage. Base
moulding dresses up any closet. By add-
ing shoe moulding to the base, it gives it
a furniture look, while hiding uneven-
ness. Instead of using larger expensive
crown, adding a 3- to 4-inch fascia
above the closet unit then attaching the
smaller crown will hide any inconsisten-
cy in the ceiling height, while giving the
impression of a large pricey crown. Hid-
ing the transition seams with ;at scribe
moulding completes the look. Fluted
;llers throughout the room, or around
speci;c feature cabinets also will add a
When your client’s dream dressing
room is complete, be sure to post
pictures on Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Wendy Scott is a designer for Sophisticated
Storage Solutions in Bridgewater, N.J. She has
been designing closets for over 10 years and is
a board member of the ACSP. Her work has
been featured in magazines and she is a Top
Shelf Closet Design Award runner up.
Tips for adding luxurious touches on a budget.
Clients are requesting more than just custom walk-in closets. And it is our job as
designers to make their dreams a reality, no matter the size or budget.
Your work may become someone else’s