Is it just us or have our closets slipped down our to-decorate list lately? While we were busy eradicating the clutter from every other room in the house (and cleaning them too), we somehow left the wardrobe behind closed doors (clothes hanging off racks and all). Let's face it, we're all pretty busy these days, and most mornings involve an element of mild panic as we swill some coffee and style ourselves into immaculate, modern-day powerhouses ready to take on the world.
If this sounds like you, too, then it's time to take some drastic action—today! To help, we tapped the expertise of Taylor Anne, founder of Taylor Anne Interiors to share a few pointers on how to give our closets the dream-worthy makeover they deserve. Ready to get started? We promise you'll never look back.
Use Stylish Hangers
Every killer wardrobe starts with stylish hangers. If you want to ensure your clothing is hung properly and stays in the optimal shape for on-the-go wearability, then the type of hanger you choose is crucial. Anne loves the wood variety or "those skinny ones from The Container Store." She adds: "Please invest in hangers. Also, when you do invest buy them all in the same color."
Color-Code Your Clothing
If you want to make thing simpler in the morning, Anne suggests grouping your clothes from light to dark and like with like. "Place heavier items like sweaters or jackets all together and group the lighter items such as dresses and feminine tops in another section," she said. "This ensures everything is hanging in a balanced way that is both pleasing to the eye and practical when selecting an outfit."
Put Out-of-Season Items in Storage
Only keep clothing that is in season on the hangers. "If you have a small space, put the out of season items away in storage bins until you're ready," she said. "There is no need to take up closet space with heavy jackets in the middle of summer."
Put Your Shoes on Display
If there's one thing we (almost) love more than home décor it's our shoe collection. Just like your coffee table, these prized pretties are often the hero of our daily outfits, so they deserve a gallery-worthy space in our closets. It's for this reason Anne asks that you at least put your shoes up on a shelf where you can see them.
"If a shelf isn't possible, then get them off of the floor using a shoe rack," she said. "If you're short on space, store your boots in a bin and keep your nice heels or flats out and accessible so they're ready to wear."
Open It Up With a Mirror
Perhaps the most essential element outside of hangers is the mighty mirror. How could you possibly piece together a showstopping outfit without one? But aside from being able to see yourself, mirrors also make a small closet feel larger than it is.
"Floor length is best—one that makes you feel good," said Anne. "As you know, not all mirrors are created equal, so please choose wisely. If you can’t fit a floor length in your space, find a nice mirror to place above your dresser or near your front door so you can test your jewelry and accessory options for the day."
Add Seasonal Flowers
Just in the same way they brighten up a dining or coffee table, flowers really make a closet come to life. "If you have the space, place a lovely grouping of fresh flowers (preferably all the same type) on your closet mantel or island and overfill your vase," said Anne. "It's always nice to place a beautiful tray on your closet island or dresser to house sunglasses and your most prized jewelry/accessories too."
Incorporate a T-shirt Rack
If you love your plain white T’s, Anne urges you to dedicate a rolling rack or a section of your closet to these prized beauties. "Just be sure to group them by color, of course," she said.
Light It Up
There's nothing worse than bad lighting and your dream closet needs to be well lit. How else will you plan all those enviable outfits? "Please light up your closet so you can see your clothes," Anne stresses. "If you have room for a beautiful chandelier or pendant above your island then do so. If not, place a lamp nearby so you have proper lighting."
Don't Forget the Finishing Touches
When you're investing so much of your time (and money) into curating a beautiful selection of clothing, then make sure you add the finishing touches to really dial up the style-o-meter. "Always have a beautiful candle in your closet," said Anne. "You want things to smell as beautiful as they look. If you have space for a bench or chair, that is a must, and if you're feeling like it needs a bit more (or you're not loving the fabric your bench or chair is upholstered in), try throwing a beautiful plush sheepskin over the top and maybe a throw pillow or two."
If you really want to amp up that stylish charm, Anne suggests adding a crystal into the mix. "Maybe it’s because I live in L.A., but I believe it's so important to have a vibrant energy in any space. A crystal is a chic and beautiful way to add that vibe and a little glamor to your room. They can also double as a unique jewelry display if you drape your necklaces and bracelets over the top."