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The dressing room can be decorated as a continuation of your bedroom, or a separate space. While it's possible to find beautiful free-standing wardrobes, taking a bespoke approach to your dressing area guarantees that your clothes will be organised just how you want them. Create an intimate atmosphere with a luxurious wallcovering, soft carpets and chandeliers, then plan out the practical details.

Luxury interior designers choose built-in wardrobes with customised carpentry to give the necessary space to clothing rails, shelving and shoe storage. Additional features like watch and jewellery display cases can be added, and fitted with customised lighting. Set aside space for a make-up or dressing table, then choose from a wide variety of mirrors from sleek, contemporary designs to more ornate, framed options.

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Walk-in Wardrobe Design Ideas

A separate dressing area is the ultimate in luxury interiors, and as such it should be decorated as a luxurious and personal space. The walk-in wardrobe design can be anything from plush, sensuous and feminine to rigorous, geometric and ultra modern - choose a style that suits the interior of the property as a whole, as well as your individual need and preferences.

The walk-in wardrobe suits both a light and dark colour scheme, with a white wardrobe having a crisp, cool and contemporary feel and a darker interior feels cosy and sumptuous. Choose materials that reflect the luxury of the walk-in wardrobe, with swathes of marble, silk, leather, mirror, natural wood, inlaid detailing and metallic accents. Combine these materials to create a tactile and beautiful space that is a joy to use.

The flooring should take into consideration the style of the rest of the house, but a walk-in wardrobe should have glamourous and beautiful flooring. Parquet, carpet and marble all look very at home in the dressing room, with each providing a different take on the glamourous look. The walls may be entirely filled with wardrobes and storage, however, if not then consider a hand-painted wallpaper for a touch of decadence and pattern. For a more pared back look choose a textured wallpaper or a painted wall in a shade that will pull together the floor covering and the wardrobes into a harmonious look.

Lighting is a very important consideration for the dressing room, as it should provide bright, even light across the room. A feature light such as a large and striking chandelier will provide light and sparkle to the room, which can be enhanced and evened out with wall lamps. Simple spot lights, or several ceiling lamps may be a more suitable option in a smaller space, and these will provide the room with the correct level of light.

A window is a feature that looks beautiful in the dressing room as it brings natural light into the space - and so the window should be accentuated if it is present in the room, with a freshly painted window frame and beautiful curtains - however a beautiful sense of light and space can be achieved even without a window.

Design Your Perfect Built-in Wardrobe

It is typical to have bespoke built-in wardrobes in a dressing room as it is often a compact space that needs to store a large number of items. Bespoke wardrobes can be designed as open plan - meaning that there are no cupboard doors, and all of the items within the wardrobe are on display - or they can be fitted with beautiful doors, behind which it is possible to hide away the items within them.

Choosing between the two is a personal choice that should be driven by an understanding of how you wish to use the room, and how you would prefer the room to look. A combination of open storage sections and closed storage can look very effective too as it makes the room look less uniform and allows certain items to be displayed whilst others are stored behind doors.

Whether hidden behind a door, or fully expose, the wardrobe space can be organised to suit your individual storage needs. Hanging space, shelving, cupboards and drawers can all be incorporated into the design of the wardrobe. Specialist elements such as shoe, hat or tie storage should also be considered, as these small details will make the wardrobe area more functional and practical to use.

Mirrors

A mirror is a vital element of any dressing room or walk-in-wardrobe - a freestanding mirror can be dramatic and beautiful, however in order to save space it is also possible to have mirrored doors or panels built into the wardrobe itself. A couple of mirrored doors is a way to introduce contrasting surfaces into the room, or a large swathe of mirror has a high impact and will increase the sense of light and space in the room. Discover awe-inspiring mirrors here.

In addition to an upright wardrobe, an island will provide additional storage for a different types of items. An island successfully breaks up a large space, making the centre of the room equally as functional and useful as the wardrobes that line the walls. The island can be custom built to your individual needs - providing extra drawers for folded clothes, or for a more specific purpose such as storing shoes, bags, hats or jewellery and accessories.  

A built-in wardrobe will often have internal lighting, so be aware of the different options available. It is also possible to have the wardrobe underlit, which will bring drama and a sense of theatre to the room. Consider the smaller elements that come together to give the room personality and charm, such as interesting or well-considered door handles for the wardrobes, as well as additional pieces of furniture such as a bench, armchair or dressing table.

Choose Furniture for the Wardrobe

Choose plush and luxurious pieces for the walk-in wardrobe. A built-in window seat is a beautiful feature, and a bench or armchair will make the room both more comfortable and practical. Upholster furniture in silks, velvets and other opulent fabrics that are perfectly suited to the mood and atmosphere of the dressing room. A chaise longue brings a sense of decadence to any room, which makes it a wonderful choice for the dressing room.

Include a dressing table and chair in the walk-in wardrobe design to complete the room, bringing additional functionality. An elegant dressing table, with curved lines and beautiful detailing that is topped with a mirror can be paired with a small stool or chair.

Accessorise the Wardrobe

After all of the large elements of the dressing room are in place, it is time to dress the space. Soften the window, and bring added privacy with a chic window blind, or choose curtains that soften the room and add colour and texture to the overall scheme.

A beautiful rug can bring pattern and character to the room - a rug made from luxurious silk will have a lustre and sheen that adds glamour, or bring colour and a touch of eclecticism with a zig zag-ed, striped or multi-coloured rug. See the works of Vanderhurd, Minotti or La Cornue for instance.

Hang art works or framed photographs in the space to bring a personal touch. A vase with a stunning flower arrangement can be placed on the dressing table or island. Add jewellery boxes to the dressing table, and display objects d’art around the dressing room.

Finding a Wardrobe Designer

Working with an walk-in wardrobe designer can help to pull together a space, which can be particularly useful for the wardrobe as there are often many bespoke elements in the room. A designer will bring their expertise and previous experience to your project.

To choose an interior designer it is important to begin by looking at many different designers and their portfolios of properties. Look through a wide variety, keeping note of the designers and projects that most appeal to your sensibilities. The Art of Bespoke website has a broad selection of work by some of the best interior designers currently working, so browse the site for design inspiration and ideas.

Contact the designers whose portfolios you admire, and discuss your project, your budget and your expectations. Through these conversations you will be able to discover more walk-in wardrobe design ideas and really get your creative juices flowing.