A girl’s closet is something to be cherished but if you are anything like the majority of the population, a morning spent looking for something to wear can turn that wardrobe haven on its head lickity split. Well fear not, Nancy Soriano of Rue La La is dishing the secrets of a gorgeous closet and showing us just how to transform it into the prettiest spot in your home. And when you’re done gobbling up this how-to, you can find all the pieces featured in their Editor’s Closet Sale starting now!
From Nancy… Having spent my career in the home design industry, interior style is something I live and breathe every single day. I have learned (through my own fair share of mistakes!) that design becomes great when it’s not just the perfect expression of your personal style, but it’s also functional- it solves a problem or serves a specific purpose in your daily life. Great design equals smart design.
With that in mind, one of my favorite activities – especially in winter and at the beginning of spring – is to clean out, reorganize, and style my closet. However large or small your closet is, it’s an important space that often gets overlooked, even though it’s used every day, often multiple times a day.
After years of reorganizing, I’ve found that with the right hangers, wall hooks, trays, boxes, lighting and seating (if you can fit it!), it can be easy - and surprisingly fun – to transform your closet into a beautiful and functional space. My mantra: Assess, organize, & design.
1. EDIT. First things first, make sure you use what you have in the closet. Go through the closet at least twice a year and asses what you actually wear and don’t. My feeling: If you haven’t worn it in two years, toss (unless it’s an heirloom.)
2. LET SEASONALITY BE YOUR GUIDE. Decide what you’ll wear now and what needs to be stored.
3. ORGANIZE YOUR WARDROBE BY TYPE AND COLOR. For example, sort your suits from your blazers or jackets. Then arrange by color. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it helps me find what I want quickly (especially when I have early morning meetings).
4. USE GOOD, THIN HANGERS. They will save you space. Use the same style hanger to give a uniform and tidy look. (Make sure to remove dry cleaning bags). Consider using a palette of hangers…. grey, white, and pale pink.
5. OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND. Use trays, and open containers, like baskets for accessories that you use often and enjoy looking at. Don’t be afraid to mix finishes and tones. Trays are a great way to store the jewelry, headbands, and scarves you love and frequently wear. You can mix and match them too.
6. COLOR YOUR CLOSET HAPPY. Paint the interior an unexpected hue. Not ready to do the whole closet? Then paint one wall. And, make sure the color doesn’t fight with your clothes. Going with neutrals? Layered tones and hues. Either way, keep the palette of your closet cohesive.
7. FOR EXTRA OOMPH, LOOK TO WALLPAPER. Create a stylish look by wallpapering the entire closet – ceiling included. Consider a deep color with a white pattern then have all of your closet fittings in white and silver.
8. CONSIDER PLACING A DRESSER IN THE CLOSET – especially if you have a small bedroom. You can install shelving above.
9. GOOD LIGHTING MAKES A DIFFERENCE. Invest in a floor lamp, wall sconce, or even a glam chandelier, for an instant walk-in upgrade.
10. ADD A MIRROR, and not just one of those over-the-door kinds It will make your closet feel and function more as a dressing room.
11. MIX OLD AND NEW. As a big collector, I like to mix my vintage pieces with newer items (this is big for me). For example, consider galvanized metal with mirrored pieces or glass.
12. TAKE A SEAT. A small pull-up chair, tufted bench, or mirrored console table will transform a lonely closet into a livable space.
1. Hampton Semi-Flush Chandelier | 2. Geometric Bar Tray | First Closet Image: Tessa Neustadt | 3. Randy Slipper Chair | 4. Mademoiselle Painting | 5. My Sexy Shoes Painting | 6. Venetian Mirror | 7. Hanging Accent Mirror | Second Closet Image: Golden Swank | 8. Vogue Living | 9. Clos-ette Hangers | 10. Lavinia Bar Cart | 11. Ramsey Bench