This project was part of a larger home renovation, where the owner is updating a 1970's colonial to meet the needs of the 21st century. The clients had already opened up the front wall of the old walk-in closet, removing the door and enlarging the entrance, creating an "open closet" — a trend that is on the rise (Read More about Open Closets on our Closet blog). They envisioned that the new space would be an extension of the master bedroom rather than just a closet to put things in. The main area of the master bedroom was to be designated as a sleeping and sitting area only, with no dressers for clothing or other storage. That meant that the new closet space needed to provide functional storage for all of the clients’ wardrobe needs, including hanging, shelving and drawers, without the aid of doors to conceal the couple’s plentiful amount of clothing. In effect, the owners’ complete wardrobe would be on permanent display within the master bedroom. Closet Works' goal was to organize the space so it always looks nice and is easy to maintain.
We divided the closet into his and her sides, with a center island as the focal point of the space. Because the island is visible from the clients’ bed, we wanted to make this feature special, giving it more purpose than simply storage. It is one of the first things they see when they wake up each morning and the last thing before going to sleep each night. We centered the island between two windows. One side of the island sits against the window wall and is topped by a lighted display case. The glass shelves and doors of this unit hold the client’s most precious accessories. Vintage shoes and beaded clutches sparkle under the lights, accented by silver mementoes and souvenirs. A single shoe tower frames each side of the island display. We chose a neutral Haze color laminate for the structure of the closet and island, including door and drawer fronts. However, the HPL island countertop is done in our Vintage laminate as an accent color. The deeper color and added texture of the premium Vintage color complement the client’s antiques and silver accessories she keeps on display on the countertop and inside the display case.
The rest of the closet design was relatively straightforward. They did not want to enclose the hanging areas behind cabinet doors, so we positioned the bulk of the hanging and shelves in the front corners near the enlarged entrance, where it would not be visible from the bed. Shelving and a full-length mirror flank either side of the entrance. We placed these here because the shallower depth of these components ensures that there is enough room to comfortably walk around the island and also access the master bathroom, which is located off one end of the closet.