Isn’t it every little girl’s dream to have her own dressing room in her home? Or even just a massive closet to house your ever-growing shoe collection?
We’re all guilty of a little shopping addiction now and then. But to avoid the walk of shame, and give yourself space to appreciate your growing collection, your best option is to build a personal dressing room. The best news is that it doesn’t need to break the bank to feel glamorous. Follow these tips to create your own dressing room at home, and give your prized collection of shoes and handbags time to shine!
The first thing you’ll want to do to create the perfect dressing room is to organize your clothing collection. This is a great time to declutter. Don’t think of it as getting rid of anything. Think of it as making space for your new collection. Get organized, and toss out the things that don’t fit, are out of style, and that you haven’t worn in a year. It’s all about making space for your growing collection!
Let It Reflect Your Personal Style
Once you’ve tossed out everything you won’t need anymore, it’s time to think about style. The basics for a dressing room require seating, a vanity, and plenty of lighting and mirrors. Think about the additional touches that maximise comfort too, especially if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there! Consider opting for a futon for example, and a cozy sheepskin rug for all of those barefoot moments.
If you’re working with a walk-in closet, you might consider getting some wiring done, so you can hang a chandelier for an added touch of glam. If you haven’t got the closet of your dreams yet, work with what you have with decorative room dividers. It’s important to treat your dressing room like it’s another room in your home. Keep it functional and flexible.
Be Prepared To Be Flexible To Get What You Need
Think about the functionality of the space. What will you need? Your dressing room should feel restful, indulgent, and maybe a little glamorous – but what that means is up to you. If you spend a lot of time out and about with the girls, make sure to add plenty of seating. If you’ve got a massive shoe collection, installing in-built shelving to space might be ideal.
If you’re a total makeup maven, you’ll want plenty of surface area and wall storage to show off your brushes and bottles to best effect. If you’re handy with the DIY, Pinterest is full of crafty projects to help you get the most out of your storage space, while adding a needed touch of glam with gold thread in the upholstery, painting or replacing your drawer handles and creating some truly one-of-a-kind vanity mirrors.
It’s All In The Details
Don’t forget about mirrors and lighting! Lighting is everything in a dressing room. Not only is it essential for showing your look in the best possible light, it’s also crucial for setting the right relaxing mood after a hard day of shopping. If you’re working out of a walk-in closet, maximize on mood lighting with wall sconces, or a chandelier. For a partitioned space with wall dividers, hanging lights and lamps can help you get the effect you want.
Light panels over the mirrors can add a touch of Hollywood glam, as well as maximizing your lighting potential by reflecting light with your mirrors. If your dressing room has a window, you can use mirrors to bounce more light. Of course, mirrors will make a smaller dressing room look much bigger – and it makes your shoe collection look truly impressive!
Keep It Clean and Feeling Fresh
You started with decluttering the place, and it’s important to continue the same way. In most cases, a dressing room doesn’t have a lot of floor space, but even if you’ve got an entire room devoted to your wardrobe, you want to give it an air of calm and keep things feeling fresh and uncluttered. Apart from regular cleaning schedules, here are just a few tips you can use to keep your dressing room an oasis in your home.
- Scented candles – Calming scents like warm sugar, vanilla, or lavender can help you set a relaxing mood in your dressing room.
- Get an air purifier – A good air purifier for pets can get rid of smells, dust, and pet dander from your space. A room-sized air purifier is relatively inexpensive, and actually more effective than trying to filter your whole house. It’s good news if you have a smoker in the house too. HEPA air filters can trap more than 98% of airborne toxins, including those from cigarettes.
- Use natural cleaners to keep strong scents of cleansers out, and avoid ruining your clothes or shoes with a spill!
Give Yourself Some Space
As much as we know that private, in-home dressing room is the height of glamour, the only way to keep it functional is to plan for the future! Make sure you leave enough shelf space for your growing collection and plan for expansions. We know that building the dressing room of your dreams is only going to encourage your shopping addiction. So be sure to find places to store your shoe boxes, to prevent your shoes from getting dusty, and get racks with plenty of extender space. You can maximize on space with wall storage, hooks, and multifunctional furniture, like a double-sided vanity, wall divider with mirrors, and ottomans with storage space underneath.
If your house is anything like mine, chances are space is always at a premium. Who isn’t guilty of a little retail therapy now and then? If your shopping bags are starting to clutter up your space, the best thing to do is find a new space for them in a self-storage unit near you. What better place than your very own dressing room. If you’ve always wanted the space to show off your style, and you’re not sure where to start, our tips will help you build the dressing room of your dreams, and can even accommodate as your collection continues to grow. Because let’s be honest, it definitely will!