When one thinks of the word
coatroom, more often than not, our thoughts are drawn towards those oversized closets in clubs and discos for the easy storage our jackets. The reason for this, despite the etymology of the word, is that it is a rarity to see or find cloakrooms in our modern day homes. Once upon a time, a cloakroom was a separate room, used to store muddy boots and wet coats, particularly during the winter months. Cloakrooms can sometimes include a toilet, which is likely situated at the front of the house and is to be used by visitors or guests. Today on homify, with the help of our experts, we want to resurrect the notion of a cloakroom, and show off the benefits of this wonderfully practical space in a 21st century context. Take a look…
A contemporary cloakroom doesn't necessarily have to be modern; in fact, it can embody a classic theme, yet respond to the demands and spatial layout favoured today. Quite simply, a cloakroom can serve a whole score of different decorating styles, and can be both highly practical and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. As you can see in the background, the cloakroom in this home by Russell Taylor Architects, allows both occupants and guests to hang up their jackets, as well as provides a little extra storage space outside of the bedroom for items you need everyday.
In stark contrast to the traditional style cloakroom above, this modern take by Dedraft is both quirky and totally practical! For the little family members, they can take note from an early age the important of hanging up their clothes, and even feel a excited when they can begin to reach the nodes further up the wall. Looking almost like cloak buttons themselves, this inventive and chic example of cloak storage shows that even in the most contemporary themed homes, that the old fashioned notion of taking off your wet weather gear before you enter the house is still alive today.
Everyone knows that the space under the stairs is one of the most commonly misused, so we're glad designers like DDWH Architects, are showing off ultra modern ways to utilise this room. This staircase is more than just a regular staircase. It possesses a wonderful sculptural quality, fashioned from stunning wooden textures, render and glass. Inside, there is a clever amount of storage space located right by the door, so that you and your guests can take off your muddy boots and wet jackets without compromising the cleanliness of this beautiful home.
For those who like to live in an ultra minimalistic house, you can include the seemingly antiquated notion of a cloakroom with ease as evidenced by Mowlem & Co. Hidden away behind this expanse of white doors and panels, is a whole range of clever storage solutions, including a TV cabinet, home office and ultra modern cloakroom. Whether it's the gear for working out, gardening or the items that you use on a daily basis, you can retain the chic, uncluttered ambience in your home, and keep these important items stashed away for when you need them.
The last example we will look at is the most classic of them all, embodying the quintessential English charm of a country home. This boot warming closet is tucked away in a small stone cottage that has been masterfully restored inside by Hart Design and Construction. As you can see, even when modern fittings and fixtures come into play, that traditional features such a cloakroom are still wanted—and it's not hard to see why. After all, you don't want to bring all the mud into your home, so this picture serves as a wonderful example of where you can cleverly store your dirty Wellington's after a day of exploring outside.