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What makes the perfect dressing room?

The dream of many people is to have a house that is lavish enough to contain a dressing room. An entire room dedicated to personal attire seems like the height of sophistication. This is, however, a reality for very few homeowners.

A dressing room is an extremely personal place and so to be “perfect” it’s important to consider personal style and wardrobe needs to make sure the room really reflects your taste.  It is a functional room within a home and so should be purposefully designed to be useful and serviceable. There are many options, from walk in dressing rooms to smaller rooms, and options in style and storage are dependent on the space. Also, depending on the size of the room, furniture such as a dressing table can add elegance to a space and mirrors are often a brilliant way to add light, creating a larger feel. Of course, every element of the interior involved should reflect the size of the room and ideally it will create a tidy and calming place to get changed and ready for the day! 

Where can I find dressing room ideas & walk in closet inspiration?

Hundreds of dressing room & walk in closet ideas can be found at homify. With an easy click, you can save a photo into an ideabook and draw inspiration from there. homify makes it easy to browse through hundreds of dressing room ideas and your ideas are always at the ready with the ideabook function. This is automatically stored in your profile with the possibility to add text and remind you of what you liked about that image, prompting an easy way to style and design your dressing room. On homify we have everything from mirrors to storage, furniture to unique accessory ideas so take a look at some of our brilliant interior designers and furniture designers to gain some inspiration for your dressing room.

What exactly can I do to my dressing room?

Ideas are limitless, even with a smaller space. For example: open storage systems, created by using rails, racks and shelves, allowing you to view clothes all at once. Storage within dressing rooms is the first important call, whether it’s for each individual garment or to create a tidy overall look, shelves are useful and orderly. A dressing room is a desirable and elegant addition to a home, and although it is not usually seen by guests, keeping a tidy space is a great way to feel organised and keep bedrooms clutter free. A bespoke dressing room could also be a good idea as it may mean that the fitting comes together well and choices of furniture can then be based upon knowing that the room will have a complete fit perfectly for the requirements within the space.

What wall colour should I choose for my dressing room?

Homeowners often choose neutral colours for dressing rooms as they do not often have a lot of light. Smaller rooms benefit from lighter colours and give the appearance of more space. Neutral colours also allow for clothes to stand out, making it easier to choose! Colours also depend on personal taste but remember it affects the feeling in the room. White is the go-to colour for most homeowners as it can be combined with other colours to create different effects.

What type of flooring should I put in my dressing room?

Flooring should match the rooms adjoining the room and flow from the theme of the bedroom. This way the home creates a more continuous and organised feel. Carpets can create a plush and tasteful look, while wood may be more smart and modern.

Which dressing room design is right for me?

The right design depends on space and fitting. Walk in dressing room ideas will be different from those exploiting an under used corner, but either way it is possible to build the perfect bespoke dressing room.

Deciding whether you are looking for just a functional room to store your clothes, or a dressing room with space to sit and try on everything you own will have a large impact on your choice. Choices here include deciding whether mirrors are important, and how many are needed, colours, and lighting.

Are there any specific tips for decorating my dressing room? 

A small dressing room may be easier to decorate as it provides fewer choices. As before, shelves and wardrobe space are essential to make the room look kempt and so focusing on the dimensions and how to fit everything in, as a puzzle, while keeping the room uncluttered is a good start. 

How do I use accessories in my dressing room?

If there is space, a mirror is an essential accessory for a dressing room to both see what you are wearing but also to create the illusion of a bigger room. For a smaller dressing room, the right furniture can add to the style, without overcrowding by using dressing tables or chest of drawers, which suit bigger spaces. 

The lighting within a room is just as important as accessories and so is something to consider. If there is limited natural light within the room, then fewer accessories and clutter may be a better idea, but more artificial lamps that appear as natural as possible to aid outfit choices are a must! The difference between warm and cooler lighting also defines the style of the room. One possibility is also to have lights fitted within a mirror, in order to make sure nothing goes unseen.

What are some small dressing room ideas?

A smaller room can make for an easier design. Neutral colours, fitted cupboards or shelves and a mirror make for a functional room. Making sure the furniture fits the room before you buy is the best option. So start measuring first!

The best advice would be to stay true to your own tastes and your personal style, whilst keeping in mind the general rules about the size and positioning of the dressing room furniture, the moods that can be achieved with various colours, and the importance of the correct lighting. Your style choices are endless here.

Creativity is important in designing a dressing room, using design magazines, asking to see other homes with this sort of room, and using the homify ideas available are all ways to help think of new ideas.

Ideas such as clear boxes to store shoes, choosing between freestanding or fixed mirrors, having a different mixture of shelves, drawers and open hanging spaces are all things to take into consideration.

Which style for my dressing room?

How to: Country style dressing rooms 

The choices for country style dressing rooms include wooden shelves, darker colours and more patterns. The country style can be modernised and more chic or classically American and older fashioned. Dressing rooms with patterned chairs and darker wooden dressing tables would fit in with the country style.

How to: Minimalist dressing rooms

This style may include more cupboards in a walk in dressing room to create a minimal atmosphere and fewer items directly on display. Colours used in a minimalist dressing room would be white, creams and space would include areas to show off more classic clothing items—such as a wall with shelves of shoes. All depending on budget and storage size, of course!

How to: Classic dressing rooms

Classic style is often what people imagine first when dreaming of dressing rooms. The classic style with an often expensive looking finish creates a space which allows room for divine touches and elegance. Including accessories such as a chandelier may appear over the top in other rooms, but in a classic style dressing room this can be a fun and luxurious addition.

How to: Eclectic style living rooms 

Furniture in an eclectic style dressing room can be more playful and fun. The use of colours suits a more eclectic taste and helps in creating a loud and interesting personal room. Having different choices in this style works well, patterns do not need to match and creating a comforting place which you enjoy being in is the aim. Colours also need not match, which creates an easier way to style a room, without being tied to a limited choice for everything.

How to: Rustic style dressing rooms 

Wood and creams work well for rustic style dressing rooms. French interior design patterns work well here and blues also create a more homely overall look. Storage with wooden patterns creates rustic interiors classically.

How to: Modern dressing rooms

The aim of modern design is to create a larger room with clean lines, basic shapes and primary colours. Modern dressing rooms should be sleek, simple and spacious with the interior fitting the room. To create a perfect space in this style, bespoke dressing rooms may be the best choice. However, you can have fun with art, rather than accessories with this style as they become a focal point to the space. Extra furnishings, such as a dressing table may not fit in with this style as it is imperative to avoid chaos, and harder edges with a flawless finish are preferable.

How to: Industrial style dressing rooms 

This look is preferably accomplished with a high ceiling and keeping at least one wall of brick work or a more metallic look. In an industrial style dressing room, Furnishings should involve higher metal wardrobes and limited furniture.

How to: Scandinavian style dressing rooms 

Lots of light and white are the key to creating a Scandinavian style dressing room. This style includes mixing functionality of the room with clean lines and bright colours. The aim is to create both an inviting yet practical space. Tones and colours with one unifying colour and overall look creates the best outcome for this style.

How to: Mediterranean style dressing rooms 

The key to this style is warm colours, textured surfaces, and if the room allows; larger furnishings such as comfortable places to sit and try shoes, or dressing tables with vanity mirrors. A Mediterranean style dressing room should include earthy colours that draw from the land and sea to create a homely feel inviting you in to try outfits and spend time in this Mediterranean haven.