A great trend is having a dressing room instead of a closet. This blog post has turned out to be a compendium of the best ideas for Dressing Rooms, Closets, Built-Ins, Doors and more. My home was built in the era of walk-in closets. I have removed the door and have decided my preference is to have all my clothes out of sight behind doors. It is practical and provides lots of options for creating a beautiful and elegant design. So let’s begin with inspiration pictures of dressing rooms with built-ins. An organized closet with built-ins is organized but it has the appearance of a closet.
Organized closet with built-ins versus all clothes behind doors.
- Dust. My formal attire is not used frequently and collects dust. There is a current discussion on LinkedIn’s Interior Architecture group about the dust issue. The conversation includes solutions as keeping the walk-in closet door closed, using an air purifier, dust shelves and vacuum frequently, keep less used clothes such as formal attire in their own garment covers. Adding doors adds to the cost.
- Visually cluttered. While you can ponder what to wear while looking at the big picture the dressing room really is not beautiful, like this large walk-in closet.
This dressing room is well organized with lovely furnishings, lighting and architectural details but the exposed hanging clothes and shoes could be behind doors protecting them from dust and providing door surfaces as a design element.
Several designers expressed the personal preference of being able to see the clothes and not having the doors as obstructions.
Great example of taking advantage of the doors and using them to create a beautiful design. Love the reverse painting on glass.
This is a nice combination of mirrored doors and exposed clothes. Like the storage cabinets above the clothes. Personally the exposed clothes could be behind doors.
This is a very elegant Dressing Room/Boudoir. The term dressing room comes from the theater for a place for actors to change their costumes. The word boudoir was popular among the upper class in the 18th century, from the French and meaning “pouting room,” from bouder, “to pout” or “to sulk”, which was used primarily for sleeping, dressing, relaxing and entertaining.
My closet is only 8′ x 12-1/2′ so I don’t plan on relaxing or entertaining there, but it is now an extension of my bedroom and as such needs to be completely built in. Love the white built ins and mirrors.
This style door would lend itself to adding ornamentation.
Here is a great how-to video for applying composition ornament from Decorators Supply to multiple surfaces; such as mirrors! Really great for a fabulous dressing room. Here is a closet we did using our Louis XIV architectural wall panels to frame mirrored doors and added more ornament on the mirrors.
Very elegant glass doors.
Here is the problem with glass doors the clothes can still create a cluttered look.
“Kawther Jamal Saleh The glass doors look refreshing but it not going to look good if the clothes are not organized, adding a NanoTech Glass Coating on top of most surfaces won’t allow accumulation of dust and is also a Water, dirt repellent.”
Doors with great moulding.
A great source for hardwood moulding is White River. Love their line of MonReal Mouldings which can be ordered here like this running leaf and bead casing.
Black is a great choice for a man’s dressing room. Great to have enough room for the center storage and counter surface.
Great idea for a wall hook.
Glass doors and fabric work to camouflage the storage.
This looks like the size of my closet.
Perfect for this narrow space.
I would refer to this as a Boudoir with the fireplace.
Mirrored doors in this boudoir conceal all of the clutter.
A wardrobe is a room, closet, or chest where clothes are kept. Really lovely wardrobe.
Fabulous. The mirrors are a great choice with the marble and blue accent wall color.
Beaux-Arts Classic Products recently completed this Ladies’s Dressing Room with handpainted canvas panels for the closet doors and storage and handpainted plaster shell ceiling medallion surrounded by running pearls.
Built-ins by Habersham
The configuration of this dressing room with the bedroom requires a dressing room with doors.
A great look is the jib door which is a door made flush with a wall without dressings or moldings and often disguised by continuing the finishings or decorations of the wall across its surface. It’s unobtrusiveness is furthered by the lack of hardware on its interior face.
If you are interested in creating a beautiful design for your dressing room, jib doors offer lots of possibilities.
A tree motif is an ideal wallpaper design when masking a jib door. Earlham design from De Gournay.
Antique Mirrored jib doors.
Grisaille is a term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour. A full color painting requires more time and skill than one in monochrome. Grisaille was often chosen as a quicker and cheaper alternative, although it was also chosen quite deliberately for aesthetic reasons, in order to create a specific visual effect. I love monochromatic rooms and adding the artistry of grisaille does create a fabulous effect. Fifty Shades of Gray is consistently my most popular post with the best collection of gray interiors. I have a number of wonderful examples of grisaille if you choose to revisit these posts here are the links: Fifty Shades of Gray 2016, Fifty Shades of Gray in Classical Interiors 2015, and Fifty Shades of Gray 2013.
I am in the process of designing a brunaille mural. Paintings executed in brown are referred to as brunaille. The term brunaille was coined in the early 17th century by the French to describe pictures painted in shades of brown.
Here is the Powder Room mosaic tile floor.
The color palette for the brunaille mural will be similar to this lovely mural.
Brunaille murals/paintings are less common than paintings executed in grey (grisaille), though more common than those in green (verdaille).
Love this verdaille mural by Jean-Baptiste Pillement.
Grisaille paintings resemble the drawings, normally in monochrome, that artists from the Renaissance on were trained to produce; like drawings they can also betray the hand of a less talented assistant more easily than a fully coloured painting.
Grisaille composition was often modeled to resemble sculpture, either relief or statuary. It is an excellent choice for trompe l’oeil murals.
Beautiful example of brunaille mural.
Gray Scale for grisaille.
Hermitage decorative painting.
Putti holding a swag.
Grisaille Paintings and Murals
Love the use of panels for the grisaille artwork. Beaux-Arts wall panel kits at $200 for a finished panel are a perfect choice for this look.
some of these are wallpaper.
Love the touches of color in this mural. I plan on adding some colorful elements as well.
Love this. Great use of light.
Same mural as above.
Cutting Edge Stencils offers the ultimate mural components kit.
de Gournay Wallcovering