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.
Molding, or moulding is a strip of material with various profiles used to cover transitions between surfaces or for decoration. It is traditionally made from solid milled wood, plaster, plastic or reformed wood.
“When commencing study of the classical elements, it is logical to begin with moldings. Moldings are the smallest physical units — the atoms, as it were — of classical architecture, and so are easier to understand at first than the larger, more complex members formed from their combination. Starting with moldings is also convenient because they crystallize in minute form nearly all the ideas that define classicism itself.” Donald M. Rattner is a practicing architect and Director of The Institute for the Study of Classical Architecture (ISCA) at the Real Estate Institute of New York University.
The first lesson to be drawn from moldings is that those who work in the classical manner inherit a pre-established vocabulary and grammar. With moldings, that standard alphabet is generally considered to consist of 14 varieties.
Analysis of shape is one way to classify moldings. On the most elemental level, we first distinguish between STRAIGHT and CURVED moldings.
Classical moldings, with few exceptions, are additive; that is, they usually project out from a given plane. The origins of moldings are subject to debate. Like all elements of classicism, however, it is clear that moldings perform both pragmatic and aesthetic functions.
A base molding, for example, does more than just conceal a joint; first, it serves as a visual foot to the weight of the wall that rises above it; second, it modulates the transition between the vertical and horizontal planes of wall and floor; third, it punctuates the bottom of a wall to signal it has come to an end.
The baseboard, together with the chair rail and cornice, serves the additional purpose of creating architecturally significant DIVISIONS OF SURFACE. In turn, the size and scale of these and other moldings indicate SCALE, which can be loosely defined as the relationship between the human and architectural dimension.
Moldings can help establish HIERARCHY by calling attention to prominent elements in a room, such as doors, windows, fireplace openings, and other apertures.
The impulse in classical design is to frame things, to break down a surface into regularized compartments, as reflected in paneling. There, moldings help mediate the shift from one plane to another by lining the edges of the panel. And, of course, moldings furnish surfaces for ornamental embellishment.
Let’s look at some of the issues that can guide the design of moldings for interiors.
TYPE & SPECIMEN: First, we must distinguish between a general TYPE of molding and the potentially infinite number of individual SPECIMENS of a molding type that can be created by the designer.
White River Molding has a wonderful selection of moldings and a gallery of inspiring installations using compound molding designs.
ALTERNATION & CONTRAST: Moldings are rarely used singly; most often they are combined in a series. When using them in combination, there are several strategies available to enhance visual effect, resolve architectural problems, and avoid poor design. For instance, one way to decide which moldings to use in a sequence is to seek out profiles that produce ALTERNATION and CONTRAST. The contrast may be between straight and curved. Or, the alternation could be between convex and concave profiles, e.g., a TORUS, followed by a SCOTIA, followed by another TORUS — curve and counter-curve (center). We might even get contrast from the play of large and small: large CYMA RECTA, small CYMA REVERSA, etc.
Crown Molding Combinations
Door and Header Molding Combinations