Essential organizing tips and tricks to keep your closets looking stylishly orderly.
We invest serious bucks in our wardrobes, so it's only right that we fashion gorgeous, well-organized spaces for them to live in. Here are 11 ways to do so.
Credits: Stacey Brandford
1 Get on a roll
Give your walk-in closet some extra hanging storage as well as haute couture allure by incorporating a rolling rack. It will energize the space with a behind-the-scenes fashion show vibe, making you feel less run-of-the-mill and more runway ready when you dress for the day.
TRY THIS: Create a pretty vignette on your closet surfaces using wearable accessories, such as shoes and purses.
Credits: Virginia Macdonald
2 Tailor make it
Whether you go custom or use a big-box store system, take time to consider your needs and create your dream closet accordingly. If you're a shoe fanatic, for instance, opt for tons of shelves and pullout racks to accommodate your prized pumps.
TRY THIS: Extend your closet all the way up to the ceiling, upper cupboards are great to storing lesser-used items.
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3 Reach new heights
Is your clothing collection larger than your closet space? Get a tall dresser to stash spillover.
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4 Pack in the box
Cardboard boxes are tidy and stackable, making them ideal hiding spots for small off-season items, such as gloves and scarves.
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5 Get fragrance fancy
Use a decorative tray to round up your favourite perfumes in your dressing room so you can easily match your scent to your mood.
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6 Store smartly
Rather than stockpiling all of your linens, dedicate a space in each bedroom's closet. That way, when the time comes to make the bed, clean sheets are right at hand.
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7 Make a move
Don't confine yourself or your attire to a cramped closet. Seek out an unused space in your house (look in the attic and basement) for potential wardrobe real estate.
TRY THIS: Outfit an otherwise unadorned wall with picture ledges and floating shelves for displaying fancy footwear.
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8 Dress to impress
Considering how chic their contents are, closets can look downright frumpy. Luckily - as evidenced by these stylishly clad doors - a stunning makeover is just a few rolls of wallpaper away.
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9 Prep a primping station
Pamper yourself by incorporating a vanity within your dressing quarters. Keep makeup and baubles handy in tidy organizers.
TRY THIS: Include drawer space in a walk-in closet by using a stand-alone dresser.
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10 Embrace the rainbow
In addition to imparting a cheerful sense of order, arranging garments by colour will take the guesswork out of finding your pink blouse or green blazer - a total lifesaver when you're running late.
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11 Tighten your belts
Rather than hanging belts on the back of your door - where they can get scratched up (and, not to mention, make quite the racket!) - coil and compartmentalize them in drawer inserts.
This delicious dip is a party must-have.
It's not a party without a delicious dip, especially when it's our garlic feta dip!
1 Place the feta, lemon zest, lemon juice and minced garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until smooth and combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil in a long stream and process until thoroughly blended.
2 Transfer the dip to a serving dish. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and a generous grinding of fresh black pepper if desired.
3 Serve with cucumber, radishes, olives, sliced summer squash and coloured carrot sticks for dipping.
Prep & cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
Designers and decorators share they favourite kitchen trends for 2017.
For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where the family convenes every night for dinner. It’s where homework is done and family meetings are had. And it’s where guests gather even though the dining room table is set and a fire is roaring in the living room. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a utilitarian space. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen this year, check out these hot trends, as identified by designers.
Photography: Michael Nangreaves
1 "Mixing metals is my favourite kitchen design trend for 2017. I think it reflects a more individual, less formal approach to design that is popular with millennials and non-millennials alike. While it takes a bit of an expert eye, it is totally appropriate to mix metal finishes in your faucet, cabinet pulls, chair legs and pendants!" - Designer, Lisa Canning.
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3 "One top kitchen design trend I love is to have sections of the upper cabinet extended onto the counter. Let's face it, we all love our small appliances (i.e. toaster oven, espresso machine) but we may not want them on display all the time. A multi-purpose kitchen island has been the go-to solution to disguise the microwave and dishwasher, but unless the island is 10 feet long, it is challenging and perhaps impractical for the island to house the small appliances we use daily off the counter. By having the upper cabinets extended to the counter and small appliances sitting behind doors, you can achieve a sleek design statement without sacrificing your morning coffee!" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
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4 "In 2017, we will continue to see cabinetry painted white and various shades of grey. I think that we will also see cabinetry painted warmer tones such as greige (grey & beige), taupe and mushroom. Islands in a different colour or stain than the perimeter cabinetry will continue to be prevalent. In addition, handcrafted islands that look like furniture with legs will be popular for that unfitted kitchen look. It also adds personality and charm and the kitchen then looks like it has evolved over time. Quartz as a counter will continue to be popular as consumers become aware of its benefits." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Monic Richard
5 "After years of white on white kitchens, our clients are asking for something different again. While you might not want to paint an entire kitchen in one colour to stand out from the crowd, the tendency in 2017 will be to mix natural wood, paint and metals in the kitchen. Try framing the range hood and the island in chrome to add sparkle to the space. Add texture to your cabinetry with a mix of light wood veneered lowers and white lacquered uppers." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Donna Griffith
6 "Say hello to dark metals in the kitchen. Polished chrome and nickel accents are giving way to black faucets, burnished steel pendants and matte black cabinetry handles. The dark finishes can work in sleek modern kitchens or the most cottagey of cooking spaces. With white kitchens continuing to dominate, a dash of black can provide high contrast and instantly update tired cabinetry." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
7 "Terra Cotta is back! But it's not the tangy orange clay you're used to. In 2017, Reclaimed Rose Terra Cotta will be hitting it big. Following the trend of reclaimed wood, the rich creams and pale pinks of this antique terra cotta tile will be the next phase in the modern farmhouse kitchen. Look for hexagon or herringbone for a modern take on this old classic. Pairing over-sized pendants and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current." - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
How to: Create accent walls
Looking to create an impact in your space? For an easy and inexpensive way to add a bit of drama to any room, consider creating a feature wall with an accent paint colour. Perfect for highlighting a focal point such as a fireplace or shelving unit, an accent wall commands the eye’s attention.
We checked in with five paint companies to get expert advice on where to feature an accent wall and what colour combinations pair well together.
Photography courtesy of Benjamin Moore
Go dark for drama
Using a vibrant colour on an accent wall is bold, but if you want a touch of drama in your space, go for a dark navy, charcoal or even black. A dark colour looks great against surrounding light walls and crates a space around a room’s focal point, like the fireplace in the photo above.
"When we choose the colours for a room, we try to use a dark colour to add drama,” says Benjamin Moore colour and style expert Sophie Bergeron. “In this case, black and blue walls work well together to add both drama and a sense of airiness. The blue (Gossamer Blue 2123-40) is very fresh and light while the black (Black Satin 2131-10) sets the tone for a more modern setting."
Photography by Stacey Brandford
Switch it up with colour blocking
Not all accent walls have to be a solid hue – get creative with colour blocking by adding a striped wall or a graphic pattern.
“These stripes feature the room’s soft hue alternating with an energetic pop of colour,” says Bev Bell, Beauti-Tone colour expert. “The combination creates a dramatic accent wall with a more cohesive and harmonious feel than if the wall was painted one solid accent colour.”
Photography courtesy of Farrow & Ball
Try a custom wallpaper
For an accent wall with a bit more character, try a graphic wallpaper pattern. Some paint companies like Farrow & Ball custom make their papers using their own paint colours, so you can co-ordinate with the surrounding walls in the room.
“The accent wall has encouraged a more adventurous approach to decorating, providing an opportunity to indulge in colour and pattern without the commitment of covering a whole room,” says Sarah Cole, Director at Farrow & Ball. “Try one of Farrow & Ball’s traditional damask paper designs such as Silvergate or St. Antoine in a contemporary colourway for a modern twist on a classic pattern. For a more contemporary design, try Lotus or Bamboo (shown above) for a really striking accent.”
Photography courtesy of PARA Paints
Use an accent wall to define a living space
Accent colours are great for creating a defined area in a multi-functional space (think open-concept loft or studio apartment). Paint a little nook to create a home office or an inset wall to define your sleeping space like in the image above.
“This bright, bold accent colour (Fresh Berries’ P5079-63) directs the eye to the main focus of the room – the bed,” says PARA Paints Senior Brand Manager Garry Belfall. “Used as a vibrant contrast to the more neutral base colour (Every Girl’s Dream’ P5219-14) as seen on the other walls, Fresh Berries perfectly complements this room and creates a bold, beach-themed oasis where you can escape from reality.”
Photography courtesy of CIL
Add a pop of colour to a black and white room.
Add some life to a neutral room with a bold colour that commands attention. Black-and-white is a timeless colour combination, but adding a vibrant hue gives it a modern edge.
“Cinnabar 50YR 32/460 from CIL is a trendy orange that, when paired with stark white and a graphic black-and white-print, is super modern,” says Alison Goodman, CIL Brand Manager. “When you’re dealing with a predominantly black-and-white colour scheme, a feature wall and its splash of colour is a must-have.”