25 Walk-In Closets You Might Want to Live Inside

Carrie Bradshaw would approve.

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Heather Hilliard

Feeling inspired to revamp your closet? Before you go on a shopping spree for new hangers and containers, listen to Lisa Adams, CEO of L.A. Closet Design. “Keep everything organized by category and color, similar to the way you would find clothing items displayed in a boutique,” she says. So that means don’t go stuffing purses in a drawer—set them out on open shelves and surfaces. “If you see everything you have, you’ll wear everything,” Adams points out. Ergo, no more losing clothes in your own closet. And there's a lot to consider when designing a walk-in closet, including layout, storage space, and the fun parts, color palette and decor. Keep reading for more walk-in closet ideas and inspiration.

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David A. Land
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Opt for Display Cabinets

Designed by Castle Home's in House Beautiful's Whole Home concept house, this walk-in closet has all the bells and whistles and then some, but it's also just smart. To make the room feel less claustrophobic and, well, like a closet, Castle Home opted for display cabinets rather than solid doors. This allows the space to feel airier and even bigger—not to mention, the transparency forces you to stay organized.

Room, Furniture, Property, Interior design, Building, Ceiling, Living room, House, Home, Door,
Heather Hilliard
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Build a Three-Paneled Mirror

Three-paneled mirrors are popular in dressing rooms for a reason—you get to see your outfit from every angle. And as you can see in this walk-in closet designed by Heather Hilliard, they also make the room feel larger.

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Leanne Ford Interiors
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Set the Mood

Getting ready each day is more enjoyable when your walk-in closet feels relaxing, stylish, and comfortable. This one features plenty of storage room thanks to those drawers, and the antique stool adds an effortlessly elegant vibe.

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Nicole Franzen
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Add a Runner

If your walk-in closet is long, narrow, and windowless, introduce warmth with a runner that features a fun pattern. That built-in bench is also a good call—it provides seating without taking up extra floor space.

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Heather Hilliard
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Build an Island

The open shelving in this Heather Hilliard–designed space makes finding the perfect shoes so much easier. And the extra-large island? Not just storage— it’s also a surface for folding your clothes.

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Bring in Baskets

Thanks to those woven baskets on the top two shelves in this closet, we can focus on the stylish leather ottoman and all those gorgeous shoes. Aside from helping you stay organized, storage baskets will tuck away anything unsightly.

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Studio DB
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Use Your Shoes as Decor

What better way to decorate a vanity than by flanking it with a gallery of shoes? Opt for built-in open shelving so your favorite shoes can double as decor.

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Dacian Groza
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Install Under the Cabinet Lights

When you're getting ready, lighting is everything. In this walk-in closet designed by Heather Hilliard, the under-cabinet lights provide extra task lighting to make it easier to see while you pick out an outfit. They also add a moody, romantic feel.

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Leanne Ford Interiors
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Install Fancy Lighting

If you don't have built-in cabinets, an open wall shelf or etagere is a great alternative. Those gorgeous accessories and shoes on display can contribute to the décor scheme. Then add a glam chandelier to polish things off.

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Studio DB
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Deck Out Your Vanity

Having a spot to apply makeup in your personal dressing room will make life easier. If you have a small desk or vanity in your closet, use pretty jars to story your jewelry. Considering making a statement wall with wallpaper, lean a mirror on the surface, and tuck in a bold stool.

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Victoria Pearson
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Hang Some Artwork

Why use an armchair when you have room for a sofa? Slide up a stool and colorful area rug to complete the look, and then make a mini gallery wall to polish things off.

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Tamsinn Johnson
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Utilize Corners

In this dream closet designed by Tasmin Johnson, the classic white shades dress down the more glamorous elements of the space. All they need is a fresh coat of paint to feel new again. And while the large windows let the natural light pour in (perfect for getting ready) that means there's less useable wall space, which also means every inch is precious. The built-in benches feature storage underneath and the custom corner shelves provide a home for bags.

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Studio DB
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Provide Seating

If you want your closet to resemble a dressing room, make sure you add accent seating. A comfortable place to sit while you get ready instantly makes a closet feel more luxe. We also love the idea of lining up a set of asymmetrical mirrors instead of just one.

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Fantastic Frank
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Paint The Walls

Since it's a smaller, more private section of your house, your closet is the perfect place to experiment with paints and wallpapers. Take style notes from this space and make your closet pop by painting it an unexpected color that contrasts with the adjacent room.

Leanne Ford Interiors
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Keep Things Open

Having everything out in the open will motivate you to stay organized, but there are also a few things you can do to steer our eyes elsewhere. For example, in this room, the space above the closet is lined with pretty glass bottles.

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Arent & Pyke
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Invest in Special Hangers

Opt for high-quality, stylish hangers that make it easier to grab clothing off the rack as you dash to get ready in the morning. When you stock up on wooden or padded hangers your clothes is able to shine, since their backdrop all looks the same. We're also digging the bubblegum pink "backsplash" in this closet designed by Arent & Pyke—it adds a splash of color without being too overwhelming or taking up valuable space.

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Get Creative

So you want a walk-in closet but don't have enough space in your bedroom? Look for unexpected places to open up shop, like under the stairs.

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Gillian Jackson
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Rethink Your Book Shelves

Accessory shelves are the new bookshelves. Stash small items in glass display boxes, which will make your closet look like a boutique.

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Meghan Bierle-O'Brien/Courtesy of L.A. Closet Design
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Color-Code Your Clothing

One way to make open-shelving even more aesthetically pleasing is to color code your clothing.

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Meghan Bierle-O'Brien/Courtesy of L.A. Closet Design
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Bring the Outdoors in

Extremely Genius Thing alert: Insertable purse pillows keep your bags in shape and upright for storing on open shelves. Florals are a nice touch, too. If you love greenery, larger outdoor plants would also work.

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Laurey Glenn
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Don't Forget Drapes

Bailey Austin keeps everything bright and open in this glam closet. Take note from the kitchen and add a little island. But the smartest design decision in this closet is the drapery. It's always wise to keep your fabrics away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.

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Michael Mundy
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Mirror Your Doors

Closets don’t need to be white. Here, designer Phillip Thomas used a lips-covered wallpaper by Konstantin Kakanias for Templeton and a quirky furry stool to energize a client’s hallway storage space. Note: Mirrored doors = genius.

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Stefan Radtke
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Slide in a Stool

A small bench, such as this one in the patterned closet of public-relations maven Christina Juarez, means you never have to teeter on one foot to take off your shoes.

Furniture, Room, Interior design, Table, Living room, Building, Home, Desk, Design, Coffee table,
Meghan Bierle-O'Brien/Courtesy of L.A. Closet Design
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Add a Desk

An office should provide peace and quiet for you to concentrate—and what spot in the home is quieter than a closet? Make a small room pull double duty as a work (or makeup-application) space.

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Courtesy of Amy Hirsch
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Create a Jewelry Wall

Prevent your jewelry from getting tangled by building custom organization systems. In this closet, you can hang them on the wall, or keep them on a tray on one of the shelves.

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