“Closets are one of the most detailed rooms of the house and involve a lot of collaboration between the casework, millwork, architecture, lighting consultants, interiors, and especially the client,” says Meredith Thomson, principal at Candelaria Design Associates, LLC, a leading luxury residential and boutique architecture and lifestyle firm.
The Candelaria team (CandelariaDesign.com) created these stunning closets, which were all designed with storage, lighting, and aesthetics in mind.
Of course, today’s luxury closets go beyond those requirements, and new must-haves often include incorporating washers and dryers.
“Clients love hidden stackable washers and dryers so they can do quick loads conveniently,” Thomson explains. “We like to hide these behind doors worked into millwork paneling or casework so they are not an eyesore.”
Having the correct lighting is also key.
“Lighting is so important because you want to be able to see your clothes without it feeling overdone,” she says. “Getting the task lighting, decorative lighting, and any hidden lighting to work seamlessly is key! Natural light is also tricky. It is always wonderful to have but you also want your privacy!”
The tip to creating the personal space lies in the Candelaria team asking detailed questions and walking through existing closets.
“Making the most of the space so it is tailored to the client is important,” Thomson says. “It’s time-consuming, but it pays off in the end.”
And of course, space is also always a consideration.
“We joke, because no one ever wishes their closets were smaller, so we tend to make them as gracious as the client is comfortable with. It is a room you experience every day. So, like a good pair of jeans that you splurge on, it is always worth putting a little extra money into those spaces since it is part of your daily life that you will appreciate.”