Expose Your Style: How to Create the Perfect Exposed Wardrobe
I have to admit the idea of wardrobe free living was not something that initially appealed to me at all. I am someone who likes things to have their place and in most cases a place that can be closed off. In saying that, the images here have me completely sold on the idea of an exposed wardrobe. Yes, strange as it may seem, the dodgy plastic clothes rail is no longer a home-fashion faux pas and done well it could be the stylish bedroom addition you're looking for! So here are a few of my tips to transform an unexciting clothes rail into a seriously chic display unit.
1. Quality is key - although this is a great cheap alternative to a new wardrobe, you still want to make sure that your new storage solution will be long lasting. Invest in a decent quality clothes rail, one that's sturdy and high quality. I found a heavy duty rail on amazon for just £26.50.
2. Highlight your best assets - it goes without saying that those washed out Penneys pyjamas aren't exactly what you want to showcase on this rail! So sort through your wardrobe and pick out your favourite pieces - items you'd be proud to show off if Anna Wintour called for coffee!
3. Colour co-ordinate - as OCD as this sounds, the overall look will be much better if you colour co-ordinate the rail more or less. Much more behind the scenes at fashion week and much less the bargain rail look!
4. Space it out - interior designers frequently talk about zoning your spaces and I would definitely advise creating a dressing 'zone' around your exposed wardrobe so that you have the space to access it. Placing a rail near a dressing table like in the image above is a really nice idea! Who needs a walk in wardrobe when you can set up this ridiculously cool space?
5. Do it for the little people too - what a lovely idea for a babies' nursery!? And with the array of adorable presents a new arrival will receive, this idea really is too cute to bypass!
6. Make your display eye catching - add patterned boxes, frames, mannequins or whatever you feel goes to create a more interesting display.
7. Consider the colours - As well as colour co-ordinating, careful consideration for the colours you choose to put on display is also well worth while. So if you have lots of clean, crisp items in black and white, having a monochrome themed look would be tres sophisticated! Remember, this is a lovely way of expressing your personality in your room, so build a display that's true to your style.
8. Hang it from the ceiling - If you want to go for something even more unique you could install a rack on your wall or hang one from your ceiling, like in the image above from trendenser.se.
9. At an entrance - why not have an exposed cloak room or replace your old coat rack with something as cool as the one in the image above from bobedre.dk? Guaranteed to be a conversation starter with your guests!
10. Add a shelf - finally, adding a shelf above the rail is a great way of framing the wardrobe 'zone' and also allows you a decorative and practical space to fill with accessories, storage boxes and trinkets.
What are your thoughts on wardrobe free living? Have you tried it? And could you handle it? Let me know what you think.