Have an impressive wardrobe but can't display it all? Moved into a new home with a tiny closet space? Want to showcase your fashion items like art? Or just want to appreciate the full experience that is crafting a complete outfit every day in a beautiful space? To give you the chance to embrace these things in your own home and give your clothing and accessories the respect they deserve, let's explore dedicated spaces for fashion and how to claim them as your own.
What Are Your Needs
The first stage in this process involves choosing the sort of spaces you’d like to create and addressing your needs. In a lot of cases, this can be something which will benefit another aspect of your life, ranging from making it easier to get ready for work, to enhancing your job or business itself. If a whole new house is your first thought but that's not on the cards right now, make the process of prioritising easier by compiling a list of what annoys you most about your current dressing, display and fashion care situation. Wherever the majority of these frustrations stem from is the area you need to focus on fixing first.
"Building a proper wardrobe is like building a home. Indeed, you should think of it like a home, because it is something you're going to live in. It must be comfortable and suit all your needs."
- Edith Head
Walk-in wardrobes have long been a sign of luxury in modern homes. Having a space you can step into to store all of your clothing and fashion accessories rather than a few hooks or stands can be very useful, especially if you and your partner share the one nook. Not only will this keep everything from spilling into other parts of your home, but it will also make it easier for you to choose clothing and put it on each day. And if it does still spill, it might be time to assess your wardrobe budget or self-prescribe some wardrobe transformation rules.
A Laundry Room:
With a lot of people being limited by space, laundry is often handled in kitchens and bathrooms. When you have a dedicated space for it, though, it will be much easier to keep the whole place tidy, with a closed door being enough to hide essentially the place where dirty clothes (or pets!) go to get clean. A laundry room can be as big or small as you have the space for as there's some great slimline, multi-function and built-in appliances to cater for all sizes.
A Dressing Room:
While it is very similar to a walk-in wardrobe, a dressing room will usually be it's own dedicated room with dreamier features! Makeup tables, mannequins, sitting space, great lighting, mirrors and other storage and display pieces make it the ultimate place to get ready each day, or to pack for holidays, chat with girlfriends...I could go on, but I'm sure you've already dreamt about all it's uses already!
Thankfully, most modern homes give you access to several options when it comes to finding a space for these, either taking over an under-utilised room or renovating the existing dedicated space for it. Regardless of the size of your home, there is something you can do to create your very own fashion haven...or slice of one at least!
"Fashion is art and you are the canvas."
- Velvet Paper
Got a room reserved for guests but not a lot of guests actually use it? Yeah, that room is about to get a lot more use! In reality, though, you can still dedicate half a spare room to fashion and still have space for visitors to sleep. Alternatively, if you have a study and a guest room, consider moving your study into the bigger of the two to half and half it with an open wardrobe, especially if your business is in the fashion or design industries.
If your property is built with empty spaces which currently aren’t suitable for use as rooms, maybe a conversion is your best option. Attics, for example, are usually left for storage, even though they can easily be converted into a room with plenty of space. You’ll need a professional construction worker to help you and you may need to pay particular attention to ventilation, safety, cleanliness and easy access. A bigger job but one that might be well worth it personally and as a selling feature later on.
If you don’t have enough space inside your property, but have plenty of room on the outside of it, getting an extension built is a great project to rearrange space and add usable value to your home. Second storey renovations, guest or granny flats, or an extension off any room that has the space is best handled by a building company and can be done in the architectural style and interior design theme of your existing dwelling.
With all of this in mind, I hope you're feeling inspired to dedicate the space you have or make more of it to house your passion for fashion. A lot of people are very interested in the field of fashion, but never get to express this beyond the clothing they wear.
Utilise a mood board to visualise your goal and extend your passion to your home,
letting your style become your decor too.
Got your dressing room sorted?
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