If you want to create your own beautiful dressing room at home, you can have a lot of fun creating a room that is just for you. Your dressing room should give you plenty of space to get ready and help you to easily see everything you have available to you to put together the best looks. It’s definitely an indulgence, but if you have the space to do it, why not go for it? It can help to keep your main bedroom free from clutter, and you’ll love incorporating your time in your dressing room into your morning routine each day.
Below, you’ll find 8 ideas for your own beautiful dressing room that will help you to create a space that is all your own:
- Define What Your Dressing Room Is Going to Be Used For
First, make sure you sit down and define what your dressing room is going to be used for. Your dressing room could be just for putting amazing outfits together, or you might like to use it to do your makeup and skincare routines, too. It all depends on how you get ready in the morning and how much space you have. You can then ask yourself important questions so that you can create the ideal space for your personal needs, such as: do you prefer to hang or fold your clothes? What clothes do you reach for daily? How can you make each morning effortless? The goal of the dressing room is to make your life easier and more enjoyable each day, so take that into consideration as you put your own together.
- Assess Your Storage Needs
Once you know what you’re going to be using your dressing room for, you can assess your storage needs. Having the right level of storage in your dressing room is key, or it could end up a cluttered mess. Do you prefer to hang or fold the majority of your garments? If you like to fold them, then industrial shelf brackets and shelves that suit your theme can work really well for this. How much rail vs drawer vs shelf space will you need? Make sure you assess what you will be hanging, what you will be folding, and what you will be putting out of site altogether. You also need to factor in shoe storage, handbags, swimwear and accessories, as these smaller items are often the most challenging to store neatly. Then you have your makeup and skincare storage, as well as your jewellery and accessory storage.
Many people like to use dividers and designated compartments to keep their clothes in a neat pile. Every dressing room will need hanging space to some extent, and you should make sure you leave enough room for full-length garments as well as shorter ones. When choosing your wardrobe, consider whether you want open rails like a real dressing room, or glass doors so that your clothes are protected but you can show off the contents of your wardrobes.
- Your Lighting Can Make A Huge Difference
You might create an amazing looking dressing room, but it’s not going to look as good if you don’t have the right kind of lighting. Installing lighting into a wardrobe will help you to see what is where, whether colors match, and help you to keep things neat and tidy. You won’t need to pull things out and try them on, you’ll often just be able to see. You can do this whether your wardrobe is a walk in wardrobe or not, and you can even go for a motion detector light that comes on when you open the door. LEDs that can be installed inside of cabinets and under shelving are an effective way to illuminate items and show off your favorite pieces.
Downlights or overhead lights are a less effective option in a dressing room setting. These lights are unflattering as they cast harsh shadows, so not what you want when you’re trying on clothes and figuring out what to wear.
Strip lights work particularly well when positioned down the edges of a mirror, but you can purchase some dressing room mirrors with lighting already installed, giving a glamorous vibe to your dressing room. Ideally, you want the lighting you choose to show off the best elements of the room, as well as cast an even amount of light over your body or face. This will be far more flattering and you’ll have a more accurate picture of what you want to wear.
- Decorating an Awkward Space
If you’re decorating an awkward space it might be better to have a professional create fitted wardrobes and shelves. It’s possible to do it yourself, but a custom solution nearly always looks better in a room that isn’t shaped in a traditional way. If this is out of your budget right now, consider the option of having things installed over time rather than all at once. If you can wait months or more than a year until your dream walk in wardrobe is complete, then you can spread the cost and still enjoy a job well done.
- Adding A Makeup Station
Adding a makeup option can be a good idea if you want to keep your makeup out of your bedroom or bathroom, but you might wonder how to fit this in along with everything else. Luckily, there are some slimline options that can work if you can get a little creative.
- Don’t Forget About Seating
Having a nice looking ottoman in a dressing room can give you a place to put on shoes, and potentially have a space for a little more storage if you need it. Not only that, you can sit down in an outfit and make sure you’re comfortable before leaving the house and wishing you had worn something else! You don’t really need to have more than one ottoman, but this is entirely your decision.
- De-clutter Like Marie Kondo
If you haven’t yet, watching Marie Kondo at work could inspire you to get rid of clothes and accessories that you haven’t worn for a long time. Marie’s advice is basically, if it no longer sparks joy, get rid of it. Everything you own should make you feel good, or it should be useful. If you’re not using certain pieces but you’re keeping them ‘just in case’, reassess. Give them to charity or host a clothing swap with your friends. This can be super satisfying and you’ll have less to worry about storing in your new dream dressing room. Once you’ve done this, you can work on only bringing items into your dressing room that you truly love. To do this, you’ll need to:
- Define your personal style – what do you seem to like to wear the most, and why?
- Figure out what clothes don’t suit your lifestyle, even though you might like them on the hanger.
- Avoid shopping for the sake of it.
- Buy clothes that are higher quality – avoid fast fashion.
- Steal Inspiration From Pinterest and Instagram
There are hundreds, if not thousands of options on sites like Pinterest and Instagram if you need inspiration. There are no rules – you don’t need a super bright, white dressing room. You can go for something decorated in darker colors, something super compact, or even something really bright and funky. It all depends on what is going to make you happiest as you carry out your morning routine!
How are you going to create your own beautiful dressing room? Let us know in the comments!