CLOSET CORNERS

Corners in any room can be a tricky design challenge…

…but they can seem especially complicated in closets. So how do you maximize the space in your closet when you’re dealing with annoying angles?

Here are five of my favorite hacks for how to handle closet corners!

Carousels  -- If you want to use that awkward closet corner to store more hanging garments, then a carousel is a good way to go. The stylish spiral storage solution rotates 360 degrees and allows for hanging items all the way around, making it not only functional, but eye-catching, too! You can purchase one like this or have it custom created.

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Lazy Susan -- We often think of lazy susans as a kitchen accessory, but they’re an excellent closet corner hack, too! Perfect for storing shoes or bags, a closet lazy susan operates in a similar fashion as a kitchen one where you can rotate it, revealing one side. In most cases a lazy susan needs to be custom built to fit the exact measurements of your space.

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Rods -- If your closet hanging rods stop short of the corner, it’s possible to find specially made corner rods, like this one from Home Depot, which curves and attaches between two impression towers to fit in a corner space.  Another option for added hanging space using rods is to customize them to fit precisely. We’re big fans of the LED hanging rods! This additional hanging space helps ensure your pieces aren't crammed and have some extra breathing room.

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Shelves -- If your closet corner is large enough, installing shelving might be the most efficient solution. Home Depot has plenty of options, but shelves can also be customized. Additional shelving can be used for holding folded garments like sweaters and jeans to housing shoes and handbags. They’re also great for showcasing framed photos, plants and memorabilia.

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Three-Way Mirror --  Mirrors have many uses beyond just giving yourself a once over before heading out the door; they can add instant style to a space and also make a room appear bigger. And, a three-way mirror in the closet corner checks all the boxes! Now, all you have to do is decide what style you prefer -- classic art deco,  contemporary with LED lighting,  hip and industrial or sleek and modern. You can also create a 3-way effect using mirrored doors in the closet, providing additional hidden storage behind!

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DESIGNING FOR MILLENNIALS

As a part of this year's Fall Market Series at Pacific Design Center, I participated in an exciting discussion with fellow designers at the Kravet showroom! The topic: DESIGNING FOR MILLENNIALS

I think this generation of designers and dreamers are reshaping our field, fueled by a sense of creative freedom and embracing the endless possibilities! Here, I'm giving a full rundown of my responses to the panel questions.

 


What’s your number one piece of advice when it comes to work with/designing for millennials?  

Have a strong social media presence and tools as this is how millenials are accessing information and inspiration from.

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What differences do you notice in their décor style in comparison to older generations?  I see the following difference: 

PINK!  There is a willingness to mix and match hardware and fabrics/patterns whereas the older generations tend to want everything to match. 


What challenges do you face when working with/designing for millennials? 

Information is at their fingertips so there is a constant influx of ideas and often, I have to keep them focused and streamlined. They can also price things out faster than we can, so being transparent is key. 

Have you encountered similar challenges with other age groups?  

It depends on the person and the age group, but yes! 


Does social media play a role in working with/designing for millennials? ABSOLUTELY! 

Is designing an “Instagrammable” spot/corner a must? 

Duh…J In Jessi Malay’s closet, this fact literally drove the design.  We created a staging area across from her vanity so it woud be in every shot and video she did.

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What do you love about working with/designing for a younger generation? 

 I love the open mindedness and the thinking outside of the box aspect.  They don’t know the rules and it can be fun that way, too! 


Are there any recurring millennial design trends that surprise you?  

The marble trend!  Millenials are all about the marble—be it clothing, home décor, etc., which is surprising given that maybe 20 years ago, people saw marble as older/gaudy. 


Are textures and patterns trending with millennials? In what ways?  

I am seeing a lot of geometric patterns, florals, colors and textures.  Fashion also plays a part and I see that influencing design and design choices.


The closet, in the past was rarley featured and now an organized aethetically pleasing closet is a priority --- what do you think has contributing to this shift?

Where do I start?!  When I started LA Closet Design in 2007, the impetus was seeing ktichens as great spaces (heart of the home) and wanting closets to be treated in the same way—as legitimate spaces that people can dress in, as well as hang out in—multi-functional spaces.  It’s become a lifestyle space and thanks to social media, we’ve been able to show what you can do practically and aspirationally.  

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