Create a Chic Minimalist Closet Display
Whether you’re creating a capsule wardrobe or simply trying to declutter, use these ideas for inspiration on how to display and store in a pared-down closet.
Spring is finally just around the corner, which means spring cleaning and decluttering season is upon us. Don't just stop at attics and garages, though. A new season is also the perfect time to freshen up your closet – and your display strategy.
If you’re like me, you probably find yourself saying, “I have nothing to wear!” more often than you’d like to admit, even though you have a closet packed full of clothes. This predicament often happens when I spend more time looking for a piece of clothing than I do actually putting together an outfit. Did I hang that up? Is it in this drawer? Or this one? Maybe it’s dirty. Needless to say, decluttering is always a good idea.
Some people take decluttering to the next level with the practice of keeping a capsule wardrobe. If you're not familiar with capsule wardrobes, they're curated tiny closets consisting of only essential and versatile pieces, usually between 30 to 40 items. The concept isn’t necessarily new. Susie Faux, a London boutique owner, coined the phrase “capsule wardrobe” in the 1970s, but style bloggers like Caroline Rector from Unfancy have popularized it over the past couple of years.
Minimalism in general has grown increasingly popular recently, as seen in the tiny house movement. Like tiny living, capsule wardrobes embody the less-is-more philosophy.
Small House Movement
The small house movement started roughly a decade ago, but the economic crisis rapidly accelerated its growth as people began to re-evaluate their lifestyles, craving the simplicity that comes with scaling down. At a fraction of the average house price (some a mere $20,000), these structures eliminate the hassle and potential pitfalls of a mortgage. Plus, they force their occupants to pare down their belongings to the essentials and devise innovative solutions to make the most of every inch.
Just because a home is Lilliputian doesn't mean it has to be devoid of character. There may not be much room for frills on the inside, but the outside can have all of the flourishes that highlight a more traditional home, such as a gable, dormers, turned posts and railings or a decorative roof.
Carefully Chosen Furnishings
Those who inhabit tiny houses don't have the luxury of expansive sofas, clusters of chairs and nests of tables, so what they do have needs to count. Tucked into a bright, sunlit nook, this chair can act as a solo reading retreat, a spot for guests to sit, a perch for doing office work on the computer and much more.
Because interior square footage is so limited, outdoor spaces become an integral part of a tiny home's living area. Patios, gardens and other alfresco spots help to expand the amount of usable space. In this beachfront house, a wall of sliding doors opens directly to the sand, lending the illusion of ample room.
Mirrors, aluminum, stainless steel and other shiny elements help to bounce light around, which makes a tiny home feel bigger. Diamond-plate walls amplify the light streaming in from the window in this compact shower, preventing it from feeling cramped (even if it means giving up a bit of privacy).
While capsule wardrobes require more upfront planning, the benefits of saving money from buying fewer clothes, the ease of getting dressed in the morning and the smaller necessary storage space make them worth considering.
With a tiny closet, every piece should be something you’re proud of, so why not create a minimalist display to keep everything in your curated closet on hand and beautifully visible?
If you’re worried about cluttering your floor space, a hanging copper pipe garment rack is a great option.
This DIY garment rack, made by Mattie Tiegreen of Green Tie Studio and photographed by Kaitie Bryant, frees up floor space and keeps the room feeling open and airy. The copper material gives the simple shape some sophistication and is on trend with metallic finishes.
Displaying a few of your commonly worn shoes will make getting dressed in the morning quick and easy. Use an upside down wooden box like this one or even a wooden produce crate. Hide a few more pairs of shoes under the crate for easy access.
Hanging outerwear and accessories like umbrellas and hats on a coat rack frees up your primary garment rack and prevents it from getting weighed down by heavier coats and jackets. Get the step-by-step instructions on how to make this easy DIY.
Invest in quality hangers. Having mismatched plastic and wire hangers instantly make a closet look more cluttered and disorganized. Using only one style will give a more streamlined look to your display. High-end metal or wood hangers always look great, and with fewer clothes, you won't have to buy as many hangers.
Even if you don't want to mess with a garment rack, you can still display your wardrobe by keeping the closet door open. This sleek sliding metal barn door is the perfect combination of rustic and industrial styles.
Industrial Closet Shelves From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson repurposed a small and unnecessary extra bedroom into a large, functional walk-in closet with industrial built-in shelves perfect for storing shoes and accessories.
Display large accessories like hats, bags and shoes on open white shelves for an efficient use of vertical space.
If you’re limited on space, evaluate how you can creatively use nooks and crannies to fit a closet display. All-white walls and shelves serve as a great canvas to make your clothes and accessories pop.
Framing a simple closet with black trim gives it a modern facelift. Leaving the door open will encourage you to keep it clean and organized, but a sliding glass door will give you the option to conceal your clothes if needed.
Hang hats vertically on nails where they won’t get bent or damaged from being stuffed in a box in the bottom of your closet. Because if you can see it, you're more likely to wear it, too.