There’ll be catwalk inspiration aplenty this September as the Capital welcomes Fashion Week, but where to store our new season purchases? If there’s one thing the sartorial set needs it’s smart storage: our interior spaces must adapt to the demands of our ever-increasing wardrobes. So let us indulge and start planning – with some expert tips – the dressing room of our dreams.
There’s walk-in and then there’s walk-through. The bespoke north London dressing room above links the master bedroom to the en suite, seamlessly drawing the eye towards a centred free-standing bath and vanity unit beyond. Its design success is its symmetry, and in creating parallel walls of mirrored wardrobes, it successfully maximises on space, too. Circular fretwork detailing offers Deco appeal, while the full-length mirrored panels, front and back, allow for 360° dressing. The Heritage Wardrobe Company (020 3355 8575; theheritagewardrobecompany.com)
Bespoke cabinetry is a must for the super-organised. This smartly ordered walk-in offers calming effects the moment you step inside. Featuring decorative glass doors, integrated drawers with luxe fabric fronts and half-height hanging rails to ensure zero waste of space, it’s equally pleasing in both form and function. Little luxuries, such as full extension soft close Blumotion drawer runners, guarantee that getting dressed runs smoothly. Start the day as you mean to go on. Neatsmith (0800 1956 595; neatsmith.co.uk)
The owners of the Kensington townhouse above were lucky enough to relinquish a bedroom space for a self-contained dressing room. Both minimalist in its perfectly flush bespoke joinery, and altogether luxurious in its rich aesthetic, the devil here is in the detail: antique bronze trim surrounds the wardrobes with a faux shagreen to each panel, while delicate horn handles from Ochre add an exotic finish. The central island, made from bamboo veneer, is laid in a parquetry sunburst design. Rebecca Hughes Interiors
(020 8964 3457; rebeccahughesinteriors.com)
This walk-in closet ensures the owner’s fabulous footwear takes centre stage in a wholly unique way. Custom made, the oversized ottoman doubles up as an informal storage unit, allowing quick and easy access while adding colour and interest to an otherwise neutral and minimalist interior. Sleek fitted wardrobes in earthy tones counter any hint of girliness, and modern artwork and a Moooi Heracleum pendant add contemporary glamour. Sigmar London (020 7751 5801; sigmarlondon.com)
A dazzling walk-in was designed to mimic a Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo showroom, such was the owner’s emphasis on storing and displaying treasured footwear. Its corridor of mirrored wardrobes leads to a wall of full-height bespoke shoe storage units, which have been dramatically backlit to create its unapologetically retail-like aesthetic. But the use of dark mahogany frames, echoed in other rooms of the home, adds a warmth you’ll only find in a residential space.
Octagon Bespoke (020 8481 7500; octagonbespoke.com)
A dedicated dressing area, which includes an integrated dressing table, a large centred island with deep drawers, and oodles of closet space is a luxury to aspire to. Multifunctional in its design, the clean lines of this elegant walk-in (right) belie its hidden storage. Every inch of vertical space is utilised with a nifty rolling library ladder to access smaller compartments, while clever planning around a window allows for natural light. A dressing room with a view. Neville Johnson (0161 873 8333; nevillejohnson.co.uk)