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7 Walk-In Closets That Wow

Storage is rarely this chic

Written by Karla Walsh

Six in 10 Americans polled in a recent survey said they’d be willing to pay a lot extra for a home with a walk-in master closet (to the tune of $1,350), and nearly half of people believe this feature is “very important.”

Why? The “wow” factor, plus the ability to have uber-organized storage within reach—whether you’ve mastered Marie Kondo’s KonMari method or have a sizable wardrobe (times two).

Take a tour of some of the most wow-worthy walk-in closets ever featured in the pages of Traditional Home, plus score a few tips about how to streamline your storage along the way:

Chrome hardware pops next to glass shelves and white stone surfaces. But the uplighting—which allows for easy viewing of all you wardrobe options—plus the punchy wallpaper elevate this master walk-in closet to retreat status.

Lesson learned: Ensure your closet is well-lit so choosing and dressing is easier.

Photos and personal mementos add special meaning to this so fresh and so clean white walk-in closet. Even though it accommodates dozens of pairs of shoes, this doesn’t look crowded or overwhelming since every pair fits perfectly in its “home” and has a bit of breathing room.

Lesson learned: Measure up. Choose closet shelves and racks that allow for your items to fit without overflowing (shoe racks) or falling onto the floor (clothing hangers).

Here’s proof that sometimes it’s okay to mix business and pleasure. Dubbed a “cloffice,” or closet-office combo, by the designer, this glamorous double-duty room is an efficient use of space.

Lesson learned: Close quarters? That doesn’t mean you can’t sneak a walk-in closet into your design. Pair it with your office, master bathroom, or laundry room.


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The serene blue of this glamorous walk-in closet is a refreshing change of pace next to the white master bedroom. Weaving one main color throughout—on the drawer fronts, the door, and the walls—helps the diverse components feel more like custom built-ins that have always lived in the space.

Lesson learned: If you crave more storage, add an island. They’re not just for kitchens! This one is handy for tucking away some items (extra clothing and accessories) and showcasing others (a prized clutch collection).

Warning: Object in mirror is smaller than it appears. But no one needs to know! An oversized mirror helps this gorgeous gray walk-in closet feel much larger. Oh yes, and it’s functional, too, to allow for outfit appraisals before the homeowner heads out the door.

Lesson learned: Make it homey. Consider art, accents, and mirrors so your walk-in closet shows off your style just as much as any other room in the house.

This glowy walk-in closet is good to go. Literally. Not only does it feature clothing, shoes, and accessories, but it also displays and stores luggage so a last-minute getaway never feels out of reach.

Lesson learned: Go for glass. If you’re interested in seeing all of your options at once, choose glass doors over opaque ones.


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For more of a dressing room vibe than a walk-in closet atmosphere, this neutral room hides all of its apparel behind closed doors. Wall-to-wall mirrors and handy hooks are practical, pretty additions.

Lesson learned: Use it or lose it! Make the most of your closet space by donating good-condition items you haven’t worn in a year. Just think: Each piece that you eliminate frees up room for what you truly love, plus will make it easier to decide what to wear and get out the door quicker each morning.