Interior designer Amani Alaali explains four things to consider when planning a dressing room
Here and overleaf, Amani Al Alaali outlines which elements to consider when tackling a dressing room. All photographs are courtesy of Creative Closets, a pioneer of bespoke contemporary storage solutions in the Middle East. With four showrooms and four production facilities in six countries, Creative Closets offers design solutions that are space-saving and cost effective, which make the best and most practical arrangement of shelves, drawers and hanger areas.
1. Think about how you use the space
Before you begin designing your dressing room, consider this: what will the room will be used for? Ask yourself questions about the space. Is the room going to be used only by you, or are you sharing it with your partner? If so, you will need to think about unisex design, but if not, you might want to consider more feminine or masculine designs. Are you going to be only dressing in that room, or do you plan to use it for make-up and hair as well? If so, you need to allocate a space for these additional activities, as well as storage for make-up and hair accessories. In all cases you need the room to be well lit but it is especially important for make-up application. Is there any specific collection you are particularly fond of and which you want to show off? A handbag collection is likely to be showcased differently to a shoe collection. Do you have a lot of dresses? In that case, you need more space with clearance underneath. Do you rotate your wardrobe every season? If so you need to think about how the space will look all year round.
2. Create an inventory
The challenging part of designing a dressing room is choosing the combination suitable for you from the endless possibilities available. As a result, it is important to create an inventory of the items that you have. It is also useful to take into consideration future purchases and to make sure the space does not just fit your current collection but has the potential for expansion.
3. Decide on a theme
Consider what theme you want. A dressing room should be functional but at the same time it should be a place to relax. If you are going for a glamorous look, a combination of white cabinets and chandelier will add instant glamour. For a unisex-style room, consider using hidden lighting within the shelves to create ambiance. Luxury upholstery also rapidly changes the feel of a space, so consider it carefully. You can choose from silk, velvet or leather and many more depending on the “feel” you want to create. Lastly, consider placing a soft material underfoot – a dressing area is one place where you are barefoot a lot of the time.
4. Be realistic and practical
Let us admit that most of us do not have the chance to have an entire room the size of a master bedroom dedicated to a dressing room. If you are lucky enough to have that space, then consider having an island in the middle of the space for storing essentials such as stockings and underwear, which can also function as a table. You can also consider seating for putting on your shoes, or somewhere to lay out your clothes before you choose what to wear. If, on the other hand, you are limited in terms of space, add mirrors to make the area appear bigger. Other tricks for saving space include getting storage that is flexible in terms of adjusting height. Hooks are a space-saving way of storing items. They can be used inside cabinet doors and within shelves. Also, try using the space in terms of height all the way to the top. This enables you to have more space, and if it is too high for you to reach, you can use a footstool or a ladder to retrieve the items that are placed high. In both cases, opt for the same hangers to ensure the room looks neat.
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