A sense of belonging transpires in our homes. We feel this on the kitchen counters we cook on, the cushy ottoman that have endured one too many accidental episodes of spillage and in the master bedroom where we call our personal sanctuary. And for the sartorially-inclined, the same sentiments apply to our wardrobe. Often, it holds some of our most prized possessions, while comprising the trusty staples that we don on over the years. Significant and irreverently integral to our lives, it is no surprise to why more homeowners are carving out dedicated roomy spaces to their beloved fashion essentials—by way of a walk-in wardrobe.
This can take shape in a myriad of ways, considering the ever-changing lifestyles that ebb and flow with interior trends and aspirations. The confines of space would also pose as a main consideration, given that a majority of Singaporeans live in HDB apartments that go by a limited square footage.
If the idea of conceiving a dream walk-in wardrobe might feel daunting to begin with, Vogue Singapore has sought out a couple of tips from luxury interior design firm Elliot James Interiors. Below, founder Elliot James shares the current interior trends as well as his ideal checklist for the design process.
When it comes to building a walk-in wardrobe, what are some key factors to take note of?
The luxury of a walk-in wardrobe is having everything accessibly stored with enough space to display your showpiece bags, favourite shoes and iconic jewellery pieces beautifully. It is key to consider wardrobe heights as all of the different lengths of garments need to be catered for—from shorts and skirts to full-length dresses.
It is also important that everything is accessible and easy to view, with ease of choosing your outfits. Things like glass shelves and rotating shoe racks alongside the wardrobe hanging space can help to fully utilise a walk-in space. Optimal lighting helps to ensure items are shown to their true potential, whilst also creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere to get ready.
To make your space feel truly indulgent, ensure you have a display area for your favourite, most showstopping pieces. Ultimately, your wardrobe should be an emotive space that makes you feel a rush of joy every time you enter and displaying cherished pieces will help with that.
What are the current wardrobe trends that you’ve noticed of late?
One of the biggest trends for walk-ins is the focus on lighting plans, having multiple settings that can create different moods. An ambient lighting option showcases your signature pieces, whilst a ‘functional’ lighting options shows your outfit in true light.
Integrated tech is certainly growing in popularity, which goes hand in hand with the multiple lighting plans, as well as sensor-activated LED lights, in-built speakers, smart climate controls and security features. In one case, even an in-built camera, which allows you to do a complete twirl, before watching yourself on a screen to see what you look like from all angles.
A trend continuing through from 2023 is “less is more”, which has led to more minimalist and sleek designs that focus on clean lines. Wardrobes are adopting this by concealing the clothing and items behind seamless doors, sliding panels and frosted glass and only having the showcase pieces on display.
When working with a small home, how would you advise your clients who desire a walk-in wardrobe?
In a smaller space we’d advise that clients go for a closed off wardrobe, possibly using sliding panels that don’t take up any footprint in the smaller area. We would keep the colour palette light and include the use of mirrors to pull light into the space. A good lighting plan throughout is important to help give the space a sense of luxury despite the space contraints.
Using the full height of the space will be important as well, build the wardrobes up to the ceiling and use high shelves for occasional items. Make use of every available area, opt for slim shelves with a double depth that will be useful to store bags, or have two pairs of shoes one behind the other.
What are some tips to transform an existing walk-in wardrobe?
To transform an existing walk-in, I’d recommend looking at the smaller details like the door handles. These can transform the look of doors and drawers and are also the pieces you will touch the most.
Another idea is to adjust the lighting in your wardrobe, incorporate a statement light fixture if there is space and include shelf lighting using LED strips. Lighting should either be natural or warm for a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Additional mirrors will also make the space feel larger and also add an element of glamour.
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