My client, living in an art-deco 1920’s building in Washington, DC, had a narrow and deep but awkward bedroom closet. She didn’t have nearly enough room for her clothing and accessories and instead stored a lot of things elsewhere in the condo – like in the front closet and in the guest room closet. Each morning was a search through several rooms for the right clothes and shoes.
We created abundant storage without appreciably making the room any smaller – in fact, the room actually feels larger! The feeling of additional space comes from the rich detailing that adds a feeling of depth and from the additional light that’s bounced off the reflective wood work.
We built-in storage on two walls in a style that could have been original to the building. It feels much more appropriate than the original bedroom, below (from the same viewpoint).
The drawers on the bottom are only one stack of clothing deep but provide abundant “dresser” space. They take up only as much depth as the original radiator on one wall and are actually less deep than the armoire that was on the wall opposite the bed. Closed shelving above is good for clothes as well as for hats and other accessories. Each wall also contains a bit of display space to add interest and the ability to personalize the space.
The wall opposite the bed has a spot for a small TV as well as 6 shallow drawers so jewelry and accessories don’t get lost in regular sized drawers.
We also paid attention to details. In the image, above, notice how the color of the natural woven blinds picks up the deep reddish brown of the hallway (to the far left of the photo). The reddish-brown helps make the sage green feel clean and crisp. Notice the graceful curve of the “leg” of the cabinets while still retaining a toe kick so that dirt doesn’t get trapped beneath. Notice how the curve of the leg is repeated in the curve of large drawer pulls. The large pulls mean that you don’t need 2 hands to open a wide drawer. Notice how the proportions of the built-in cabinets — the tall doors and vertical lines of the fluting — actually makes the tall ceilings both more dramatic and more personal. Notice how the top of the radiator cover becomes the molding between the upper and lower cabinets. Notice in the upper images how the lighter, reflective paint on the cabinets beside the window reflect additional light into the room.
Notice, below, the palette of a deep sage green on the wall and a lighter more greyed sage green on the wood work. It’s a restful and sophisticated palette with the reddish brown of the blinds adding just a punch of color and texture. And finally, notice in the final image the appealing juxtaposition of textures in the aluminum perforated metal covering the radiator contrasting with the fluting contrasting with the smooth curve of the cabinet pulls and the semi-gloss finish of the paint.
My client reports that she wouldn’t change a thing! She says it turned out even better than she expected — and she expected a lot.