Closets are no longer just a space to store clothes, shoes, and accessories. Some homeowners are choosing to allocate significant square footage to their “dressing rooms.” To get a better idea of what features owners are looking for in these luxe spaces, Houzz writer Gwendolyn Purdom spoke to multiple designers across the country and found nine closet trends that stood out. Check out some of them below.

1. Luxe Lighting
Again and again, the closet design pros we spoke to cited integrated and often dramatic lighting as a request they’ve heard more from homeowners in recent years. Lighted rods and shelves, interior cabinet lights, lights that shine on cabinets, and LED lights highlighting other specific areas of the space seem to be coming up in designers’ work more often, they said.

2. Mixed Materials
Closet trends, Carlquist says, often follow in the footsteps of kitchen trends. That pattern may be at play in the number of homeowners and designers asking for and installing closets that combine different colors and materials. “Whereas for years you picked a color — white, black, wood grain, whatever — now there’s a tremendous surge of color mixing,” Carlquist says. One example might be a particular base color for vertical panels and shelves, and another for drawers and doors.

3. Warmer, With Wood
The rustic character that’s been such a staple of the popular farmhouse style appears to be making its way into closets as well. “I am seeing a migration from ultramodern to transitional — a wanting for more warmth in the space, whether that’s wood-grain cabinetry or lighting and furnishings,” Adams says. Wood looks have additionally gained traction in the form of new textured melamine closet systems and other materials that appear more like natural wood than some earlier wood-grain iterations.

See the other six popular closet features at Houzz.

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