20 Walk-In Closets You'll Want To Live In

Better than Carrie Bradshaw's.

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Feeling inspired to clean out your closet? Before you go on a shopping spree for new hangers and containers, hear out Lisa Adams, CEO of L.A. Closet Design. “Keep everything organized by category and color, similar to the way you would find clothing items displayed in a boutique,” she says. So that means don’t go stuffing purses in a drawer—set them out on open shelves and surfaces. “If you see everything you have, you’ll wear everything,” Adams points out. Ergo, no more losing clothes in your own closet. For 20 more walk-in closet ideas and inspiration, keep reading.

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Bring In Baskets

Thanks to those woven baskets on the top two shelves in this closet, we can focus on the stylish leather ottoman and all those gorgeous shoes. Aside from helping you stay organized, storage baskets will tuck away anything unsightly.

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Use Your Shoes As Décor

What better way to decorate a vanity than by flanking it with a gallery of shoes? Opt for built-in open shelving so your favorite shoes can double as décor.

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Install Fancy Lighting

If you don't have built-in cabinets, an open wall shelf or etagere is a great alternative. Those gorgeous accessories and shoes on display can contribute to the décor scheme. Then add a glam chandelier to polish things off.

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Deck Out Your Vanity

Having a spot to apply makeup in your personal dressing room will make life easier. If you have a small desk or vanity in your closet, use pretty jars to story your jewelry. Considering making a statement wall with wallpaper, lean a mirror on the surface, and tuck in a bold stool.

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Hang Some Artwork

Why use an armchair when you have room for a sofa? Slide up a stool and colorful area rug to complete the look, and then make a mini gallery wall to polish things off.

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Set The Mood

Getting ready each day will be more enjoyable if you make your walk-in closet feel rela, stylish, and comfortable. This one features plenty of storage room thanks to those drawers, and the antique stool adds an effortlessly elegant vibe.

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Paint The Walls

Since it's a smaller, more private section of your house, your closet is the perfect place to experiment with paints and wallpapers. Take style notes from this space and make your closet pop by painting it an unexpected color that contrasts with the adjacent room.

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Provide Seating

If you want your closet to resemble a dressing room, make sure you add accent seating. A comfortable place to sit while you get ready instantly makes a closet feel more luxe. We also love the idea of lining up a set of asymmetrical mirrors instead of just one.

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Add A Runner

If your walk-in closet is long, narrow, and windowless, introduce warmth with a runner that features a fun pattern. That built-in bench is also a good call—it provides seating without taking up extra floor space.

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Keep Things Open

Having everything out in the open will motivate you to stay organized, but there are also a few things you can do to steer our eyes elsewhere. For example, in this room, the space above the closet is lined with pretty glass bottles.

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Create A Jewelry Wall

Prevent your jewelry from getting tangled by building custom organization systems. In this closet you can hang them on the wall, or keep them on a tray on one of the shelves.

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Get Creative

So you want a walk-in closet but don't have enough space in your bedroom...Look for unexpected places to open up shop, like under the stairs.

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Rethink Your Book Shelves

Accessory shelves are the new bookshelves. Stash small items in glass display boxes, which will make your closet look like a boutique.

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Install An Island

The open shelving in this California Closets–designed space makes finding the perfect shoes so much easier. And the extra-large island? Not just storage— it’s motivation to fold and put away your clothes.

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Color-Code Your Clothing

One way to make open-shelving even more aesthetically pleasing is to color code your clothing.

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Bring The Outdoors In

Extremely Genius Thing alert: Insertable purse pillows keep your bags in shape and upright for storing on open shelves. Florals are a nice touch, too. If you love greenery, larger outdoor plants would also work.

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Don't Forget Drapes

Bailey Austin keeps everything bright and open in this glam closet. Take note from the kitchen and add a little island. But the smartest design decision in this closet is the drapery. It's always wise to keep your fabrics away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.

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Mirror Your Doors

Closets don’t need to be white. Here, designer Phillip Thomas used a lips-covered wallpaper by Konstantin Kakanias for Templeton and a quirky furry stool to energize a client’s hallway storage space. Note: Mirrored doors = genius.

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Slide In A Stool

A small bench, such as this one in the patterned closet of public-relations maven Christina Juarez, means you never have to teeter on one foot to take off your shoes.

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Chanel A Boutique

Designed by California Closets, this space takes boutique-like storage to the next level.

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