One of the most surprising ways to craft a splashy design visual is with cool closet doors. Since they can take up so much visual space in a room, or conceal an entire room themselves, they’re an opportunity to make a truly bespoke feature using an often ignored medium. Not sure where to start with your closet door updates? From full satin panels in a dreamy lilac shade to historic woodwork refreshed with white paint, here is the ultimate list for designer-approved closet doors.
Textured-Glass Closet Doors
A sophisticated way to elevate closet doors is with textured glass, like in this Husband Wife–designed Manhattan apartment. In this case, the primary dressing room is a point of interest due to the light play from the reflective glass that serves a functional purpose too; the dark-hued panels conceal any messiness behind them. For a more approachable way to mimic this upscale look, think about using baking soda to make textured paint. Dress up even basic glass closet doors with this clever textural element.
Monochrome Room Closet Doors
For an extra dose of chic, consider matching your closet doors to your curtains, like in this posh Parisian pied-à-terre by fashion industry insider Marc Valeanu. The sunny yellow color makes this an especially inviting space, made more fun with an unexpected shade. Not into this creative hue? Try echoing the tone-on-tone approach to decor with one of the top color trends of 2024. Then, find coordinating paint and curtains to mimic this matchy-matchy dressing area.
Upcycled Closet Doors
This stand-alone San Antonio house, a collaboration with client Stacey Hill and architect Vicki Yuan of Lake | Flato, makes an antique shine as a closet door stand-in. “These were Chinese folding screens that our client already owned (she found it at an estate sale), and it was her idea to turn them into closet doors in her new home,” shares the architect. “It was a great moment when we realized they would fit perfectly in the space, and we were excited to make them a highlight of her dressing room.” Snag something inventive, like these screens, at an estate sale to try the look in your own space.
Hand-Stenciled Closet Doors
Designer Anna Sui’s Greenwich Village pad combines two apartments into one glorious, maximalist home. One especially interesting design choice was the closet doors; Sui made them a key feature instead of throwaway space with the addition of Venetian mirrors and a hand-stenciled design. Read our guide to decorating with mirrors to create your own dreamy, whimsical closet door with glam, shiny touches.
Curtain Closet Doors
Channel traditional curtained kitchen cabinets for a whimsical twist on closet doors, just like Veere Grenney did in this London townhouse project. The fabric adds textural interest in a fresh, unexpected way and makes a built-in more interesting—not to mention conceals your stuff. Want more inspo? Read about inspiring fabric trends we’ve got our eye on.
Timber Closet Doors
A cool closet helps this cozy, contemporary abode stand out from the crowd. Cliff Fong, principal at Matt Blacke, went for a sleek timber closet door look for his midcentury home in Central Los Angeles. Custom cabinetry and millwork take the design ante up a notch, and these bespoke doors hide potential clutter in case you’re not sure how to organize your closet. You can achieve a similar look with a set of facing midcentury wardrobes, or splash out for custom millwork.
Floor-Length Satin Curtain Closet Doors
This over-the-top closet door solution helped liven up a pandemic-era decorating project for Dimorestudio’s Emiliano Salci. His renovated Milan apartment is bold and colorful, like the purple floor-length satin that encloses his famed designer clothing collection. The dose of theatricality is unexpected and takes this closet (well, entire room) to the next level. Want to try this at home? Think beyond satin, and get some inspo for your own curtain closet with our guide to the best online curtain stores.
Smoked-Glass Closet Doors
Artisan smoked glass, created using smoke residue during the glass-making process, makes for one-of-a-kind closet doors in this Parisian apartment. Designed by Pierre Gonalons, the 1,900-square foot residence is a study in elegant eccentricity. The glass closet doors offer an unexpectedly lovely way to stay organized. If a custom look is outside your budget, channel the sultry feel of smoked glass with accessories in the same vein, or simply paint your closet door panels in a matte gray chalk paint for a similar effect.
Wallpaper-Covered Closet Doors
These lovely blooming blossom doors are an exquisite choice for a dressing area. Founder and designer Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle Interiors collaborated with New York architect John B. Murray for this Manhattan apartment project. “The doors are covered with de Gournay Plum Blossom wallpaper, a design inspired by a painted silk Kimono—very fitting for a dressing room and beautifully tranquil,” shares Todhunter. “This was a very multifunctional dressing room, so we wanted the closets to not just be practical but to create a beautifully romantic space where the client could both dress and work.”
Upper and Lower White Closet Doors
The chic Madrid pad of Carolina Herrera de Baez offers a well-curated mix of high-low design, combining flea market finds with designer offerings. Her 19th-century family home in the heart of the city features original touches, like these lovely white upper and lower doors. Consider some of the white paint colors designers actually use to brighten up your closet door game.
Black Closet Doors
In a home with no white walls, these inky black closet doors and built-in dresser offer a striking way to stand out. This New York townhouse, designed by ELLE DECOR A-Lister Danielle Colding, features bold design from top to bottom, from a custom bar to a blue primary bedroom. But amid the colorful medley, the black closet doors are an unexpected, elegant touch. Take a look at our fave black room ideas to inspire your own journey to the dark side!
Red Closet Doors
ELLE DECOR A-List legend Martyn Lawrence Bullard pulled out all the stops on this Los Angeles project, his own Whitley Heights residence. The designer to the stars leaned into rich red hues for his custom walk-in closet. (Just peep at that dreamy Schumacher wallpaper!) Looking for DIY inspiration to give your dressing room the same treatment? Check out our favorite red color combinations and designer approved red paint colors to get started!
Seamless Built-In Closet Doors
A more contemporary take on closet door design can be found in this modern Paris home. Architect and designer Elliott Barnes, an ELLE DECOR A-Lister, designed the whole apartment to showcase and enhance the client’s vast art collection. Sleek, built-in closet doors help maximize space and keep the focus on the rest of the primary bedroom. Get the serene sanctuary vibe with a look at our collection of cozy contemporary bedrooms.
Brass Screen Closet Doors
Designer Kevin Dumais was tasked with updating this TriBeCa loft for a family in New York City. Dumais is known for a special brand of unfussy sophistication, and his treatment of closet doors on this project is no exception. A custom bronze screen by Dean & Silva is fitted with Bendheim glass as a clever way to delineate the closet space from the office space. Consider a cool room divider option from our list here to up the design ante in your closet.
Millwork Closet Doors
Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, a designer at Nate Berkus’s eponymous firm, tackled this Upper East Side apartment for her college bestie. The end result was a spacious family-friendly residence with lots of storage solutions, including these custom millwork closet doors that add function with some traditional flair. Check out our top bedroom trends of 2024 for your own traditional take on sleeping spaces that would work well with these lovely closet doors.
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