An interior design expert advises you on the design of a dressing room

12:28 6 June 2022

Having a dedicated dressing area is the ultimate luxury in the home.

But a dressing room is much more than a glorified dressing room – it can enhance your everyday life and add value to your property, according to Cheshire-based interior designer Ingrid Sirova.

“One of the great joys of a bespoke walk-in closet is that it can make your life easier through organization and order, and therefore improve your well-being,” says Ingrid, whose company , Interiors by Ingrid, specializes in high-end interior design. and architecture.

Stylish seats and a full-length mirror unite the interior design
– Credit: Interiors by Ingrid

“A dressing room is an opportunity to design a space that reflects your personality. It’s an expression of your identity, just like when you’re wearing your favorite clothes, so it’s natural to want to display your things in a way that’s appropriate to their value.

Below, Ingrid shares six key steps to creating a luxurious dressing room.

1) Consider the layout

Whatever the interior design, it is important to balance aesthetics with practicality. “When thinking about wardrobe space, make sure everything is as visible as possible so you can enjoy displaying your clothes and accessories, but also knowing exactly what you have and where the find”, explains Ingrid.

In addition to cabinets, Ingrid suggests incorporating an island or seating area to enhance the look and functionality of the room. “If space permits, a custom dressing island can add storage and serve as a seat and stylish design element,” she says. “I also recommend including a dressing table and full-height mirror to make getting ready a lavish experience.”

2) Maximize storage space

One of the most crucial elements of any walk-in closet is well-designed storage. “From long hangers for dresses, deep drawers for delicate knits, to a display for stilettos or lighted handbags, use clever cabinetry and shelving systems to give each item a home,” says Ingrid.

She recommends making the most of every available inch by investing in custom built-in storage solutions. “Sliding doors on cabinets with mirrors are space-saving and stylish,” she says. “If you have a high ceiling, take the opportunity to hang a second very high rod and use it to store out-of-season clothes.”

3) Use a mix of lighting

A dressing room with mirrored cabinets with a characteristic light and a central island, designed by Interiors by Ingrid

Hanging a feature light above the island makes an eye-catching focal point
– Credit: Interiors by Ingrid

A well-lit walk-in closet should include a mix of task, mood and task lighting. Ingrid emphasizes how the mounting, placement and even brightness of the bulb should complement the overall design. “Lighting works in conjunction with materials, room size and furniture layout – it’s only when these elements come together that a room enjoys effortless harmony and flow of design. .”

A great example of transformational lighting is demonstrated in a recent dressing room renovation by Interiors by Ingrid on a property in Alderley Edge. “Recessed lighted ceilings were used to add depth and height, while a chandelier created a stunning focal point on the island,” says Ingrid.

4) Add smart technology

Smart home automation is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners who want to elevate their interiors and make their daily routines more convenient. But more importantly, these additions can also add value to your home and reduce utility costs.

“Bringing smart technology into your walk-in closet and bedroom will allow you to automate lighting, window treatments, heating and air conditioning, bringing the whole design together while helping to lower your bills. energy”, explains Ingrid.

5) Create a sense of unity and flow

Built-in storage solutions for a dressing room at Alderley Edge, designed by Interiors By Ingrid

Ingrid recommends custom built-in storage to optimize the available space
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From the color of the walls to the handles of the cabinets, each design choice adds to the ambiance of the space. “A sophisticated master suite scheme is all about sensual fabrics and dramatic textures in a rich, soothing color palette,” Ingrid explains. “A well-designed interior will subconsciously improve your mood and help you relax.”

She suggests opening up the master suite by removing the doors and instead using handcrafted room dividers or oversized pocket doors. “The rooms are directly linked, so it’s crucial to maintain continuity, which can be achieved through architectural design and by using the same flooring material, cabinetry finishes and brasswork.”

6) Hire an interior designer

An experienced interior designer will take time to gain a thorough understanding of your lifestyle and how you want to use the space. They can also advise on the budget, coordinate work, and track progress against time, cost, and quality criteria.

“We can manage the project from concept to completion to ensure the best outcome,” says Ingrid. “I aim to open my clients’ eyes to ideas and possibilities they might not have thought of, making the design process inspiring, educational and rewarding.”

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Betty K. Park