The 5 Most Essential Items For an Enviable Closet

We could spend hours gazing at amazing closets in the pages of glossy magazines and gawk at the dressing rooms of fashionable ladies and gents in the movies. Sadly, this time spent pouring over closet porn -- that's what the kids are calling it -- and picturing our own expansive spaces is merely wishful thinking. While we don't all have expansive dressing rooms and boutique-sized closets, that doesn't mean we can't inject this same sense of luxury into our smaller spaces. No matter your closet's size, by making some quick changes and incorporating key organizational items, you can give your space an air of sophistication worthy of a front row seat at every show during New York Fashion Week.

_1Personalise your closet or dressing room by painting or wallpapering the interior. No matter the size, it will enable the space to truly feel like a separate room and not just an architect's afterthought. Papering the rear built-in shelves injects pattern, colour, and texture into your closet and gives the space a boutique, high-end feeling.

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"Lotus" #BP2052, $260 per roll, Farrow & Ball "Tile" #89/7027, $150 per roll, Walnut Wallpaper  "Watercolor Peony" #20545554, $148 per roll, Anthropologie

_2 In both large and small spaces, closet organisation is key. An organised space allows you to see all of your clothing (for a variety of options), easily find your accessories (for the perfect outfit complement), and grab what you need in a flash (for the days when you oversleep). Keep your clothes in tip-top shape with items such as acrylic shelf dividers to keep folded sweaters neat and purses orderly, slim-profile hangers to allow for more hanging space, and shoe racks to store and display your favourite kicks.

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Acrylic Shelf Dividers, $54 for four, Clos-ette Huggable Hangers, $10 for 10, The Container Store Shoe Organiser, $40, The Container Store 
_3 No one wants to look like they got dressed in the dark, so no matter how small your closet space, make sure to incorporate ample lighting. Whether it's a simple, tasteful ceiling mount, or decorative chandelier and sconces, add beauty to your space with carefully chosen fixtures to highlight your fabulous clothing collection.
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Aspect Library Sconce, $370, Circa Lighting Lucite Chandelier, $2650, 1st Dibs  Otis Fixture, from $157, Schoolhouse Electric
_4 A place to perch while slipping on loafers or donning the season's hottest pumps is the ultimate luxury. From a small stool to a luxurious settee to a sculptural side chair, a seat placed in your space will exude sophistication. If you aren't lucky enough to have a full walk-in or dressing room, a side chair placed in close proximity to your closet will fit the bill.
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Jacques Bench, $1800, Jonathan Adler  Round Tufted Ottoman, $530, Target  Luxe Fur Stool, $348, Anthropologie

_5 If you're fortunate enough to have a closet with storage drawers or cabinets, swap out boring knobs and pulls for items with a little more personality. A beautifully faceted knob or sculptural pull are the perfect details to elevate the look of your closet. Think of hardware as the jewellery of your space -- the perfect finishing touch.

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Felicity Knob, from $9, Restoration Hardware Arched Mission Pull, from $11, Rejuvination  Facet Pull, $80, Nest Studio 

For more closet and storage inspiration, check out our Closet and Storage Solutions boards on Pinterest.

Photographs: 1. Sasha Bikoff photographed by Nicole Cohen 2. Michael Minns (designer and source), 3. Celerie Kemble photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor 4. Photographed by Stacey Brandford for House and Home 5. Jeff Andrews (designer and source) 6. Matthew Patrick Smyth photographed by Björn Wallander for Elle Decor 7. McAlpine Booth and Ferrier photographed by Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles 8. Luisa Fernanda Espinosa photographed for The Coveteur 9. Meredith McBride Kipp photographed by Laura Moss 10. via Traditional Home

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