Angela Ploetz

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Dream Closets – Nake Berkus

by Angela on February 2, 2012

It should come as no surprise that the fun and well styled designer turned host Nate Berkus has a closet to match.  This dream closet featured in Elle Decor is bold, gorgeous, and ultra functional.

So let’s talk about the good, the bad, and the reality of this closet.

The Good.

One of the first things I notice about this closet is that Nate is using all of the vertical space in the closet from floor to ceiling.  This is a great small space example of using every bit of space you have.

The Drawers!  Wow!  I love the use of drawers in this closet and the best part is that they are not too deep, (by deep I am referring to how tall the drawers are).  When you use drawers that are too deep things get buried in the bottom and you never see them again.  This is an excellent example of how to use drawers the right way, not too shallow, not too deep.  By looking at a few photos of this space I am guessing these drawers are about 4-6 inches in height.

Other good things in this closet include a generous amount of shelf space perfect of shoes, sweaters, and the luggage and bags tucked away on the top two shelves.  Finally, you just know that I cannot let this post go without mentioning the ottomans…love them!

The Bad.

Hmmm….this is tough but I do have to say the lack of hanging space is the one negative I see in this closet.  Even with the ample drawer and shelf space, I’m still surprised at how little hanging space there is, unless this picture is not showing the entire closet.  I would guess that the hanging space is about three feet wide and that is just tiny.

The Reality.

I love that Nate’s closet is actually a “doable” closet for the average person.  This is not a crazy over the top celebrity closet that the average person will never have.  There are many elements that you can take from this closet and make your own.

Color!  Most people’s closets are pretty bland: white on white.  In Nate’s closet he used a bold color on the wood and a more neutral colored wallpaper on the walls.  You could mix this up in your own closet by painting the walls, the wood, or both to make a huge change in your closet.

Dresser in the closet.  In Nate’s closet the built in dresser drawers with the mirror on top just flows with the style of the closet, but this is actually a great idea for your closet too.  Traditionally, you see dressers in the bedroom but that can lead to going to multiple places to get dressed.  If you can incorporate all your dressing needs in the closet you will spend less time going from the bedroom to the closet and back.

I hope you got some inspiration from Nate’s closet.  If you want to see a before of Nate’s closet visit the So Haute blog. So what color are you thinking about painting your closet?


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