Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Dressing Room-Inspired Bedroom

I've been daydreaming about bedroom designs lately (you know me--I really have the decorating fever these days!) and I've decided I love the look of bedrooms that have a dressing room sort of feel. I think this style looks incredibly elegant and sophisticated yet also so inviting and cozy. I've come across several ways to achieve this look and I thought I'd share some of my ideas with you!

Adding a freestanding clothes rack to the corner of your bedroom really gives off that gorgeous "dressing room" vibe. Of course, most of your clothes would be tucked away in dresser drawers or on closet shelves and this rack would be saved for everyday basics, or seasonal items, or perhaps a collection of scarves and handbags. An added bonus is that a rack can stretch your closet space if you happen to have a small one. In my apartment in New York my bedroom didn't have a closet at all, so I used the closet in the living room and supplemented with a freestanding rack in my room. I rotated in clothes based on the season and kept a lot of my favorite pieces, like my cropped wool blazer, hanging year round. Clothes can really be beautiful, so why not display them and keep them handy?

To add even more glamour to a clothes stand you can rest an oversized mirror right next to it on the floor. I've had this idea for a while. My parents gave us a huge, antique gold mirror when they downsized (it looks a lot like the one below) and when we retrieve it from storage I plan to use it in our bedroom as a full-length mirror. Because why not? Hanging it in a place like the dining room is lovely and classic, of course, but using it to get dressed each morning sounds even better. Who wouldn't feel beautiful gazing into this mirror?

When I saw this next photo, I ooh-ed and aah-ed for a minute over the combination of mirror and clothes rack. How chic! I love the white walls too, but would probably swap in a rich-colored oriental rug for some warmth and earthy coziness.

Here's another take on the same idea. What a perfect place to get dressed in the morning!

Finally, to really achieve that "dressing room" flavor in your bedroom you will need a vanity table. This one below really strikes my fancy because it's just a long console table with a mirror propped on top. Simple and beautiful and functional.

So what do you think? Do you like the idea of a dressing room-inspired bedroom? One thing I should add is that this is a bit of a feminine look, so I'll have to check in with the man of the house and see what his take is. Perhaps half of the freestanding rack could be for his clothes, which would add a masculine touch to the room? Vanity tables can also tend to look overly "girly" but that's not my style anyway. So we'll see. I'm very excited to try some of these ideas in our next bedroom!


  1. I think this would be a lovely idea for a spare room. I'd love to have a home that allowed me to have an entire room as a closet/dressing area. You should definitely get a decorative full length mirror like in the photos!

  2. That sounds like a wonderful idea! Clothing displayed in a bedroom adds charm and… je ne said quoi! I'm intrigued by the idea of a masculine vanity and hanging men's clothing as well! I will definitely be looking into that in the future! Oh, and I've always admired this one room that IKEA did a few years back in their catalogue:

    The style's different from your's but it was still fascinating to explore how they created this bright and fun room (which isn't overwhelming either!). This used to be on IKEA's website as an interactive picture where it showed the rest of the room but, unfortunately, I can no longer find it. Oh well!

  3. When I was in college I visited one of my friend's homes and her room was just like this. Racks instead of a closet, big mirror against the wall. At first I thought it looked off and messy, but I think back now and realize just how POSH it was!

  4. That room definitely has a different vibe but it's really beautiful in its own way! So unique and fun. And YES you're right, that table over the bed would be PERFECT for blogging with a cup of tea nearby! One of my favorite guilty pleasures is staying extra long in bed in the mornings with a book or my computer and a hot drink :)

  5. I think this look does have the potential to look messy so you'd have to be careful about that....but at the same time I think it has that "effortless" vibe that I love so much! The third photo I posted reminds of a Parisian apartment. Beautiful and chic but not too "done up" or styled. Good for your friend for going for it!

  6. Oh my goodness, an actual dressing room, separate from the bedroom, would be amazing. Maybe someday!

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