12:28 PM June 6 2022
Having a dedicated dressing space is the best luxury in the house.
But a dressing room is much more than a glorified wardrobe—it can enhance your everyday life and add value to your possessions, according to Cheshire interior designer Ingrid Serova.
says Ingrid, whose company, Interiors by Ingrid, specializes in high-end interior design and architecture.
“A dressing room is an opportunity to design a space that reflects your personality. It is an expression of who you are, just as you wear your favorite clothes, so it’s only natural that you want to display your belongings in a way that matches their value.”
Below, Ingrid shares six key steps to creating a luxurious dressing room.
1) Consider planning
With any interior design, it is important to strike a balance between aesthetics and practicality. “When considering wardrobe space, make sure everything is as visible as possible so you can enjoy displaying your clothes and accessories, but also to know exactly what you have and where to find it,” Ingrid says.
In addition to wardrobes, Ingrid suggests incorporating an island or seating area to improve the room’s appearance and functionality. “If space allows, a custom-made dressing room island can add storage and double as a bench and a stylish design feature,” she says. “I also recommend including a dressing table and a full height mirror to make getting ready feel like an opulent experience.”
2) Maximize storage space
Well-designed storage is one of the most important components of any dressing room. “From tall hanging dresses, deep drawers for delicate woven garments, to a lighted stiletto or handbag display, use clever shelving and cabinetry systems to give every item a home,” Ingrid says.
She recommends making the most of every available inch by investing in compact and customized storage solutions. “Mirror wardrobe doors save space and look stylish,” she says. “If you have a tall ceiling, take advantage of it by hanging another rod that’s extra high and use it to store out-of-season clothes.”
3) Use a combination of lighting
A well-lit dressing room should have a mix of ambient and task lighting. Ingrid stresses that the composition, placement, and even brightness of the lamp should complement the overall design. “Lighting works in tandem with the materials, room size, and furniture design – only when these elements come together does the room benefit from the harmony and fluidity of the seamless design.”
A fine example of transformative lighting appears in a recent dressing room renovation by Interiors by Ingrid on an Alderley Edge property. “Lighted suspended ceilings were used to add depth and height, while the chandelier formed a stunning focal point above the island,” Ingrid explains.
4) Add smart technology
Smart home automation is becoming more and more popular among homeowners who want to upgrade their interiors and make their daily routine more convenient. But most importantly, these additions can add value to your home and reduce utility costs.
“Incorporating smart technology into your dressing area and bedroom will allow you to automate lighting, window treatments, heating and air conditioning, which will bring the entire design together while helping lower your energy bills,” says Ingrid.
5) Create a sense of unity and flow
From the color of the walls to the cabinet handles, each design choice adds to the ambiance of the space. “The master suite’s sophisticated scheme is all about sensual fabrics and dramatic textures in a rich, soothing color palette,” Ingrid says. “A well-designed interior will subconsciously improve your mood and help you relax.”
She suggests opening the master suite by removing the doors and using handcrafted room dividers or large pocket doors instead. “The rooms are directly connected so it is essential to maintain continuity, which can be achieved through the architectural design and use of the same flooring materials, cupboard finishes and brassware.”
6) Use the interior designer
An experienced interior designer will take time to gain an in-depth understanding of the way you live and how you want to use the space. They can also advise on budgeting, coordinate work, and monitor progress against time, cost and quality standards.
“We can manage the project from conception to completion to ensure the best results,” says Ingrid. “I strive to open my clients’ eyes to ideas and possibilities they might not have thought of, making the design process inspiring, educational and rewarding.”
To learn more about Interiors by Ingrid, visit interiorsbyingrid.co.uk.