It’s almost time for back to school- which means soon winter will come, and with it the switch-over to sweaters and coats from sundresses. The closet will become a battleground- what clothes to keep? How to fit new purchases into your already stocked wardrobe? Whether your own closet is cluttered or perfectly organized, a creative closet door can easily transform your bedroom and hide your closeted messy habits.



Small rooms can be made to feel even smaller with too many doors. With a door to the rest of the house, a closet door, and a door to your private bathroom, your bedroom starts to feel like a glorified hallway, rather than the sanctuary it should be. Real doors to the bathroom and hall are a necessity for privacy- leaving the closet doors an opportune place to step out of the box and give your room more space and  style.


Replacing your traditional closet door with curtains or drapes not only lessens the cramped feeling of the room, but offers an opportunity to add a pop of color and a unique texture to your otherwise solid walls. Depending on your tastes, you can either hang the curtains from a sturdy rod (better for closets with wider openings) or hang a flowing curtain straight down, with decorative ropes or tassels to tie the sides when you need to access the closet.

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Sliding Barn Doors

You can easily save space and add a creative, rustic touch by replacing your closet doors with a sliding barn door. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to do yourself (just check out this DIY tutorial)


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Room Dividers/Shoji Screens

CWI-shoji-screenIf your room has a tendency to get a little dark and gloomy, Japanese room dividers (or shoji screens) can help shed some light on the situation. A well-placed light inside the closet can offer soft mood lighting when filtered through the opaque panels of these screens. Stylized designs such as bamboo stalks or cherry trees add an exotic flair.

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If you can’t replace your closet doors completely, at least you can spruce them up a bit! Even a fresh coat of paint can do the trick, but if you want to go further, we have a few suggestions.  Try taking your existing bi-fold doors and panel them with mirrors or frosted glass. A sliding door could do with a little accent wallpaper- and if you have a wide, mirrored sliding door, you can leave one panel mirrored while decorating the other.


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A well-executed closet door serves multiple purposes. It keeps your wardrobe contained and private, can hide clutter, and enhance the look and feel of your room. How would you go about transforming yours?