Designer Lighting Tips for an Inspiring Walk-in Closet

A walk-in closet is more than simply a place to store your clothes, shoes, and other accessories. It is a personal space that reflects your style. It gives you the freedom to pull out clothes and select the best shoes and bags to design your look every day. Not to mention the satisfaction you get from admiring your carefully arranged treasure-hoard of dresses, hats, shirts, and footwear. That’s why your closet should be comfortable, functional, and suit your needs. For this, you need great lighting.

From highlighting your perfect picks to creating a designer showroom-like atmosphere, lighting is the key to designing a drool-worthy closet. If you’re blessed with a good walk-in wardrobe, here are a few tips to light it.

Smart Tips to Illuminate a Walk-in Closet

Location, Location, Location

Lighting a walk-in closet is not easy. Before you start looking for the perfect lighting fixtures to enhance your wardrobe’s visual appeal, figure out where they should go. Thoughtful location of the light is essential to giving your closet a direction as well as illuminating the spots that need your maximum attention. After all, what’s the point of building a walk-in closet if you cannot see the clothes? For example, you need to light your shelves, the vanity area, pull-out drawers, and the center of the wardrobe. Simply put, you need to light every shelf and rail to ensure you can see everything. 

Ditch the Yellow, Embrace the White

The beauty of a walk-in closet is when you can see the right colors and textures of your clothes and accessories. In the absence of appropriate color temperature, you cannot see your clothing properly. This is because the color you do see depends upon the mix of color frequencies that reach your eyes. So, if you install yellow light bulbs into your walk-in wardrobe, you’re likely to see more red and green in your clothes than their actual colors. For example, a blue dress will appear green and a yellow shirt will appear white in yellow light. The best bet is to choose cool, white lights in place of yellow lightbulbs because white light mimics daylight which helps you see your clothing’s true colors.

One Is Not Enough

Some walk-in closets are as large as two bedrooms, so installing a single light fixture overhead will not cut it. Go for multiple fixtures to illuminate every nook and cranny, and try to strike a balance between ambient, task, and accent lighting. The best thing about having numerous fixtures is that if you only need lights in the shoe section, you don’t have to turn on all the lights.

The Perfect Fixtures

Needless to say, your choice of fixtures will play a vital role in enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of your walk-in closet. Some of the most popular wardrobe lights to consider are:

  • Track lights with movable heads to turn lights in different directions along the track. These allow you to more easily see your closet’s contents, no matter where you are standing.
  • LED strip lighting inside or on top of each shelf. This creates a soft glow that allows you to more clearly see your beloved clothing and accessories.
  • Shelf lighting to create a simple, round glow on each shelf. This perfectly highlights luxurious shoes or bags while offering a seamless look to your walk-in closet.
  • A crystal chandelier or beautiful pendant light at the center of your closet is a treat. The elegance and shine these hanging lights bring to your wardrobe are unparalleled. Plus, they direct light all around to bring your apparel collection to life.

Incandescent Bulbs? A Big No-No

To create a great walk-in closet, stylish light fixtures are not enough; the bulbs are also important. The first thing to consider when choosing bulbs is heat. Incandescent bulbs produce a lot, and if installed in a walk-in closet (where many bulbs are needed) near clothing and other flammable items, they pose a fire hazard. Instead, select fluorescent bulbs that produce less heat. Moreover, they emit more natural light, creating a soothing atmosphere.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid installing hanging lights in your walk-in wardrobe as they are more likely to be knocked into when putting clothes away. They also cast shadows that will block your view of shelves.
  • Add linear LED strips above your cabinets to create a glow over the closet ceiling and into the room’s corners. This makes your space look larger without being seen and help to remove shadows, giving the illusion of higher ceilings.
  • Incorporate smart lighting by linking fixtures to your Wi-Fi, so a single switch can turn on all lights simultaneously when you open the master closet door.
  • Take inspiration from well-known clothing stores and incorporate their lighting strategies into your closet to make it more visually appealing.

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