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Make your wardrobe and drawers functional and beautiful.

Make the most of what you have by installing fitted wardrobe kits into an existing wardrobe. These are cleverly designed and often modular, enabling you to fit as much as possible into the space you have. If the wardrobe doors are a dominant feature on one wall, paint them the same colour as the wall to visually blend them in, or add a mirror to one of them as a practical addition.

A blue walk-in wardrobe

Don't overlook your walk-in wardrobe. Incorporate it into your bedroom scheme by painting it in a complementary colour – a darker colour inside the wardrobe may make your room feel larger.

Back wall in Resene Dark Slate, front walls in Resene Hermitage with harlequin pattern in Resene Destiny and trims in Resene Sea Fog. Pendant light in Resene Zumthor, desk in Resene Destiny and flooring in Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

Wheeled trolley boxes to push under your bed are the ultimate storage spot for those short on space, or consider adding a bed with built-in drawers underneath. Or if you have space at the end of the bed, consider a long ottoman with a lid that lifts to reveal storage or a trunk. These can double as handy seats for putting on shoes.

Narrow built-in cupboards don’t take up much room and can store a large amount. They only need to be a shoe length depth or deep enough to take a folded pair of jeans. Or use cubby-hole style shelves for these items, minus the doors.

Can some of the items you keep in the bedroom be stored elsewhere, like off-season clothes in the spare bedroom wardrobe, or suitcases or other bags in your garage?

Or perhaps you can store off-season clothes and blankets in a stack of vintage suitcases? Choose bedside tables that have drawers to help hide clutter.

Put hooks on the back of the door for your dressing gown, coats and handbag. Likewise, hooks on the wall can hold all sorts of items like scarves, belts, necklaces and bags.

Or make a jewellery hanger by covering a cork or craft board with Resene wallpaper or painting with your favourite Resene colour and framing it, then adding small hooks for earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

A pink and grey walk-in wardrobe

If your bedroom doubles as your makeup area, make it a feature. Choose wall colours that not only complement your skin tone but create a luxe space which makes you feel pampered.

Back wall in Resene Loblolly with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Half Gull Grey, front wall in Resene Sakura with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Quarter Blanc, floor in Resene Mercury and skirting boards and makeup table in Resene Snow Drift.

A pink and white wardrobe interior

Designer Shelley Ferguson transformed a kitset wardrobe into a glam space with a little va va voom by painting the inside in Resene Blanched Pink from the Karen Walker Paints collection.

Turn your bedhead wall into a full-on built-in storage unit, by building a shelf behind the bed, with set-down space on either side, tall cupboards beside that and cupboards on the wall overhead.

Finally, get into the habit of putting clothes away rather than slinging them on a chair, on the end of the bed… or on the floor.

Green wardrobe interior

Your clothes are part of your personality, so why not give your wardrobe a dash of style too?

Designer Hamish Dodd painted the inside of his wardrobe in Resene Rivergum to make the space pop.

Jazz up an old cabinet to use as a feature in your bedroom

Jazz up some old cabinets and make them a feature in your bedroom by painting them in stripes or a pattern.

Wall in Resene Palm Green, floor in Resene Greige, cabinet in Resene Double Spanish White with stripes in Resene Vintage.

top tip  Painting the inside of your wardrobe or cabinets with Resene Enamacryl gloss will help reflect light in a small dark space and create a sense of luxury.


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