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Material makeup has a big impact on the design and building of a closet. If you're one of the people who's always "on trend", here's the latest in closet design materials so you can incorporate the ones best suited to your own personal style.

We've moved past the days of ornate design, cumbersome cabinetry and fancy details in mouldings and rosettes.

Today it's:

  1. - Clean Lines
  2. - Uncomplicated Design
  3. - Color and Texture

And texture is dominating the landscape. It can be visual and tactile. It can be rough, linear, embossed or even smooth, depending upon the material you select.

And you can mix it up. By that we mean you can finish part of the designed space in one color/texture and another part in a solid. You frequently see this style in kitchen designs. The kitchen island will be a dark wood and the cabinets are light or white. You can also spice up your garage space or create a built-in wall unit with a combination of materials.

You can balance it out. Sometimes too much texture is just that – too much! Consider the above option to create more a more balanced, soothing feeling and incorporate neutrals. Selecting a neutral color (like off white) with a textured material is a great way to balance designs out.

Go Sideways. We're not talking about the wine-drinking kind of sideways from the movie of the same title. We're talking about grain direction here. When incorporating large doors or drawers, running the grain in a horizontal direction is absolutely on trend.

And what are some suggestions for great ways to mix and match to get your perfect closet combination?

Here are some of our favorites:

Physiological Benefits of Closet Organization

Who would have thought, it feels so good to be organized? Reducing clutter and systemizing your belongings is food for the soul. Closet organization is a great start to eliminating untidiness and benefiting both your mind and body.

Did you know removing excess clutter from the home can drastically eliminate the time spent on housework? Not overloading the walls with family photos and artwork and avoiding to clutter shelves with books and nick-knacks make for a visually appealing and cleaner home. Putting the laundry in the washer in a timely fashion, utilizing storage bins or baskets, also attribute to freeing up space in the home.

closet clear bin storage 

When everyday essentials that are used daily are in constant disarray, this can often lead to simple tasks, such as quickly putting together an outfit, to become more draining and hectic than necessary.

People often get overwhelmed on where to start when their personal items are in disorder, and this causes unnecessary psychological stress. Working with professionals can alleviate some of that stress; they can assist with prioritizing your belongings and develop personalized storage solutions. Closet Organizing Systems has a team of skilled professionals that can come to your organization rescue.

Staying on top of your organization can be especially helpful in developing a more consistent schedule, and make one more efficient. In the end, organization can free up time, and conserve your mental and physical energy, to experience the other wonders of your life that give it meaning and joy.

closet belongings organization 

Organization With A View

Why not turn the unused space in your window area into extra seating and storage? Window benches are gaining popularity in homes. This type of built-in bench located under a window in the home is also referred to as a banquette. Built-in bench style window seating can be incorporated into many areas of a home and can be custom crafted to flow with the symmetry of a window area. Bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, walk-in closets, staircase landings and foyers are a few choice locations for a window bench or banquette.

L Shaped Window Seat 

Certain window bench locations may cause a glare or added heat from it's sun exposure. Selecting window coverings, such as blinds or shades which complement the room’s surroundings can make the bench more enjoyable and comfortable. In a high traffic area like a kitchen or family room, window-seat cushions crafted with outdoor fabric will prevent sun fading and hold up to more wear and tear. Thick cushions, similar to couch cushion depth will also provide good back support.

Windows located in the corner of a room provide an excellent location for an L-shaped, straight window bench seat. This is an excellent way to add drawer storage to your window seat build. Curved bays or windows with radiators tucked beneath can call for clever solutions in which a window seat, bench or banquette would be a perfect solution.

A window bench seat across a straight wall gives instant built-in storage and can be painted to match surrounding furnishings. Adding drawers and custom cabinetry to the banquette is a great way to have your seating area multi-functional. There are many stylish and inventive ways to create a picture perfect window seat and make the most out of an ordinary window space in your home.

Walk In Closet Window Bench Seat 

Bookworm Storage Ideas

Embrace your inner bookworm and incorporate your favorite books into organizational spaces around your home or office. Classic books and novels on display create a timeless feel. Art, Nature, Design and Hobby books can inspire masterpieces in design or crafting areas. Cocktail recipe books are fun to have on hand to whip up some drinks while entertaining guests.

Impress your guests with a custom entryway cabinet and put some of your bookworm materials out to show. This contemporary entry locker cabinetry includes a lift up bench top that provides storage under the seating bench for additional reading materials. The accent lighted display shelving showcases your prized titles. Add a few of your favorite nick-knacks or photo frames to the shelves to make your bookworm area more inviting.

custom entryway book storage

Place Cocktail, Mock tail, Coffee or drink recipe books out for viewing in a bar or beverage area. Books will serve as motivation for you to take your refreshments to the next level. Forget serving boring drinks at your next get together, try something fancy and wow your guests. A wet bar incorporates a beverage center, sink area, and ice maker making an ideal area for serving drinks away from a typically congested kitchen area. The counter also gives plenty of space to open up those recipe books and start crafting some brews.

Art, Hobby and Crafting books add playful color into this kids white melamine craft room. The peninsula work surface and cabinet counter tops are made with a birch wood veneer and a light brown stain that contrast nicely with the colors form the book shelves and artwork. The table makes as an ideal area to dig into your book and still have additional space to sketch or craft next to it.

craftroom book storage

We hope you are inspired to dust off your favorite books and get them back into your life. Or, get the desire to add some new titles into your home or office spaces . There are so many ways to incorporate them into existing areas in your spaces. Feel free to stack them horizontally, vertically, or both. Whatever your personal bookworm preference may be, there is always room somewhere and time to be inspired.

Snow White Master Closet

A white closet is a classic, timeless closet. It can still express personality. It can definitely keep you organized and looking stylish.

We had a great opportunity to design one of these timeless, white closets that was part of an expanded bonus space above an existing garage and located right off the master bedroom.

The layout before we were brought in had two reach in closets that really did not provide much in terms of storage and they took away space from the bedroom.

The original version of the newly proposed plan was to have flat 8 foot ceilings. We convinced them that leaving the pitched ceilings and actually dry walling the joists would give them more space to work with and bring them closer to their desired goal. By incorporating the idea of dry walling the joists on the angled roof lines, we were able to make this space look more like like a luxurious closet suite and less like a crawl space.

The client wanted to display her personally prized collection of shoes and handbags. She also wanted a make-up counter (which we up-lit). And then, a more unusual request for a bedroom closet, she wanted a wrapping station incorporated into the design.

We used a frosty white melamine with a charcoal glazed raised panel for the doors and drawers. We also incorporated large crown moulding. All of this worked in harmony with the the existing wall color and millwork to create a clean, snow white look.

The special features on the makeup area include a light box tray with a frosted glass insert routed into the counter top, in counter lighting, large framed viewing mirror , side make-up storage drawers, blow dryer holster and upper storage cabinets with LED down lighting.

It's a closet space that works well for the client. Why not give us a call so we can design a closet space that works well for you?

Game On

Take a look around any public space, whether it’s a grocery store or a mall and you’ll see just about everyone walking around with a phone in their hand.

We’re very attached to our electronic devices.

Then many go home and fire up the gaming devices for an even deeper digital experience.

And some don’t even wait that long. Their gaming on their phones all day long.

And that rolls into “Gaming Spaces”.

gaming space with blue led lighting

What’s a Gaming Space?

In basic terms, it’s a space in your home where things like WII and XBox can be plugged in and played. Oftentimes, this ends up in the same room as your main television space.

So if you’re lucky enough to be able to designate a specific room or area to the “gaming” aspect of life, here are some suggestions for getting the most out of the space:

You’re going to need to incorporate AV and surround sound and this takes planning. A tip on this is that your base speaker needs to be supported on the floor and not connected to the surrounding cabinets in any way. The reason for this is because of the vibration from the bass. It can cause distortion to other electronic devices and can also distort the games you’re playing.

av gaming room with projection screen

If you’re using a projection screen, we would need all of your specs on that to make sure the cabinetry is built to fit within those parameters. These days the bigger the better and so is the quality of the gaming experience.

You’ll need some glass. And by that, we mean that you’ll need either open cabinets or cabinets with glass doors that allow your infrared remote controls to work smoothly with easy signal connection. Infrared (IR) remote controls have limited range and generally only work in the same room as the AV component it controls.

Lighting is another important issue to address. If your gaming space incorporates other things like pool tables or card tables, that light needs to be bright enough for you to see what you’re doing. But if you’re playing XBox, one of the simplest solutions is dimmable, recessed lighting. And include plenty of table lamps. They can easily change mood and lighting levels (key for people approaching the bifocal stage of life).

traditional wood gaming av media center

Soundproofing is another issue to discuss with your contractor. We already mentioned the bass. But if you’re upstairs trying to prepare dinner while the kids are downstairs gaming, you don’t really want it to be “all about that bass”. Have this conversation and decide on your solution very early in the planning stages of your project because some inexpensive insulation materials can employed before dry walling. There are also options which can include using surface mounted decorative acoustical panels.

Cover your wiring needs at this point as well. Who wants to see big fat black cables everywhere?

Cabinetry can be industrial or traditional. We can develop this in any style you prefer, as long as we have all the technical and specification information up front so it’s all designed to create a win for everyone at the gaming table.

Closet Organizing Systems Earns Top Shelf Awards for 2016

Over the past five years Closet Organizing Systems has won a total of 13 Top Shelf Design Awards and 5 runner up nominations from CLOSETS magazine. For the year of 2016, in the Home Office Over 150 square feet category, Dan Gagnon received the award for his AAA Walnut Office Wall Unit project. Also awarded, in the Closet Laminate Over 18 linear feet category, Donna Siben received an award for her Glamorous Double Master Closet Retreat project. We would like to thank everyone for all of their amazing work and dedication!

AAA Walnut Office Wall Unit

The AAA Walnut Office Wall Unit was designed to achieve a modern high end look using AAA grade plain sliced sequenced matched walnut veneer. The cabinetry was lightly stained to more closely match the existing wood work in the home. Slotted upper fascia sections were used for ventilation openings and rebound style touch latches were used to eliminate the need for visible hardware. LED light strips and puck lighting aid in showcasing display areas.

Glamorous Double Master Closet Retreat

The Glamorous Double Master Closet Retreat project was part of a major renovation with the closet being one of the largest square footage spaces in the design. The closet was designed from floor to ceiling with cabinets spanning the top and wrapping around the corners to connect the three sections of this closet. The narrow island is used to house ‘His’ shoes while ‘Her’ shoes are showcased on a wall of open shelving. Seventy-one drawers were needed to accomplish enough storage for personal items. The closet was constructed of White Melamine and traditional raised panel faces along with Extra-large crown molding and fascia buildup span and wrap around the entire closet. This closet is also graced with an ironing center cabinet, safe, tilt out hamper and pull out narrow tall cabinets to house necklaces and scarves, pull out mirror, belt racks, tie & belt butlers and valet rods. The island counter-tops are made with High Pressure Laminate to match the hardwood floor.

CLOSETS magazine founded the Top Shelf Design Awards program to honor the best residential closet and garage designs across the United States. Judges include leading industry peers who evaluate the entries in terms of their overall appearance, ingenuity, functionality of design and creativity. All winning entries will be featured in CLOSETS magazine.

Visit the ClosetOS Top Shelf gallery page to see more of Closet Organizing Systems award winning designs.

Ways To Use Contrasting Colors In Your Designs

Contrast has boldness to it in any interpretation, so using contrasting colors in design reflects the more adventurous side of your personality.

Yet this approach can go wrong very quickly. Like an open bag of Lays potato chips, some people keep “having another” until the color combination is too busy or overdone. We know, it's hard to have “just one.”

Here are some ideas on the most effective ways to use color and contrast in your custom storage design solutions:

His Color and Her Color
This is a terrific way to divide a walk in closet. The area of the space that is “his” might be a dark wood tone; something masculine. The area of space that is “hers” could be white or a light tone. Then you've clearly defined the spaces and done so with style.

Closet divided by Wood Tone Colors

Function Leads The Way
Selecting colors for specific cabinetry based upon how it will be used defines things quite well.  Toys could be one color, books another and clothing something else. Your color choices could be “tone-on-tone”, meaning they are close to each other on the color wheel. Three or more contrasting colors is difficult to pull off and takes a very well trained eye to execute.

Contrasting Kitchen Cabinetry

Accentuate the Positive
Another really great option is to choose one different color for an area to highlight. Perhaps it's the TV cabinetry or the dresser drawers in a closet. Some would call this a “P.O.C.” (pop of color).


The Back End
Consider doing the backing in your cabinetry a different color as a terrific way to bring in some personality. You can also achieve this look with paint if you don't have backing on your cabinetry or want a less permanent option.

Contrasting Garage Cabinets

Angies List and Houzz Awards for 2015-2016

Closet Organizing Systems is pleased to receive ongoing recognition from both Houzz and Angie’s List community once again this year. “It continues to support our mission of offering our clients personalized design followed by outstanding customer service” Owner Bill Curran said.

Accumulating 15 awards in total over the past 5 years in the categories of Closet and Organization and Home and Garage, along with being so highly valued for our industry knowledge and consumer recommended by these communities is a testament of our cumulative efforts. Closet Organizing Systems has earned the Angie's List Super Service Award for 2015. This award is given to companies that have achieved and maintained a superior service record on Angie's List. Approximately 5% of companies on Angie's List meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be considered. We have had proudly earned this award 8 years running from the Angie's List community from 2008 -2015.

The Houzz community awarded Closet OS the Best of Houzz Award for both Design and Client Satisfaction on January 11, 2016. The Houzz Design Award is earned when a professional's portfolio is voted most popular by the Houzz community. The Houzz Client Satisfaction award is earned when a professional is rated at the highest level for client satisfaction. Since Closet OS has joined the Houzz community in 2013 we have received several awards and recognition's throughout their community. This includes consecutive Best of Houzz Awards for Design from 2013-2016, the Best of Houzz Award for Client Satisfaction from 2014-2016, Star Houzzer, Houzz Influencer, and Recommended on Houzz acknowledgements.

Angie's List 2015 Super Service Award Best of Houzz 2015-2016 Design and Service Awards

Geometry Puzzle

Angles of any sort present multiple challenges in a closet deign. Depending upon where the angles are and how “angled” they are impacts storage capacity. What looks like reasonable storage space on empty walls suddenly either becomes excessively deep storage or barely any storage capacity at all.

And building to accommodate the angles and still make sure everything is beautiful quickly becomes complicated.

So this project was a very large new construction space with lots of angled ceiling space. The client wanted to use the ceiling height for both efficiency and visual appeal.

So from a design perspective, we took the height of the center of the room and created a full height island that was 108”.

We also wanted to balance doors on upper storage cabinets with the overall look for a more consistent eye appeal without compromising any storage.

angled closet space Geometry Puzzle Closet

Most of the lower storage areas were open for hanging garments and we didn't want all upper cabinets with doors to overpower the lower, open areas.

We also needed to incorporate a large number of ties that needed to be easily seen and accessible as well as a high shoe count.

The client was also insistent on having drawers below hanging (which is something we recommend against because hanging over shadows any items below and makes them difficult to access).

Once we got the design elements worked out and approved, we had to figure out the engineering and installation. And engineering every panel to the pitch of the varied ceiling heights was a definite skill on its' own.

This closet was built with glazed ivory melamine, extra large, glazed crown and base moldings with raised panel fronts. It included oil rubbed bronze rods and accessories and Venetian Bronze hardware.

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