How To: Design Your Dressing Room

Make getting ready a pleasure rather than a chore by creating a beautiful, functional dressing room with our professional Houseology how to guide.


How To Guides

Whether you’re converting an extra bedroom or expanding a cupboard to create your own dressing room, the Houseologists have pulled together all the professional tips and tricks you need to know to make your design a success. From choosing the perfect dressing room furniture, fixtures and accessories to planning the room's layout, our team are on hand to show you how to create a dressing room that is both functional and stylish.

01.Dressing Room Design Basics

Make it practical
For your dressing room to work, start by thinking about the most practical aspects of your room and what you want to accomplish in the space. Will you be using your dressing room on your own or sharing it with a partner? Will this also be a makeup room for personal grooming or is this space strictly for getting dressed? Think about your clothing, what you have and what you want to show off – you may have a large shoe collection or want to display your most treasured handbags.

Dressing room style ideas
Think about your style and how you want the room to feel – do you want a space that’s luxurious or are you more attracted to a modern, minimal look - there are lots of styles and ideas to consider. Also think about the space that surrounds your dressing room – for most people that’s the bedroom or master bathroom. Incorporating aspects of the style of your surrounding rooms will help your space to flow and feel in harmony with the rest of your home.

Pick your colour palette
As you choose your colour palette take into consideration natural light and the shape of the room. Also think about who will use the space - go for a palette of rich, deep tones for a man’s changing room to create a more mature and sophisticated feel. Lighter tones work well for women’s dressing rooms and will make the space feel bright, elegant and inviting.

The lighting you choose should be flexible enough to provide focus and atmosphere to your dressing room. Hanging fixtures, such as chandeliers, instantly make a space feel special and luxurious, while task lighting around a vanity mirror will offer direct light for grooming and makeup application.

Consider built-in fittings
Think about whether you want stand-alone furniture pieces or built-in fittings for your dressing room. The space and shape of the room will impact your decision here.

Dressing room furniture and lighting

02.Layout and Dressing Room Furniture

First consider the main or biggest piece of dressing room furniture as you decide your layout – your wardrobe is an obvious place to start and this will give you lots of ideas. Think about where you want to position each piece and how it will fit into the space. Be sure to leave enough room to get dressed comfortably after all your dressing room fixtures are in place. Finally, think about what you want to see when you first walk into the room and make sure nothing is detracting the attention away from your chosen focal point.

Occasional chair
A chair or ottoman in your dressing room is useful for getting dressed, putting on shoes or placing any other items you need to take with you. This is an occasional chair and while comfort is still important, you can let design lead your decision here.

Wardrobe and drawers
Your wardrobe and chest of drawers should be large enough to comfortably hold everything you need but not so bulky that they overpower the room. Free-standing wardrobes are the most versatile because you can move them around your space and position them exactly how you want. The advantage of this style of storage is it keeps everything hidden away, keeping your space clean and organised. Rails and shelves on the other hand, are a more minimalist option and make it easy to put your most prized possessions on display. Whatever you decide, make sure there’s plenty of room for hanging, plus shelves for stacking and drawers to keep everyday items.

Centre island
If your space is big enough, consider using a centre island in the middle of the dressing room. It will provide a valuable table top and underneath can offer additional storage for shelves and drawers for jewellery and other smaller items.

Dressing table
Depending on the size of your dressing room you may also want to use it as a makeup room and so you might want to incorporate a dressing table and vanity mirror so you can get ready for the day all in one place. Be sure to include enough space to store your lotions and potions close to hand.

dressing room furniture and ideas

03.Dressing room accessories

The final finishing touches help to bring your design together and create harmony in your space. Choose functional pieces to maintain a streamlined aesthetic while still adding interest to your dressing room design.

A full-length mirror is essential – you will use this every day to get dressed and apply your makeup. Mirrors also offer a great opportunity to add character and drama to your space. An oversized mirror resting on the floor will add impact to your space and make it feel brighter, while using multiple mirrors with dramatic frames also double as wall art and bring more light to your space when strategically placed.

Hat stand
A coat rack or hat stand is a functional way to add style to your dressing room. Layer scarves and coats to add texture to the room and keep to hand the items you use every day.

Folding screen
If you share your changing room with a partner, a folding screen is a stylish idea to give privacy without taking up additional space.

Dressing room accessories

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