5 Must-Have Elements for a Traditional Closet

Whether you’re looking to create a custom closet for a traditional home or the quintessential gentleman’s closet, certain elements are must-haves. To evoke the feel of a hunter’s den, an Ivy League men’s club, or a European manor, there are certain rules that must be followed. First, consider symmetry – traditional design is both orderly and predictable with architectural details often appearing in pairs. Colors should be rich, but muted. Fabrics should be cozy, familiar and understated — plaids, toiles, ticking, and Buffalo checks are classic go-to options. Add warm, cozy lighting. Then, be sure to include these custom closet add-ons:

traditional closet from Strickland's Closets in Wilmington NC
  1. Rich Wood Tones: Wood finishes are a resounding principal of the traditional home – and by extension, the traditional closet. Be sure to select a wood grain finish in a rich wood-tone color like walnut, oak or cherry.
  2. Inset Doors: A distinguishing characteristic of the masculine traditional closet is an open layout. The idea is that you are seeing everything at a glance, and the beauty of the fabrics and leathers in your wardrobe shine through. As a bonus, it’s easier to get dressed when you don’t have to memorize where everything is. In addition to solid cabinet door fronts, consider doors inset with glass or decorative glass. Not only do cabinet doors with rain glass enhance look and feel of a traditional closet, they will keep the dust off lesser worn garments.
  3. traditional closet with 5 piece drawer fronts and inset doors
  4. 5-Piece Doors and Drawer Fronts: Traditional architecture is all about details in craftsmanship. Select door styles and drawer fronts with trim – the more detailed, the better.
  5. Crown Molding: Crown molding adds a finishing touch from top to bottom. Fascia crown molding brings the eye skyward towards the light fixtures, making a smaller space feel larger. For a cohesive look, complement the crown molding with base molding.
  6. traditional closet with crown moulding
  7. Decorative Hardware: Accent drawers with decorative hardware that complements the wood finish you choose. Sleek metals look best with mahogany, cherry and other dark word finishes. For truly distinguished Old World elegance, consider brass or sterling silver hardware with unique detailing.

Looking for more ideas for a traditional custom closet? Come visit our design center for more options that will make any gentleman (or lady!) feel like a success while dressing.


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