Have you ever tried to sleep while your significant other is rattling hangers and noisily burrowing in closets and drawers trying to find or stow an item of clothing? Mornings can be made good mornings with a quieter approach to wardrobe management. Similarly, early-to-bed larks can have good nights when their favourite night owls are quietly returning clothing and accessories to hangers, shelves, drawers and organizers, or depositing items in a laundry hamper close at hand.
A closet or wardrobe designed to suit your needs makes life smoother. Unlike many organizers of yore with limited design and colour choices, and one-finish-suits-everyone hardware, newer products provide a wide variety of choices in terms of configuration and finishes, thus complementing a home’s decor.
Consider the Elite line of hooks from Simply Closets. They’re offered in the classic polished chrome, as well as in matte aluminum for a lighter effect and in matte nickel that has a greyish tinge to go well with muted colours. Two other available finishes are very much of the moment: “Matte gold is popular now, and so is oiled bronze,” says Daniel Wilkinson, owner of Simply Closets. “People are after a look.”
Wilkinson continues, “We put the customer in the driver’s seat. We ask ‘What are you looking for?’ ” Thus, Simply Closet’s more visible structural surfaces and elements, such as shelves and drawers – either solid or made of fabric, as in the Engage line – are also offered in a variety of colours. “Colours go from basic white all the way to dark slate . . . to some really nice wood grain, with medium tones as well,” Wilkinson says. Handles, drawer pulls and other hardware coordinate well with these colours.
As for that noise problem, the Signature line of hardware offers plastic-coated metal hanging and valet rods (in a variety of metallic finishes), so there’s no scraping when hangers are slid along them. Elite hooks – for hanging clothing, belts, ties, jewelry, hats, bags, towels, and any other item you can think of, including brooms and the like – have rounded edges and a similar plastic coating.
Closets and storage spaces aren’t merely utilitarian vacuums waiting to be filled up; they’re an important part of your home and are revealed often enough that aesthetics is as important as practicality. If you care about the look of your home and aim for a pleasing domestic environment, shouldn’t your closets get the same treatment? •