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Achieving a Traditional-Style Closet

By: Staff Published: April 10, 2024

Traditional style is making a comeback. While it never truly goes away, it’s having a moment now, as more homeowners want to look to the past for inspiration, and possibly comfort, in our ever-changing world.

If the style appeals to you and you’re preparing to upgrade your closets, read on for ideas and suggestions to create your traditional closet design.

What is traditional style?

Traditional style lends a sense of timelessness to any space, but it doesn’t have to be stuffy. Some of its characteristics include symmetrical design, dark wood finishes and architectural touches like crown molding.

As you incorporate this design preference into your closet system, don’t feel like you have to adhere to all of those traits. But you should look for cabinetry maker-like details such as raised trim, and keep a neutral palate, avoiding black or blue.

How can you create your closet?

Start with the layout of your closet. If possible, make it as symmetrical as possible. A tower-based system like Style+, SuiteSymphony and BrightWood makes achieving this fairly simple. Just place the tower in the center of the main wall of your closet and place the hang rods on either side.

BrightWood closet

BrightWood’s traditional door style boasts detailed, dimensional trim.

For Modular Closet, choose a primary component as the focal point and build around it.

You don’t have to figure any of this out for yourself if you don’t want to. Take advantage of ClosetMaid’s no-cost and low-cost design help.

Get design help

Your local U.S. authorized dealer can guide you through the design and installation of your MasterSuite closet.

MasterSuite closet

MasterSuite is shown here with Traditional 5-panel doors and the Timeless Taupe finish.

When selecting your drawer and door fronts, go for those that have raised panels. Often, these are named Traditional or Shaker-style.

Molding also adds to the traditional feel of a closet system. Modular Closet’s shelf units, shoe units and drawer units all feature this trim.

If your chosen closet system allows you to pick out your handles and knobs, look for ones that mimic the details on the drawers and doors. Helpful tip: Both SpaceCreations and MasterSuite have handles named traditional.

With the help of these design tips, you’ll love your closet for years to come, no matter what the latest trends are.

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