Dressing rooms are a deeply personal part of the home that is required to suit the needs of the client as well as the aesthetics and heritage of the property too. Ensuring the cabinetry design is simple, symmetrical and proportional from the outside will create a timeless look to suit almost any home, while the inside can be customised to suit your needs perfectly – for example, concealed drawers are perfect for storing smaller items like underwear, gloves and glasses. Our favourite dressing room to date has to be the Tudor manor house project, here’s why…
Designed as part of a large-scale Tudor manor house restoration in which Humphrey Munson was asked to design, manufacture and install a main kitchen, walk-in pantry, apartment kitchen, study, master bathroom and last but definitely not least, a dressing room. The dressing room sits between the master bedroom and the master bathroom bridging the gap between two important spaces in the home. This is an essential space for the parents of the busy family and has all the best elements of a dressing room.
It’s important to remember that bespoke cabinetry design will maximise the storage space available to you. The right balance of hanging space, shelving and drawers is such a personal decision and completely depends on the individual. You’ll notice the cabinetry in this dressing room is a mixture of open and closed storage that’s floor to ceiling to make use of the available space.
With the entire wall height maximised the room now has the perfect balance of hanging space, shelving and drawers for the couple’s lifestyle and needs. For example this room has no less than three double hanging cupboards and one long hanging cupboard for long coats, dresses etc.
Also included into the design of this room is a movable Portobello oak ladder to help reach the higher shelves that can be used to keep bed linens and towels tidy. When not in use the ladder can then be stored in the corner of the room on a bespoke rail.
This room has such a sense of balance which is partially due to the cabinetry exterior that’s finished in calming HM paint colour ‘Cuffs’ (an exclusive colour to Humphrey Munson by Mylands) and the interior is finished in Portobello oak – chosen to suit the heritage and style of this particular home – but would look equally beautiful with another wood finish such as Berkeley oak or Classic oak for example.
One final thing worth mentioning is the integrated shoe rack that can display a plethora of shoes, ankle boots and heels. Perfect for keeping shoes neat and tidy, it dispels the need to root around in cupboards as well as the fact that it prevents treasured shoes from becoming needlessly scuffed like they would when bundled together.
You can peruse the full Tudor Manor House project here.
Images: Paul Craig