Before I embark on any home DIY project, I always consult the wise sage of the World Wide Web…
So I was surprised to learn that very little has been written about closet painting… which is strange, since nearly every room has a nook or cranny for storage. There are pretty much a constant in most room remodels and painting projects.
What I did discover is that this space often presents a color conundrum: Whether or not to paint the closet in a hue that matches, or at least complements, the walls around it.
Debbie Zimmer of Paint Quality Blog writes:
If the area is simply a recessed space, then visually, it’s part of the room. In this case, the best option is to paint the closet in the same – or a similar – color as the surrounding walls. Following through with the precise color used in the adjoining room better integrates the closet design-wise; if you yearn for a little variety, then simply choose a lighter version of the same hue.
Great advice but…. most closets are enclosed! All of the closets in my 1950s style ranch house has a hinged door or slider that clearly defines the area as a discrete space.
From extensive trolling on the forums of Houzz.com, I have come to believe that regardless of what is housed in the closet – wardrobe, linens, cleaning supplies, holiday decorations, etc. – WHITE is the go to choice for interior closet spaces. Here are the 3 reasons why:
1. White makes a small closet brighter.
When you are working in a small area, especially with limited lighting, you will want a color that reflects and visually opens up the space. The better visibility offered by white paint is also helpful when searching for things in a laundry closet or pantry.
2. White helps you to clearly match color shades.
You really do not want anything other than white when it comes to clearly discerning the color, pattern, and texture of your threads.
3. White just looks cleaner.
When it comes to closets where you house clean linens and clothing items, what could possibly be more appropriate than a bright white environment? White makes things look fresh, clean and pristine (just stay on top of dusting and spills to keep it looking sparkling clean and tidy!).
I recently painted my cosplay storage closet white, from the ceiling to the floor, along with all of the shelves. It is amazing how big, clean and NEW the closet looks, even when it is packed to the gills with costumes, props and storage props! (Speaking of storage props, CLICK HERE to check out my post on DIY cosplay sword and prop storage!)