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Transparent Materials, His/Her Finishes and Spotlight Lighting Named Most Popular Closet Trends for 2015

Behind-door storage, dark closets and basic setups headed out of style, according to the Zillow Digs Fall Home Trend Forecast

Sep 15, 2015

SEATTLE, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for back-to-school, today Zillow Digs® announced the top three closet organization trends for fall 2015 and the three biggest fads to ditch.  See-through storage materials, his/her finishes and directed or spotlight lighting were named the most popular closet trends for 2015, according to the Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report which combines data from a survey of leading interior design experts and an analysis of the most popular photos on Zillow Digs.

"Say goodbye to dark, mundane closets as today's homeowners want functional yet stylish organization solutions they can show off rather than hide behind closed doors," says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert. "Homeowners will start to view closets as an extension of other rooms in the house, paying close attention to decor and layout like they would with a bedroom or living room."

Top Closet Organization Trends for Fall:

1.       Transparent Storage Materials


Expect to see transparent storage materials such as frosted doors and see-through drawers gain popularity among homeowners and in big box stores. These light and bright materials are just as functional as they are stylish, and are ideal for displaying favorite items.

"Closets, especially bedroom closets, are becoming more like clothing exhibitions to display purchases more as collections, making transparent materials key," says Nina Magon, Zillow Digs designer and principal of Contour Interior Design.

2.       Split Finishes


Closet storage will no longer be one-size-fits-all. Instead, split closets with contrasting finishes and color palettes will become all the rage, especially in bedrooms. Expect to see a rise in warm white paint tones and metallic accents contrasted with dark wood or leather finishes for a clean, but personalized look. Whether installing a custom built-in or working with existing wire racking, more homeowners will gravitate toward creating closet organization solutions that work for each individual's needs and taste.

3.       Spotlight Lighting


Expected to become the go-to closet lighting solution this year, directed lighting or spotlights are both functional and stylish. Spotlights also help create the boutique-like ambiance that so many homeowners are gravitating towards in their closet spaces.    


Three Fads to Replace:

1.       Behind Door Storage


With many homeowners investing more time and money in creating a stylish and functional organization space, hiding everything behind a small closed door will be the last thing they'll want to do. Expect to see homeowners experimenting with large sliding doors, curtains, or even expanding closets into a larger space to better showcase and find their favorite items. 

2.       Basic Setups


Homeowners will want to go beyond the "closet in a box" arrangement and add their own custom touches or creative flair to organization spaces. Designers anticipate wire racking mixed with woven baskets or custom wood finishes to grow in popularity this year.

3.       Dark Closets

It's hard to keep anything organized if you can't see. Closets with minimal lighting or heavy doors that keep natural light out are quickly headed out of style. With the rise of transparent materials, homeowners will want an accessible closet where they can easily find belongings and enjoy how they're displayed.      

About Zillow Digs

Zillow Digs is a hub for home improvement and design inspiration. Users can browse more than two million photos of interiors and exteriors of real homes, organized by space, style, cost and color. Product tags allow users to easily locate similar products and accessories as seen in their favorite photos, and patent-pending Digs Estimates help people understand what it would cost to recreate the actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing. In addition, Zillow Digs users can collect images, share favorites and follow others for inspiration, from the Zillow Digs App for iPhone® and iPad®, or on the Web.


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