Make your mornings less complicated by selecting the best closet color for every closet in your home.
Best Closet Color
There truly is a best closet color, yet I was oblivious to it early in my color consulting career. Years ago, I worked for a residential builder and my job consisted of selecting interior and exterior finishes for the spec homes we built. I also had the great joy of helping each of our custom home clients in the same manner. Thankfully I worked with a gracious painter that explained to me that there truly is only one best closet color.
In the beginning, I specified each closet to be painted the same color as the room it was in. I had several clients wanting their closets to be a coordinating color, but I always recommended keeping it simple by using the color already present in the room. It never occurred to me there could be a better option, until the day a painter privately called me aside and pointed out my naiveté.
Lucky for me, the painter explained that indeed there was a slam dunk, very best closet paint color that works in every circumstance. If you haven’t already guessed the color, let me be the first to introduce to the all WHITE closet. While you may be surprised by the seemingly ho-hum boring nature of a white closet, I’ll explain why it should now be your go to choice.
You Can’t Wear What You Don’t See
First and foremost, closets are one of the first places that penny-pinching occurs in residential builds. For this reason, they are frequently, and woefully, inadequately lit. If there is a light at all, it’s generally a small, under powered fixture that does little to help you see the belongings in your closet. White paint has a high Light Reflective Value (LRV) meaning it’s great at reflecting light back into the room rather than absorbing it creating the best case scenario for seeing well in a notoriously dark area.
Second, the workhorses of our wardrobes namely pants, skirts, and jackets are typically chocolate-brown, navy, dark gray, and black. These colors can be difficult to distinguish between in a poorly lit, non-white closet. When pressed for time, you’ll be thankful for how easily you can determine the color of your trousers when they’re displayed on a white wall backdrop. Not only will it save you time, but you’ll likely experience less early morning frustration.
If you’re currently building a new home, you now know the best paint color for closets is white and can specify it from the get go. But, what are those of us living in an established household to do? At the end of the summer or winter season when you’d normally store away one weight of clothing and bring out the other, think about doing a complete closet overhaul. Not only will you be able to paint your closet white, but you’ll also have the opportunity to organize your clothing, determine what can go to Goodwill, and figure out what you actually may need more of. Now that’s a true win-win situation.
My Favorite Closet Whites
My favorite closet whites are OC-117 Simply White, OC-65 Chantilly Lace, and White Dove OC-17 because of how clean they are and how well they reflect light. Have you painted your closets white, and noticed how much easier it is to find things? If so, don’t be shy and share with us which one you chose. I’m always on the lookout for more whites to add to my list of faves.