What's Your Closet Design Personality?
By Denise Butchko | Posted: 07/24/2014 9:28AM
As someone who designs dream closets, I spend a lot of time inside of them.
And clothing reveals a lot about a person. You can tell from the items people love and wear what sort of personality traits they have.
I also have worked with a wonderful system called Fashion Feng Shui that sheds even more light on this concept while helping individuals dress for what they want in life. If I want more romance, I need to wear "fire" elements. If I want to attract sophisticated closet clients, I need to put on my "metal" elements.
But what about the structure of the closet? How do you incorporate that with your personality so you really do end up with the closet of your dreams?
Take a look at these characteristics and let me know what you think your personality is:
You'll see what goes into matching the elements of the closet with the elements of the individual.
Here’s the translation from the fashion in the closet to the function (or “architecture”) of the closet.
WATER – The Philosopher – Contemplative – they dress to be unique.
This closet has a lot of the things located where the owner wants them located. They typically have specific ideas about what they’d like to go where. It’s their way of expressing themselves, as well as helping them to feel more serene.
Waters are also very intuitive, creative and self-expressive, so custom features will appeal to them – that could be a unique, artsy, dichroic glass knob, it could be an ottoman in a midnight blue velvet with fringe on the bottom, it could be a custom made mirror in a unique shape – maybe in the first letter of the their name.
And this closet will feel delicious in a very sensuous way. The surfaces with be smooth – think an Ebony, Walnut or Wenge. And it will be sanded and buffed and finished to feel like a babies butt. The handles will be a good size and feel equally delicious as you grip them. The drawer slides will be smooth, full extension and self-closing (yes – mechanics are important to both luxury AND beauty).
This closet will flow – really flow.
WOOD – The Pioneer – Competitive – dresses to be active
This closet will be HIGH on function. Things will be easy to get at in a logical format. Very practical.
Pull out Drawers with lots of space in between them will win big points. There’s something very high function in being able to get a gander at your options without having to even pull out the drawer – yet it’s still contained and organized.
About the Author
Denise ButchkoDenise Butchko is a design and marketing expert who teaches these concepts with the intention of helping people grow their businesses (particularly those in the design/build industries). She’s been a contributor to Closets magazine since 2003 and is a judge for the closet industries “Top Shelf” Design Competition. She's also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers. Her design work has been featured in national publications like “Better Homes & Gardens” and The Chicago Tribune and she works with some of the top interior design firms in the country. She’s helped cabinet companies launch closet product lines and trained sales professionals in both design and marketing, including ways to leverage social media and design to increase opportunities and brand themselves as the “go to expert”. If you want to have fun while you learn and bring your “A” game to your business, Denise is the one to partner with to make that happen. You can find her at Google+ or go to denisebutchko.com or to butchkoandcompany.com