No Closet, No Problem: Armoires Are Cool Again
Published Mar 20, 2019 7:00 AM
It’s a common occurrence, whether you live in a tiny city apartment or an older home: Closet space can be minimal—or even nonexistent—leaving you struggling to find the space to stash your clothing and linens. Built-ins and exposed closets have long reigned supreme as a renovation fix for this issue, but now, there are new, high-designed methods to combat a closet-less home: Armoires and wardrobes are back, and they’ve never looked cooler.
Armoires are by no means a new design element, but they’ve felt dated for quite some time. Victorian-style wardrobes may appeal to those with more traditional styles, while ultra-simple IKEA options make the perfect solution for Scandi style lovers. Now, there are even more high-design options that carry their weight as statement pieces, and they work in widely varied interiors that range from boho to eclectic and from minimalist to Art Deco. Shop our favorite contemporary armoires below.
The Lovely Locker
Go old-school—literally—with a locker-inspired armoire by Chantal Andriot. The hue of this option is the perfect way to add a dash of Living Coral to your space.
The Engraved Option
Complete with a hanging rack, a shelf, and two additional drawers, this carved contemporary armoire by Anthropologie offers maximum storage space in a maximalist style. It’s more versatile than you might think—its whitewashed exterior fitting in with bohemian, minimalist, and even farmhouse-inspired interiors.
The Magic Mirror
Getting ready in the morning becomes even easier when your wardrobe comes complete with a massive mirror. Bonus: The bottom shelf on this design is perfect for shoe storage.
The Not-So-Mellow Yellow
Gone are the days of matching your armoire exactly to your dresser, bed, and nightstands: This playful Scandi design makes a bold, functional accent piece.
The Painted Pick
For a storage solution that doubles as a work of art, consider this design that draws inspiration from a line drawing by the designer’s father.
The Curved Cane
This sleek option by CB2 simultaneously appeals to both Art Deco and bohemian styles. Designed by Mermelada Estudio, it’s inspired by the architecture of Barcelona.
The Midas Touch
Made of hammered brass and tarnished gold, this Brutalist piece is designed to have a major presence wherever it’s placed. When it catches the sunlight, it really (really) shines.
A cage-like cabinet could very well be the thing to keep your off-season clothes stored tidily. The subtle brass detailing of this piece lends it an elevated finish.
The Boho Staple
Get in on the ever-growing cane rattan trend with a bohemian piece that clocks in under $750. A small drawer makes the perfect place to tuck away small accessories.
The Sweet and Low
Lucite and brass handles make this otherwise simple white armoire look luxe. With a height under five feet, its top makes the perfect place to set an arrangement of art or plants.
The Perfect Pink
The sweet pink accents of this armoire by VOLK make it a particularly dreamy option for a bedroom. Consider placing it against a warm-toned wall color to emphasize its rose-gold details.
The Vertical Vision
For a wardrobe that stands out, consider this dramatic, Finnish-made piece. Its rounded edges give its structure an unexpected twist.
The Walnut Wonder
Consider this the contemporary answer to outdated wooden armoires: The sleek, sculptural element of this walnut piece is perfectly modern.
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