What color is best for a custom closet organizer?

What color works best for custom closets?  What will work with a contemporary, traditional, or transitional closet system?  The trick is to paint the walls a color – and choose a neutral color for the closet organizer!

Consider the closet as another room in your house. Would you paint your walls and trim all white, and then put white cabinets or built-ins in the same space?

Probably not!  Yet I often see this done in a custom closet.  Boring!  The same principles of interior design apply here, except your splashes of color and texture will come from the clothing and other items you will store in the closet.

Think of the closet organizers as the “trim” in your closet. Common trim colors are white, off white, and stained.  Match the closet shelving to the trim in your house.  Use white, ivory, almond, or stained wood tones that match or complement your interior trim.  Then paint the closet walls a color consistent with your color palette.  When it is time to redecorate down the road, just paint the walls a different color for a new look!

White closet systems have another advantage…they are the least expensive!

Shoe shelves and more!

Does this happen to you?

Tired of piles of shoes jumbled together and hidden by the clothes hanging above?   Like socks, shoes easily lose their mates, and the common shoe pile almost guarantees it.

What to do?

That’s easy! Sort the pile and match all the shoes.  Stand them up and point the toes all the same way. Group by work, dressy, casual, and athletic.  Line them up in rows.  Looks great – done.  Yeah right, like they are going to stay that way.  Wink

Here are the four most popular ways to organize shoes in a vertical section in a closet organizer

flat shoe shelves

17 shoe shelves in 84' high

First, so many pairs across per flat adjustable shelf.  Best for men.


  •  Easy to create and use
  • Combines pairs and a place to return a removed pair
  • Arrange by function or times worn
  • Visible when not hidden by hanging above
  • Adjustable spacing maximizes capacity


  • May require rearranging closet
  • Not most space efficient
  • Shoes exposed to dust

Variant:  Rollout shoe trays made to hold shoes two deep – almost double the capacity in a given area

shoe box storage

shoe storage using original shoe boxes

Second most popular shoe organization in a custom closet

Shoes kept in their shoeboxes stacked 2-4 high and so many across on adjustable shelves.  Two high for oft used, 4 high for lesser used.


  • more stored on fewer shelves
  • Dust free shoe storage
  • Most economical using fewer shelves


  • More handling to access shoes
  • Boxes not consistent size
  • Shoes not visible often forgotten

Helpful tip:  Mount a picture (from a website, catalog, or taken with your camera) on the front of the shoebox

Variant: Clear shoe drawer can solve the visibility issue but come at a higher cost with delicate acrylic construction.

shoe cubbiesThird most popular way in a closet system

Shoe cubbies sized to fit pumps, sandals, and moderate heels


  • 50% more in space compared to shoes flat on shelf
  • heel to toe storage shows the entire shoe style & color


  • size limits shoe style or type
  • Requires careful handling
display shoe shelves - slanted with a front lip

display shoe shelves - slanted with a front lip

Fourth most popular way in a closet design

Slanted shelf with front lip


  • Most decorative


  • requires most space per pair of shoes
  • Shelves less flexible

You don’t need New Year’s Resolutions – just get something done!

closet organizing to do

This is the ideal time of year to get things done indoors. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind, and the next major holiday is not until May. Sure there is Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, but those “celebrations” are only a few hours, enough for a break, but not significant enough to hold you back. In the upper part of the country, landscapes require little attention. The stretch of January through March is an ideal time of year to focus on projects, especially indoor ones around the home.

The air is dryer and the temperatures are easier to keep cool, providing greater comfort during activity. Using higher wattage lights while working on your projects while help stave off the SAD…seasonal affective disorder.  The dark dreary days will pass by quicker, and before you know it, spring will spring upon you.  And you will have improved your home, bringing more enjoyment to your castle.

What to do?  Without trying you can work on three of the most popular New year resolutions: to lose weight, start exercising, and to get organized.  By purging, cleaning, freshening, and organizing your closets and other storage areas of your home, you can engage in physical activity, declutter your home, and create a new sparkle at the same time.  And when spring arrives, you will find it easier to get your butt outside and enjoy the outdoors, knowing when you come back inside you will encounter a neater, more stress free environment.

If you would like more information about various closet or storage organizers, please visit our website.  If you live in the northwest, west, or southwest suburbs of Chicago you can sign up for a free no obligation consultation by clicking here.


Closet Experts and Garage Storage Organizers

Garage organization
A garage serves as the storage hub of the home. Cluttered, “dead” corners will be opened up and you will discover the wonders of vertical storage. You will enjoy easy access to your car, bike, tools, golf clubs, and sports equipment. We can maximize the space, according to your needs and budget.
Some of the benefits that Closets Experts can offer for your garage organization makeover.

Garage cabinets with counter top
Upper and lower cabinets with stainless steel counter top
  • Aesthetics: garage cabinetry can include doors – now or later
  • Custom-made work tables and benches: so your hobbies don’t need to take a back seat to clutter
  • Ceiling storage: suspended units create space where you didn’t know space existed
  • Hanging options: slatwall will make wall space functional with hooks for stick goods and tools or baskets to help remove toys off the floor
Call 630-543-7500 to schedule your free in-home garage appointment or visit our website at:  closetexperts.com

Garage Cabinets with Slatwall
Garage Cabinets with Slatwall with Hooks

Spring Cleaning Your Closets

Walk in custom closet system
Walk in custom closet organizer

Spring is the perfect time for cleaning out closets. This is a particularly tough job and no one really wants to do it, but below are the top reasons you can and should.

  1. You will find things you actually like, need, and want.
  2. It may actually save you time. Organized closets allow us to take what we need and quickly move on with our day.
  3. There is a bright feeling about opening up a clean organized closet.
  4. This can lead to more organization in other parts of your life and home.
  5. It can give you a sense of stability. The order of your home can bring serenity.
Closet Experts can create a custom closet design unique to your storage problems. Schedule a free in-home closet design consultation.  closetexperts.com