No matter the design, a stylish vanity makes a statement in small bathroom.

All eyes go to the vanity in a well-designed bath, so it ought to be something worth looking at. “Even in a small powder room, the vanity tends to be the focal point,” says John A. Petrie, a certified master kitchen and bath designer in Pennsylvania. Whether you’re planning a complete bathroom remodel or only replacing the vanity, there are several factors to consider when choosing a vanity.

First, there’s style. There is a vanity for every type of bathroom, from sleek wall-mount models to stately traditional designs. “The biggest trend are vanities that look more like pieces of furniture,” Petrie says. Painted finishes and espresso-color stains are some of today’s most popular selections.

More important than the style of the vanity is its function. “Consider how you use it,” Petrie says. Will one person or two use it? Do you want one or two sinks? How much counter space do you need? Answering these questions will help you narrow your vanity options.

If you are tall, pay attention to the height of the vanity. Traditionally, vanities are 30 inches tall. “For most men who shave at the sink, that’s way too short,” Petrie says. As designers have started requesting taller custom vanities, these styles are becoming more available in the mass market.

Storage is a big issue in the bathroom, and many vanities include storage. Assess your storage needs before you begin planning. If the vanity has drawers, what will you put in them? Deep drawers can accommodate a curling iron or hair dryer, while shallow drawers are ideal for toothbrushes and other small toiletries. If the vanity doesn’t have drawers, it may have an open shelf where you can house extra toilet paper, towels, or other essentials.

The following contemporary, traditional, and cottage-style vanities will grab attention in any bathroom.

Contemporary bathroom vanity

Less is more when it comes to a modern look profiled by sleek lines.

Clean lines and an espresso finish update a traditional vanity. Brushed-nickel legs add modern style.

Studio 22-inch vanity in espresso, $640.
Studio 22-inch vanity in espresso, $640.

An interwoven door design and curved legs define this contemporary white cabinet.

Sophia vanity in white lacquer, $2,241.
Sophia vanity in white lacquer, $2,241.

This sleek, petite vanity has smart add-ons such as a night-light and extra storage accessories.

Compact vanity, starting at $2,960.
Compact vanity, starting at $2,960.

Mix and match materials to create a custom vanity like this one, with a walnut frame and white textured door facades.

Frame 24-inch Metro Vanity, starting at $2,100.
Frame 24-inch Metro Vanity, starting at $2,100.

Make a bold statement with this glossy red wall-mount vanity.

Godmorgon/Braviken, $429.
Godmorgon/Braviken, $429.

Traditional bathroom vanity

These picks have a classic air, from simple Shaker styles to intricate furniturelike pieces.

This vanity combines storage and style with a rich walnut finish, five drawers, and two cabinet doors.

Avanity Windsor 36-inch walnut vanity combo, $1,069.
Avanity Windsor 36-inch walnut vanity combo, $1,069.

A mirrored finish and marble countertop add instant glamour in any bath.

Ashlie all-mirror 24-inch vanity, $895.
Ashlie all-mirror 24-inch vanity, $895.

Hand-carved details and an aged finish give this vanity an heirloom quality.

Windsor 24-inch vanity in antique bisque, $1,295.
Windsor 24-inch vanity in antique bisque, $1,295.

A warm cherry finish and white bowed sink fit in even the tiniest space.

Columbia 21.75-inch euro vanity set, $323.
Columbia 21.75-inch euro vanity set, $323.

Get a classic look quick with this petite vanity that includes an undermount sink and stone countertop with backsplash for easy installation.

Evandale vanity in lily, $1,349.
Evandale vanity in lily, $1,349.

Cottage bathroom vanity

Painted finishes and charming details enhance character on these vanities.

A distressed finish, elegant trim, and furniturelike pulls add vintage appeal to this dresser-style piece.

Keys vanity in distressed aquamarine, $639.
Keys vanity in distressed aquamarine, $639.

A grayed finish and a Carrara marble top never go out of style.

Classic single-sink console in gray, $1,499.
Classic single-sink console in gray, $1,499.

Available in white as well as wood-tone finishes, this shuttered design has iconic cottage style.

Shutter powder room vanity sink, $1,495.
Shutter powder room vanity sink, $1,495.

Natural stone tops this simple design accented with brushed-nickel hardware.

allen + roth Windelton, $339.
allen + roth Windelton, $339.

An open console and a porcelain basin sink recall a classic farmhouse look.

Avis 24-inch console vanity cabinet with semirecessed basin and granite top in Baltic Green, $626.
Avis 24-inch console vanity cabinet with semirecessed basin and granite top in Baltic Green, $626.

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