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.
An interwoven door design and curved legs define this contemporary white cabinet.
This sleek, petite vanity has smart add-ons such as a night-light and extra storage accessories.
Mix and match materials to create a custom vanity like this one, with a walnut frame and white textured door facades.
Make a bold statement with this glossy red wall-mount vanity.
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.
A mirrored finish and marble countertop add instant glamour in any bath.
Hand-carved details and an aged finish give this vanity an heirloom quality.
A warm cherry finish and white bowed sink fit in even the tiniest space.
Get a classic look quick with this petite vanity that includes an undermount sink and stone countertop with backsplash for easy installation.
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.
A grayed finish and a Carrara marble top never go out of style.
Available in white as well as wood-tone finishes, this shuttered design has iconic cottage style.
Natural stone tops this simple design accented with brushed-nickel hardware.
An open console and a porcelain basin sink recall a classic farmhouse look.