The vanity is one of the centerpieces in the bathroom, and it will likely be the first item that your family and guests see when they enter. Do you want your bathroom’s focal point to look sleek, modern and effortless? Do you prefer a more classic, sophisticated style? What about if you have a big family requiring a blend of form and function to avoid conflicts over surface space? Regardless of what you want, a great place to start is by reading our helpful guide of bathroom vanity tips, below!
Choosing the Right Vanity Style
Most bathroom vanities fall into one of three style categories: antique, transitional and modern. These reflect the outside appearance of the unit, though all three are available in a variety of finishes, colors and models. They can accommodate a number of sinks and mounting styles (more on this later).
This vanity style echoes eras past through flourishes and more ornate details. Antique vanities are ideal for people who want an opulent or traditional look to their house.
This style bridges antique and modern with a midcentury sort of feel. These pieces would be equally at place in a Frank Lloyd Wright-style home or your apartment. The Wyndham Collection offers these vanities in a tremendous range of colors and shapes, including some units that are 78 inches or longer, ideal for families that like to have a lot of countertop room. For a clean and classic look, try the Deborah 36″ Single Bathroom Vanity in white to brighten the room.
Do you love to stay on trend with the latest in design aesthetics? If so, you’ll be sure to find a modern vanity in a style that shows off your personal taste. Colors and designs vary, but you can expect clean lines, sharp angles, metal accents and perhaps color blocking. If you like the minimalism of ash grey, consider the Madeli Metro 48” Vanity with quartz top.
Choosing the Right Vanity Design
Single vs. Double Vanities
Bathroom vanities come in many styles and layouts. The first thing you need to consider is the room’s dimensions. Do you have space for a wider vanity with double sinks? Even if you do, you may still prefer one sink. This gives you access to extra counter space. A rule of thumb is that a double vanity requires a minimum width of 48 inches. If you’re interested, take a look at the sleekly designed Madeli Soho series.
Type of Sink Mounting
The sink or sinks can be mounted above the counter top, level with it, slightly recessed or as an under-mount. Each style has distinct advantages and disadvantages:
- Above-counter or vessel sinks are stylish and elegant, but are generally slightly more expensive. It can also be more difficult to clean in the nooks around them.
- Integrated or level sinks are the standard for many households, and you’ll find a wide variety of prices and selections available to suit your design and budget.
- Recessed sinks can create an interesting visual impact in a room. They lend themselves well to a modern, minimalist aesthetic.
- Under-mounted sinks are another popular choice, but they may require extra steps for installation.
5 Tips for Choosing the Right Bathroom Vanity
1. Measure the space.
This tip may seem simple, but don’t skip it while brainstorming bathroom vanity ideas. Because, you might end up falling in love with a unit that can’t fit in the space. Remember to account for doorway width, as well.
2. Consider the user.
There is no one-size-fits-all vanity. Different households will have different needs. A working professional couple who gets ready for work at the same time every morning may appreciate double sinks. A vanity for a teenager’s bathroom should have lots of shelves and extra storage options. If the unit is going in a guest bathroom, you may opt for a more minimalist design.
3. Decide on materials.
A stone countertop looks elegant, but may need more maintenance than sturdy materials such as acrylic or porcelain. You may prefer an integrated sink for easy cleaning, but that limits your choice of materials, as well.
4. Consider placement.
You want plenty of space for people to move comfortably past the vanity. Lighting also matters. Look for sources of natural light, consider where the lamps are, and if all else fails, have more lighting sources wired in place.
5. Plan your budget.
This includes both the price of the unit itself, installation fees and the cost of yearly maintenance for certain materials. There are ways that you can get the look you want at varying price points. For instance, if you love the look of natural stone, there are a number of materials that mimic it. It’s also possible to splurge on the countertop you want, if you opt for a more affordable base. Hopefully the above guide has given you some inspiration and guidance on choosing the perfect vanity for your bathroom. For even more bathroom vanity ideas, we encourage you to browse Sanix Way’s extensive selection!