The number and types of bathroom vanities for you to choose from are endless. Pre-designed or do-it-yourself options are both possible.
The basic components you’ll work with are the counter top and sink, fixtures, and cabinetry. When making your selection, think of functionality and style, but not necessarily in that order.
The materials you can use for the counter top are many and varied. Tile is an old favorite. But even with tiles you have such variety available. There’s ceramic, travertine, slate, and many others. Unlike when selecting tiles for kitchen counter tops, you don’t have to be quite as concerned about durability when choosing a tile for your vanity — that is unless this is where you plan to do your food preparation, which is usually not the case. With tile you also have to consider grout, which comes in an array of colors. The color scheme is important when considering the overall design and how much you want the components to blend together and complement each other.
If tile’s not your thing, you can also go with stainless steel, marble, granite, or solid glass. These will show more fingerprints and smudges, but for the extra effort you will likely be dazzled with the stylish result.
From the counter top the eye will be immediately drawn to the sink. You can go with the sunken in, recessed style. In a large space, you may include two or three within one vanity. As an alternative you can go with an above-counter trough-style sink which can be fitted with however many fixtures you deem necessary. If a single sink is suitable for the space you have, the vessel sinks are gaining in popularity. Set atop the counter, they often look like free standing bowls, blending the sleek modern affect with a sort of third-world or antique-like appearance in functionality. But of course the sink is affixed and modernly plumbed, so it doesn’t get carried over to the window to dump its contents.
Choosing your fixtures is another step in the process. The choices have evolved light years from the simple faucets with a nobs for hot and cold water and a spigot from which it pours. There are fixtures on the market that are near works of art, and will surely complement the materials you’ve selected for the other components of your vanity. Function and style work together. Walk through any showroom or upscale hardware store to sample what’s out there.
Underneath it all will be the type of cabinets you select. Again, variety abounds in this area too. You can go minimal with an open space, no doors look. It can be appealing to the perpetually tidy who have the lovely sets of matching, neatly folded towels on display. But for those relying on the space for storage, such as for cleaning supplies and toiletries and the like, a more concealed style might be preferable. You can achieve it with curtain-like fabric or the more commonly used cabinet doors. Becoming increasingly popular is the use of old dresser style furniture pieces converted into a cabinet. Simply remove the top, perhaps better water-proof the wood, and adapt it to suit whatever functional needs to have. Discreet laundry storage is even possible.
No matter if you will design it yourself or with the help of a professional, your choice of bathroom vanities will keep you busy simply pouring over the options available. You’re in for an exciting adventure in the process.