Bathroom vanities are the focal point of a bathroom. A traditional vanity includes the sink, faucet, a countertop, storage space, mirror and accessories. It is possible to get creative or choose the most practical of these elements to add or subtract to the total vanity set, depending on the needs of your bathroom.
The sink is the most important part of a bathroom’s vanity set. There are many styles, colors and materials to choose from. Make sure the choice of sink matches the rest of the vanity set. It is important to always choose your vanity for function and style. The different elements of the vanity including sink, cabinet and mirror, should all work in unison to create a visual and practical effect. It is possible to buy whole vanity sets including cupboard, sink and faucets which are readily available for installation. This may be a good option for those people on a budget or with time constraints.
This Biltmore vanity from Empire Industries has a dark marble countertop and white cabinet which pair well with the steel gray wall.
There are some fantastic style ideas available for your bathroom vanity. Choice of sinks can mean the difference between a stylish or boring bathroom. There are stone, glass or porcelain varieties which can be installed as a vessel or in-cabinet style. For some examples of great sinks, why not check out these great articles: “7 Inspiring Glass Basin Designs" or “3 Appealing Bathroom Basins Made With Love".
Vessel v. Sunken
Vessel sinks usually sit on top of your counter top in a round or oval shape. The whole sink is visible on top of the vanity which creates an intriguing sight. This gives you the option of choosing interesting colors and materials such as glass. Vessel sinks are easy to clean, durable and stylish.
Artesian Sinks create interesting bathroom fixtures including this glass vessel vanity.
Traditional sinks are embedded into the vanity countertop. This is a great way to utilize countertop space. This kind of sink can suit any bathroom and can be more ergonomic and practical in use than some vessel designs.
Hand-carved wooden vanities are classy, stylish and lend an “old-world" charm to a bathroom. While this can be a more pricey way of achieving a great look in a bathroom, it ensures that your bathroom look will stand the test of time. The best suited sinks for hand-carved vanity cabinets are generally more traditional materials such as porcelain.
Take a look at this unique hand-carved vanity by Empire Industries from the Bordeaux collection with porcelain basin.
Double basin vanities
Chances are that you don’t live by yourself. Most homes accommodate family members, house-mates and guests, making sharing one sink and mirror a pain. If you have the space, consider installing a double-basin and double mirror vanity to steer clear of crowding issues. Cleaning teeth while Dad shaves his face or the teenagers pamper themselves will no longer be a problem!
For an example of a sleek and modern design featuring a floating double vanity, take a look at this product from Australian company Scott’s Kitchens.
Getting creative with your vanity
Try mixing vanity set items together to create a unique look. Use existing pieces of furniture, like an antique table or mosaic mirror, to mix and match your very own vanity set that no one else has. It is possible to add a ceramic or stone top and sink to an existing cabinet unit. Vessel designs work particularly well with existing cabinets being converted to bathroom vanity. Your imagination is the limit.