06-20-2013 04:05 PM - edited 07-11-2013 11:23 AM
Your vanity does a lot more than just hold up your sink and store cleaning materials. It often serves as the main focal point of your bathroom and is much more than just a functional fixture. It can add that extra flair of style that your bathroom desperately needs to serve as the centerpiece for a much larger design scheme. Bottom line is, it’s definitely something worth taking your time to find the right one for you and one that will speak to your style. But what exactly should you look out for?
Sizes and Shapes. Perhaps the biggest factor in which vanity your room needs, the size and style of the vanity you’ll pick out will also dictate what style sink you can use with it. You can go one of two ways with your design choice now. Either select the vanity that really speaks to you and tailor your sink to fit it, or go the opposite way and find the right sink for you and then purchase a vanity that it will fit a top. Popular styles of vanities and sink shapes include: single, double, bow, wall-hung and corner designs. Each will have different sizes and shapes, while adding their own unique element to your décor.
Storage Space. Just because your vanity will be fashionable, doesn’t mean that it can’t be functional as well. For this step, consider not only how much storage you currently have to accommodate, but also how many people will actively be using this bathroom. If this is a shared bathroom then giving yourself a decent amount of storage space will be worth it in the end. If you’re installing the vanity in a small powder room or guest bath, then keeping things compact will be key for you. One great example of optimizing your storage is in this 36 in. Abbey Vanity Combo which gives you an open storage area on the bottom as well as a deco basket to store small items in for easy access.
Know Your Dimensions. Before you go out and set your heart on that “oh-so-cool” looking vanity, understand that your design and imagination can only truly be limited by one thing—space! If your room doesn’t have the space for the vanity, then take that into consideration ahead of time and don’t try to compromise on it later to save face. No one wants their bathroom door having to bump into their vanity just because it’s too big for the area. Have a good idea of the height, width and depth that you can accommodate and keep to looking in styles within those parameters.
Get Customizing. Always keep in mind that how you see the vanity in the store or window is not always how you have to keep it! You might fall in love with the rustic charm of the stain on the doors of the cabinet, but the door hardware may not quite tie in with it as much as you’d really like. Consider that pieces like this are easy to replace and you can always swap old out for new (or vise versa in the case of re-purposing or going for that niche, vintage look.) On the note of customizing, check out this Cordova Vanity Combo that comes with a unique bottom drawer that just itches for customization.
Faucets-a-plenty. The cherry on top of your vanity is the faucet you’ll be using and this is where you should spare no design expense. Consider how wide you want your faucet to be, as well as options such as handle style, automated operation, and metal finish when considering your style. This will make a major difference for the room and décor, despite it being a small little fixture.
Accessorize. Once you’ve pulled it all together and finally made the choice for your vanity, take a moment to consider how you’ll tie it in with the rest of the room or the décor style. Perhaps a similar style mirror, lighting fixture or bath rug can really help tie the room together. Be sure to again consider the size of the room and not over-accessorize , but rather keep it simple and only use things that would make sense for the room and will add to the overall esthetic, not detract from it. If you want to make things easy on yourself, take a look at this Madison Vanity Combo which includes the vanity & top, as well as a coordinating mirror and glass shelf. Almost makes it too easy, eh?
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