Bathroom cabinets and vanity design
The vanity is usually the centrepiece of a well-designed bathroom, with many styles to suit every taste.
Perhaps the most used area in any house, bathroom cabinets, furniture and accessories should be carefully chosen and strategically laid out to ensure they are functional and fit for purpose to suit the whole family.
Whether your powder room is a sprawling space with a ‘his and hers’ double sink or a compact toilet with streamlined styling, take inspiration for your unique needs from this list of the ten best bathroom vanity ideas.
10. Smoke and mirrors (but mainly mirrors)
If you’re short on space, installing full-length mirrors or choosing reflective surfaces for your cabinets can create the optical illusion of a larger powder room.
Fitting a wide, rectangular mirror above your vanity gives a reflection making the dimensions of the space seem significantly more than they actually are.
Similarly, adding mirrored or glass inserts into the cabinet doors of heavy, wooden vanities will lift the furniture and bring light and air to the space.
When it comes to small bathrooms, investing in a made-to-measure vanity with a wall-mount faucet is key to maximising your space.
Wall-mounted features are particularly useful in narrow powder rooms where a full fitted sink could dwarf the square footage and leave the area feeling cluttered.
Using a custom-fit vanity makes use of every inch of space and provides you with more room on your cabinet countertop for toiletries and makeup.
Wall-hanging suspended vanities are another clever option for making the most of your compact shower room, but can be costly. They are a great option for anyone who wishes to change up from the standard bathroom vanity height of roughly 36 inches.
Mounting bulky fixtures on the wall also frees up much-needed floor space in small bathrooms and improves ventilation.
8. Stick to style
Having a tiny bathroom may mean you have less room to move about when brushing your teeth or curling your hair, but it shouldn’t mean you need to compromise on style.
If you’re lucky enough to have a recess, try fitting a vintage, rustic timber vanity into the nook for a touch of class that packs a punch even in a tight squeeze.
Most retro vanities come with decent presses to store towels, lotions and potions out of view to maintain the look of your powder room.
If you’re feeling bored or uninspired by vintage styles, try creating your own DIY vanity by painting the piece in modern colour tones or covering it with quirky printed wallpaper to put your own stamp on proceedings.
7. Built-in is best
In modern times, appliances and storage space have become almost exclusively ‘built-in’ to the existing structure of Australian homes.
Bathroom cabinets are no different, so if you’re running out of room for a chic linen press try transforming a small stretch of wall into added shelving set back from the rest of the washroom.
Make sure to maximise every inch of bathroom space by choosing vanities with their own built-in storage beneath, especially ones with deep drawers for bulky items.
Built-in corner units are particularly handy for cramped bathrooms.
6. Classic contemporary
Clean lined vanities with monochrome colour schemes are perfect for forward-thinking, modern bathrooms.
Go for timeless metallic tones with white tiles and countertops for a sleek, space-enhancing finish.
Open bathroom vanities are also on-trend at the moment thanks to their stylish simplicity and understated appeal.
Team a table-inspired open vanity with frameless mirrors and all-white powder room accessories for optimum minimalist chic.
If you have a decent amount of space to work with, draw inspiration from the luxury of salons and spas by fitting a trough-style sink as the focal point of your bathroom.
Team the basin with a concrete or thick timber vanity top and neat succulents in beige or neutral toned pots for ultimate opulence from the comfort of your own home.
Save the spa-inspired vanity for the master bathroom where you have most space to show off your lavish side.
4. Wonderfully wooden
Wood is swiftly growing in popularity among interior designers, particularly for powder rooms where it provides an impactful contrast against white or pastel coloured tiles.
For real wow factor, pair dark mahogany cabinets with a no-frills white vanity countertop or a dramatic grain with lots of straight-edged mirroring for modern day sophistication.
Modern wood-fitted bathrooms are often styled with contemporary artwork and bold painting in vibrant colours like royal blue, orange and yellow.
3. Monumental monochrome
Thick marble countertops have long been a symbol of affluence and extravagance in kitchen and bathroom design.
Using the marble slab as the focal element, take a modern bathroom vanity with straight, clean lines and contrast it with a fun, quirky backsplash decorated with unusual textures like pebbles or bizarre patterns like asymmetrical lines.
Keep light fixtures angular and sharp and voila – a striking monochrome, modern vanity design.
2. Perfect symmetry
Spacious bathrooms can still feel busy and chaotic, especially when they are designed with a number of textures, tones and statement fittings.
Ensure all eyes are on your powder room for the right reasons by styling symmetrically to retain visual serenity.
Play up symmetry in sprawling spaces by installing double sinks with matching straight-edged mirrors mounted from the ceiling and silver fixtures and faucets.
1. DIY dream design
If you’ve scoured the length and breadth of Australia’s design stores and fitting outlets for the perfect vanity to no avail, why not try your hand at a DIY bathroom cabinet instead?
Homemade vanities can be created with relative ease using inexpensive timber, recycled countertops and a few coats of high gloss paint.
The best part of DIY design is you can make the vanity to measure to your exact spatial requirements, adding in as much or as little functional storage as you wish.
Try adding more wooden beams beneath the countertop if you need extra shelving.