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When it comes to remodels, creative bathroom vanity ideas are becoming the star of the show—the 2022 US Houzz Bathroom Trends Study found that homeowners are not only prioritizing vanities during bathroom remodels but also opting to make these pieces a major focal point. The style that takes the lead? Transitional, followed by modern, then contemporary. Going custom or semi custom is also in vogue. Why not have a little fun selecting the countertop material? Engineered quartz proved to be most popular, according to Houzz, but coating it with a bold hue is one of the easiest bathroom vanity ideas.
“Vanities are worth the attention, as they can bring a multitude of different looks that will complement your overall space, like bringing in an unexpected pop of color,” says Houston designer Emily Spanos of Emily June Designs. “Many also offer storage, which is always something we can’t get enough of!”
If you’re feeling inspired to give your own vanity a face-lift or introduce a brand-new piece to your bathroom entirely, you’ll want to take a look at the five designer projects below, all of which are chock-full of DIY inspo.
Something old, something new, something blue: A vanity rehab by designer Emily Spanos.
Spanos recycled an antique dresser filled with character and charm by turning it into a bathroom vanity. “Choosing the right shape is so important and can impact the style you’re looking for,” she says. Spanos suggests visiting antique stores or thrift shops to score the perfect piece. Spanos added legs to her find to ensure it would be functional in its new role. “Dressers come in countless heights, which makes choosing one that will be comfortable for your needs imperative,” she explains. She then reworked the dresser drawers, cutting them to accommodate plumbing fixtures. Next, the piece’s existing wood top and hardware were removed so that it could be painted in a stunning blue hue. “This is a wonderful opportunity to put a bold twist on an antique style,” Spanos adds. Once the painting process was complete, Spanos adhered the original hardware back onto the piece. The finishing touch? A custom marble countertop complete with a sink and faucet.
Isn’t green the color of genius? A bathroom design by Courtnay Tartt Elias proves that it might be.
While designer Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic in Houston didn’t cut the millwork for these green cabinets on her own, she did update the flat-fronted cabinets by designing the geometric pattern you see now. “Adding unexpected geometric elements to otherwise out-of-the-box cabinets and drawers is a wonderful way to elevate your space and make it appear bespoke—even if it isn’t,” she comments. Bathroom vanities in a vibrant hue, as seen here, are definitely having a major moment—green was one of the most popular colors Houzz respondents chose to feature in their own bathrooms.
A Lucinda Loya–designed bathroom with a bright red vanity is surely an upgrade to living with a drab antique.
Houston designer Lucinda Loya chose to hold onto a Victorian-era home’s original vanity and embrace its character. “We pulled one of the colors from the stained glass as inspiration for the whimsical wallpaper and painted the vanity to match,” she says. “It only seemed fitting to give it the attention it deserved by coating it in candy apple red.”
Bold contrast can elevate and streamline a bathroom vanity, as seen in this Thom Filicia project.
New York City designer Thom Filicia suggests thinking outside the box when working on a guest bath. “It’s the perfect opportunity to do something atypical—something that might not be as practical for a primary space, but can add a bit of drama or whimsy to an interior,” he says. Filicia chose to paint this bathroom fire-engine red with a contrasting trim and vanity. “I was able to create texture and dimension that really gave this quirky dormered space its own personality,” he explains. “I was able to exaggerate the playfulness of the angles and create a unique interior that was energetic and fun.” If you don’t have a budget for a new bathroom vanity, repainting the existing cabinets and the trim can give you a similar effect.
Designer Ken Fulk shows off bathroom vanity function: sleek and sophisticated.
This vanity by New York designer Ken Fulk, located in a Mexican vacation house, is sleek and modern, yet also can serve as a workhorse. You can most definitely replicate the look in your own bathroom when going the custom route. Try incorporating practical vanity features like a built-in towel bar (keep it stylish by opting for chic brass hardware) and storage space (corral bathroom essentials into woven bins). As part of this project, Fulk paid special attention to the mix of materials. “We found artisans in Oaxaca that created beautiful encaustic cement tiles in amazingly detailed patterns which we used to build a focal wall,” he explains. “This idea could easily be translated with another type of tile or even a painted or stenciled pattern.”
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