There’s a good chance your vanity is the focal point in your bathroom, especially since there’s a mirror over the sink that immediately draws your eye. So why not make that functional sink-storage combo space a gorgeous one? (It’s not called a vanity for nothing!)
The possibilities to make a statement in this section of your bathroom are endless, from mixing patterns and hardware and even pulling in pieces from different eras to add interest. You can repurpose cabinets and consoles to pair with glitzy vintage mirrors or install shiny marble countertops with rich veins for a clean and contemporary feel. Or, do something extraordinary in a large space and flank your bathroom with double vanities, one with a built-in seating area and one with a sink.
Ahead, discover tons of bathroom vanity design ideas, including both freestanding and built-in options for full-on renovations or small upgrades to make do with what you’ve got. These ideas range from space-saving storage options to vanities that take full advantage of natural light in airy spaces.
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Consider this your sign to hit the flea market to source a few vintage accessories to tie your bathroom makeover together. Designer Avery Cox also punched up this Atlanta bathroom with mixed hardware metals, an industrial, hand-rubbed black mahogany mirror, and some gold sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting.
Teak Minimalist Millwork
Not too many bathrooms have gorgeous views. But should you be so lucky to have a loo with a view, choose minimal finishes and millwork that don’t distract from the nature outside. That’s the takeaway lesson in this Bel Air, Los Angeles bathroom design from Pamela Shamshiri of Studio Shamshiri. Floating teak shelves add smart storage and a linear towel bar lends some satisfying symmetry.
For something a little softer, veer away from the rectangular vanity status quo and opt for a curvaceous bathroom centerpiece like designer Katie Ridder did in this powder room. The white and gold custom vanity with moldings manages to command attention, even amid a merlot lacquered door and the movement of soft blue wallpaper.
We’ve long held the conviction that bathrooms should feel spa-like. And while that’s true, the pandemic also convinced us that touchless faucets are a luxury that shouldn’t be confined to commercial spaces. Gold hardware, rich gray veins, and a creamy nude female bust in this Studio OSKLO space make things personal.
Name a more chic couple than marble and gold. The freestanding vanity’s irregular veins and slender, shiny gold legs make a statement in this bathroom designed by Brigette Romanek.
Flip a flea market cabinet into a charming bathroom vanity and pop on a modern countertop for a one-of-a-kind piece that packs a lot of character per square foot. Subtly nautical, Jenny Wold designed this bathroom for a century-old Rhode Island home that’s perched on the ocean’s edge.
Adding a plush vanity stool to your bathroom feels luxurious. Plus, it’s the perfect perch for your multi-step skincare regimen. This custom-made vanity in a Regan Baker-designed bathroom was intentionally made to resemble an antique dresser, and it’s equipped with ample storage for all of your beauty tools.
Want to pull in more happy patterns to your bathroom while also hiding things like extra toilet paper rolls? Add a fabric skirt to your freestanding sink that’s both stylish and functional, like designer Ariene Bethea did in this vibrant bathroom with “Salsa” red paint from Benjamin Moore.
Built-In With Counter Extension
Take a close look, and you’ll notice this smooth, creamy vanity is actually made of stone. Twin rectangular mirrors, linear sconces, and swirled veins add to the serene space designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel.
A curvaceous sky-blue corner vanity makes good use of a tight corner in this petite bathroom designed by Anne Hepfner. It’s a solid example, too, of how mirrors and sconce placement can break the typical format and still maintain a cohesive look.
Extra Sink-Free Vanity
This airy, spa-like bathroom with a wall of windows and wooden beams has a double set of vanities. Designed by Amber Interiors, one comes with a sink set in marble. The other mimics the design and has a seating area.
Complementary Paint Color
Pull patterns and color into your bathroom with pretty wallpaper and complementary painted cabinets like designer Katie Rosenfield in this soft blue bathroom. Then, keep things simple with your mirror and sconces.
Find a mirror that makes you look like royalty every time you gaze into it, just like this one that almost resembles a family crest. But why stop there? This fanciful yet neutral bathroom designed by Alexandra Killion Interiors also has an arty Italian statement sink from Balducci Marmi.
Try slightly tipping your vanity mirror to add dimension to your space like this oversized gold mirror. The Mark Williams Design bathroom in the Atlanta Whole Home also includes fluted facades and a muted cloud wallpaper that plays nice with the natural light.
A mint green Art Deco-era sink and hardware lighten up moody blooms wallpaper in this Amsterdam powder room. To bridge the eras, Nicole Dohmen of Atelier ND Interior added a vintage mirror and sconces.
A demure blue pattern on the vanity skirt and blue dotted sconces yield the bolder Bali Isle pattern on the walls in this blue-and-white pattern-happy bathroom. Designer Charlotte Barnes sourced the fabric and wallpaper from Quadrille.
Sure, it helps, but you don’t need a casement window to bring the outdoors into your bathroom. This vanity has a museum-like appeal with its landscape background, sconces worn like earrings, and a simple repurposed wooden console.
All-over marble wraps this beautiful bathroom vanity and shower that’s designed by Nina Garbiras of Fig NYC. To keep things clean, use matching finishes like antique brass to keep the room cohesive.
A wood beam provided a challenge in this bathroom that forced an interesting play with mirror heights. But why not break from the symmetrical status quo and incorporate varying mirror sizes like Toronto designer Natalie Chong does in this serene bathroom with a Brizo vanity.
Floating Stone With Matching Backsplash
Mix matching materials like designer Lori Weir did with this floating stone vanity and backsplash and sink. The glitzy gold mirror plays well with the more understated hardware.
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