Looking for creative ideas to incorporate into a bathroom remodel? Current bathroom trends have an “anything goes” attitude with an emphasis on either repurposing old furniture or going the polar opposite direction with bare-bones modern designs.
Your vanity choice can change the look of your entire bathroom. Since a minimalist approach to decorating has permeated interior design, a bathroom vanity often aims to dress up the room without dominating the overall look.
A survey of bathroom vanities we’ve seen at Case Design/Remodeling over the last few years includes refinished antique furniture, repurposed kitchen cabinets, and floating sinks with no vanity at all, on top of some innovative placement within the bathroom space.
So feel free to use your imagination, and if you have old kitchen cabinets, dressers, or other furniture you were planning to haul to the dump, you might want to think twice before throwing away these precious gems. Don’t forget to share your own creative bathroom vanity choices with other readers at the end of this post.
This vanity is designed by Keystone Cabinetry to look like a dresser and helps blend the looks of upscale modern and old-fashioned antique. The white marble countertop and backsplash fall into the backdrop, and when combined with the matching mirror and the floor runner, it creates the cozy feeling of a bedroom rather than a bath.
In this bathroom design by Barclay Interiors, a back-to-back vanity creates privacy and utilizes some of the unused space in the middle of the room. The creative design creates room for the separate make-up vanity and additional storage cabinets.
The design choices in this renovated cabin bathroom by BeDe Design create a homey, rustic feeling that begins with the vanity, which was fashioned out of a sewing table that had been in the homeowner’s family for generations. Because the vanity doesn’t create a lot of storage options, an old-fashioned milk crate on the floor and the rustic corner cabinet hold extra items. The saloon-style swinging shower doors, refinished antique tub, and repurposed cabin window frame around the mirror complete the look.
Homeowner Julie Murray purchased this antique sideboard buffet on craigslist and added a travertine top, sinks, and oval mirrors to turn it into a vanity. The three sliding doors on the buffet and create plenty of storage options inside.
The contemporary make-up vanity in this John Senhauser Architects bathroom design is hidden inside a wardrobe-style closet, staying with the sleek look of the room by keeping clutter out of the way when it’s not in use.
Ever had a pesky mirror in your bathroom right above what would have otherwise been a perfect place to put the vanity? Mueller Nicholls Cabinets and Construction engineered the solution pictured here so the homeowners could have both. The mirror is on a sliding track so it covers the window to block out the natural light and create privacy from neighbors, uncovering a hidden medicine cabinet next to the window.
An old-fashioned desk was the perfect addition to the antique look in this bathroom by Lucid Interior Design. The opening for the chair includes room for the plumbing and the drawers make perfect storage compartments. A makeup vanity could be created even more easily by simply adding a countertop to a similar desk.
Roll out shelves like the ones in this vanity are often used as a spice rack in the kitchen. This Studio Marler design integrates the same idea to create an additional medicine cabinet in the bathroom vanity.
The placement of the vanity in this contemporary bathroom design by Rockefeller Architects Designs creates privacy and a peaceful bath nook that’s almost like another room, while blocking direct natural light from the mirrored area.
This ultra-white, modern bathroom design by Group 41 Architects doesn’t draw attention away from the views in this apartment with any explicit design choices. The minimalist approach incorporated floating shelves in place of a medicine cabinet and a floating vanity with hidden drawers, and includes no towel rack or mirror. The inconspicuous light doesn’t draw a lot of attention to the room at night so the owner can enjoy city views without worrying about privacy.