Metal might not be the first material you think of when it comes to bathroom decor. It can be cold to the touch, and many varieties don’t hold up especially well in the face of moisture. So you might be surprised to learn that designers are starting to incorporate all types of metal into decorative bathroom vanities. More fascinating still, this isn’t even a trend exclusive to a chic modern design, but one that works well with a variety of styles and bathroom settings.
Bathroom vanities either made of metal, painted with metallic paint, or with metal accents are unconventional and a little daring, so it’s no surprise that they work exceptionally well with a modern decor. Designs cover a wide range of styles (some more unusual than others), but some of my personal favorites are the simplest: vanities that combine a sophisticated dark wood finish with mirrored metallic panels. This blend of simple lines and old fashioned elements is a great way to add elegance and detail to a modern space, dressing it up just a little without infringing on the simplicity of the design.
One of the hottest up and coming style trends is the growing popularity of an industrial style. Combining elements of antique farmhouses and turn of the century warehouses, industrial design is a little old fashioned and a little weather worn, emphasizing reclaimed materials and a simple color scheme. Now, in other rooms, you’re likely to see pieces made with reclaimed wood or wrought iron. But since both are quite susceptible to moisture, look instead for something like this lovely Buchanan vanity, which is finished with aluminum and pewter, creating a lovely, weathered neutral gray that’s ideally suited for an antiqued, industrial style bathroom.
On the other end of the spectrum are vanities finished with a soft, glowing metallic finish, like this Marilyn vanity. Done in antique silver and gold leaf, this vanity isn’t quite as bright and reflective as many more eye catching vanities coated in solid silver leaf, but has its own luscious glow that echoes the glamor of old Hollywood. Both subtle and showy, this type of vanity is perfect for a star-studded, dressing room style bath equipped with all the creature comforts.
When you do see metal in a bathroom, it’s usually either aluminum or stainless steel or, occasionally, silver or gold. But one type of metal you might not expect is one that gives a very, very different look: copper. Copper holds up well in a moist environment as it’s resistant to rust and will actually develop a natural patina over time. Styles range from earthy, burnished copper tones to deep, aged browns, and make a lovely, natural addition to a rustic cabin or ranch style bathroom.
This might surprise you, but metal accents are starting to show up in antique bathroom vanities too. Stamped metal panels like those on the vanity above are a perfect way to add luxurious detail and contrast to an ornate antique style. In the same style category as vanities with exotic wood veneers or even textured leather accents, these metal accents echo the luxury and opulence of Victorian design, adding embellishments made of valuable materials wherever possible.
Some of the most dramatic metal bathroom vanities are ones that are highly reflective. Typically made either of bright stainless steel or silver leaf, these vanities have a near-mirror quality polished to a high shine. This metallic finish applied to an antique design makes a dramatic statement piece for an urban chic decor, combining the opulence of old world style with the aggressively unusual appearance that makes for a striking modern design. This Boheme vanity is actually a great example, pairing a simplified antique table design with a dazzling silver finish to make an impressive statement piece.
What do you think of these metallic bathroom vanities?