Small bathroom vanities are usually made to blend in, with subtle, streamlined designs that help keep a small bathroom simple and uncluttered. But choosing a compact designer bathroom vanity is a great way to add personality to your space without going overboard on other details. In an otherwise simple bathroom, a bold, stylish vanity can act as a spectacular focal point, packing a lot of design punch in a relatively small package.
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The utilitarian bathroom vanities that are so often found in small bathrooms tend to have equally practical finishes: a simple light or dark wood, white, black, or gray. But designer bathroom vanities use bold, unusual colors to draw attention to themselves. Any color of the rainbow is fair game, but the idea is to use one very bright, vivid shade that will really pop and act as a solid focal point for the whole space. With an otherwise relatively neutral decor, a bright, colorful vanity acts as a sort of visual anchor, which can make the space feel brighter, cheerier, and even a bit larger.
Many compact designer bathroom vanities play with patterns as well as color, either in the woodwork or the finish itself. Usually that means a nice combination of geometry and contrast, with elegant repeating shapes made either in different colors or from different materials so they stand out very vividly. A high contrast black and white design is particularly popular right now, and adds a nice modern touch even to a relatively traditional bathroom vanity. That said, patterned bathroom vanities should be far and away the most visually stimulating piece in the bathroom so they don’t wind up looking busy.
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Usually bathroom vanities with very elaborate woodwork are reserved for large bathroom spaces with a very opulent traditional or antique-inspired style. But smaller bathroom vanities in this style are starting to become more common, particularly ones with very ornate designs. It’s relatively easy to find “traditional” small bathroom vanities with a little light woodwork, but increasingly manufacturers are starting to produce models with highly detailed, very intricate designs. Many of these vanities also have something of an eastern or Mediterranean flair, and pair equally well with subtle sandy stone or bold, intense colors and lush fabrics.
On the flip side, another way to get a very chic, designer look and feel is to highlight a few smaller details. A little light gilding or silvering can make even relatively simple woodwork stand out, not to mention dramatically increasing the opulent, elegant feel of the vanity. Adding in patterned wood veneers doesn’t hurt either, as it adds variety and texture to the vanity while keeping a smooth, clean surface that makes the design feel a bit simpler.
One of the simplest tricks used to give small bathroom vanities a more high end designer look and feel is to simply add more and more decorative hardware. Almost all designer bathroom vanities will have some sort of unusual hardware, whether it’s a unique looking knob or and elegant ring pull, but lately vanities with a whole lot more hardware have been becoming very popular. Bathroom vanities that have (or look like they have) many small drawers on the front face, each with their own piece of decorative hardware, are eye-catchingly unusual without necessarily being very ornate, making them an excellent choice for a smaller bathroom.
Last but not least, designer bathroom vanities often stand out simply because they abandon the traditional rectangular shape of the conventional vanity cabinet. Often the change is quite subtle, as with the slightly sloped sides and unconventional angles of this Pasadena vanity, but it can also be quite dramatic, such as significantly altering the curves or angles of the vanity to give it a completely different silhouette. This works doubly well in a small bathroom because a different shape often means a smaller footprint, making it possible to have a dramatic, showy looking vanity that actually takes up less space than a more conventional cabinet.
What do you think of these designer bathroom vanities? Do you like the idea of being able to have a more ornate look for your small bathroom? Let me know in the comments!