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Stylish Bathroom Vanities and a Fresh New Look for 2017

Brittany 72" Double Bathroom Vanity Cabinet, Urban Gray, 650-V72-UGR

I’m not going to lie, when I first started spending time around interior design and home improvement spaces, I was seriously confused as to why bathroom vanities are┬áso very popular. Bathroom vanities, I said to myself. You mean the sink? The cabinets? My nail polish stained countertop and my drawer full of old hair brushes? Now, of course, I know better. Bathroom vanities are where its at in the decorating world, and with good reason. With so many designs to choose from, a vanity can be just as central to your decor as a good sofa.

36" Brookfield Single Bathroom Vanity, Solid Wood, W/ Drawers, Antique Black, 650-V60D-UGR by James Martin
36″ Brookfield Single Bathroom Vanity, Solid Wood, W/ Drawers, Antique Black, 650-V60D-UGR by James Martin

Nowadays it’s fairly unusual to buy or rent a home that doesn’t come with a bathroom vanity built in, at least in the full baths. Like refrigerators and furnaces, in this country they tend to come standard. Because of this you might not have often thought about them as decor pieces–I certainly never did–but a new vanity is definitely a great way to freshen up your look. Whether it’s a small, single-sink space for a small bathroom or powder room, or a master-bathroom piece with lots of space and double sinks, vanities are a great way to customize your bathroom style.

Providence Collection 72" Double Bathroom Vanity, Driftwood, 238-105-5711, by James Martin
Providence Collection 72″ Double Bathroom Vanity, Driftwood, 238-105-5711, by James Martin

When you’re in the market for a new vanity, you’ll want to explore the options and different brands, but if you are searching for something versatile and top-quality, you really don’t have to look much further than James Martin Furniture. They specialize in creating durable, decorative, high-quality bathroom furniture, and are one of the leading names in the business. They have a variety of different collections, each with their own unique style and influences. The piece above comes from the Providence collection, emulating a plantation style and available in several different colors and finishes.

Brittany 72" Double Bathroom Vanity Cabinet, Urban Gray, 650-V72-UGR
Brittany 72″ Double Bathroom Vanity Cabinet, Urban Gray, 650-V72-UGR

James Martin specializes in meeting some of the exacting standards you need to hold up to the conditions in a bathroom–a lot of use and traffic, warm, humid air, and just a lot of daily wear and tear. Their collections range from the modern, to the baroque, to the fanciful. Right now the hot looks in bathroom vanities are definitely the sleek, elegant look of the Brookfield Collection and the cool contemporary vibe of the Brittany. James Martin also has the added benefit of offering their vanities in a variety of sizes. You can often find the style you’re looking for in the double-sink range or the perfect size for your powder room. They also offer a number of different countertop styles.

36" Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet W/ Drawers, Urban Gray, 147-114-5596 by James Martin
36″ Single Bathroom Vanity Cabinet W/ Drawers, Urban Gray, 147-114-5596 by James Martin

It might seem odd to focus on a vanity as the focal point of a bathroom; after all when you think ‘bathroom remodel’ you might think the go-to would be a bathtub upgrade. Maybe an elegant freestanding basin or claw-footed tub–but the fact is that a lot of people don’t use their bathtubs nowadays. I for one only ever take showers. So having a fancy bathtub may be nice in theory, but not totally practical for a lot of people when they’re trying to budget for remodels.

Whether you’re looking to freshen up for the new year, or you’re just looking for a change, a new bathroom vanity is the go-to way to give interest to a dull or drab bathroom. James Martin Furniture is a great place to start.