Choosing a Bathroom Vanity: What You Need to Know
Choosing a vanity for your bathroom is a little more involved than simply walking down the vanity aisle at your local big box home improvement store. You can take that approach, but if you want your remodeled bathroom to be special and reflect your sense of style, you’ll want to give the process a bit more thought. Here’s what you need to know when choosing a bathroom vanity.
Look at Your Layout
The physical layout of your bathroom has a huge impact on your choice of vanity. If your bathroom has a gallery style layout, you may want to choose facing vanities such as the ones you see here.
You may, however, have a galley style bathroom that is long and narrow that won’t accommodate vanities on both sides such as the one you see pictured here. Or you could have a more horizontal layout or even an L-shaped room. The shape and dimensions of your bathroom will influence your choice of vanities. By the way, even though we’re talking about vanities, notice the impact of multiple high windows that let in lots of natural light into what otherwise would be a dark room.
Select Your Style
Do you prefer a traditional style, a contemporary style, or a transitional style vanity? That will help you choose the appropriate vanity. You’ll want to take the style of the rest of your home into consideration. However, because this is a very private room, you can probably play around with ideas more. Many homeowners like building their vanities around a family heirloom or an antique piece of cabinetry that gives the room a unique character.
Before doing that, however, consider how many sinks you’ll need. A single sink in an old repurposed dresser may look great—but if one sink isn’t enough, you may want to rethink that idea. And while we're on the topic of sinks, you'll want to decide whether you want a drop-in sink, a wall-mount sink, an under-mount sink, or a vessel sink.
And of course, you'll want to coordinate that with your choice of countertop material such as granite, quartz, marble, laminate, concrete, wood and solid surface.
A word of caution: if you’re determined to use a piece of antique furniture as your vanity, make sure it will support the weight of the countertop material you choose.
Find the Right Fixtures
Your choice of hardware, faucets, mirror(s), and lighting will put the crowning touches on your choice of vanity.
Again, you’ll want your fixture choices to coordinate with the overall style of your bathroom (traditional, contemporary, modern, transitional, etc.). Keep layout, basic style, and your choice of finish and fixtures top of mind as you think through your choice of vanities for your new or remodeled bathroom! Of course, your choice of a vanity isn't the only thing you'll want to consider when building or remodeling your Connecticut bathroom.