Choosing Your Bathroom Vanity

When remodeling your bathroom, there are a variety of areas to take into consideration. From the large (a new bathtub) to the small (the hardware on the cabinets), each aspect is just as important as the next. One of the most-used items in your bathroom will be the vanity. It usually is also one of the largest items in your bathroom as well, so you should spend some extra time making sure you find the perfect one. Here are some tips for choosing the right vanity for your bathroom.

Think about storage. If you have extra storage options in your bathroom, such as a closet or shelves, you may not need to focus on the amount of storage in the vanity. However, if you plan on storing things in your vanity, you should take that into consideration. Search for vanities with ample under-the-sink storage space. Anything that has shelves or drawers is good for separating and organizing your items. You also should consider open and closed storage- closed would include cabinet doors, while open would not have any doors.

Stick to a budget. If you do your research ahead of time and decide on a price, it will be easier to narrow down your vanity choices. Don't be afraid to shop around and visit different retailers and stores to find the best price.

Measure the size. It sounds obvious enough, but you should measure your bathroom beforehand. Determine what is the maximum size of a vanity you can fit in the space and go from there. You may end up finding something much smaller and can then have more space in the bathroom for other things.

Choose a style. Much like kitchen cabinets, vanity cabinets are available in a variety of styles. Some popular styles include contemporary, vintage, hand-painted, wooden, and many more. You want the vanity's style to match with the rest of the bathroom. It's also important to take into account the material and type of wood the vanity is made of, as well as the cabinet doors. There are a variety of eco-friendly options (such as bamboo) and unique stains and glazes that can really change the look of your vanity.

Color-coordinate with your existing bathroom. Make sure you choose a vanity that matches well with the rest of your bathroom. If you want a bolder color, opt for colorful towels, paintings, shower curtains, or hardware. Anything that is too trendy or bold on a vanity may need to be replaced soon, so it's best to stick to classic colors and styles.

Make Your Bathroom Appear Larger

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One of the smallest areas in most homes is the bathroom. This creates a challenge for home owners and renters alike when it comes to storage, aesthetic and functionality of a bathroom. However, there are a variety of ways to make your bathroom

appear larger without the high renovation costs or lengthy construction time.

Pay attention to colors. It is commonly known that white and lighter colors can make a room appear larger and cleaner. Choose white cabinets, proper lighting fixtures and a calming color palette. You also want your bathroom to be a place of peace and relaxation, and lighter colors tend to create these feeling more than bold or darker ones.

Choose the proper fixtures. The majority of bathrooms feature a shower or a tub- sometimes they are combined in one. Think about which one you really need and if possible remove the other. For example, if you prefer showers and rarely take baths, it makes sense to remove the bathtub to create extra space.

Re-organize everything. If you’re lucky enough to have a built-in closet in your bathroom, re-organize it to get maximum space. If you don’t have a closet, bring in items such as shelves, towel racks and storage units to store all your necessities like towels and bath products. If it’s at all possible, store only what you need in your bathroom- sometimes people end up making their bathroom a medicine cabinet or laundry room as well. Stick to keeping just what you need to shower and get ready for the day in your bathroom. Cleaning out your under-the-sink cabinets that you haven’t touched in months can also free up some unused space.

Keep it simple. Avoid heavily patterned wallpapers or trendy lighting- it will only distract the eye and make your space appear chaotic. Opt for simple colors and décor- with a bathroom, less is more.