Designing Your Bathroom Around the Vanity
The vanity has evolved from an afterthought into the starting point for your entire bathroom's design. Here are some expert views on how today's vanities fit in.
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Petite bases in the powder room. In the powder room and first-floor baths, designers are seldom asked to provide storage capacity, which may explain why pedestal sinks are increasingly edging vanities out altogether, even though there are plenty of smaller furniture-look vanities available, like Signature Hardware's Nantucket Cottage Vanity, which has a cabinet that's just 25" wide.
"I'm doing a lot of trough sinks in the powder room with metal, concrete or glass counters and custom elements like a metal pedestal or something freeform that's different, almost art," says Tucson-based Carroll. "You couldn't use the metal counters in the master bath, they're not as durable as stone, but it's more for show in the powder room, more for looks."
Carroll designs quite a few of her one-of-a-kind vanities, working with metal custom cabinet companies in the area. The powder room design that landed her a Best Bath Design First Place from the NKBA in 2005 includes a bowl sink on a round metal disk atop a free-form metal base that has more in common with fine sculpture than a storage cabinet. Not the most traditional interpretation, but a vanity nonetheless.
Martha Gargano, designer - A Matter of Style
Lori Carroll & Associates
National Kitchen and Bath Association
Marquis Oval Carved Chest Vanity - Cole & Co.
Luxaris Home and Spa vanities
Timberlake Cabinet Company
Nantucket Cottage Vanity - Signature Hardware
When designing your Zen bathroom, keep the design simple and open to create a nice sense of flow.