Bathroom Vanity Accessories

Get all the information you'll need on bathroom vanity accessories, and get ready to install an attractive and efficient vanity in your bath space.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Bathroom vanity accessories can add to the efficiency and appearance of your bathroom by providing style flourishes as well as enhanced storage and convenience.

If you're considering adding accessories to your bathroom vanity, you'll first want to decide if they'll mirror the design of your bathroom and vanity or present a visual and stylistic departure. Each approach has unique benefits—contrasting styles can be a great complement to an eclectic design, whereas a scheme of accessories that's consistent with the overall design can create a soothing visual appeal.

9 Bathroom Vanity Ideas

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Cool Blue Vanity

Two deep, sleek front drawers laminated in a soft blue add a cool pop of fresh color to an otherwise neutral-hued bathroom. An attached towel bar gives this floating vanity a modern look and lends a feeling of spaciousness to the room. Photo courtesy of Duravit

Vanity Drawers vs. Cabinets

Drawers are more efficient than cabinets because they hold more in an organized way. Since new plumbing regulations require that pipes go into the wall instead of coming up out of the floor, the drawers operate freely and hold lots of bathroom essentials. Photo courtesy of Duravit

Tranquil Vanity Style

This floating vanity is perfect for a modern bathroom setting. Deep drawers on each side are ample enough to store plenty of grooming essentials. The deep-blue color lends a serene, spa-like feel to the room. The hanging sconces have a sculptural quality while effectively illuminating the mirrors. Photo courtesy of Kohler

Bright Vanity Space

A long vanity with plenty of countertop space will easily accommodate two people getting ready for their day at the same time. Properly spaced sconces will illuminate the space better than overhead lights that cast shadows on faces. Photo courtesy of Moen

Timeless Vanity Flair

The mix of classic dark wood, oversized modern brushed-nickel drawer and cabinet pulls, and granite countertops lends a timeless feel to this master bathroom. It offers plenty of storage for two people to stash clutter, keeping the room neat and tidy. Photography and design by Nip Tuck Remodeling

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Custom Vanity Accents

Classic raised-panel cabinet doors accented with glass and oil-rubbed bronze knobs show how to mix light painted wood with dark-colored accessories, echoed in the brown tiles, granite countertop and aged-wood-framed mirrors. Photography and design by Nip Tuck Remodeling

Repurposed Vanity Charm

Resembling a dining room breakfront retrofitted as an elegant vanity, this antique-style model would easily suit a traditional home. The wood-framed mirror flanked by simple, shaded classic sconces helps drive home the rich look. Photo courtesy of Walker Zanger

Elegant Vanity Details

Painted wood, crystal drawer and cabinet pulls, a stunning crystal and bronze sconce, plus the built-in makeup station all speak volumes of opulence in this master bathroom. The recessed lighting in the architectural soffit bathes the area in light, plus the wide expanse of mirror reflects the rest of the room for a dazzling effect. Design and photography by Essence Design Studios

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Double-Duty Vanity

A double vanity with open space underneath and deep drawers in the middle gets added storage from a cabinet tower positioned between two mirrors. Nearby, additional storage is provided by a built-in linen cabinet that also holds extra grooming and bath essentials. Photo courtesy of Merillat

Some bathroom vanities come with mirrors attached, but in cases where they don't, you'll first want to consider a mirror as an accessory for your vanity. Depending on the style you've chosen, a striking, romantic mirror with an ornate frame featuring intricate natural designs, such as leaves or other flora and fauna, can be a great focal point.

Storage can sometimes be an issue for bathroom vanities, especially those that don't feature drawer systems. If yours doesn't, consider a basket system you can place beneath the vanity for convenient and attractive storage.

Finally, for the countertop of your vanity, there are many accessory options—including the familiar and necessary range of soap dispensers and dishes—but consider adding some life to your bathroom by placing a natural or artificial plant on your vanity.

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