As with kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets are utilitarian pieces of furniture that contribute to the organization of your area. However, bathroom cabinetry is a creative opportunity to inject personality and style into an otherwise functional space. While not every bathroom has sufficient storage space, even the tiniest powder room may contain a vanity with integrated storage.
Whether it’s an organic wood finish, a do-it-yourself paint job, or a custom design that incorporates surprising materials and/or forms, here are some tips for making your bathroom cabinetry as attractive and well-thought-out as the rest of your space.
Stefani Stein’s interior design firm picked floating white oak cabinetry for this new build bathroom in Venice Beach, California, because it provides adequate storage without taking up visible space. The Scandi-inspired wood tone lends just the right amount of warmth to the white marble expanse. The spa-like organic minimalism style is enhanced by details such as unlacquered brass plumbing fittings and textured dyed wool carpets.
In this rustic chic bathroom designed by Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co., reclaimed wood cabinetry establishes the tone and provides storage for all but the essentials, giving a timeless, tranquil atmosphere. Dark wood tones contrast beautifully with a rough-hewn stone sink and crisp, white tiling, while a mirror framed in the same wood adds continuity.
This timeless bathroom design by San Francisco-based Cathie Hong Interiors includes Shaker-style cabinetry painted in a delicate milky white, a classic option that will never date. Utilizing double cabinets beneath each sink enables for the addition of a towel alcove and shelves, resulting in an easy personalized design using prefabricated components. By using the same cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom, you may frequently use them interchangeably and may discover that kitchen cabinets are more affordable, allowing you to create an unified aesthetic throughout your home without breaking the bank.
Not all bathroom cabinets must have perfectly straight corners. Pauline Borgia of Atelier Steve developed custom light wood bathroom cabinetry for this Paris apartment refurbishment. The rounded door edge gives subtle character and contrasts with the square wall tiling. The ingenious design is completed by a handmade mirror that echoes the rounded edge of the door.
While custom cabinets is not for everyone, the unexpected curves in this petite Parisian bathroom highlight how small but deliberate design touches can elevate your bathroom to a new level of uniqueness.
In Kate Lester’s glam bathroom, an unexpected splash of aggressive purple provides a high-energy contrast to the intricate decorative double mirrors. The contrast between the cool-toned silver hardware on the cabinetry and plumbing fixtures maintains the area feeling fresh and modern.
In this expansive condominium bathroom designed by Stefani Stein, matte black cabinetry custom-built to match the space accommodates two sinks and ample storage. The dark wood polishes the classic seaside design, while the bright brass highlights contrast with the pale walls and light gray marble finishes in the room.
Bathroom cabinetry in this charming bathroom designed by Kate Lester is painted a delicate blue-gray to complement the blue-and-white floor and wall tiling. Antique brass fixtures with a soft brushed finish provide a sense of warmth to the overall design.
Classic Dark Wood
In this Silver Lake, CA makeover, interior designer Stefani Stein chose a dark wood finish for the bathroom cabinetry. The cabinet resembles vintage furniture and complements the black-and-white tiling. Moody gray paint and bright bronze finishes bring contrast, and a framed piece of art creates a focal point in the area, transforming it from a functional place to something more.
Shaker-style cabinets in warm honey-toned golden wood brighten up the prevailing neutral color palette in this bathroom designed by Kate Lester and contrast nicely with the elaborate geometric patterned floor tile in gentle blue colors.
Recessed cabinets on either side of the bathroom, designed by Seattle-based OreStudios, is finished in the same dark honey-toned wood and round silver-toned door pulls as the sink vanity, tripling the storage capacity of the room while retaining a streamlined style.
Erin Williamson, the interior designer, chose white wood cabinetry to give this sleek rustic modern bathroom a “spa-like atmosphere.” “In addition to providing texture and warmth, wood is durable, and slab front cabinets are simple to maintain.”
In this cool-toned neutral bathroom designed by interior designer Kate Lester, pale white oak wood cabinetry with black metal door knobs, lighting, and mirror accessories add just the right amount of graphic interest.
OreStudios placed matching sink vanities with traditional white cabinetry and marble countertops on either side of the beautiful space, which features slanted ceilings and vintage green flooring. The picture-perfect symmetry is completed with twin brass-framed mirrors and a pair of wall sconces, while a long, dramatic stem of cherry blossoms adds an element of asymmetry and surprise.
Powder Room Petite
Desiree Burns Interiors of Boston integrated free-standing cabinetry to store a small sink in this petite powder room. The dark blue painted cabinetry adds a pop of color and the perfect amount of storage for basics, while still allowing room for a wall shelf to display beautiful goods and extra towels.
The cabinetry in this bathroom designed by Kate Lester is painted a bright hue of robin’s egg blue. Subtle decoration on the top panels lends the cabinets a personalized character. Cabinet pulls in black complement the details on the floor tile.
In this expansive bathroom designed by OreStudios, two sinks with matching cabinetry and countertops are positioned on opposite sides of the wall, while a built-in vanity in the same materials gives a space for getting ready and storing things on the other side.