Because they combine basins and storage space in a single piece of furniture, bathroom vanity ideas are a useful addition to any design.
The benefit is obvious: allowing two people to use a sink at the same time relieves enormous pressure on the bathroom, especially in a busy family home.
Bathroom vanity ideas – and bathroom ideas with a double vanity – come in a variety of styles, from floor-standing to floating and wall-hung, and they are an easy way to add some personality to your scheme.
If you’re unsure about incorporating color and pattern into your bathroom or don’t know where to start, a bold vanity can be a great place to start.
Here are some more clever designs and bathroom storage ideas for incorporating a stylish double vanity into your bathroom.
BATHROOM VANITY IDEAS
1. MOUNT VANITY BASINS ON A ‘FLOATING’ COUNTERTOP
Counter-mounted installation highlights the shape of beautifully cast bowls. This sophisticated look, also known as ‘lotus-mounted,’ benefits from a contrasting backdrop.
Three-dimensional tiles add subtle interest without taking center stage. You may need a taller faucet to ensure adequate space between the spout and the basin, so choose a wall-mounted model for precise placement. Invest in attractive waste traps for a modern deck-style vanity like this one.
2. PLAY WITH SYMMETRY WITH PERFECTLY SPACED BASINS, MIRRORS AND LIGHTS
‘A symmetrically designed vanity unit contributes to the creation of a calming sense of balance. ‘Take the symmetry to the next level with perfectly spaced mirrors and wall-mounted bathroom lighting ideas,’ says Irene Gunter, director of Gunter & Co.
‘This method helps to zone the unit, giving each user their own clearly defined wash-space.’ We like to leave at least 15cm between basins to allow for enough elbow room for two people to use comfortably.’
3. REPURPOSE ANTIQUE FURNITURE TO CREATE A STYLISH BATHROOM VANITY
This antique vanity unit would have had a china or tin basin and jug for washing on its marble top in the past.
If you’re looking for traditional bathroom ideas, this makes it an excellent candidate for conversion. A skilled carpenter and plumber can easily cut plumbing holes to create an authentic-looking vanity unit with all the efficiencies of a modern piece – what charm!
4. CHOOSE UNDERMOUNTED BASINS FOR AN UNDERSTATED, MINIMALIST LOOK
Under-mounted basins, which are attached to the underside of the countertop, have a sleek, minimalist appearance.
‘While under-mounted basins may be more expensive initially due to more complex installation, you will reap the benefits in terms of cleanliness,’ says Jamie Blake, creative director of Blakes London.
There is no raised lip or rim to collect dirt and bacteria, and a clean lined surface is far easier to wipe down.
5. GO FOR A CUSTOM-MADE VANITY FOR A TRULY UNIQUE LOOK
With a custom-made vanity unit, there’s no excuse for bathroom chaos.
‘This bespoke vanity is a company’s dream. ‘We made sure that everything the owners use has a specific place, with drawers configured to accommodate specific product dimensions,’ says Jo Aynsley, head of interior design at Jeffreys Interiors.
‘In practice, fitted furniture is low maintenance because there are no dust traps, and it also provides a variety of small bathroom storage ideas in the available space.’
6. KEEP THE FLOOR CLEAR TO INCREASE THE SENSE OF SPACE
Because double vanity units are naturally larger than single vanity units, it is critical to increase the sense of space even if your actual space is limited.’ C.P. Hart’s head of design, Yosuef Mansuri, says
‘Revealing as much floor as possible is a smart small bathroom idea because it gives the impression of a larger room, so choose a vanity that is either wall-mounted or on slim legs to give a sense of openness.’
7. LET THE BATHROOM VANITY TAKE CENTER STAGE
Taking a double vanity away from the walls can result in a far more efficient use of floor space.
‘With doors and windows on three of the four walls in this bathroom, it felt natural to place the vanity unit in the middle of the room,’ recalls Fiona Barratt Campbell, founder of Fiona Barratt Interiors.
‘A central vanity unit with large mirrors and beautiful materials is also a great focal point.’
8. INCORPORATE A STATEMENT WALL FOR HIGH DRAMA
A traditional pedestal-style washstand is completely timeless and ideal for displaying statement bathroom wall ideas, such as this tile-inspired wallpaper by Pierre Frey.
Antiqued brass adds a warm touch to this classic ball-jointed frame. Choosing a double vanity with open storage beneath makes the unit appear lighter and allows for the addition of personal touches and texture.
Baskets can be used to keep toiletries organized, and towel bails can be used to add comfort.
9. ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR WITH A PAINTED VANITY UNIT
The double vanity unit in this bathroom by Artisans of Devizes adds a touch of drama to the scheme with a bold red-painted finish.
This bathroom’s Marble Mosaic is offset by the bold red vanity unit, created for impact, in a family home full of charm, character, and color.
10. USE A DOUBLE VANITY TO MAX OUT BATHROOM STORAGE
Choosing a double vanity sink, in our opinion, is the ideal opportunity to incorporate well-organized drawers and increase storage space.
Pull-out deep drawers like these will make space for everything from makeup to towel storage, all neatly hidden behind cabinetry.
11. NESTLE A VANITY IN A NICHE
Making a niche for a bathroom vanity is a great way to enclose the space, making it feel more luxurious and streamlined, and adding a lot more storage options.
Cladding the niche in a luxurious material is essential for achieving the boutique hotel look. Cara Woodhouse’s bathroom design accomplishes just that.
WHAT MATERIAL IS BEST FOR BATHROOM VANITY TOPS?
Although there are numerous bathroom tile ideas, a man-made stone-look composite is the best material for a bathroom vanity top.
This material can be made to look like anything from marble to quartz. It is available in a wide range of colors and finishes, can withstand soaking without damage, and is resistant to caustic spills such as nail varnish remover. It’s also very simple to clean.
WHAT BATHROOM VANITIES ARE IN STYLE?
Bathroom vanities that are in style include some form of storage, whether hidden for neat, streamlined bathrooms or open for those with a more laid-back vibe.
Bathroom vanity trends range from very contemporary, sleek designs to those made from antique – or antique-look – furniture, depending on the look you want.