I know the title is a little dramatic but I hope you’re ready for a feast for your eyes because I’ve been searching the internet yet again to bring you a few bathroom vanities to die for. The vanity unit has become such a critical element of the modern bathroom that I thought it would be fitting to bring you a few examples that I think exude style and are also very functional. When renovating your bathroom, selecting the right vanity is a critical decision in creating both a functional and beautiful bathroom. Bench space and storage options are major factors in the decision making process.
So here are just a few images of bathroom vanities to inspire your next renovation:
I love the clean lines and well hidden practical storage behind the mirrors. The added touch of plant life brings a real back to nature spa retreat feel to the space.
The beauty of timber contrasted with the stone surface provide both elegance and simplicity.
Stylish tapware adds a classic touch to a very inviting double vanity.
Clean lines, shiny surfaces and creative lighting create the ultimate modern bathroom.
Storage, storage, storage, need I say more.
This looks like the ultimate pamper zone.
OK OK I know this is seriously over the top, but I say dare to dream.
The above are just a few examples of how you can customise your vanity unit with some smart storage and creativity. You new bathroom design really is the opportunity to flaunt your very own personal style.
Creating a tranquil and relaxing environment is paramount so don’t hold back and be boring. Lash out and be creative.
For more information on bathroom vanities, contact Bourne Bathroom & Kitchen Centre.
I have no doubt that you’re all aware of the importance of a bathroom vanity. Not only is the vanity unit a major focal point of the bathroom but it is also essential for all important bathroom storage. Making the right choice for your bathroom vanity can also be a great way to save space in the bathroom.
In today’s market place, there are so many options when it comes to selecting your vanity and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the range of choices on offer. You can have cabinetry custom made or go for something completely unique and different by fashioning an old antique into a new custom vanity. However, there is another way to get a stylish vanity without going down the “custom” road. Ascot has a huge selection of vanity units that are a great alternative. The added bonus is that you can visualise how it will look in your new bathroom without having to stretch your imagination too far because you get to see the finished product.
If you’re after an impeccable finish on a modern and stylish vanity then the range from Ascot is definitely worth a look. They have options to suit just about any bathroom layout, from small to large, single basin or the increasingly popular double basin option, Ascot has it covered.
When available space is tight, then a space saving vanity unit is a must have and Ascot have a range of wall hung floating units that create the illusion of extra space and provide a streamlined finish to create a modern and minimalistic feel to your bathroom.
The designers of the Ascot range have thought of everything. They somehow manage to combine good looks and practicality seamlessly together to create beautiful bathroom storage in a single vanity unit.
Speaking from experience, most new bathroom renovators that come into our showroom are thinking that a custom made vanity is their only option. Many are pleasantly surprised when they see the extensive Ascot range and realise a vanity unit is a great alternative to getting something custom made.
When it comes to bathrooms, to me, there’s something very peaceful and appealing about a completely clutter free bathroom bench surface. Selecting a well designed vanity unit makes it easy to create your very own bathroom sanctuary.
While we frown on those who like to spend way too much time in front of the mirror, there’s certainly no crime in wanting your new bathroom to look as good as possible, so today we’re talking about the all important bathroom vanity.
Things to Consider for Your Bathroom Vanity
A striking bathroom vanity unit can really make a new bathroom. It can be a powerful statement piece to showcase what some say is the most important room in the house. However, there are a few things that you need to consider when deciding on your new bathroom vanity.
One of the most important aspects when selecting your new vanity is the dimensions. You need to select a bathroom vanity that has the right proportions for the available space. You don’t want something that is too big and overcrowds the space. In contrast you don’t want something that is too small for the space and looks like you ran out of money. Borrowing a line from Goldilocks you really want something that’s “just right”, so be sure you understand your dimensions before you go shopping around.
Bathroom storage is another vitally important aspects when it comes to your bathroom vanity unit. Let’s face it, things just won’t work if your vanity is all looks and no substance. Take the time to think about the amount and type of storage that you need and if you’re getting something custom build then it should be easy to incorporate your storage wish list into your design.
Personally, I think one of the most stylish ways to add impact with your bathroom vanity is with symmetry. What can I say, symmetrical placement really works. Just about every bathroom that has stopped me in my tracks has the vanity unit dead centre with beautiful symmetrical detail on either side. While this is not always possible, it’s important to have your vanity unit dead centre of the wall it will be fixed against to create balance.
Make your selection in keeping with the overall style of your new bathroom. You can sometimes get away with mixing old and new but unless you have a keen eye for design it’s best to pay homage to a single style and focus on making sure everything works well together.
If you take your time, and do your research you will get something that your heart truly desires. The end result will be breathtaking and you’ll get to enjoy it every day. You may even be forgiven for spending a little time in front of your vanity mirror as long as you’re just admiring your new bathroom from a different angle and not yourself.
For more information on bathroom vanities contact Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre.
A well designed bathroom can make a house a home. We spoke to builder Michael who’s been renovating bathrooms for several years, to get some tips for anyone thinking of taking on the job.
Consider Your Space
Before you do anything you need to take accurate measurements of the room. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is buying fixtures and fittings that are too big for their bathroom. The size of your room will affect the type of suite you buy, the mounting styles you need, and the storage solutions you choose.
If you have a very small bathroom you’re going to need to think about maximising your space with things like corner basins, wall hung toilets, and vanity units. Those with bigger spaces to work with can think about things like freestanding baths, and separate shower units.
Sit in the Bath
This tip is vital if you’re buying a bath tub. Before you spend your hard earned money on a swanky new bath, sit in it at the store. I’ve spoken to so many clients who get a new bathroom fitted, and then find the bath’s too small. This could be avoided if you try it out in the shop.
Most bath retailers have no problem with you testing a tub for size; in fact some will probably encourage it.
Tip If you only have a tight space for a bath then get the deepest one you can find.
Think About the Flooring
Carpet is a horrible idea in a bathroom, but I still see people using it. It’s impossible to keep clean and gets wet and stale very quickly. Instead opt for a ceramic, stone, or marble tile.
These are strong, durable, and most importantly water proof. If your budget will stretch, you can install under floor heating which is a lovely feature. Not only does it feel great when you step out the bath, but it also helps dry spillages quicker. This means less slipping.
Vanity Units for Storage
If you don’t have an airing cupboard in your bathroom you’re going to need some sort of storage solution. Vanity units provide excellent storage and have the added bonus of being the perfect home for your wash-basin.
You could also look at wall-hung cabinets that provide useful storage space. Corner cabinets look stylish and fit perfectly in a smaller bathroom.
Create Space With a Mirror
A large bathroom mirror creates a focal point in the room, and also gives the impression of space. I’ve worked for clients who bought themselves the smallest mirrors possible and it does make the room seem more cramped.
You can dress up your bathroom mirror even more by getting yourself some specially installed mirror lighting.
Buy a Quality Toilet
Don’t skimp on the quality of your toilet. You want one that’s comfortable and going to last. From experience, toilets with longer bowls and seats tend to be the most comfortable on the backside!
Install a Dimmer Switch
Dimmers can be picked up very cheaply and add a real dynamic to the lighting of the room. There’s nothing like turning the lights down low and enjoying a hot bath. Likewise, if you’re having a shave you want the option to have the brightest light possible.
Consider Calling A Professional
Renovating a bathroom is a big job, so you should only “do-it-yourself” if you’re confident in what you’re doing. A mistake can be very expensive further down the line (e.g. think burst pipes and flooding!).
I’ve been renovating bathrooms for a long time, and some of the toughest jobs I’ve had were clearing up after someone else had tried to fit their own new bathroom.
It can be done, but unless you know what you’re doing, my biggest tip is call in a professional!
For more information on renovating your bathroom contact us.
Basins, baths, bathroom vanities, or toilet – What’s the most important thing to think about when designing your bathroom?
Whilst getting your bath, toilet, and sink right is important, in our opinion a well designed and functional bathroom vanity is the critical element in any stylish modern bathroom.
Here’s why every bathroom needs its own vanity unit.
A Great Use Of Space
Unless you happen to live in a very large home, most bathrooms are fairly modest in terms of size and space. Bathroom vanities and cabinets provide an excellent way to save space, whilst providing some much needed storage solutions.
Most vanity units are made up of a mirror, a sink, and a set of cabinets. They come in hundreds of designs and styles, from the most basic and affordable, to the top end of the market models, which wouldn’t look out of place in the home of a pop superstar!
Depending on the size of the cabinets you can use them to store anything from towels and sponges, to creams and soaps. Take into consideration whether your cabinet is based above or below your sink, as you wouldn’t want children rifling through draws if they contain creams or chemicals!
Provide A Focal Point
When you enter a well-designed bathroom, the vanity unit is normally the first thing your eyes are drawn to. An attractive mirror, set above a delightful counter top complete with sink, with two deep drawers underneath in a lovely marble effect, will create the perfect centrepiece for any bathroom.
Many designers will actually start off a bathroom plan with bathroom vanities, before building everything else around it. For the best impact you really want to place your vanity unit or cabinet in the centre of a wall rather than to one side or in the corner.
Not only does it help keep things symmetrical, but it also helps create that focal point you’re looking for.
The other trick when picking out a suitable unit is to consider the size of the mirror. If you pick a bathroom vanity with a large mirror you’ll create the illusion of space, making your bathroom seem much bigger than it is.
This is especially effective if you only have a small space to work with.
Create Peaceful Lighting Effects
You want your bathroom to be a place of peace and tranquillity, and you can use vanity lighting to create some very soothing and relaxing lighting for the room.
Most bathrooms will have a main light in the centre of the room, and this will normally be quite bright. Hardly conducive of the atmosphere you are probably looking for. You can, however, buy vanity units that come with much softer lights, perfect for when you’re lazing in the bath.
Try a soft peach coloured light effect, or perhaps a simple shaving light will produce the perfect balance between light and darkness.
They Don’t Have To Be Expensive
Like all bathroom suites you can buy top of the range units, which can cost a few hundred dollars, but you can also find very attractive and functional vanities at very reasonable prices. Take into consideration the rest of your bathroom suite and try to get something that fits the theme, but don’t be fooled into believing you have to spend a fortune to get a decent quality unit.
All in all, the bathroom vanity is a wonderful piece of furniture, and a vital component for any modern family bathroom. It really should be the first thing on your designers list.
For more information on bathroom vanities contact us.