Interior Design How to: Design the Perfect Bathroom Vanity

It may sound simple: designing a bathroom vanity. However, there are many smaller details to consider in ensuring that the end result is something that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical and functional. A vanity is something that we literally use every single day: we wash our face and hands, we brush our teeth, we brush our hair, we apply make up – you want your vanity to not only last, but also be easy to keep clean and pack plenty of storage!


Storage Solutions

Storage space in a family bathroom is a must; ensure you’ve considered storage options that will suit your requirements and design style. We find that drawers are usually best; you can easily access and see all items you have stored away using drawers whereas cupboards can often be restrictive. Consider including one deep drawer that will easily store tall bottles and the like, as well as one shallow drawer to store smaller products such as make up and hair brushes.

Drawers are an excellent storage solution for a bathroom and can even be customised to fit around your plumbing. Image Source

Selecting a Vanity Top

Bathrooms can get messy: hair everywhere, make up spills, soap marks, toothpaste blobs, you name it! Select a vanity top that will be durable enough to withstand the daily battering a family’s bathroom vanity will receive! We find the best option to be reconstituted or composite stone such as Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz or Smartstone. Click here to read our in depth review of these fabulous stones!

Caesarstone’s luxurious Statuario Nuvo is pictured here in use as both a vanity top and wall cladding. Visit Caesarstone’s website for more information.

Selecting a Basin

With so many basins to choose from, the options can be overwhelming! Benchmount basins (basins that sit on top of your benchtop) are trending at the moment, with feature basins made of unique materials such as stone or crystal, being all the rage. Another popular option is the undermounted basin which is installed beneath your stone countertop however, it is important to note that grime can often get caught in the lip between the stone top and the basin itself. Visit showrooms and ensure you’ve physically seen the basins you are considering; check that the size and depth is suitable for your needs and that the material it is made from is both durable and easy to maintain.

Countertop or Benchmount basins are a trend that is here to stay! Reece’s Alape Unisono is a luxurious and elegant basin that will compliment just about any bathroom style. Click here for more information.

Selecting Tapware

Once you’ve selected an appropriate basin, look into matching tapware. There are many options available: mixers or sets with separate hot and cold water, wall spouts, tall or short tapware fittings, different styles ranging from ultra modern to traditional types. Ensure your tap is both suitable in height and reach for the basin you have selected and compliments the overall style of your new bathroom.

Sleek and modern, the rose gold and black Milli Axon Basin Mixer is available from Reece. Click here for more information.

Give yourself some space!

It is inevitable that things will end up on the counter rather than neatly tucked away in storage! Whether it’s a hairbrush left on the counter or your family’s toothbrushes beside the sink, there will usually be an assortment of bathroom necessities left out on the counter. Ensure you’ve allowed ample counter space – even if you are super neat and tidy in your bathroom, the extra space is always a plus!

This super tidy bathroom vanity includes an enormous amount of storage – perfect for a family bathroom! Image Source

Check the Height

Traditionally, bathroom vanities have been installed at a height of around 700-800mm above finished floor level however, this height is steadily increasing as people are finding it to be a tad too low. We are seeing a shift towards a higher installed vanity unit, even up to the same height as standard kitchen counters: 900mm above the floor. With a higher vanity, you are not crouching or bending to wash your hands and your storage space beneath your basin is also increased.

We love this elegant vintage styled bathroom vanity, complete with aged metal mirror frames! Image Source

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Of course, a mirror over your vanity is a must! A great way to include more storage in the bathroom and to keep things such as toothbrushes and make up off the countertop is to include hidden storage behind your mirror. This can be in the form of a ready made mirrored medicine cabinet or an in wall cabinet, where most of the cabinet is built into the wall with only a small part of it protruding: just enough so that you are able to comfortably open the doors. If you don’t need the extra storage space, a decorative mirror is a beautiful compliment to a bathroom: think framed or shaped mirrors that simply hang on the wall above your vanity unit.

A simple and elegant Oak timber framed mirror – the perfect addition to add style and texture to your bathroom! The Mercer + Reid Oak Mirror is available online from Adairs with free shipping! Click here to view.


Of course, always accessorise your new vanity! Include necessary items such as a bin and perhaps a small hand towel rail for practicality. Add colour and texture with your bathroom accessories, such as tumblers, soap dispensers and colourful towels that will give the space character and style. We recommend PillowTalk’s stunning and varied range of bathroom accessories (click here to view their collection): with such a great selection available, there is something to suit every style!

PillowTalk’s Luxe Collection of bathroom accessories adds a glamorous metallic element to your new bathroom. Click here to view the range!

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