For many of us, bedroom dressers are for hair and make-up, while the bathroom sink is for shaving and brushing teeth. But bathroom décor is becoming increasingly cozy, especially when you have limited space to work with. As a result, the bathroom vanity cabinet is getting popular.
It combines a practical sink with storage drawers and shelves, often with a large mirror above it. Bathroom vanity cabinets can be made of wood, metal, veneer, or natural stone. Construction materials should be resistant to high bathroom humidity. Let’s look at our favorite examples.
1. Linear luxury
In a bathroom where lines are heavily used as a design element, a vanity cabinet countertop can provide an attractive contrast. This particular bathroom uses horizontal lines on the tiled walls and floors, making the whole space look larger.
The vanity has under-mount sinks installed on a gray marble counter, which then sits on a wooden cabinet. The cabinet has horizontal lines too, created by its natural wood grain patterns. The cabinets have hidden handles, giving your vanity a sleek, smooth, seamless look.
2. Backlit reflections
If you’ve seen those bathrooms where the sink seems to sit on top of the counter, you may have wondered how the plumbing works. This style of bathroom vanity cabinet is called a vessel vanity. The piping is hidden inside the walls, so only the faucet spouts and taps are exposed.
In this example, the vessel vanity sinks are contemporary rectangular pieces sitting on a glossy gray counter. The cabinets below the sink are made of dark wood, while the wall above the sinks is gray tile. There’s a large mirror with built-in backlights to complete the picture.
3. Bright and brown
Many bathrooms have tiny windows, and others have no windows at all. So if you’re lucky enough to have a bathroom with two large perpendicular windows, seek decorative choices that make the most of that natural light. These bright brown drawers are a good example.
Because the windows are so big, the bathroom dries faster and humidity levels are lower. Your wooden vanity cabinets are therefore less susceptible to mildew, mold, and rot. Above your shelves, a twin porcelain sink sits under a large frameless mirror, completing your modern look.
4. Charming cherry
The average bathroom is full of edges and corners, so incorporating a little curve into your bathrooms adds elegance. This example uses lots of rounded elements, from the curved ceiling to the bathroom steps. And instead of squeezing two vanities on the same counter, identical cherry cabinets are installed on opposite ends of the room. Both are fitted with circular sinks.
5. Freestanding furniture
When your bathroom is on the smaller side, you want to see more of the floor. This styling choice creates psychological space, making the bathroom seem less crowded. The white bathroom vanity cabinet used here is the perfect example. It has a traditional cupboard design.
This design includes three hinged doors and a drawer. But instead of sitting on the floor itself, the cabinet has curved feet that lift it off the ground, leaving a little cubby below. Be sure to clean that space regularly though, it’s tucked away so it hides a lot of dirt.
6. Knock knock nook
In tight bathroom spaces, the tub is usually squashed against one wall, completely filling that side of the room. In this example, the tub is cordoned off behind its own wall, which creates a nook opposite the door. The brown bathroom vanity is tucked into this nook, plugging it up from wall to wall. The mirror runs the full length of the vanity, and directly faces the door.
The effect is that the bathroom looks twice as wide. The dark wood framing the mirror is the same material used for the vanity cabinet. The counter is white, with a gray tile backsplash, while the taps and cabinet door handles are done in glimmering metallic.
7. Elliptical mosaic
This bathroom has similar dimensions to the previous one, but a few tweaks have resulted in a drastically different look. The mirror is frameless, so the effect is clean and sleek. The backsplash is a mosaic of gray oval tiles in various shades, matching the opposite shower walls.
The self-rimming double sink is still white, but in this bathroom, it sits above an aged wood floating cabinet. It runs from wall to wall, filling its own nook. But because it’s raised off the floor, it provides better circulation, so the bathroom feels more spacious and airy.
8. Speckle and sparkle
Bathrooms spend a lot of time being wet, so there’s lots of potential for smudged palm prints and muddy dust streaks. This makes white cabinets seem like a bad idea. On the other hand, because they show dirt more clearly, you’ll wipe those white cabinets more often, so you’ll have a cleaner bathroom overall. Plus, white cabinets enlarge the appearance of your bathroom.
In this example, your white bathroom vanity is topped by a glossy granite countertop that matches the brown speckled bathroom floor. The vanity has a single circular sink in the center, and stainless steel spout faucets. The towel rack on the side provides extra hanging space.
9. Understated simplicity
This bathroom is small but luxurious, as a result of all the glass. A French window fills one entire wall, and there’s a glass shower enclosure with an accent wall of paneled wood. The timber in the shower matches the countertop, which is fitted with a shallow vessel vanity.
This shallow sink sits under a massive frameless mirror, and the vanity itself is a sparse, industrial unit with stainless steel frames and a wide-open shelf. The shelf has white trim, and it stands on four metallic legs, adding a much-needed illusion of space in this tiny bathroom.
10. Mirrored marble
It’s hard to outshine marble finishes, but this bathroom vanity commands the room. Its positioning helps – sitting right between the tub and the shower enclosure. The espresso vanity has a beveled bottom, so it has a floating effect even though it’s anchored to the ground.
The bottom half of the wall is covered by cabinets while the top half is filled with a frameless mirror. The bathroom door is directly opposite, which is great for extending the appearance of the bathroom. As for the counter, it uses the same marble as the rest of the bathroom.
11. Timber triumph
The more interior design advances, the more we look back for inspiration. For example, wood was one of the earliest construction materials, and now we want more of it in our homes. Although wood would rather stay away from moisture, it’s still a popular choice for vanities.
This bathroom uses yellow light (as opposed to white fluorescent bulbs). The daylight effect works beautifully with wooden cabinets, bringing out their rich golden undertones. Here, the vanity uses integral styling, so you can’t tell where the wood counter ends and the sink begins.
The brown vanity is complemented by wooden bathtub coping, and by the sandy-colored tiles on the bathroom floors and shower wall. The shower wall also has stripes of brick-pattern brown tile, which matches the hues of the bathroom vanity cabinet.
12. Sweet and simple
Bathroom design doesn’t have to be ornate, as we see in this example. It’s on the smaller side, and white tones help the space feel larger. This single-sink vanity cabinet has a white veneer finish. It looks like wood, but it requires far less maintenance, and its doorknobs are cute too.
Above the vanity, a mirror is framed with the same white finish as the vanity, and above that, white sconce lights provide shadow-free down-lighting that’s ideal for nick-free shaving and non-smudged make-up. Glimmering steel faucets and fixtures offer extra reflective capacity.
13. Taupe tile
Your bathroom backsplash doesn’t generally get much attention. It’s a tiny accent that serves a practical purpose – preventing splash-back from the tub or sink. These splashes are easily overlooked, so they could damage the wall before you even notice. It’s why backsplashes are tiled or paved, even if the rest of the bathroom is painted or wood-paneled.
In this bathroom vanity, the backsplash is bold and gray, with wavy patterns that add texture and depth to this flat tile surface. The counter is a lighter shade, while the rectangular sink has rounded corners. The cabinets below are taupe, in line with your brown bathroom theme.
14. Powdered perfection
The design in this bathroom is quite eye-catching. It’s mostly neutral – whites, blacks, and grays in different iterations. The floors and most of the walls are white marble striated in gray, while the backsplash (and the middle portion of the shower wall) have white tiles printed with interlocking black and gray circles. But the real attention-grabber is the vanity.
It’s a powder-blue bathroom cabinet with grayish undertones. It’s paired with a similar floor-to-ceiling wardrobe on the side. The vanity has a single sink, with a round mirror above it. Drawer handles are silvery and see-through, just like the mirror frame and fluorescent light fixtures.
15. Lights! Camera!
This bathroom vanity has a distinct backstage aesthetic. It looks just like some movie star’s dressing room, where they put on their make-up and microphones before the show. It’s probably due to the long wall-to-wall mirror with its row of overhead lights.
These bulbs sit on a light brown platform that matches the wooden bathroom cabinet below. It also matches the timber tile pattern on the backsplash. The cabinet floats off the floor, and on the upper surface of the vanity, two oval sinks are set into a greenish-gray counter.
16. Hexagons and curls
When you walk into a bathroom and see a single, small hexagon window, especially one made of smoked glass, you realize it’s time to get creative. This bathroom is dim and doesn’t have much space, so placing the bathroom mirror opposite the door is only the first step. To double its reflective effect, a second mirror is placed opposite the first one.
To unify your design, frame the mirror with carefully carved wood, then mimic the intricately carved designs on the hexagonal bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, the vanity mirror is larger and simpler, with a white frame that matches its ivory-colored cabinets. Twin sinks, a small tub, and beige floor tiles finish off the look. The wall above the mirror can be un-tiled paint.
17. Round and retro
There’s a certain decorative style that features diagonal padding in leather or vinyl, usually in bright colors. This bathroom echoes that effect, though it uses white tile to mimic that aesthetic. A large, round, unframed mirror is mounted in the middle, with a round vessel sink below it.
Said sink sits on a wooden vanity. Its top is a white open shelf, while its bottom is a wood-grained cabinet. This style works well in small guest bathrooms, because the textured protrusions on your diagonal bathroom tiles add depth and interest to your plain white walls.
18. Matching mocha
This bathroom has a gorgeous wood-cabin feel, created by the mix of mint green walls and wooden trim. The top half of the wall is painted while the bottom half uses mocha-colored tile with stone-like striations. The door and window sill are framed with the same wood that constructs the wooden bathroom vanity. The mirror fills the top half of the vanity wall.
Your bathroom vanity counter is granite, with round sinks and flower-shaped lampshades, shining yellow light down onto the counter. The bronze faucets catch the light beautifully, and the same material is used for the towel hoops and drawer handles.
19. Perpendicular perfection
There’s a lot you can do with bathroom mirrors. In this sample, your bathroom vanity cabinet is topped by a three-sided nook mirror with a perpendicular layout. Instead of just the back wall, the sides are mirrored as well, and it’s all frameless glass, so it’s a much cleaner look.
Below the mirrors, a sandy-colored backsplash matches the light-brown tile counter. The cabinets and drawers are off-white, with hidden handles and hinges. Two round vessel sinks are mounted on the counter, and the whole bathroom is lit up with yellow recessed ceiling bulbs.
20. Twin reflections
In dual-sink bathrooms, the mirror is still a shared feature. Which makes sense, because the bigger the mirror, the larger the room looks. This master en-suite shifts that narrative a little by mounting twin mirrors above the twin sinks. The mirrors mimic your twin bathroom windows.
Below the mirrors, twin self-rimmed sinks rest on a bathroom cabinet of deep brown distressed wood. It’s a large cabinet with lots of shelves and drawers, so that’s adequate storage space for your shared bath linens and supplies. This same wood is used to frame the mirrors.
21. Grace in granite
If you want the elegance of marble but your bathroom budget doesn’t quite get there, you could use marble-patterned granite. Only the seasoned eye can tell the difference. Besides, granite doesn’t need as much care as marble does, so it’s a win-win. In this bathroom, the granite countertop has gray marble striations and oval under-mount sinks.
The cabinets are dark wood, picking up the accents of your black door knobs and towel hoops. The backsplash is a mish-mash of brick-patterned grays, creating a mosaic-like effect. Meanwhile, above each sink, a separate mirror is down-lit by sconces emitting white light.
22. Wide windowed wonder
Often, your bathroom sink is on the wall directly opposite the door. It can be jarring to open said door and meet ‘another you’, especially if you’re a guest in this bathroom, so you’re not used to the sudden reflection. But in this case, the layout is slightly shifted. Rather than facing the door, your bathroom mirror reflects the tiny window. The reflective effect adds light to the room.
The huge wall-to-wall mirror is framed in the same dark wood that’s used for the bathroom vanity cabinet. Below the frame, the backsplash is a gray mosaic of narrow, rectangular tiles. They’re laid horizontally to lengthen your bathroom width. The single sink is elongated as well.
23. Careful Carrara
Having your entire bathroom in the same material feels lazy … and a little boring. Unless the tile in question is marble. This seemingly translucent natural stone adds character to any room, and its gorgeous veining introduces the illusion of variation.
This bathroom uses Carrara marble everywhere, including the backsplash, and the shower walls behind their glass cubicle. Espresso bathroom cabinets pick on the darker tones in your tile striations. The twin sinks are rounded rectangles with contemporary metallic taps.
24. Mixed print blocking
In the fashion world, wearing a loud red skirt under a bright blue shirt is called color-blocking. And wearing a striped top with a checked skirt is mixing prints. This bathroom beautifully does both. The walls are veined gray tile in extra-large rectangular block shapes.
The vanity cabinet echoes those horizontal striations, but applies them in the form of the brown wood grain. The gray and brown are color blocks, so where does the mixed print come in? Well, the granite counter is the same shade as the walls, but instead of stripes, it has speckles. The overall effect is sleek, bold, unexpected … and delightfully easy to clean.
25. Sizzling symmetry
This bathroom uses subtle repetition to create a delicious symmetry that gives the otherwise plain bathroom some character. Twin mirrors are framed in white, and they seem to replicate the rectangular white sinks directly under them. Both sinks have identical chrome taps on a black stone countertop. Below, the cabinet is the same white as the mirror frames.
The lights above the mirror are a set of three. Their location divides the room into two halves, but their position creates unhelpful shadows. Opposite the bathroom vanity cabinet, the glass shower cubicle continues the theme. Its chrome shower head mimics the circular faucet below.
26. Bright and beautiful
An interesting design tip is to use your bathroom counter as a unifying factor. This bathroom vanity cabinet displays the technique to perfection. Meanwhile, the yellow bathtub walls, medium brown bathroom cabinets, and gray painted walls all come together at the counter.
It’s a curious beige-gray that seem to pick hues and tones from every other surface in the bathroom, blending them into a smooth, speckled table-top and backsplash. The sinks fitted into it are rectangular, while the faucets have a cute contemporary curve with apex edges.
27. Vibrant vintage
Today’s décor throws out all the ‘rules’ set by past designers, and this bathroom expresses that ‘rebellion’ quite well. Aged wood cabinets create an antique feel while the granite counter and beige tile walls provide a decidedly modern feel. The bathroom vanity’s chrome faucets, oval sinks, and recessed shelves over the tub add to that contemporary ambiance.
The combination of patchy patterned tile and a speckled countertop – both made of granite – give your bathroom a wild feel. So a few rugged bathroom succulents can continue this theme.
28. Accidental mismatching
While it probably wasn’t the intention, this bathroom vanity looks a lot like a kitchen sink. It would be a lovely feature in a guest bath though, or a pool house. The large window occupies half the wall, resembles a framed mirror, and it’s fitted with a spring faucet.
The bathroom vanity cabinet is dark wood topped with pale quartz tile and a striped backsplash made of subway tile. One side of the bathroom cabinet has hinged doors while the other has open shelves above and below the counter. They provide additional style and storage space.
29. See the speckle
Some people are uncomfortable with pyrex saucepans and baking bowls, so they’d be decidedly uneasy with see-through sinks. Luckily, these vessel vanities aren’t as delicate as they look. For one thing, they’re heat-proof, shatter-proof, and molded from safety glass to prevent accidents (and lawsuits!). These particular sinks have rectangular rims and curvy bottoms.
The taps above the sink are mounted on the speckled granite counter (rather than the wall, which is the more standard location for vessel vanity piping). These taps have retro styling, and the cabinets below are dark wood, floating above a beige tiled floor. The hinges and handles are hidden, with conveniently carved grooves to pull the doors and drawers open.
30. Busy bath designs
Symmetrical bathrooms are somewhat conservative, so you may want to spice them up. But sometimes, a bathroom has so much going on that you’re not sure where to look. It can seem disorienting, as this example shows. This bathroom has it all – tile, paneling, mosaic, paint, marble, stripes, brick-patterns, and glass. But let’s focus on the vanity.
It’s simply styled dark wood with gilded knobs and a white slab countertop. The mirror frame is dark, like the drawers, while the window frames are white, like the counter. A rounded sink sits in the middle, served by a curvy faucet spout and down-lit by fancy white-and-chrome fixtures.
31. Float and vault
Fitting a bathroom vanity cabinet into a loft or attic can be difficult. Why? Because these rooms often have low ceilings, and their unusual layout creates all these seemingly unusable nooks and cubbies. Floating vanities are a quick way to get around this problem. You can mount them directly on the wall, tucking them into those unexpected spaces.
In this example, the cabinet is topped by an angular mirror, which is cut to match the angular ceiling. The cabinet sits higher than most floating cabinets, because it needs space for the air vent underneath. A rectangular vessel sink sits on the vanity, and mosaic backsplash tops it off.
32. Curiously curvy
When we want our bathroom décor to stand out, we opt for outlandish materials and expensive finishes. But it’s often the little things that really make a mark. Case in point – oddly shaped vessel sinks. The ones in this bathroom look more like dinner dishes than bathroom sinks, and the resulting effect is gorgeous. They have scooped curves and narrow pedestal bases.
Their contemporary chrome faucets are wall-mounted, and the counter beneath them is light brown granite, with matching wall tiles and a checked tile floor. The bathroom cabinets are a rich reddish-brown, and the same wood is used to frame your bathroom mirror.
33. Fits just right
Your bathroom is so small that you risk breaking it each time you open the door. So how do you fit everything in? Start by identifying (or blocking off) a niche, then designing a fitted bathroom vanity cabinet. You might even find a ready-made one built for a tiny house.
This cute white cabinet with a single circular sink and white wooden drawers will do. A narrow backsplash sits above the counter, and a mirrored medicine cabinet provides extra space for storage. To add interest to the plain white style, gilded miniature spotlights are mounted up top.
34. Brick mosaic
This vaulted bathroom has a lot going on, but it all comes together beautifully. The first unexpected feature is the round mirror next to the square window – they’re not usually located on the same wall. (Instead, they’re placed on opposite walls to enhance lighting.) The window is double-framed, first with brown wood, then with white. The mirror isn’t framed at all.
Behind the two, a brick-patterned mosaic serves as a backsplash, covering the top half of the vaulted wall. The granite counter is speckled brown, echoing the tones of the backsplash. Under this, beige bathroom cabinets that float above a brown tile floor. The floor tile is wood imitation, while the cabinets are solid wood. The recessed ceiling lights are round, just like the mirror.
35. Neat and narrow
Square footage can be a tricky thing, because you end up thinking you have more room to play with. This narrow bathroom is the perfect example. Yes, there’s a lot of floor space, but its configurations make it difficult to maneuver. This bathroom resolves the problem by sacrificing storage space. Instead of a bathroom cabinet, the vanity sits on a floating open shelf.
The shelf – and the wall above it – are tiled with gray mosaic and down-lit with conical wall-mounted lamp shades. A shallow elliptical vessel sink sits on the countertop, with a large square mirror right above it. Under the vanity, striped gray wall tile matches the rest of the bathroom.
36. Wooden vessels
Floating shelves aren’t always a space-saving selection. Sometimes, you just like how they look. These vessel sinks are a good demonstration. They’re so shallow they seem decorative, but they give your bathroom an elegant minimalist ambiance. Be sure to use waterproofed wood though.
And you’ll need a lot of maintenance. For instance, you might have to manually dry them after every use. Fans can help expel moisture and humidity faster. These rectangular sinks sit on gray open shelves, and the sinks are ‘fed’ through straw-like wall-mounted water spouts.
37. Dark delight
Color choice can surprise you. After all, contrasting bright white with a shock of black can recede your bathroom walls, ‘pushing’ them back and ‘expanding’ the bathroom in the process. This example sets off a black accent wall against a black tile floor. The vanity mirror is mounted on this dark wall, which tops a white marble counter streaked with well-spaced gray striations.
The bathroom cabinet below is all white wood, floating about a foot off the floor. The faucets on the counter are gleaming stainless steel, and the sunken sinks are curvy and elliptical. To retain the bright whites, florescent lighting is mounted over the mirror.
38. White, blue, and wood
This bathroom vanity is simple but memorable. It forgoes the dramatic mirror in favor of a cute, flexible round one with an adjustable stand. Instead of a cabinet, open white shelves line the wall above the vanity. (One of those shelves holds the mirror.) The vanity itself is a brown open shelf that supports the vessel sink and wall-mounted faucet.
Behind the vanity, powder-blue tile covers half the wall, and a wall-mounted toilet sits a few feet away from the sink. The floor is safely paneled in distressed wood, because there’s no shower or tub to warp the pretty timber surface. It does need extra care though, so be prepared for that.
39. Rounded rims
Freestanding vanities are a good choice for large bathrooms. They make a statement without closing up your space. And because your bathroom is so big, you don’t have to expand them with wall-to-wall mirrors. In this case, round twin mirrors do the trick. They’re both framed with the same dark wood that forms the cabinet below. Between the mirrors are blacklight sconces.
They’re fitted with bulbs which emit yellow light. It glints off the gold-colored handles of your black bathroom cabinet. As for the sinks, their small rectangular shapes are under-mounted on the marble countertop. The bathroom wall is white striped tile, and the floor is black and white.
40. White arch type
Clever mirror placement can practically change the shape of your bathroom. In this example, placing the mirror perpendicular to the arched bathtub niche is a nice touch. It makes your vanity seem like it has a mirror arch of its own. The big square reflection creates this faux effect without the expense of curved glass. Below it, the white cabinets have a beveled bottom.
41. Cupboard cubby
In the kitchen, it’s common to see a stainless steel sink mounted next to a wooden cupboard. This effect can be recreated with a brown bathroom closet, as seen here. The granite vanity is tucked on the side of the medium brown wardrobe, making it look like an extended open shelf.
The cabinet under the sink is a continuation of the closed shelf on the side. The beige counter flows up onto a gray backsplash while the dark chrome faucets are reflected in the metallic cabinet handles. The white under-mounted sink has a slight blue tinge.
Storage and style
What factors influence the type of bathroom cabinet vanity you install? Height and usage are important, as well as material and position. The latter matters because the vanity needs easy access to plumbing and drainage. Bigger bathrooms need more storage space, so extra drawers are a useful feature. That said, open shelves can help you create additional space.
Which type of bathroom vanities are in your home right now? Are you looking to change things up? Let us know in the comments, and maybe we can suggest some easy styling tips.