How to Choose Bathroom Vanities and Countertops for Bathroom Decorating
Vanity cabinets are perhaps the best way to provide storage for your bathroom essentials. The variety of vanities available on the market is virtually endless, and you are sure to find one that suits your bathroom decor style well.
When selecting your vanity you will need to take the following aspects into consideration:
– The size of your family
– The height of your vanity
– The size of your vanity’s countertop
– The style of the vanity
– The color of the countertop
– The type of faucets you will use
– The type of sink you will use
If you have a large family it makes sense to make use of a double vanity, purely because there will be times when two members of your family will need to make use of the sink area at the same time. Also, a large double vanity usually has compartmentalized cupboards or drawers which allow each member of your family to store their personal toiletries separately.
A single vanity is suitable for use in a smaller bathroom, by a small family or a home occupied by a couple.
Your vanity can be freestanding, meaning it will not require installation, or it can be wall-mounted. Wall-mounted vanities are suited to bathrooms with a contemporary modern decor design.
Vanities are usually made from solid wood and can be coated in a number of finishes to give them a dark appearance (like espresso) or a light appearance (like pine). You will obviously choose a vanity in a style and design that suits your overall bathroom decor.
For example, a Victorian style bathroom could feature an antique style vanity, made from oak, which will then be finished in a durable varnish, making it water resistant. There is no shortage of designs for vanities when it comes to the Victorian style.
Always be sure to know which wood your vanity is made from. For example, chip board is not water resistant at all, and will deteriorate and crumble with in weeks of being installed in your bathroom.
Solid wood vanities can also be painted in an enamel paint, which keeps most of the moisture out of the wood.
Your vanity will either be fitted with its own under-mount sink, or you could choose to rest a vessel sink on its countertop. Vessel sinks are becoming increasingly popular due to their appearance, and are available in an assortment of designs and styles.
When you consider the type of sink your vanity will feature, you will need to consider the type of faucets you will use.
Vessel sinks do not feature built-in faucets, and rest like a ‘bowl’ on a surface. Wall-mounted faucets or long-arch counter-mounted faucets (installed into the vanity itself) are perfect for vessel sinks. Alternatively, an under-mount sink (a sink built-in to your vanity) may feature its own faucet holes (for a single-hole faucet or a widespread faucet) or if positioned close enough to your wall, could make use of wall-mounted faucets too.
When you choose your faucets for your bathroom sink you should also consider who will be using the faucets. While cross-handle faucets (handles in a ‘+’ shape) are difficult for children to use, lever faucets are easy to use and are water saving.
When it comes to the countertop for your vanity, there are a number of materials that can be used. Which material you use will depend mostly on the appearance you prefer. Marble is perhaps the most commonly used material for countertops on bathroom vanities.
Marble is durable, easy to maintain, and comes in an assortment of colors and effects. The following pictures are examples of the effects that marble can create.
Glass, coarse natural stone, porcelain, fiber-glass and wooden countertops are also used for vanities. Ceramic tiles can create a specific appearance, like these tiles that could be used for a countertop in a traditional or Victorian style bathroom.
Laminate is without a doubt the cheapest option. It is also easy to clean and durable; however, it will need to be fixed to your countertop with precision and good adhesion. The result of poorly adhered laminate is that it will lift, and become damaged if water should some how find its way beneath it.
All in all, vanities are an excellent way to reduce clutter in your bathroom, which is the topic of the next article.
Written By : Smith, Amanda (2012-06-12). Bathroom Decorating Ideas for the Perfect Bathroom Design.
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