Tired of cookie-cutter bath design? Let the vanity be your muse.

Bath renovations are one of the most sought-after home upgrades.  Houzz, a leading online platform for home remodeling and design, recently conducted a survey of 2,500 homeowners who were either planning a bath renovation project, were in the process of doing a project, or had recently completed a project.  One of the key findings of the survey was that 76% of respondents upgraded their vanities during primary bath renovations.  Once seen as a simple utilitarian feature of the bath, it’s clear that vanities have become a focal point for expressing personal style.

Jeffrey Alexander’s 42″ Katara vanity in Black with Artic Stone top

Whether the client wants to create a spa-like primary bath where they can unwind after a stressful day, a warm and welcoming guest bath, or a fun and funky powder room, storage is something they expect designers to incorporate into the project.  Custom cabinetry offers flexibility, but between labor shortages, lead times, and limited door styles, cabinet-style vanities are not always the best option for clients.  Fortunately for designers, furniture-style vanity options have expanded to give designers more flexibility to create dramatic spaces.

Stylish bathroom interior with vessel sink and round mirror

Elevated Style and Color

The Houzz survey revealed other interesting trends for vanity style, materials, and color.  Thirty percent of respondents included vanities with wood finishes and 28% choose to go with either gray, blue, black, or green vanities.  This is a significant move away from the traditional white.  However, it’s not only the cabinet portion of the vanity that has evolved.  New materials for vanity tops like engineered quartz were the choice of 40% of survey respondents. Engineered quartz provides a wide range of colors and designs that add drama and visual texture to a bath space.  These options, combined with designer touches, can create spaces that are truly unique for their clients.

Jeffrey Alexander’s 48″ Katara vanity in White with Cade mirror in Black


Using the vanity as the bathroom’s focal point, designers can add unique touches that demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity.  Mixing things up by choosing faucets and decorative hardware in different finishes is a great way to add interest.  Incorporating storage solutions makes it easy to organize personal grooming supplies, keeping them within reach while keeping counters clear of clutter.  Pairing dramatic wallpaper with a clean line vanity is a great way to express individual personality.  Show off the wallpaper by carefully selecting vanity mirrors that don’t overwhelm the space.

Taking the time to understand the client’s objectives and introducing options is a great way to ensure the renovated bath space will exceed their expectations.  To learn more about furniture-style vanity options from Jeffrey Alexander, visit JeffreyAlexanderVanities.com.

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