Anne Ellard, Houzz contributor and interior & kitchen designer at Kitchens by Kathie…
Storage is just as important in the bathroom as it is in any other room of the house. When designing your bathroom vanity, consider everything that you need to store in there from shower gels and shampoos, to toilet rolls and cleaning products. Carefully planning practical storage will help to ensure everything has a home and things won’t need to be kept on top of the vanity.
A shaving (or medicine) cabinet with mirror doors on the wall above your vanity is an excellent way of creating clever storage. Recessing these cabinets into the wall so that the mirror doors are almost flush with the walls creates a very streamlined look with “secret” storage.
Your shaving cabinet really only needs to be deep enough to store moisturisers, shaving gels, etc, so about 150mm clear internal depth should be sufficient. Set it up with adjustable shelves so you can vary them depending on the height of the items you want to store.
If you are thinking about a stone vanity top, consider an undermount basin. Because these basins sit below the surface, any water that gathers on top can easily be wiped straight into the basin. And, if you wall-mount your taps, cleaning in and around the basin becomes a breeze.
If you have the space, incorporating two basins into the design of your vanity is a great idea. Whether it’s a his and hers in the ensuite or a space that can be shared by two or more children in the main bathroom, it will save time (and arguments) in the mornings.
A clothes hamper is a great item to consider building into your bathroom vanity. It will free up floor space and will hopefully mean fewer dirty clothes for you to pick up off the floor.
The bathroom is the perfect room in the house to really let your creative side loose, so use this room to try out different colours and styles you might not ordinarily go for.
This black vanity with profiled fronts and decorative porcelain handles might not be something you would personally consider for a large kitchen space, but on a smaller scale in the bathroom its not as overwhelming.