Here on the homethangs blog, we really love copper – copper kitchen sinks, copper bathtubs, copper vessel sinks, just about any way you can emphasize or accessorize with copper in your home, we love it. Why? Because not only is copper beautiful and easy to care for, but it ages naturally with time, developing a beautiful antique patina and maturing as you use it. That means that not only are you getting a beautiful piece that will become even more eye-catching over time, but that each copper piece will be uniquely yours. If you love the look of natural weathered copper too, and don’t want to stop with a sink or a tub, rustic copper bathroom vanities are the perfect way to bring more of that elegantly aged look into your bathroom.
There are several different types of copper vanities, and a lot of the style depends on how much of the vanity is made or finished with copper. You aren’t likely to find any solid copper bathroom vanities, just because the material is expensive, heavy, and might not play well with your flooring. On the copper-heavy end of the spectrum you’re looking at something like this Langley copper vanity, which comes complete with weathered copper paneling on all the doors and drawers, a full copper countertop and matching Savannah copper sink. The slightly weathered finish on the wood and the antique iron accent handles make for a fantastic vintage look and feel with a nice old West flair.
Many copper bathroom vanities have a similar rustic design. This Scana copper vanity, for example, uses weathered wood and richly aged copper paneling and countertop in place of the traditional whites and pastels. This vanity is all texture and color, top to bottom. Each of the three areas of copper – the sink, the counters, and the paneling – has a slightly different finish both in aging and in the literal texture, and because of their different locations, they’ll age differently as well, making for a spectacular depth and range of finishes. As well, the aging of the wood on each vanity is unique and will add a one of a kind rugged authenticity to your decor.
Of course, with this farmhouse copper bathroom vanity the sink is the real main spectacle, and changing it out can dramatically alter the look and feel of the vanity. While I would personally stick with a copper sink, a more traditional white fireclay farmhouse sink would really lighten and brighten the vanity, making it a little more decor-neutral. That said, ditching the copper sink takes away a lot of what makes copper bathroom vanities so bold and beautiful. Instead, if you’re looking to mix up the look a little, I’d opt for another Hampton apron sink from Sierra Copper.
Sierra Copper’s Hampton line of farmhouse sinks come in a wide variety of styles, and in some cases the scrollwork can even be custom designed to a pattern of your choosing. Each one has its own personal flair, from the romantic heart-floral scrollwork above to the simpler, steamer-trunk style riveting of this Hampton Norwich. So be aware when you’re looking into copper bathroom vanities that not all copper sinks are created equal, and choosing the right one can go a long way towards ensuring you get the look you want.
From there, copper bathroom vanities get a little more spare. This Burlington vanity nixes the door and drawer paneling, favoring more visible wood over layers of finished copper. It keeps the copper countertop of the other two, though, and ups the ante with a copper vessel sink. Pictured here with a Remington vessel sink, the rugged wood and weathered copper counter really exist to do service to the sink – meaning this is another place where your sink choice has a huge impact on the final look of your copper vanity.
Swap the Remington out with this Square Cazo sink and you immediately switch from something bordering on modern to something much homier and more rustic. Reminiscent of old west style copper wash basins – with the little loop “carry” handles to prove it – this sink is much more casual, and will make the vanity look like a homey, old-fashioned wash stand.
Then again, if you want to emphasize that gorgeous copper counter top, I would opt for a simple, smaller vessel sink like this Aurora Squared copper sink, and ask for a tempered rather than antique or burnished patina. This will give you a starting finish that’s closer to the countertop (if a little darker) that will help bring the tempered copper pattern to the fore rather than using it as a backdrop for a more intricate sink.
Finally, if you just really love the idea of a copper sink, but find copper bathroom vanities a little overwhelming, look for a vanity with a wood tone that compliments the color of aged copper. Sierra Copper offers this Madison bathroom vanity, which is made out of the same wood and with the same weathered, rustic finish as their other copper bathroom vanities, but without any copper insets and an included wood vanity top rather than a copper one. If you love the vanity and want the copper, you can have it upgraded to a copper top, but if you really just love the wood and want to use it to feature a beautiful vessel sink, this is really an excellent way to do it. And because there isn’t any other copper, it’ll give the copper sink of your choice the opportunity to shine.
What appeals to you about copper bathroom vanities? Do you like bathroom vanities with a lot of copper, or do you prefer to highlight a single artistic feature? Would you ever put a non-copper sink in a copper vanity?