Designing a modern styled bathroom requires a special kind of flair. Finding the perfect line between minimal and barren can be difficult, and keeping your bathroom looking clean and sleek while finding a place to put all your stuff can be even harder. But though modern bathroom vanities tend to have a simple outward aesthetic, many are designed with utility in mind. From clever internal design to maximize storage to mix-and-match modular add-ons, the best modern bathroom vanities address the problems that arise from a compact, simplified design. So if you like the idea of a modern bathroom design but are worried about space, these twelve modern vanities will stow your stuff – and look great doing it!
One of my favorite expressions of the modern design is the wall mounted vanity. Now, these come in a lot of shapes, sizes, styles, and forms, but the most common – like this Lincoln Street vanity from Sagehill Design – are simple squarish wood boxes with single pull-out drawers. The insides are fitted to accommodate and hide your plumbing, plus offer a little segmented storage in the space that’s left. These can be mounted at just about any height – even staggered for an asymmetrical his/hers “double vanity,” and leave your wall space looking airy and open.
Wall mount vanities offers two main advantages. First, they’re about as compact as they come, with incredibly compact footprints. This Module vanity is actually only 18 inches deep, which clears up a lot of space, especially in a smaller bathroom. Secondly, this type of vanity maximizes white space, stripping away ornamentation to give you a simple, elegant look. Depending on the needs of your bathroom, many wall mounted vanities, like this one, also come paired with lots of add-ons and accessories, from medicine cabinets to slim storage cabinets and shelves. As a bonus, all of these pieces can be installed at a variety of heights and locations, so depending on the size of your bathroom, you can really squeeze them tight or spread them out, symmetrically or playing with asymmetry to get the look you want.
A slightly larger wall mounted modern vanity, like this Double Drawer Espresso from Legion, affords even more storage space, with enough height to add in a second drawer that won’t be obstructed by the plumbing. Though this vanity is more than twice the height of the Lincoln’ street vanity, it’s only slightly deeper. That means even though it’ll have a slightly heftier appearance, it won’t actually take up any more space – just give you a little more storage with the same suspended look.
On the exact opposite end of the spectrum is this Whitehaus WHLOW vanity. Taking the minimalist aspect of modern design to the extreme, this “vanity” is really little more than a wall mounted counter top. Now, I’ll admit – this is basically the worst option out there if you’re worried about storage space. That said, this is an absolutely stunning piece for a bathroom where storage is less of a concern, like a guest bath or a master bathroom with lots of supplemental storage. The vitreous china sink and slate gray deck make for a striking contrast, and the barely-there silhouette is both sleek and surprising – just be sure to get attractive plumbing, because this vanity won’t hide it for you.
Similarly, if you’re looking more for style than storage, you really can’t beat this Crystal Wall vanity from LaToscana. Pairing vitreous china and tempered glass, this is about as small a vanity as you’ll find. It has just about enough “counter” space for a matching Morgana Waterfall Faucet, and that’s it – not even space for a soap dispenser. Then again, the simple geometric combination of the white square and the glass curve is perfectly elegant in it’s simplicity – you’ll just have to find another place to put your toothbrush.
If you have a larger bathroom and a little more space to spare with your design, you might want to opt out of the wall mount vanity variety entirely for something with more conventional storage space. That said, you don’t have to give up on the aesthetic to do it. Instead, look for a full sized modern bathroom vanity like this Suspended Glass Counter. Any combination of dark or black finished wood, stainless steel, and glass are a good place to start when you’re planning a modern design, and this vanity hits on all three. The suspended all-glass vanity (including integrated double sinks) is especially snazzy, giving you a cross-sectional view of the sink bowls suspended by steel cylinders against a black backdrop – all simple, stunning lines and contrasting textures.
The vanity in a modern styled bathroom is also a great place to have a little fun. This Flower Power vanity would look pretty wild in most rooms, but if you want a little pattern to your design, this simple print is the way to do it. Again playing on contrast, and evening out the loud flower-burst pattern with the shiny polished stainless steel legs, this vanity would actually fit right in to a black and white bathroom design. It’s also a fun way to work some nice design into a kid-friendly bathroom.
Some modern bathroom vanities are just plain funky – in a good way! This Ola vanity from LaToscana is practically gravity defying – a simple, large counter area (with one HUGE slow-close drawer for tons of storage) balanced on one teeeny tiny little stand that seems to impossibly hold up the whole vanity for an outrageously eye-catching and unconventional effect. Of course, the vanity can also be wall mounted, which means the effect is largely an illusion – but you don’t have to tell your guests that!
But your vanity doesn’t have to be way “out there” to be considered modern or to work in a modern bathroom. This York Vessel Vanity from Hardware Resources is neutral enough to work in just about any style bathroom, but the espresso finish and simple geometric drawer and door pulls, and especially the heavy, very thick white porcelain sink make for a great contrast, and are just sleek and eye catching enough for a modern urban style setting.
In fact, some of the best modern bathroom vanities actually don’t have much “modern” about them at all. I particularly like this Vintage-Inspired vanity, which takes the silhouette of a vintage powder-room style vanity and strips away all the ornate carving and antique hardware and finishes you’d expect from a period style. In it’s place, there’s nothing but a sleek, slightly glossy white finish and simplified curves that guide the eye without making the space seem decadent or lavish. Sometimes the most beautiful modern designs are riffs on vintage decadence, deconstructing the design to it’s most basic elements for a dramatic effect. If you like it, a white vanity with just a little sass and style is a great place to start.
Then again, sometimes in a modern bathroom decor it’s better to have an inconspicuous vanity rather than one that really makes a statement. Especially if you have another real show-stopper piece – and especially if that piece happens to be a really nice vessel sink – you might want to opt for a more compact vanity – something small and unobtrusive like this Pedestal Vanity from Silkroad Exclusive. Like an actual pedestal – you know, like you might find in a museum – this type of vanity is best for displaying a really stunning sink, and unlike some other pedestal vanities that are made of a single solid block of wood or stone, this one actually affords a little storage as well.
Really, though, my absolute favorite thing about a modern design is that so much of the decor is modular. I touched on this a little with the accessory-friendly wall mount vanities, but it’s true for full sized modular vanities as well. Vanities like this Modular Double Vanity are made to be flexible, whether you need a single vanity, a double vanity, or either one with a load of extra storage, you can buy the pieces individually to total the size, shape, and storage you need for your space. The best part? Modular modern bathroom vanities are easier to move, easier to fit through doorways, and assemble (and disassemble and reassemble) completely seamlessly. And because modular design typically adheres to the same principles as modern design (simple lines, geometric shapes, not a lot of decoration), it’s easy to find pieces with the convenience, beauty, and flexibility of both.
So if you’re worried about space and storage constraints holding you back from the modern bathroom of your dreams, don’t be. There are plenty of bathroom vanities out there, and many of them are easily customizable to fit your specific needs. And, heck, even if you opt for a vanity smaller than your average bread box, it’ll leave you with a lot more room to put storage elsewhere. What’s your biggest worry about your modern design ideas? Anything in particular holding you back from your next big remodel? What style modern bathroom vanity appeals most to you?