I’ve talked a bit before about the pitfalls of a modern bathroom decor – it can be a little cold and a little impersonal, both of which can be difficult to fix and difficult to avoid in the first place. But it isn’t always true, and certainly doesn’t have to be. In some ways, a modern decor is an invitation to have a little fun, you just have to keep in mind that “modern” doesn’t necessarily have to be formal. Modern vanities with a vintage flair are a nice example of the kind of playfulness that can make a modern design fun. Wall mounted bathroom vanities work especially well, too, because the different form gives them a little more room for innovation.
Take this White Lacquered Vanity from Legion Furniture for example: as with many wall mounted bathroom vanities, its compact size allows for an unconventional design. The vanity itself isn’t quite as deep as the built in sink, which creates a cool, curvy protrusion that’s mirrored in the curved bottom edge and the round, belt-buckle style door handles. Plus, the materials go a step further, playfully mixing and matching a the light maple wood with the slightly glossy finish on the doors and the subtly reflective porcelain sink and counter top – much warmer than your conventional modern, industrial palette.
This Zebra Wood wall mounted bathroom vanity from Bellaterra has a similar belt-like (though slightly more bedazzled) handle, but plays up the curves in the shape of the vanity itself rather than the sink, counter, or smaller accents. Rounding off the edges has the effect of softening your space. With such a strong emphasis on geometric shapes and straight lines, modern design can wind up looking pretty square. Mixing it up a little with wall mounted bathroom vanities that have a few curves can go a long way to making the space feel more comfortable.
Changing the finish to something very light, almost unfinished looking (rather than the dark chocolatey browns, grays, and blacks typical of modern bathroom vanities) like this Light Bamboo Vanity can make a massive difference all by itself. Not only does the color help warm up the space and make it feel a little less industrial, but it can actually make the space more relaxing and laid back as well, like a spa style bathroom rather than a too-nice-to-touch magazine spread.
Even little changes, like the slightly lofted counter top on this Modern Wenge wall mounted bathroom vanity from Vigo Industries attract a little attention and help to make the most of the “modern” aesthetic. Because modern design means all smooth, minimal lines, the best way to customize the furniture and furnishings for a modern space is to play with white space. This vanity does so beautifully, creating a sort of geometric hourglass figure and emphasizing the floating look that comes built in to all wall mounted bathroom vanities.
Some alterations to modern wall mounted bathroom vanities are practical as well as stylish. This Wood Patterned vanity is interesting from the get-go with the variegated wood plank style finish, but the slightly staggered design is functional as well as innovatively asymmetrical. You see, dropping down the right side of the vanity allows a little more space to accommodate the plumbing while keeping two fully sized drawers intact. Add in that last little bit of open-air storage space, and you’ve got a vanity that puts the fun back in in functional.
Adding any pattern is a great way to make a modern wall mounted bathroom vanity the focal point of your bathroom. This Walnut Vanity stripes the front face with repeating, scalloped strips, adding some much-needed texture to an otherwise rather dismally square vanity. The change is, again, a relatively small one, but it can spice up a modern decor that’s merely ordinary.
Sometimes, it’s just the right occasion to really go wild with your design. This Flower Power wall mounted bathroom vanity is nothing if not bold, but for the right person and the right bathroom, those slightly-silly sketched flowers are the bathroom’s equivalent of loosening your tie, unbuttoning a few buttons, and letting your hair down – which is exactly what a bathroom should be. If there’s any room in your home that should epitomize R&R, it should be the place you go to unwind, take a long soak, wash the day’s cares away… and maybe stop to smell the flowers.
Are you looking for a bathroom vanity that’s anything but ordinary? Tell me a little about your design plans for your bathroom – I might be able to help!