Decorators can choose from multiple styles, shapes, sizes, and materials when choosing a vanity, but the great benefit for homeowners is that they need not buy a ready-made version. Old furniture can be repurposed as a vanity, creating an elegant appointment at a very reasonable price. Old sideboards, chests-of-drawers, tables, or wardrobes can be refinished. Decorators can install new hardware that seamlessly matches other bathroom accessories. Sinks and faucets can be inset into the cabinetry, but vessel sinks make the transformation even easier, and decorators can choose from many shapes and materials to create a masterpiece of creativity. Elegant faucets can be wall-mounted to create a graceful, functional sink that makes a spectacular focal point for the room.
Bathroom vanity tops employ numerous materials in a wide range of colors, including granite, marble, laminate, glass, vitreous china, cultured marble, slate, tile, wood, porcelain, and even concrete. Many decorators choose granite and marble because they offer durability and great flair. The vanity often serves as the central piece of bathroom design, offering functionality, storage, and great beauty. Double sinks can help prevent traffic jams, but large vanities may not be in the cards for smaller bathrooms. Wall-hung vanities often create room for double sinks, but many decorators opt for the sleek design of a single sink and additional counter space. Vanities with extra cabinets, drawers, and shelves provide great storage options for small bathrooms.
Granite tops provide great protection against bacterial contamination, making it one of the most popular choices. Granite comes in a variety of natural colors that will not fade over time, and the material is very eco-friendly. Solid surface vanity tops include acrylic resin and stone. Manufacturers cast the sink and counter in one piece. Intense heat could damage the surface, but the acrylic material resists most scratches and abrasions. Marble enjoys extreme popularity and creates a sophisticated look of high gloss. The material provides many of the benefits of granite, but the price can be a bit steep and marble can stain. Granite resists stains beautifully. Ceramic tile offers many similar benefits, but grout lines can stain and harbor bacteria and mildew.
Vessel sinks offer design versatility, because decorators can change their position fairly easily or replace them with a different bowl. Undermount sinks require space within the cabinetry for sink and plumbing, reducing storage space. Natural wood bathroom vanity tops require regular maintenance. Hardwood provides simple, stunning elegance, enjoys great versatility, and installs easily. Water damages wood, however, so home decorators must seal the wood with varnish or polyurethane. Homeowners must devote special attention to areas where plumbing enters the wood. Water can seep through the edges and cause considerable damage. Proper care and maintenance will ensure a new or repurposed vanity lasts for many years.