When it comes to bathroom interior design, the vanity isn’t just a necessary fixture—more often than not, it’s a focal point. Hence the reason you’ll rarely see a designer bypassing the opportunity to make a statement with a bathroom vanity. Whether it’s transforming a French bombe chest into a one-of-a-kind vanity or opting to commission a custom vanity fabricated from an unexpected material like lacquer or stone, designers are full of tricks to frill out this seemingly utilitarian piece.
One of the easiest ways to transform an ordinary vanity into one worthy of second and third glances? Color. Especially when paired with a fun wallpaper—a designer favorite for pint-sized powder rooms—a colorful vanity can be an ingenious way to set a playful mood in motion. Painted wood vanities aren’t the only option for procuring color, either. Designers are notorious for fashioning bathroom vanities from nontraditional materials, including mirrored panels, metal or stone. While vividly colored stones like onyx or lapis could easily overwhelm a kitchen design, vanities offer the perfect opportunity to use a statement stone in moderation. Not sure you’re ready to splurge on a specimen slab? For the more reserved among us, unconventional drawer pulls can be the perfect way to dress up a more standard-issue vanity.
Looking for even more vanity flare? To get you inspired, we’ve collected 27 beautiful designer bathroom vanities. From modern floating vanities to classic wood vanities, these designs are perfect for inspiring your own vanity affair.
A custom, blush-colored vanity is a transformative ingredient in this glamorous bath designed by Denise McGaha Interiors.
For a farmhouse-inspired bath, firm IDF Studio elected to pair a bold blue vanity with decorative tile floors and shiplap walls.
In this striking bath designed by 2to5 Design, a textured tile laid in a distinctive herringbone pattern perfectly complements the walnut vanity's wavy grain.
For the remodel of a Victorian-era home, the firm Spencer & Wedekind opted for a marble top vanity with a traditional, rounded front. The shape pays homage to the home’s vintage roots, while the handless, flat-front drawers feel thoroughly modern.
The firm Robin Gannon Interiors selected a vibrant red vanity to complement classic white wainscotting topped with a bold statement wallpaper.
For a bathroom located just off a game room, the firm Denise McGaha Interiors opted for a vanity with dramatic pull handles that mimic the curvy patterns put into play by the room’s wallpaper and mirror.
To accent a marble bath and Mid-Century mirrors, studio CAK installed a lavender lacquer vanity with splayed copper legs.
For a Carnegie Hill apartment, the firm Douglas C. Wright Architects installed a wood vanity outfitted with a gray marble top and eye-catching gold fixtures.
To maximize the space in an attic bath, Jodi Morton of 2to5 Design opted for a compact floating vanity crafted of walnut.
A stately wood dresser outfitted with a marble top makes a homey contrast to the industrial elements present in this penthouse bath designed by Tim Barber Architects.
For a Silver Lake guest bath renovation, designer Stefani Stein went for a classic vintage look, pairing an Empire-style vanity with traditional subway tile and hexagonal tile floor inlaid with a Greek key border.
To enliven a classic bath with an element of the unexpected, the firm Denise McGaha Interiors chose a powder blue vanity with a textured facade.
To bring balance to a joyous riot of color and pattern, designer Shauna Glenn employed a clean-lined wood vanity adorned with simple brass handles.
For a whimsical powder bath, studio CAK partnered a vibrant, palm-flocked wallpaper with a red mirror and floating mirrored vanity.
To offset the surplus of blue and green tones in a playful children’s bath, the firm Spencer & Wedekind installed a red floating vanity.
Drama is in high supply in this bath, thanks to the custom black marble and flame-blackened wood vanity designer Stefani Stein had commissioned.
Rather than install double sinks for a female client’s solo bath, the team at Tim Barber Architects positioned a single vanity adjacent to a classic dresser. The effect is magnificently cozier than a single, double-wide vanity.
To offset a striking Hermès wallpaper, the firm Goddard Design Group repurposed a vintage cabriole leg cabinet as a petite vanity.
For a Spanish colonial-style home, the design firm Interior Archeology settled on a farmhouse-style vanity with an open bottom shelf.
A custom vanity made of Azul Macuaba Quartzite makes a dramatic impact in this sophisticated bath teed up by the Stephens Design Group.
A custom two-sided vanity, equipped with hanging mirrors and bookended by a rustic cabinet, imbues this farmhouse-style bath by Dragonfly Designs with a sense of unexpected playfulness.
A classic vanity outfitted with simple black hardware is the perfect complement to a dramatic tile floor in this guest bath dreamed up by designer Lauren Nelson.
A wood vanity, white walls and a brown and white Moroccan rug create a stunning contrast in this soulful bathroom designed by Staprans Design.
A simple rounded vanity becomes a thing of wonder when topped with the same marble that bedecks the walls in this Park Avenue residence designed by the firm Stephens Design Group.
To accent a lively floral wallpaper, the firm Hyde Evans Design chose a classic white vanity outfitted with Shaker-style doors and delicate crystal knobs.
For a remodeled bath located in an upstate New York farmhouse, the firm Stephens Design Group opted to forgo an extended vanity in favor of a slightly shorter one paired with a built-in window seat.
Multiple statement pieces, including a fabulous floral print wallpaper and burnt orange vanity, make this bathroom by Alexandra Rae Design a certified knockout.