5 Bathroom Vanity Update Ideas

by Abbey DeHartSeptember 26, 2017

Bathroom vanities don’t get much consideration unless you’re buying or remodeling a home. They’re just a necessary surface like any other, something taken for granted as part and parcel of everyday living. However, it’s a space that deserves more attention and appreciation. After all, aside from the bed, it’s the one place that you start and end each day.

Plan the perfect platform to begin and end each day by considering your wants, needs and the styles available for a truly restful restroom environment.

The Value of a Vanity

Buyers love an upgraded kitchen and bathroom, which make both an easy choice when it comes to investing in your existing home—not only do you get to enjoy a nicer style of living, but you’re likely to benefit in the form of a shorter list time or higher sales price when it’s time to sell. According to statistics from Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, homeowners are likely to recoup 64.8 percent of the cost of midrange improvements to a bathroom.

While market value is always important, quality of life is even more so, so it’s important to pick an upgrade you’ll enjoy. A bathroom vanity fits the bill nicely; it improves the appearance of your home and provides space-saving options to help you organize your day-to-day life.

Wants and Needs

The first consideration is your existing space and its abilities, followed by your personal needs. It’s time to be honest about what’s in your bathroom and its usefulness. Are you a product junkie? Are you prone to leaving items on the counter? There are certain habits that you’re unlikely to change, so hope for the best and plan for the worst by choosing a vanity that will accommodate your current routine.

Sure, we’d all like to pretend that we’ll purge the nail polish collection or start putting each product back in the cabinet in which it belongs, but it might be more practical to accept who you are and make space for those proclivities.

The next thing to think about is budget. Are you renovating the entire room? Just swapping out the sink space? Determine the total amount you have to spend and divide your spending into categories based on importance. The vanity is really the focal point and catch-all of the room and should be budgeted for accordingly.

Everything and the Bathroom Sink

Now for the fun part—choosing the style for your new space. Once you have the basics covered, it’s time to think design. Here are five options that serve as functional focal points.


If you appreciate clean lines and a contemporary look, floating vanities with hidden hardware, flat fronts and vessel sinks lend themselves well to a modern space. Keeping countertops clear is integral to preserving the intended look, so get creative with interior cabinet organizers to help make it easy.

Polish It Up: An orchid or potted succulent is an easy way to add warmth to an intentionally cool area, while the depth of the mirror frame pictured above adds visual interest and acts as a shelf or ledge. Choose recessed lighting to keep space bright without disrupting design.


Are you a true minimalist? If you can live without clutter, a simple slab countertop with a vessel sink is a striking, budget-friendly combination.

Polish It Up: Storage is the predominant concern with this style. Add floating wall shelves with a stack of rolled towels or a wooden box or bamboo basket for under-sink storage. Sleek pendant lighting is an out-of-the-way accessory that also serves a purpose.


A rich shade of wood accented with silver hardware and granite countertop adds elegance, while the built-in shelving between the dual sinks extends the usefulness of this traditional-looking vanity.

Polish It Up: A pretty jewelry tray, framed photograph or art piece is a lovely way to accentuate the decor. Display attractive perfume or product bottles for the sake of both convenience and accessorizing. Mirror-mounted light fixtures with decorative glass shades add an extra touch of brightness.


White and off-white are always classic choices for cabinetry color and can help make your vanity a neutral centerpiece to decorate around. Make the best use of space with an extra row of cabinets along the ceiling to store products that aren’t used daily.

Polish It Up: A plain white accessory set for incidentals like soap and toothbrushes is practical and adds to the clean look of such a space. Wall sconces with traditional lamp shades—or even a chandelier—add an upscale touch that won’t overpower the simplicity of the design.


If you’re looking to recreate the farmhouse or cottage style that’s taking home makeover shows by storm, consider re-purposing an old dresser into a shabby-chic vanity or finding an existing piece that mimics that style. Cabinets with beadboard, shuttered fronts or color-washed finishes (gray and light green are popular choices) are also trendy options for bringing a touch of down-home decor to the bathroom.

Polish It Up: Keep your toothbrush or makeup brushes within easy reach with a mason jar instead of a traditional countertop accessory set. You can get creative elsewhere as well: Personalize the space with an interesting art piece like an inspiring quote on distressed wood, an elaborately framed mirror or re-purpose a vintage wooden ladder as a towel holder.

The vanity contains and organizes the tools you need for beauty, comfort, health and self-improvement. It’s a launching pad for our days and a rest stop before we begin our journey into night—so, yes, it deserves more reverence than we give it on a daily basis. Your bathroom is more of a retreat from the world than you realize. Make it a comfortable safe haven that’s both pretty and purposeful.

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About The Author
Abbey DeHart
Abbey DeHart enjoys writing and sharing her DIY and décor experiences from her home in central Ohio. Abbey writes on her ideas for The Home Depot. To find more inspiration on bathroom design and vanities, you can visit the Home Depot. This article is editorial content that has been contributed to our site at our request, and is published for the benefit of our readers. We have not been compensated for its placement.