Interior design was a big career change for me in the early '90's, transitioning from the business/finance world into a job where I did both business management and interior design for an architecture firm - for a whopping $12 an hour! All while going to design school at night. Yikes! Guess I knew where I belonged, since I stuck it out. I went on to work with several boutique design firms while continuing my free-lance career, loving every minute of it. Usually.
* Great lines, warm wood finish, nice hardware, very furniture-like, light footprint, adaptable
* Not as much closed storage, need to be tidy, have to clean underneat
Dina Bandman always knew she wanted to be an interior designer, but her path to design was not ordinary. After completing an undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, Dina went to law school and earned her J.D degree in New York before ultimately deciding to follow her passion for interior design.
* This piece is a true classic
* If you are looking for a sophisticated and simple piece that is traditional but can easily be mixed with any tile or wallpaper- this is the vanity to choose - it will never go out of style.
* No storage - so it is best used for powder rooms or not so frequented bathrooms.
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Award-winning Bay Area designer Sherry Hope-Kennedy of Studio SHK is committed to creative and functional eco-conscious design that reflects the lifestyles and personalities of her clients. Studio SHK works within a broad range of styles including contemporary, modern, traditional, and classic, and strives to capture the inherent character of a place and the spirit of its inhabitants. Sherry has an MFA in interior architecture and design. She is the President-Elect of the Northern California Chapter of ASID and a member of IIDA. Her work has been featured across the web and in print including, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, San Francisco Magazine, Rue Daily and California Home + Design. Her firm has won multiple first place prizes including a San Francisco Design Week Awards and two ASID Northern California awards.
* This has a very nice shape. It is a contemporary piece with a nod to the past
* The shape is curvier, lighter and has a smaller depth than the more common square shapes of vanities. It is a good solution for a small bathroom.
* Only comes in three standard sizes
Bathroom vanities are great design pieces that serve as the focal point of bathroom spaces. Roomhints talked to these three interior designers about a few bathroom vanities that they’re loving.
1. Scale is key — use a smaller, sleek vanity for smaller spaces
This bathroom features a unique flamingo wallpaper, a fun, whimsical mirror, and a sleek, minimal vanity. The metal vanity brings out the soft gray marbling in the tile backsplash and floor, and coordinates perfectly with the metal hardware on the sink.
A simple, streamlined bathroom vanity like this one is perfect for smaller bathrooms. Fun fact: this was the very first bathroom Dina Bandman designed after starting her company!
2. Go for form and function
This bathroom vanity is a versatile piece that can work in multiple interior styles: modern farmhouse, mid-century, contemporary, beach house, transitional, loft.
It features satisfying lines and volumes and a sculptural base.
There is both closed and open storage, which gives you both style and functionality. Open shelves at the base give an illusion of greater floor space and gives the piece a floating quality.
This piece also looks more furniture-like, rather than being strictly utilitarian.
Lori’s Top Bathroom Vanity Hints
- A custom vanity will fit your space and your needs exactly, but will probably cost more.
- Consider taller storage in addition to the vanity when space permits.
- Don’t force two sinks in a space where two people using them would be on top of each other.
- Coordinate with other finishes in the space.
- The vanity is furniture for the bath, so think of it the way you would a piece in another room in your house. Is it stylish or just functional? Why not both?
- Style the vanity top as you would another piece in the house. No mouthwash bottles, please!
- Coordinate the mirror with the vanity. It doesn’t have to match, but should feel harmonious and in scale, and not hung too high for the user.
- Getting the right size is key. Don’t over-furnish the space.
Bathroom vanities are a great design piece to work with because there are so many different styles, sizes, and features to choose from. It’s a piece that makes a major design statement in the bathroom while also being super functional with its countertops and storage.
3. Use your bathroom vanity to create a bold, luxurious impact
This dramatic black and white bath exudes pure glitz and glamour which this bathroom vanity helps portray.
The black vanity helps to ground the black, busier patterns in the tile and backsplash, and its curved bottom contrasts nicely with the straight lines in those same patterns. The hardware on the sink coordinates perfectly with the hardware on the bath.
What did you think of these three bathroom vanities?