If you’re designing a new bathroom, shower room or simply giving your bathroom a makeover, one of the most important things to consider is your bathroom and vanity colour scheme. Choosing the right colour for your bathroom is essential if you want to create a beautiful look. As far as bathroom design trends go, it’s all about how your vanity bathroom furniture works in your space and complements the rest of your bathroom furniture and accessories.
What Is A Vanity Unit?
A vanity unit is a piece of furniture which includes a bathroom basin and a storage unit. They are designed to hold the basin, conceal the plumbing and provide storage.
For the average person that may know little about bathroom aesthetics and design, bathroom furniture and vanity units might not seem so important, but it is – the right sink vanity unit will ultimately transform a room, but place it awkwardly in the way of a traffic route and your bathroom will suffer, as will opting for poor quality or mismatched materials. Believe it or not, there’s definitely more to choosing the right bathroom vanity unit than you might think.
Today, there’s a plethora of bathroom vanity and sink varieties to choose from, and to remain bang on trend when designing your new bathroom, experts and interior designers suggest keeping your vanity units sleek in a number of neutral colours that will keep your bathroom in date and on point for many years to come.
You’d be surprised as to how choosing the right hues for your bathroom, which of course includes your bathroom vanity basin unit and other bathroom furniture, can lift the entire home – it’s all about bringing your functional space into line with the rest of your bathroom décor.
For a chic modern bathroom with all the trimmings, opt for muted greys, whites, blacks and neutral colours. Wood finished vanity units are also huge right now. You might think that incorporating neutral colours into a modern bathroom design is boring, but neutral coloured vanity units and contrasting tiled walls don’t have to be. In fact, calm neutral colours will allow for you to add a few bold elements into your bathroom design without the risk of your bathroom looking garish.
Why Neutral Bathroom Vanity Tops Work Best
Neutral or plain coloured vanity units for bathrooms are clean looking and timeless. A minimalist neutral vanity can become a beautiful feature in itself when paired with a contrasting textured tiled wall– it all makes for a welcoming interior, which of course you want, as having a bath or a shower in the morning should be done in a space that you love and can function in easily. In contrast, a modern dark wood vanity can become centre stage when on a neutral backdrop, something which really helps relay the story of the bathroom design.
Butler & Rose Charlotte 600mm Floorstanding Vanity Unit & Basin - Almond White
Harbour Serenity 1180mm Floorstanding Unit & Worktop - French Grey
Harbour Substance 900mm 1 Drawer Wall Mounted Vanity Unit & White Basin - Concrete Effect
50 Shades of Grey
It’s no secret that grey bathrooms are trending at the moment. No longer the dull colour it was once considered, it’s now a bathroom colour that is very much sought after. When accessorising your new bathroom with glossy grey vanity bathroom furniture, you’ll be able to easily blend in a variety of designs, colours and surfaces, including textured dark stone brick effect tiles. Grey bathrooms are elegant and rich in style, and the best thing is that unlike other bathroom colour trends, grey will never age as a contemporary shade.
Butler & Rose Charlotte 1200mm Floorstanding Vanity Unit & Basin - Dovetail Grey
Harbour Alchemy 500mm Wall Hung Vanity Unit & Basin - Matt Graphite Grey
Harbour Identity 500mm Floorstanding Vanity Unit & Basin - Pebble Grey
Scandinavian Bathroom Trend
When it comes to home interior design in general, one of the biggest trends at the moment is Scandinavian design; this interior trend also extends to bathrooms. To achieve the Scandi bathroom look, you need to go minimalistic, so it’s all about incorporating crisp neutral colours with gorgeous wall hung bathroom vanity units and fixtures.
Think cream, white and beige wall hung vanity units, freestanding baths and simple décor with the addition of plants and greenery to add that pop of colour. Remember, a true Scandinavian bathroom should look effortless and uncomplicated; less really is more. Pure white tones across the entire room can also create a beautifully clean and uncluttered space.
Another way to achieve the coveted Scandinavian bathroom trend is by featuring timber, and the easiest way to do so is to bring in a luxurious wood effect vanity unit.
Emily Natural Oak Wall Mounted 2 Drawer Vanity Unit, Thin-Edged Basin, Brushed Brass Handles & Overflow
Harbour Substance 900mm 1 Drawer Wall Mounted Vanity Unit & Black Basin - Metallic Effect
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Harbour Clarity 500mm Wall Mounted Vanity Unit & Countertop
Monochrome Bathrooms and Vanity Sink Units
Another option to create a modern bathroom look is by designing a monochrome bathroom. A trend that’s filtered from the catwalks of Milan to interior design and living, a monochrome bathroom is timeless, which means you won’t have to invest in a new bathroom suite for some time. Black and white are two colours that work together all of the time.
Black vanity units for bathrooms stand out beautifully against a white tiled wall, but if this seems too staid for you, you can always opt for a black curved vanity unit against a grey wall instead. Finish off the look with some patterned bathroom décor in black and white, such as a geometric rug or tiled floor to create a feature focal point. White wood vanity units also work just as beautifully on matte black walls; this allows the vanity unit to be one of the main features of room.
Harbour Status 500mm Wall Hung Vanity Unit & Basin - Gloss White with Matt Black Frame
Harbour Scene 1200mm Wall Mounted Countertop Vanity Unit - Black/Concrete
Another growing bathroom trend is to go natural, and one of the most inviting ways to do so is to include wood finish bathroom furniture and bathroom accessories. When done correctly, using wooden bathroom vanities can look pretty spectacular. If you’re going for an ultra-modern look, light wood bathroom vanity units and sink combos tend to work best. And if you want to go for a more traditional country look, dark wood bathroom vanities in chestnut and mahogany are ideal. When teamed with a clean white or cream tiled wall or contrasting wooden bathroom floor, you’ll be able to take rustic to a whole new level.
Harbour Clarity 600mm Floorstanding Vanity Unit & Basin - Bardolino Driftwood Oak
Choosing the Right Vanity Unit and Basin for your Space
When choosing a vanity unit for bathrooms, it’s not as easy as ‘one-size fits all’. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, as does a bathroom vanity. So as well as choosing the right finish and colour for your bathroom furniture, you also have to consider the space you have – this is a case where size really does matter.
Firstly, it’s imperative to measure your bathroom space before purchasing your new bathroom furniture and accessories. It’s also important to think about how much counter and storage space is needed – does the sink vanity unit you have in mind really suit your needs and the bathroom’s dimensions?
Another thing you’ll have to consider is the mounting options for your new vanity basin unit. A freestanding bathroom vanity is probably one of the more traditional choices, as this offers a good amount of storage space, making it perfect for families. A wall-mounted vanity unit aka a hanging vanity unit or floating vanity unit is modern in appearance and perfect for smaller bathrooms as they create more floor space. Again, if your bathroom is on the smaller side and you need to conserve space, a corner-mounted bathroom vanity with a 90-degree angle will slide perfectly into one of your bathroom’s corners.
Your Bathroom Vanity Placement
As well as considering your bathroom’s shape and space, you also need to consider other aspects of your bathroom vanity placement. Choosing a spot that doesn’t mess with the traffic flow or block off your bathroom or shower door is just as important. What about the surrounding areas’ accessibility for cleaning? Can you clean your bathroom with ease?
Vanity units for bathrooms are supposed to look good and help with the aesthetics of the bathroom, but they also play an important functional role, so you’ll also have to consider whether there’s enough extra space around or above for bathroom mirrors and so on.
Vanity Sinks Oh-My
Not only will you have to choose the way your vanity unit with sink is mounted, the style of the vanity sink also needs to be taken into consideration. In general, there are three sink types that work well with various bathroom vanity and furniture units – the recessed sink and vanity, the semi-recessed sink and vanity and the countertop sink and vanity.
Recessed sinks for bathroom vanities are installed under the countertop; this makes for a cleaner look as there aren’t any edges exposed, so if you’re looking for something that’s fuss-free and super easy to clean, opt for this vanity basin. Another vanity sink option is the semi-recessed sink, which is directly mounted onto the counter’s opening. Finally, another popular basin for vanities is the countertop basin, which is typically in the shape of a bowl on top of the counter surface.
Need Some Assistance?
If you want to give your bathroom a makeover and need some advice about bathroom vanities, get in touch with the Tap Warehouse team and we will go above and beyond to give you the advice and inspiration you need.