Tips For Selecting New Bathroom Vanities

By: Moe Kittaneh..

When you enter a bathroom, more often than not your focus will fall on the bathroom vanity. This piece of furniture is often the most important part of a bathroom design and this article will tell you the four basics to consider when selecting your new vanity.
The first thing to do when shopping for a new vanity is to determine the style of the bathroom. You want the room to coordinate and flow, so it is best to have a central theme in mind when selecting fixtures. Bathroom vanities can be found online in nearly every theme and style. Modern and contemporary vanities usually feature streamlined designs with bold shapes or details. Antique vanities will have carvings, detailed hardware, and finishes with personality. Retro vanities, Asian style vanities, southwestern vanities, Tuscan style vanities, and more can also be found. Other popular styles include pedestal vanities and wall mounted vanities which are great for smaller bathrooms. If you want a very flexible style, opt for a more basic vanity cabinet that can be changed up with different hardware or accents.
The finish or color of the vanity is equally important. Commonly, people will purchase a vanity in a finish which matches the color of the sideboards in the room. This is a safe bet, but you can also completely change the look of a room by painting or removing baseboards in order to open up your options. For the antique bathroom look, a distressed white, oak or cherry finish will look fantastic. French country vanities look great in black or white and Tuscan vanities are complemented by rich cherry or ivory finishes. Modern vanities will often be in espresso or beech finishes with frosted glass or stainless steel accents. Typically, the rest of the bathroom fixtures will be white, so the vanity is your chance to get creative and some style to the room.
Another concern for many is the material of the bathroom vanity. Solid wood vanities are very solid but are also heavy to ship and a typically either antique or basic in style. More commonly, quality vanity manufacturers will use solid frames with MDF side panels in order to reduce costs for the customer without sacrificing much if any quality. The ultra modern styles are most likely to be composed of all MDF or wood veneers due the unique styles and shapes and the demand of cheaper prices from consumers. MDF is actually very safe and reliable for use in bathroom cabinetry applications because its fine fibers provide a smooth finish and will not warp and swell like cheaper particle board. One other advantage to MDF wood in cabinetry is that it is more environmentally friendly since it is using leftover scraps of wood that would otherwise be in landfills rather than new trees. Other materials that bathroom vanities can be made of include glass, acrylic and stainless steel.
Selecting a countertop material is also important for your vanity. Vanities that experience heavy used daily would be better served by a durable material such as a granite, stone, glass, or stainless steel. These materials, when properly sealed, will last for ages and resist staining. Materials like veneer, linoleum, tile with grout, laminate or wood are better suited to lightly used baths or guest baths where they can provide a nice looking economic option.

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Shopping for bathroom vanities is much easier when you already have idea of what you are looking for. Using the internet allows you to find the best as well as discount bathroom vanities prices without even leaving your home.

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