​Bathroom Vanity Styles & Materials Guide: Best Vanity Materials for Your Bathroom

​Bathroom Vanity Styles & Materials Guide: Best Vanity Materials for Your Bathroom

Published by Ossy Chandiyana on Jan 12th 2023

Best Bathroom Vanity Styles & Materials: Bathroom vanities are an important part of any bathroom serving as a decorative focal point, as well as functional storage space.

Additionally, having a beautiful vanity that matches your bathroom aesthetic can improve your quality of life, interior design, as well as increase the resale value of your home.

To choose the best vanity for your bathroom, it is important to consider the bathroom vanity style and material discussed in this guide so that your new vanity and bathroom will look and feel best for your home - while also increasing its value!

Bathroom Vanity Styles

Before we get to materials, let’s take a broad look at the different types of vanity styles available.

Bathroom vanity styles can be separated into three distinct style categories: traditional, contemporary, and modern.

Traditional Bathroom Vanity Style

Louis Traditional Freestanding Vanity | Moreno Bath Bathroom Vanities Nationwide Supplier

Louis Traditional Freestanding Vanity | Moreno Bath

Most traditional bathroom vanities often feature key stylistic elements such as:

  1. Ornate details and carvings
  2. Generally made out of wood bases

Modern & Contemporary Bathroom Vanity Style

Fortune 30" Floating Wall-Mounted Modern Vanity with Side Cabinet | Moreno Bath Bathroom Vanity Nationwide Supplier

Fortune 30" Floating Wall-Mounted Modern Vanity with Side Cabinet | Moreno Bath

On the other hand, both modern and contemporary bathroom vanities fall into a category of modern bathroom design and will generally feature elements such as:

  1. Clean lines
  2. Focus on a minimalistic design
  3. Combination of materials such as wood and metal
  4. May utilize modern technology such as durable nano-material

Some examples of modern and contemporary bathroom designs can be seen in white bathroom designs featured in social media, filled with beautiful bathroom fashion aesthetics such as these.

What is the Difference Between Modern & Contemporary Bathroom Vanities?

Although there is slight confusion regarding differences between modern and contemporary bathroom vanity styles on the internet, a simple way to think about it is that “modern” refers to a modern bathroom aesthetic that looks and feels modern, but has already passed, while “contemporary” refers to a current bathroom vanity or aesthetic trends that are popular and in current fashion, as well as trends and design that is aimed towards the future.

Contemporary Bathroom Vanity Style

Bethany Contemporary Freestanding Bathroom Vanity | Moreno Bath | National Bathroom Vanity Supplier

Bethany Contemporary Freestanding Bathroom Vanity | Moreno Bath

In short, “contemporary” bathroom vanities can be seen as “ultra-modern” bathroom vanities, featuring more progressive design elements such as:

  1. Either more minimal or maximalist design and components
  2. Incorporation of more “contemporary” or future-geared trends

For the most part, many online shops will consider modern and contemporary vanities to be the same or near-same category but a key difference to note is that contemporary vanities might be more minimal, sleek, or bold, or push the envelope in a more extreme or emotionally-invoking way in terms of design and function over a modern vanity.

Modern Vanity Style

Angeles Modern Freestanding Vanity | Moreno Bath | National Bathroom Vanity Supplier

Angeles Modern Freestanding Vanity | Moreno Bath

On the other hand, modern vanities can be attributed to giving feelings of:

  1. Sleek minimalism
  2. Balanced with simple comfort and function

Generally, due to their quite similar feel and nature, when shopping for modern or contemporary vanities most shops would group these interchangeably together.

Bathroom Vanity Materials

Once you hone in on a specific style of aesthetic period for your vanity, it is important to consider the material of your vanity next. Some of the most popular bathroom vanity materials to choose from include:

Solid Wood Vanities

BOW Floating Bathroom Vanity | Modern Bathroom Vanity Brand | Moreno Bath Nationwide Bathroom Vanity Supplier

New & Popular: Trending BOW Floating Vanity Collection | Moreno Bath

Wood is a very popular choice for bathroom vanities as it is:

  1. Durable
  2. Versatile
  3. Warm in tone

Additionally, wood vanities can be painted or stained to match nearly any type of bathroom decor or aesthetic - wood is a very popular material used for many traditional vanities, and even some modern or contemporary vanities due to their warm nature particularly when lighted in yellow, orange, or warm lights.

Other popular vanity materials include:

  1. Granite
  2. Marble
  3. Solid Surface

Granite & Marble Vanities

In terms of countertop materials, granite or marble may be used for bathroom vanity countertops, but they are relatively high maintenance.

Solid Surface Vanities

While granite or marble vanities may offer a beautiful sheen and luxurious look, there are now solid-surface vanities that offer nearly the same bathroom vanity top look for modern designs, with the added benefit of improved durability and flexibility.

Solid surface vanities can be commonly seen in many modern and contemporary vanities. View some beautiful solid surface bathroom vanity sets, as well as solid wood vanity sets with beautiful wood veneers in a modern style here.

Other Points to Consider: Vanity Size

Kingdee 24" Vanity Collection | Moreno Bath | Bathroom Vanity with Bathroom Cabinet

Kingdee 24" Vanity Collection | Moreno Bath

Vanity sizes often come between 24” inches to 80” inches, or even more depending on the make and brand. It’s important to first measure your bathroom to see if the vanity you choose will fit comfortably in your bathroom.

Kingdee 84" Vanity Collection | Moreno Bath | Solid Wood Vanity

Kingdee 84" Vanity Collection | Moreno Bath

The two images above show the difference between a 24" inch vanity versus a 84" inch double vanity of the same brand make and model. Depending on how much space you have in your bathroom and how much space you are looking to fill, the options are endless!

Choosing Vanity Sink Options:

Additionally, vanities do not only offer storage but also house the bathroom sink. Vanities can differ from small single-sink vanities to larger double-sink vanities.

Vanity sinks come in several different placement options such as:

Undermount Sink:

  • Sits below the countertop to give more of a sleek and modern look
  • Offers slightly less storage space

Integrated Sink:

  • Made of the same material as the countertop to create a smooth, consistent look

Top-Mount Sink:

  • Sits on top of the counter

Choosing Your Vanity Style & Material: Summary of Points to Consider

As a general guideline, it is recommended to choose your vanity in terms of:

  1. A style that would match the bathroom design you are going for
  2. Which should align with the general home aesthetic style and design you’re trying to achieve

Another important point to consider would be the priority of the goals you are trying to accomplish (in your own personal order):

  • Overall aesthetic goal
  • Stylistic balance
  • Practicality and function
  • Comfort
  • Price

Benefits of a New Bathroom Vanity:

Bathroom vanities are an important part of any bathroom with benefits such as:

  1. Functional Storage Space
  2. Decorative Focal Point
  3. Help Increase Home Value

Simply put, having a beautiful vanity that matches your bathroom aesthetic can bring a smile to your face, as well as increase the resale value of your home [1].

Is it Worth it to Renovate Your Bathroom?

In 2022 alone, a study reported by New York Times states that the average full bathroom remodels cost $26,574.

Although it may seem pricey at first, the article further reports that in all 50 States, an average bathroom makeover increased a home’s resolve value by “more than enough to pay for the renovation.”

The Key to a Highly Profitable Bathroom Renovation: Go Big or Go Home!

Economic Benefits of Remodeling or Renovating Your Bathroom

Although you can remodel or renovate your bathroom minimally, such as small fixes like replacing tiles, for an average of $2,000, the study reports that you would only receive a few hundred dollars back in terms of return on investment (ROI).

On the other hand, if you had spent approximately the average full bathroom remodel (somewhere around $26,000), you can make at least 100% of the cost back, with an average of 60% ROI on top of that - depending on the housing market area you reside.

Choosing Your Vanity Style & Materials: A Final Word

In summary, bathroom vanities can greatly enhance the look, function, and value of your bathroom and home. In choosing your vanity, consider the style, material, size, and features best for your needs. It is important to first take an accurate measurement of your bathroom so everything can fall neatly into place. Find your perfect vanity today!

For any more questions or help in relation to bathroom vanities, and other bathroom accessories, please feel free to email us at sales@morenobath.com or call us directly at +1 (909).536.2222.

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