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If you’re planning a bathroom remodel or designing the bathroom of your dreams, you’ll need to pay special attention to the spaces you’ll use the most like the vanity area. Selecting the right products helps you to be more efficient, more organized and more relaxed during your daily routine.

There’s a lot to consider when selecting your new bathroom like size, cabinetry, lighting, style and bathroom storage solutions. But don’t get overwhelmed; with a few tips it’s easy to find the right storage solution.

Spatial awareness.

Small bathrooms aren’t the only ones with spacing issues. Surprisingly, designing a large bathroom can be just as challenging when it comes to creating a space that fits your room’s scale and provides efficient function.

Small bathroom storage tips.

The key to creating a functional small vanity space is to make every inch count. Petite vanities come as small as 23 inches wide but with innovative personalized storage systems, the options are endless. Floating, or wall-hung, vanities and vanities featuring slim legs create the illusion of a larger space. Tailor you vanity to hold larger objects like towels and hairdryers while smaller items can be housed in a medicine cabinet or smaller drawer solutions.

Large bathroom storage tips.

Take advantage of your larger space by further customizing your vanity’s style and function. Consider eye-grabbing double sinks especially if there are two or more people sharing the space. Or, you can pair two smaller vanities side by side to create spaces that address each user’s needs. Mix up your storage with a combination of open and closed storage spaces for a lighter look. Think about adding a lap drawer or two-drawer bridge for a custom configuration, or, if space allows, incorporate a makeup station to keep everything at hand where you need it.  

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Storage is key.

Getting all those jars, bottles and boxes off your countertops is key to getting your bathroom de-cluttered and better organized. But you’ll want to have those important items close by, at your fingertips, so your morning routine goes smoothly. That’s why the most efficient vanities include the following features:

• Convenient in-drawer storage designed specifically for makeup and shaving accessories keep things in place so they don’t slide around in the drawer.

• In-door storage, including adjustable shelves and rollout shelves, drawers, and appliance trays to keep everyday items organized and within easy reach.

• Electrical outlets mounted to the inside of the cabinet or a built-in electrical strip so you can store hot items out of sight without having to wait for them to cool. They can also keep electric toothbrushes off the counter until you’re ready to use them.

• Stackable storage and drawer dividers that can make your space work perfectly for you.

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Top It Off.

The top of your vanity is just as important as what is inside. While you’re establishing the storage necessities of your vanity, you’ll need
to keep the sink and faucet in mind. First, select your countertop material.

Vitreous China

• high gloss finish
• seamless one-piece top and bowl design simplifies cleaning
• larger sizes accommodate two basins
• competitively priced

Solid Surface

• matte finish
• backsplashes and side splashes conveniently hide walls that are not plumb
• larger sizes accommodate two basins
• more design flexibility (pair with a vessel to make a bathroom focal point or custom cut for any undercounter sink)

Cast Iron

• high gloss finish in a large selection of
• seamless one-piece top and bowl
design simplifies cleaning

Next, think about your sink. Do you want an eye-grabbing vessel sink, separate drop-in or top-mount bowl, or do you prefer a seamless integrated top and bowl for easy cleaning? Will you need one or two bowls? Your vanity will need to be at least 60” to accommodate
two sinks. Once you determine these factors, decide on a faucet and make note of how many faucet holes are required for drilling.

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Clever cabinetry.

There’s a reason medicine cabinets have been a mainstay in bathrooms for decades: They offer maximum storage with the clean look of a mirror. Plus, it’s convenient to have items you use every day – like medication, eye drops and other personal care items – handy and at eye-level. But medicine cabinets have definitely evolved. Here are some cool new features to consider:

•Create a perfect design solution by adding a medicine cabinet frame in a finish matching your vanity.

•Medicine cabinets with a triple-mirror design—with mirrors on the front and back of the cabinet and the inside—allow you to see the sides and back of your head with ease. They’re also more convenient, allowing you simultaneous access to a mirror and the cabinet’s contents, so you open and close the cabinet only once.

•Separate locking compartments for privacy and to keep prescription medications out of the reach of children.

•A sliding magnifying mirror that adjusts to your height and keeps your hands free.

•Adjustable shelves for easier organization. Glass shelves can make it easier to find what you need.

•Medicine cabinets that are configured to open either from left or right for even greater convenience, which comes in handy in small bathrooms where space is tight.

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Shine a light.

Good lighting is definitely important for an efficient bathroom vanity area. But brightness is only one aspect of it. To avoid uneven illumination and unflattering shadows, make sure you have multiple light sources installed at different angles.

Use a combination of ambient and task lighting to help achieve a balanced light intensity. Select bulbs that emanate soft light from the middle of the color spectrum, so you can correctly judge skin tone and colors.

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Express your style.

With all of the storage tailored exactly to your needs, creating the perfect vanity also means finding a lasting style. Create a look that coordinates with the colors, finishes and overall aesthetic of the bathroom you desire. Personalize your vanity with selections of wood finishes, hardware, drawer configurations, faucet finishes and more.

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