Bathroom vanities can set the tone of your bathroom design. Since they can serve as the centerpiece of your bathroom, it is important to evaluate and determine which style and design is right for you when engaging in your bathroom remodeling project. When deciding on a bathroom vanity, it is important to ask yourself a few questions. What type of style do you want? Are you looking for more of an "old fashioned" look or for something new with a sleek design? What type of lighting do you want incorporated in your vanity? You will probably want a bathroom vanity that matches your personality or the style and design of the bathroom or the rest of your home.
Bathroom vanities come in many shapes and sizes and are typically made of a variety of materials. They may be made of natural material such as wood, or they may be made of synthetic materials. There are also other aspects to consider when choosing a bathroom vanity such as the vanity top, the vanity cabinet, shelving, etc. If you have a smaller bathroom and need to create more space, look into a bathroom vanity with extra cabinets, drawers, shelves, etc. If you are looking for more a slim and sleek look, you may not need those extra features. Think about purchasing a vanity with double sinks. Double sinks may prevent bathroom traffic jams when many people in your household need to get ready at the same time. Which ever type you choose, there are plenty of options which can suit your bathroom vanity needs. A solid wood vanity may not be the best idea due to the fact that these woods can warp in the presence of heat and steam. Remember to ask your bathroom contractor which materials can and cannot stand up to the heat and steam of the shower. Consider painting your vanity for a new and fresh look. Painting cabinetry is a lot of work, and time consuming as well. If your bathroom vanity is made of solid wood, you must remember that wood is a relatively unstable surface (it expands, contracts, and warps due to heat and steam), so the paint you use needs to have excellent adhesion.
Make sure to consider lighting when choosing the right bathroom vanity. You will find many types of lighting that can be used on or around your bathroom vanity. If you plan on using your vanity to apply make up or style your hair, the proper lighting is necessary. Most likely, you will not want shadows or dim light when you need to see properly in your vanity mirror. It is also important to avoid glare that may seem uncomfortable and make it difficult to see what you are doing. On the other hand, you may want to have a dimmer switch installed so you have the option of both bright light and dim light (perfect for a romantic bath).
Your bathroom vanity top is another important option to consider. You will want a durable vanity top that can withstand years of use. There are many styles, colors, and shapes with a bathroom vanity. These factors will affect the appearance of your new bathroom vanity as well as how it is cleaned and maintained. A few types of materials of a vanity top include wood, granite, porcelain, glass, marble, and limestone. A granite vanity top is preferred because it is the best stone against bacterial contamination. Granite also has everlasting natural colors, so it remains as bright as when it was extracted. However, it is a very expensive stone unlike limestone. Marble is also another popular vanity top. Marble can be polished to shine brilliantly, so it is perfect for you if you are looking to achieve a high-gloss bathroom. The only major con of having marble as a vanity top is the fact that is can be chipped and scratched under normal use.
Don't forget to consult with your bathroom contractor when deciding on a bathroom vanity. The advice and information of your contractor will help you to better understand and decide which vanity will completely suit your bathroom remodeling needs.
Remember to ask your bathroom contractor about the different styles, colors, shapes, and lighting involved in bathroom vanities and vanity tops. This will help you get the bathroom of your dreams.
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