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A well-sized and properly positioned vanity can make or break a bathroom’s look, feel and functionality. The key factors to consider when selecting a vanity include:

  • style and aesthetic preferences
  • the materials used to make the vanity
  • countertop material
  • desired number of sinks/bowls
  • placement
  • storage space required
  • existing infrastructure and available space

When selecting a bath vanity for the master bath, powder room or any other bathroom, the pieces should complement your home’s existing décor. While there is a benefit to adding an occasional piece or accent that contrasts stylistically, putting a modern European vanity in the powder room of a Victorian home would seem awfully out of place.

Vanities made specifically for bathrooms account for fixtures and plumbing, and they are crafted with moist environments in mind. The height of the vanity influences plumbing fixtures needed to meet your goals. For example, vanities that are less than 34 inches tall are best suited for a vessel-style sink.

Another critical factor in selecting a vanity is the finish used to seal and decorate the cabinet. Finish refers both to the process used to seal the wood and the materials used to change the appearance of the wood. Finishes used to seal bath vanities can withstand moist and humid environments.

The countertop selected for the bath needs to account for functional and practical considerations. Bathroom countertops come into contact with nail polish remover, cosmetics, toothpaste, shaving cream, hygiene products, hairdryers, curling irons and more! Many bath products can damage a countertop that is not appropriately sealed or not made to withstand abuses that occur in the daily use of the bathroom.

Aesthetically, we advise our clients to choose a countertop before selecting tile or other floor and wall covering materials. It’s generally easier to match surfacing materials, e.g., tile, stone, wood, to a unique countertop material or design than the other way around. The goal is to select materials that compliment, as opposed to compete, with one another.

Most Rhode Island Kitchen & Bath clients select a vanity that features two bowls. With two bowls, those using the bath have their own space. Separate grooming stations make it easy for multiple people to prepare for the day at the same time. However, in bathrooms where space is at a premium, a double bowl vanity might not be possible. You don’t want to order a vanity that blocks doors or limits movement if the cabinet drawers and doors are open.

A well-designed bathroom is an organized bathroom. To maximize the efficiency of a bath, identify the products and accessories that you use daily, e.g., curling iron, hairdryer and cosmetics. This exercise helps you determine what needs to be stored and identify possible storage locations inside and outside of the vanity cabinet.

The existing infrastructure also can influence the type of vanity you select and its placement. If you want to replace what exists in the same location, selecting a vanity of similar size should not create issues. However, if you need to reconfigure plumbing, electrical and ventilation, that could add to construction costs if not accounted for in the initial planning phases.

If you’d like additional information on how to select the perfect vanity for your bath, call our showroom at 401-463-1550 or visit us at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI.

Keys to Selecting the Perfect Vanity

Contemporary, modern styling continues to grow in popularity amongst our clients. Is a modern motif right for your new bath? It is if you love clean lines, geometric shapes, basic, neutral colors, minimal decorations, natural materials and uncluttered space.

A clean-lined, uncluttered bathroom has become increasingly viable thanks to technological advances in shower drains. Channel drains enable homeowners in Southern New England to create an open floor plan bath. Imagine having a shower area without a shower enclosure or curb that you have to step over to enter the space. Not only does this technology enable designers to make the most use of the bath’s space, it also enables clients to age in place easily and gracefully. An open floor plan bath is a great option, especially when space is at a premium. It’s a win-win for everyone.

The components that we typically specify for a contemporary space include:

  • Wall-mounted, flat panel vanities and water closets
  • Unadorned, clean lined faucets and shower systems
  • Free standing geometric shaped tubs
  • Minimal cabinet hardware
  • Clean-lined bath accessories that include towel bars, robe hooks and toilet tissue holders
  • Undermounted, rounded or square shaped sinks
  • Geometric shaped stone, tile or quartz for countertops and floor and wallcoverings

White typically is the dominate color for a contemporary bath. White does not have to result in a sterile or stark look. We often contrast a dominate white palate with black elements. One of the hottest finishes trending right now is black matte for faucets, showerheads and accessories. Neutral color palates are also popular in contemporary baths. Think of gray, beige, mushroom and taupe. Another option for contemporary vanities is to specify light wood tones.

Clients that gravitate toward a modern look often add contrast to their contemporary baths through pops of bright accent colors in their towels (canary yellow or fire engine red), small accents in floor and wall coverings or with seating.

Frameless mirrors with integrated lighting are a standard-bearer for today’s modern bathroom. The shape of the mirror is critical to achieving a clean, minimalist look. Contemporary bath mirrors are often round, rectangular, triangular or other geometric shapes.

Is a contemporary, modern bath right for you? Give us a call to find out or visit our showroom at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI and let us show you how you can create the bath of your dreams.

As we look forward to an exciting 2019, we want to share with the bath trends we expect to dominate in 2019:

  • Undercounter and console sinks for vanities are on trend.
  • White remains the dominant color for bathroom sinks.
  • 2019 is likely to bring sinks that incorporate more mixed metals such as copper or cast iron, hand-painted sinks or those with textures and patterns.
  • Matte black and warm brass will be trending faucet finishes in the coming year.
  • Skirted one-piece water closets will increase in popularity because they are easy to clean.
  • Self-cleaning toilets will grow in popularity as will toilets that feature integrated bidet functionality.
  • Free-standing system tubs that offer jets, whirlpool capabilities and heated surfaces.
  • Color and shape options for tubs will continue to grow and give homeowners the ability to truly customize their bath.
  • Wallpaper will gain traction as a means for homeowners to make personal design statements, especially in smaller spaces such as a powder room or foyer.
  • Open, curbless showers are expected to increase in popularity.
  • Mixed textures and finishes will expand the spectrum of visual interest in the bath exemplified by combinations such as matte black faucets and warm brass pendants.

Want to incorporate some of these trends in your bathroom. Visit our showroom at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI to learn more.

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