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How to Style the Perfect Corner Vanity

There’s nothing vain about wanting the most out of bathroom prep space. Enter: the perfect corner vanity.
Roxanne Robinson Sep 24, 2020
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‘Vanity kills; it don’t pay bills.’ These foreboding words, sung by Eighties-techno group ABC, may apply to the excessively vain but not when it comes to the bathroom vanity. A well-conceived vanity design and placement may up the value of your home when it comes time to sell it.

Beyond economic value, quality of life comes with a bathroom designed to make your life simple and easy to manage. Today’s busy lifestyles make primping time a luxury for many, so being able to maneuver easily around your daily routine is day-to-day gold. Sometimes placing a vanity in the corner is dictated not only by bathroom dimensions but also plumbing. But given the opportunity, maximizing an oft-neglected space opens up the possibility for added features such as corner seating.

Utilizing the corner space doesn’t limit your options to a diagonal sink and cabinet set up. Instead, it creates an anchor for his/her double sink option with optimal counter space while creating interest in a nook of the room often overlooked and under utilized. More counter space also allows for the ultimate bathroom goal, seating that isn’t plumbing.

Moreover, ample surface area adds drama and glamour but also spots to add personal style with décor that functions as it brings aesthetic joy. After all, the goal is to have a pleasant and efficient experience getting yourself ready to face the day and the world!

A dreamy example of employing all these design theories and practices is in the master bath of the reality star and fashion designer, Whitney Port; which was featured recently in Architectural Digest. Along with her husband Tim Rosenman, Port updated the bathroom without having to move existing plumbing lines and replaced a dated tile bath with a floor-to-ceiling marble corner vanity. By removing the original  tub and expanding the size of the separate shower, the new corner vanity extends the length of the main wall. By using the corner space, Port could create an area where she could sit and apply make-up. The design created a semi-private feeling with the corners recessed into the wall and lit by inset wall sconces for generous close-up lighting. And, beyond the practical application, she created drama with an entire wall ensconced with marble.

Another thoughtful execution is to create a seating space within a corner by constructing the vanities on each perpendicular wall and bridging the unit with a mirror and padded vanity stool.

Bathroom décor may sound like an oxymoron to some, but many options provide function and visual appeal. Many tend to think of bathrooms with a fixed wall or overhead lighting option. But why not a lamp? Extending this double sink corner vanity to the mirrored wall allows for this coordinating wood base lamp to add a touch of smart sophistication to the room.

Candles

Candles are another element of a bathroom that can turn these utilitarian rooms into a spa-like oasis. Tom Dixon’s Elements Air candle has a light and crisp scent and sits in a lidded jar that rests elegantly on a pedestal. Baobab Collection’s Eden Forest Candle is set in a decorative yellow and green encasement and features exotic notes of grapefruit, vetiver, and green tea and channels an African vibe. If an Italian destination is more your escape fantasy, Fornasetti’s Coromandel candle in a blue ceramic jar covered in gold flowers takes its cues from the abundant gardens surrounding the Fornasetti house in Milan. Plants or flowers are also an unexpected way to style a bathroom  while working to infuse a sense of energy and life into an oftentimes under-considered  space.

Boxes

With beauty products and perfumes applied aprés shower coming bottles that are themselves a work of art, why not make them a focal point of the space and display them in a chic tray? Glass, metal, resin lacquer, or this smart marble version seen here on the Instagram feed of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, shows off an enviable fragrance collection. Marble lends itself to this coordinating box from The Marble House, available at NestCasa.com, that marries Marquina marble with a white Carrara lid.

Trays

The Fearless and Voltage stacking tray sets from AVF home, divvied up, can be used throughout the home with neutral Slate Grey or Bronze base and transparent Lucite edges; these vessels adjust to any room’s décor. Another option is a chrome handle white leather tray with a metal base by Giobagnara to withstand its steamy environment. For a tray with a complete matching vanity set, try the  Italian-made Arcahorn in Ivory Lacquer from Nest Casa. These handsome accessories such as soap dispensers and toothbrush holders make simple tasks a luxury.

Accessories

Choosing the final finishing touch to top off your vanity is a delight. The Eclectic London Duo soap and lotion set from Tom Dixon offers a heady, sexy experience of black pepper, oud wood, vetiver, cedarwood, and patchouli. Sleek black leather and chrome jewelry tree and mirror from Giobagnara on Nest Casa with a jewelry bar and valet tray hold your most precious baubles securely in plain sight to never forget where you placed them. If a more traditional jewelry box is more your speed, try this belted version from Riviere Italy in cream leather or their hexagonal-embossed style.

Arca Horn’s black horn box displays tissues with panache, begging to be whisked out of the box for some use. Guest towels are not only refined but recommended for proper hygiene. Along with a soap and lotion set, this set of six embroidered hand towels featuring a coral motif from Riccio Caprese make a great hostess gift.

Art

The pièce de résistance of any bathroom décor might be this limited-edition portrait of La Liz by Terry O’Neill. In it, the legendary actress sits in a corner vanity table applying make-up. While no one put that baby in a corner, watching the many facets of her million-dollar look come together will have guests staring into this corner for hours

Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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