Modern design is all about balancing sleek lines and basic shapes with empty space. The minimalist feel makes your space seem larger than it is, and leaves it looking clean and refined. A bathroom typically has less furniture than any other room in your home, so it lends well to the style. In fact, in most bathrooms the only piece of furniture is the vanity. Upgrading to a modern wall-mounted vanity – plus a few accessories – can completely change the look and feel of your space.
Wall Mounted Sink or Console
The simplest wall mounted vanities tend to be the most striking. With a sink, some basic counter space, and a towel rack, this is about as minimal as you can get. The simple, straight lines and the unbroken white of the fixture itself – plus some reflective chrome hardware – do double duty, making your bathroom look both bright and clean as well as simple and elegant. To push the modern aspect, consider a glass vanity top or mounting brackets in a more eye-catching finish. Remember, though, that with any drawer-free, flat-surfaced counter top, you’re probably going to have some plumbing showing.
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Simple Wall Mount Bathroom Vanities
Don’t count that as a death knell for the project, though. Even if you hate the idea of exposed piping or not having any cabinet space, don’t worry. Not all modern wall mount vanities are inconvenient to use on a daily basis. In fact, many wall mount vanities come with plenty of built-in storage, and are often optimized for a small bathroom. Think drawer-style storage rather than traditional cabinets, plus cubbies, shelves, tip-out drawers and even storage mirrors. Though they may not look it, many well-designed wall mount bathroom vanities have enough storage to be useful in a primary bathroom, even without installing a lot of additional shelving or a medicine cabinet. Shallow vanities won’t crowd a smaller bathroom, and will actually make the room seem more spacious.
The simplicity of the design makes vanities like this extremely versatile. Whether you put these modern pieces in a lush organic bathroom or a stark minimalist one, they won’t feel out of place. That’s very good thing if you’re making it the main point of your renovation. An antique vanity can be hard to work around once you’ve gotten it installed. But even if you decide you don’t like the modern look after all, it can still fit into your re-remodel.
Not-Quite Modular Design
My personal favorite thing about simple, minimalist modern wall mount vanities is that they’re a little bit modular. That is, it’s easy to mix-and-match across and within brands; many manufacturers offer add-on and interconnecting pieces to help you custom build your vanity setup. Whether that means connecting two vanities with a bridge or just supplementing your vanity with a matching linen cabinet, the simple style makes it easy to get a cohesive look. With a good eye, you can even shop from different brands and still wind up with a solid match. That’s something that’s virtually impossible to do with a more traditional style.
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Furnishing A Small Space
If you’re shopping for a very small master bathroom, you’re in luck. You can find double-sink wall mount vanities scaled down to fit even the most cramped spaces. 48 inches is typically on the upper end for a single sink vanity. But with a pared down modern design, you can squeeze two sinks into the same width. It’s a setup that’s admittedly a little on the cozy side. But if you and your partner really want separate sinks, this is one of the best ways to get them. Two 24 inch vanities will take up more space once installed, and anything smaller will mean a steep loss in terms of storage space.
Maximizing Storage Space
The main drawback of wall mount bathroom vanities is a problem you’ll run into with any small vanity: the plumbing from the sink takes up a ton of space in the cabinet. The problem is exacerbated by the wall mount design; where a traditional cabinet can make up for lost space by adding more storage below, floating vanities need to optimize the space immediately below the countertop. There are two main ways to do this. The most common is with U-shaped drawers, which have a cutout in the middle to accommodate the plumbing. The second is to raise the level of the sink itself by upgrading to a vessel sink. An above-counter sink immediately opens up a ton of space inside the cabinet. As a bonus, it cuts down on the amount of space you have to dedicate to the plumbing, too.
If you’re looking to build a modern bathroom, the vanity is a great place to start. The simple, clean lines work wonderfully in a bathroom (where you want to emphasize cleanliness!). A smaller room is easier to overhaul on a budget, and makes a great testing ground to see if you like the look. And, especially if you opt for a modular/modern style wall mount vanity, you have a lot of room to combine and customize them to get exactly the look you want – whether that ends up being an ultra-modern one or not!
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