Despite the recent surge in popularity of modern design, traditional style bathrooms are still easily the most popular. From rich wood finishes to beautiful hand carved detailing, there’s something about traditional design that people find familiar, luxurious, and beautiful. But actually building a traditional bathroom can be challenging, from choosing a stone vanity top to finding a matching mirror. Traditional bathroom vanity sets take a lot of the effort (and expense) out of the process, assembling the parts you need to get a look you’ll love.
One of the greatest benefits of traditional bathroom vanity sets is that they always come paired with stone vanity tops sized, styled, and shaped to the right specifications. Choosing a stone vanity top on your own can be overwhelming and quite expensive, and trying to have it cut to size and installed can be more than a little frustrating. But bathroom vanity sets take the worry out of the process entirely, with stone that’s matched to the finish and style of your vanity, pre-cut to accommodate a sink and faucet, and often includes a built in backsplash.
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That said, one of the biggest drawbacks of traditional bathroom vanity sets is a lack of variety, specifically in terms of those same vanity tops. In general, bathroom vanity sets are a great way to get a stone vanity top on a limited budget, but because the savings comes from manufacturers buying and cutting stone in bulk, it results in a fairly limited selection of colors and styles. For a modern style, that might not be a big deal, but chances are with a traditional vanity you want a little more customizability. If that’s the case, look for manufacturers like Empire that have more (and often many more) options for the color and type of stone available.
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Many traditional bathroom vanity sets only include the vanity and vanity top. But to get the greatest value out of your purchase, you want to look for sets that include a mirror, too. Why? Because when it comes to traditional design, mirrors are notoriously difficult to match well. Both in terms of color and especially in terms of woodwork, finding a mirror that matches perfectly from a separate manufacturer is almost impossible. By purchasing traditional bathroom vanity sets like the one above, not only do you get everything you need to complete your vanity space, but you can get it perfectly coordinated and for less than you’d spend otherwise.
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Occasionally, traditional bathroom vanity sets are part of larger bathroom collections, and include not only all the parts and pieces of your vanity, but also matching storage cabinets. In traditional design, these tend to be narrow, free-standing curio-style linen cabinets, or occasionally wall mounted versions. Made with the same wood and finished in the same color and with matching woodwork, these are a perfect way to get a seamlessly connected style, plus the extra storage and furnishings you need for a larger bathroom.
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Another feature you want to look for in a traditional bathroom vanity set is an included sink. Now, this is less an issue of expense (sinks are in the same price ballpark no matter where you buy them) or even style, but one of convenience. While vessel sinks are popular in modern design, undermount sinks are still highly desirable in traditional design for their smooth, uninterrupted surface. But it’s a look that’s a lot more difficult and arduous to get, and requires a more difficult installation than any other kind of sink. When vanity tops come with the sink preassembled, setting up your vanity becomes much more straightforward. More than that, you know that the hole for the sink will be perfectly cut and exactly the right shape, without having to pay a contractor to do it for you.
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Now, having a vanity top pre-drilled with holes for a sink and faucet is really a no-brainer when it comes to bathroom vanity sets. The idea is for everything to be ready to install right out of the box. But many traditional bathroom vanity sets come with holes drilled for an 8-inch spread faucet rather than the standard 4-inch spread. This is a subtle difference, but one you should definitely pay attention to. The wider spaced holes allow you to install a more deluxe faucet – a feature you definitely want with a dressier, more formal traditional vanity – no extra expense or effort needed.
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What are you most concerned about in the process of building a traditional bathroom?