Get The Look: Dressing Up A Modular Makeup Vanity

Modular, makeup-table style bathroom vanities have become one of the hottest options for master bathrooms over the last few years, and for a good reason. They’re easy to install, customizable in terms of size, style, and layout, and give you more functionality than you’d get from an oversized double vanity. That said, they won’t always have that vintage dressing table feel you might be looking for. So if you’re feeling a little underwhelmed by the look of the bridge connecting your two vanities? Try dressing up the space around it! With the right accessories, you’ll love to look at your makeup vanity as much as you love to use it.

An image of a white bathroom. The makeup vanity is accessorized with a bold antique chair and mirror
If your makeup vanity feels too simple, accessorizing with elegant antiques can help bring out the classic dressing table elegance (by New Style Cabinets)

Why It Works

This bathroom by New Style Cabinets is a great example of how the right accessories can make a huge difference in the final look of your space. The layout of the cabinets themselves is pretty typical for a makeup vanity; two separate, free-standing vanities connected with a simple bridge. You can tell this is custom work; the storage on the vanities is mirrored rather than matching, and the bridge has built in storage as well. But the cabinet itself doesn’t go far beyond simply functional and attractive. Especially in a very stark, white bathroom, it’s the aged and tarnished antique elements that lend the space it’s style. Focusing them in the center of the makeup vanity not only makes the table itself feel a little more luxurious… But it turns that “simple bridge” into a main focal point of the space.

Get The Look

The first step, of course, is the makeup vanity itself. Which direction you want to take will depend on the size and needs of your space (and your budget. Opting for custom cabinetry will give you more wiggle room; you’ll be able to better fine-tune your configuration and the size and layout of the vanities. That said, there are plenty of options that come pre-made, with a decent variety to choose from.

Next, take all the conventional wisdom about bathroom mirrors and pitch it. The antique mirror is the star of the bathroom. It’s big and ornate, and leaning it against the wall rather than hanging it adds a stylish twist. An angled mirror is great for when you’re using the makeup table, but be sure to supplement with actual bathroom mirrors to keep the vanities usable. A pair of elegant sconces will elevate the look and give you good all-over lighting. Stow your toiletries in a nice antique tray for style and portability. Last but not least, choose an elegant antique chair that looks good from all angles to tie the look together.

Makeup vanities are a fun and stylish way to add a little functionality to your master bathroom. Choosing the right accessories can help take the look to the next level, and give you the immersive, luxurious experience you crave.