Bathroom Trends: Open Vanity Storage
Give Your Bath Functional Storage and Extra Style Points, Too
The open storage trend started with kitchen cabinets exposing stylishly organized dish and glassware. This trend has now moved to the bathroom. After all, bathrooms can always use another way to make an added style statement since they tend to be more utilitarian areas. This look can be achieved in both modern and traditional homes. Not only does it look great, but it also helps create a more open look to those tight bathroom spaces! Here are some great tips on ways to successfully achieve an open vanity look.
If you have a long open run, adding some symmetry will help to create an organized and balanced look to the space. Folded towels help to soften the space creating added warmth and visual comfort.
Utilizing baskets to contain smaller items is key in keeping a clean look. The baskets used in this space coordinate nicely with the overall finishes of the bathroom without stealing the show.
Create a spa-like look by lining up rolling towels. Displaying crisp white towels helps set the mood for the bathroom, giving it a clean look. And there are few places better for a clean look than the bathroom.
More traditional and transitional spaces can benefit from an open vanity. Opening up some shelves instantly gives you the illusion of more space. The light-colored box storage helps to contain smaller items and offers some contrast to the dark heavy wood.
Smaller vanities and powder baths can also look fantastic with an open vanity! Imagine this space with a floor-to-countertop doors and drawers. It would appear incredibly closed in and lack style. By giving this vanity furniture-like legs and open shelving, you immediately get the feel of more space.
In smaller bathrooms where there is a lack of counter space, homeowners can use an open vanity space to display items that are typically placed on countertops, like tissue boxes, cotton swabs and other toiletries.
Displaying additional rolls of toilet tissue is not always a great look in a guest bath, but when discretely displayed in an open vanity you can give your guests peace of mind when the last square gets used and keep them from riffling through your doors and drawers.
In guest bathrooms, like this one where storage isn't important, it can be nice to simply leave the space open to create the look of more space. Guests can then use the space underneath however they need to.
The open vanity is a trend I don't see soon disappearing for two reasons: It offers the illusion of more space and gives you extra opportunity to be creative and stylishly functional.
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Ideabook published on July 2, 2011.
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