12 Open Shelf Bathroom Vanities That Are Both Chic and Practical

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The bathroom can be a spa-like space that makes you feel immediately at ease or, if we're being honest, a perfect storm for haphazardly keeping your beauty products, toiletries, and dirty clothes in one place.

One element that can play a major role in how you use the space: your bathroom vanity. It's where you start and end your day, so it's, of course, a key part of any bathroom. But if you're looking for more storage to keep things in check, we recommend taking into consideration an open shelf bathroom vanity.

Here's some inspiration to get you started.

1.  A clean and modern look.

Interested in a lighter color palette for your space? This bathroom vanity definitely fits the bill. Its lower open shelf makes it easy to store extra towels and even a chic basket that holds smaller items.

Get the look: The Home Depot Gazette Bath Vanity Cabinet, $479.40

2. A twist on industrial vibes.

If you love a good industrial look, consider a bathroom vanity with features that are a little unconventional. This vanity's chrome iron tubing makes for a modern style that can easily adapt to any bathroom accessories you might cycle through.

Get the look: Pottery Barn Mason Apothecary Single Sink Vanity, Chrome, $1,199

3. A rush of navy.

If you're team navy when it comes to neutral colors, consider adding just a pop of the hue with a bathroom vanity like this classy one. Pair with a Carrara marble countertop or go for a simpler, concrete one.

Get the look: Restoration Hardware Hutton Double Washstand, 60 inch, Navy, $4,430

4. A farmhouse rustic twist.

Want to create the farmhouse bathroom of your dreams? The vanity is a good place to start, and we love this combo of white and wood, with a bottom shelf for your rustic baskets and striped towels. Bonus points for complementing the vanity with a shiplap wall.

Get the look: Signature Hardware Celebration Console Vanity for Undermount Sink, $1,599

5. A minimal and edgy pick.

Perhaps your eyes naturally gravitate toward a more black-and-white look. In that case, consider upping the contrast in your bathroom space with a simple white sink paired with thin, black legs. Choose a mirror with a black frame and keep the accents to a minimum for a sleek vibe.

Get the look: Joss & Main Lunde 26 inch Single Bathroom Vanity, $505.99

6. A classic reclaimed wood look.

Materials like reclaimed pine can give your bathroom space that cabin-like vibe you're been searching for. It's all about letting the natural grain of the wood shine through. We love the idea of incorporating a patterned tile and black shiplap for a farmhouse chic style.

Get the look: Pottery Barn Paulsen Reclaimed Wood Single Sink Vanity, $2,599

7. A shelf within a shelf.

We love the way this minimalist bathroom vanity actually offers different levels of storage and display. A larger shelf holds slippers and towels while a smaller shelf nearby makes a great spot for washcloths.

Get the look: AllModern Wall-Mounted Single Bathroom Vanity Set, $5,374

8. An (almost) all-white vibe.

Don't want too much fuss or frill? Opt for a white sink cabinet like this one from IKEA. It's got simple hardware and just enough drawer space, perfect for getting the job done.

Get the look: IKEA Hemnes/Törnviken Open Sink Cabinet, $377.99

9. A minimal vanity with a single drawer.

Sometimes too much storage space can actually create more clutter (more chances to toss random things inside!). Keep it minimal with a single large drawer and a small open shelf for towels.

Get the look: Pottery Barn Single Sink Floating Vanity Cabinet, $759

10. A rustic and traditional look.

Embrace the rustic bathroom style fully with a vanity that uses both darker wood and a black countertop. Pair with traditional wainscoting and a plant to bring it all together.

Get the look: Signature Hardware Morris Console Double Vanity for Undermount Sinks, $2,349

11. A simple and modern approach.

For those of us who really want to dial things down and just have the essentials in our bathroom, this vanity checks off all the boxes. The open shelf is actually in the middle of the furniture piece, giving it a unique look and plenty of space to store taller things.

Get the look: Birch Lane Bruford Single Bathroom Vanity Set, $590.99

12. A Scandi-inspired teak addition.

We love a good Scandinavian-inspired bathroom and something about this teak item calls for minimal decor and natural materials. The two open shelves in the middle offer a little space to show off your favorite bathroom accessories or place items you use every day.

Get the look: Signature Hardware Caldwell Teak Double Vessel Sink Vanity, $1,549


Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com

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