12 Open Shelf Bathroom Vanities That Are Both Chic and Practical

bathroom space with tiled floor, two wood vanities, two round mirrors, and three light sconces
credit: Pottery Barn

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.

bathroom space with a vanity and square mirror
credit: Studio McGee

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.

2. A twist on industrial vibes.

bathroom space with two rectangular mirrors and two vanities
credit: Pottery Barn

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.

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.

4. A farmhouse rustic twist.

farmhouse style bathroom space with a long vanity and checkered floor
credit: Studio McGee

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.

5. A minimal and edgy pick.

bathroom vanity with white sink and black legs near while toilet
credit: Joss & Main

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.

6. A classic reclaimed wood look.

bathroom space with tiled floor, two wood vanities, two round mirrors, and three light sconces
credit: Pottery Barn

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.

7. A shelf within a shelf.

wood bathroom vanity with rectangular mirror above
credit: AllModern

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.

8. An (almost) all-white vibe.

bathroom space with white tiling and two white bathroom vanities, mirror, and two light sconces above
credit: IKEA

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.

9. A minimal vanity with a single drawer.

wood floating bathroom vanity in bathroom space with white wall
credit: Pottery Barn

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.

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.

11. A simple and modern approach.

wood bathroom vanity with white toilet nearby
credit: Birch Lane

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.

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.


Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

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