If you're like us, you have #bathroomgoals that involve lots of storage. After all, if there's anything we've learned in the age of Marie Kondo, it's that you can never be too organized. Always looking to streamline the notoriously hectic morning routine, we've upgraded our primp wishlist to include a chic spot dedicated solely to the purpose of making oneself look and feel gorgeous. Is that too much to ask?
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The dressing table, or modern day makeup vanity is steeped in history and can be traced back to the 1700s when they were developed so French aristocracy could sit comfortably while their glam squad went to work. Today's makeup vanities have evolved quite a bit and are incorporated into the interiors of regular folk more and more often. Want to get in on the trend? Scroll on for seven bathroom makeup vanity ideas to consider for your own home.
1. Build one onto a traditional sink area.
If space permits, connect your makeup and sink vanities for a cohesive look that maximizes space, storage, and convenience. Shea of Studio McGee designed a traditional all-white stunner with sophisticated details like Venetian glass mirrors, gold hardware, and marble countertops for the ultimate beauty station. A leather and metal stool adds warmth and contrast.
Get the look: McGee & Co. Kemper Stool, $1,395
2. Make the most of an unused nook.
If you're under the impression that makeup vanities are only for the rich and famous, we've got good news: You don't need lots of space (or money) to create a prep area of your very own. Make like Amber Lewis and transform an awkward alcove or overlooked nook into a pared-down midcentury-inspired grooming area. All you need is a mirror (or two), a counter with pull-out drawer, and a cute bench.
Get the look: Bay Isle Home Amathous Woven Vanity Stool, $129.03
3. Designate space in a long vanity.
Break up a wall-to-wall cabinet by carving out personal prep space in the form of a bathroom makeup vanity. Kate Marker keeps the Carrara marble counter at the same height to extend site lines and create continuity, then adds plenty of drawers, a hard-working mirror, and luxe details like a crystal chandelier, gold accents, and vintage rug.
Get the look: Restoration Hardware Louis Stool, $295 - $595
4. Create symmetry.
Bookend a bathroom makeup vanity that's "just the right size" with a pair of matching sinks for zen-inducing symmetry. Daleet Spector selected oak cabinets for warmth, depth, and necessary storage under custom integrated concrete sinks. Shiplap walls add texture and a welcome nautical vibe while high-contrast sconces are both practical and decorative — grounding the room and providing overhead illumination.
Get the look: Willa Arlo Interiors Antique Sage Astra Ottoman, $331.05
5. Repurpose a desk.
Multifunction at its best — repurpose a desk (or if you're short on space, use as a desk AND a bathroom makeup vanity) for the ultimate space-saving idea. Gold accents infuse an art deco feeling and complement a feminine pink mohair chair.
Get the look: West Elm Audrey Mini Desk, $399
6. Opt for modern vibes.
Dressing tables of yore were very ornate with Victorian undertones. For a more current look, try a streamlined makeup vanity with built-in floor-t0-ceiling flat front cabinetry and barely-there, slim profile handles for a look that's big on storage without visual distraction. Chango & Co. pairs its contemporary design with a comfy tub chair, inset mirror, and ample natural light.
Get the look: World Market Ivory Megan Swivel Chair, $349.99
7. Make the most of a corner.
Unused corners eat up valuable real estate, which is particularly meaningful in bathrooms where every square foot counts. Bex Studios came up with a clever way to incorporate makeup and sink vanities in this remodel by having them intersect with one another in an L-shaped design — giving its client the best of both worlds. A rushed chair and kilim rug personalize the space adding texture and a subtle dose of color.
Get the look: Serena & Lily Carson Side Chair, $598