6 Traditional Bathroom Vanity Ideas for Sophisticated Spaces Only

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We definitely love trends here at Hunker. But even we'll admit that it can be hard to keep up with them, especially if you're aiming for a timeless space that won't fall out of popularity in a few years. If this is your top goal when refreshing your bathroom, consider a traditional vanity.

The classic style is known for calm, quiet decor that's neutral, classic, and derived from European design — which all make for a great vanity cabinet. But before you begin shopping, there are a few key features that you should keep in mind.

First of all, while white is a pretty standard color among traditional bathroom vanity ideas, we are all for other hues, like navy blue and gray, too. Hardware should be as traditional as the vanity itself — look for brass and black finishes in simple, streamlined shapes. And ponder your decor as well. To mirror the vibe, complement your vanity with curated pieces, like handwoven baskets, vases of fresh flowers, and vintage trays for your self-care essentials.

Now that you're equipped with the basics, here are six traditional bathroom vanity ideas to get you started.

1. Allow your vanity to take center stage.

Although traditional bathroom vanity ideas tend to blend into the background, the cabinet in this vintage-inspired space, belonging to Alisa of A Glass of Bovino, does anything but. Clad in decorative embellishments, painted in a dramatic shade of blue, and topped with a marble counter and brass fixtures, there is no mistaking this small but mighty cabinet as a wallflower. Complete the swanky look with an ornate mirror, framed artwork, and a globe-style wall sconce.

Get the look: Alcott Hill Batts 31" Single Bathroom Vanity Set, $1,269.99

2. You can't go wrong with classic white.

When it comes to traditional bathroom vanity ideas, you just can't go wrong with white. Partnered with navy wainscoting, the classic combo is basically a home run, as demonstrated in this bright sanctuary by Emily Henderson.

Get the look: Kohler Damask Bathroom Vanity Cabinet, $2,499

3. Gray is a sure thing.

While we do love white among traditional bathroom vanity ideas, we also have a special place in our hearts for gray. It's just as timeless, and we think it adds depth to any palette. The lead-colored cabinet in this sanctuary designed by Jenny of Juniper Home anchors the white space and acts as the perfect backdrop for lustrous hardware.

Get the look: Andover Mills Minnetrista 72" Double Bathroom Vanity Set, $1,439.99

4. Embrace curves.

If you really want something unique, consider a curved option instead. We love the elegant look of this white cabinet, with bow-front Shaker style doors, a marble-inspired top, and tapered legs. Complete the sophisticated setup with curved wall sconces and fixtures in a satin-nickel finish to match the door hardware.

Get the look: James Martin Vanities Brittany Single Bath Vanity in Cottage White, $2,335

5. Pair a traditional vanity with wainscoting.

For a traditional bathroom, we encourage you to consider wainscoting. Navy blue looks particularly amazing when paired with a white vanity, as seen in this bathroom belonging to Emily Henderson.

Get the look: Beachcrest Home Newtown 60" Double Bathroom Vanity Set, $1,169.99

6. A little embellishment goes a long way.

If you like the subtle look of most traditional bathroom vanity ideas, but want something with just a little extra flair, then this blueish-gray cabinet is your perfect match. The classic design showcases just enough detail to keep things interesting without overtaking the small space. Win-win!

Get the look: stufurhome Abigail Embellished 48" Grey Single Sink Bathroom Vanity, $1,269


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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