The vanity, also known as a small guest bathroom or half bath, is usually located near the entrance of a house or apartment and consists of a toilet and a sink. Most half-bath spaces are small and basic, but they don’t have to be. If you entertain frequently, your guests will most likely use your half bathroom. What does the room say about you? It’s time to transform your half bathroom from ordinary to extraordinary with our vanity tips and ideas that will make your guest’s visit an unforgettable experience.
Use some creative dressing table ideas to create a picture-worthy setting
Buy these products now: Old faucet – Round sink – MirrorThe first is the first. Don’t treat your vanity like an ordinary bathroom. See your half bath as a little treasure box waiting to be opened and discovered. So the first secret to creating a beautiful space is to consider what the guests will see the first time they open the door.Tip: Open the door to your half bathroom and visualize how it should ideally look. Will there be a bold splash of color? Will the dresser and lights be symmetrical and perfectly centered in the door opening? Will the colors and textures appeal to you? Imagine that you are a photographer and take a picture of your half bathroom from outside the room with the door open. Then see how you can improve the design for a better photo, like these half bathroom ideas:
Half bathroom ideas with color
Buy these products now: Sink faucet – Bottle with pump – Pot of Aloe VeraThis is a small space, so don’t be afraid to be daring. One of the easiest ways to make a great statement is with a bold color.Tip: Forget the rule that small spaces must be white or clear. Add your favorite color to the walls. Some vanity ideas that add color to your space include:
- Paint the entire room in a rich, deep color, including the ceiling
- Painting the wall behind the dresser in a rich, bright shade
- Add colorful accents like towels and art in bright shades
Read more about small bathroom rules worth breaking here – here are some colored vanity ideas for inspiration:
Primary Colors Powder Room Ideas
Black half bath ideas
Wallpapering your boudoir walls
The latest wallpaper designs are a great way to bring life (and design) to your little dresser. The variety of colors and patterns available can transform your dressing table into a showcase!Tip: Choose a waterproof vinyl wallpaper, in case splashes occur. And if you live in a rental, look for removable wallpapers that make it easy to remove the wallpaper without damaging the walls when you move in. You can read more about removable wallpaper here.
Splurge on stunning tiles
Buy these products now: Bathtub faucet – Bathtub – Bathroom tilesTiles can be expensive. But if you have a small half bath, you don’t need a lot of tile to make a big statement. Going forward, the effect far exceeds the initial cost.Tip: If you’re going to splurge on tile, choose a tile with a graphic pattern or unique look and use it from floor to ceiling. If your budget is limited, tile the vanity wall and use a less expensive flooring option, such as adhesive vinyl tiles, which look like real stone or tile.
Don’t settle for ordinary dust mirrors
Your half-bath square footage is limited, so make every inch count! Vanity mirrors are not only the exclamation point in your half bathroom design, but they also add to a small bathroom.
Buy these products now: Mirrors – Sink faucet – Bottle with pumpTip: Don’t buy a basic mirror. Find an interesting art frame and add a mirror to one. Or do something unexpected like create a gallery wall of small mirrors about your vanity. Be creative!
Choose functional lighting for the dressing table AND Fashion
Buy these products now: Pillar candles – Glass pot – Soap dispenserGood lighting can make a difference in your dressing table. Think of the vanity lighting as the earrings that complete your outfit (or half bath).Tip: Lighting layer to include ambient lighting and functional lighting. A pendant can create a statement and still brighten the room. Wall sconces or candles can add to the atmosphere. Consider a brighter, cooler-temperature bulb for your functional lighting and dimmer, warmer bulbs for your ambient lighting.
Offset your focal wall elements for visual interest
Do you want to do something fresh and modern in your half bathroom? You can center everything and go for a symmetrical look. Or you can break the rules to add interest by grouping things aside.Tip: Some ways you can add visual interest by offsetting the elements in your dresser include:
- Mirror mounting to the left or right of the dresser
- Pendant or pendant lighting grouped on one side
- Grouping accessories at one end or the other
Make the vanity the star of your half bathroom
The vanity has two main functions: washing and using the bathroom. The dressing table, therefore, is very important in your small bathroom. Make it a show.Tip: Choose a small piece of furniture to reuse as a dresser. Add a crock-style sink that sits atop the piece. Or to save space and go for a contemporary look, mount a floating shelf counter. Looking for the perfect small bathroom vanity? See this roundup, featuring the best small bathroom vanities for sale now.
Dress up your half bathroom walls to add value
A little bit of woodwork can add a luxurious and expensive touch to the most basic half bath. If you own your home or apartment, adding siding, paneling, or trim to your vanity can increase the property value of your home.Tip: Mount pre-cast wood crown molding or wall paneling in your half bath and paint them with a semi-gloss or eggshell finish for a high-end feel.
Small in space but gorgeous in texture is the secret to a stunning half bath
Buy these products now: Vanity Cabinet – Mirror – Wall lampTexture adds an air of sophistication to any interior. The texture is also incredibly attractive to most people due to its tactile feel that brings people closer to touch. Although your dresser is small, put in as much texture as you can to add depth.Tip: When working with texture, stick to a smooth, monochrome color theme. If you stick with natural colors that vary in shades of the same shade, mixing and matching different patterns and textures will be a success.
Complete your half bathroom with accessories
Now that you’ve created the coolest dressing table ever, it’s time to combine it all with the perfect accessories. After all, the magic is in the details.