Don't Let Vanity Be Your Bathroom's Deadly Sin!

As bits of your bathroom go, bathroom vanities are important. It's where you wash your hands and brush your teeth. It's where you check your makeup or trim your beard (or, who knows, maybe both).

Whether your vanity exudes Victorian charm or is an example of stark modernism, there are certain sins that are not easily forgiven. Read on for a list of the worst vanity mistakes, as well as the best ways to fix them.

  1. Not having enough room for a vanity in the first place. We'll start with the most egregious sin of all: not having a bathroom large enough for a vanity. While space limitations are a design reality, there is simply no excuse for not having a vanity at all. Even if you don't have a mirror, at the very least you need somewhere to put the sink. Unless you want your bathroom to resemble that of an interstate service station, having a bare sink jutting out of the wall is not acceptable.

    The Fix: Choose a simple and clean vanity design. You do not have to sacrifice form for function. There are a fantastic variety of modern vanities that take up very little space and also won't break the bank.

  2. Sacrificing form over function. As was just mentioned, this is one is a sure no-no. What do you get when you take an über-modern sink with a wide but shallow bowl and add a drain plug right where the water hits? You get a big mess with water splashed everywhere. While this marvel of modernism might look slick when no one is using it, what's the point if your clothes get soaked every time you want to brush your teeth?

    The Fix: Choose a deeper sink. That way, at least the splash will be a contained splash. For a fix that's fast and free – though terribly inelegant –remove the plug from the drain. It won't be pretty, but you'll be dry until you get a chance to change out that sink.

  3. Being overly budget-minded. Things are tight for just about everybody right now, so it's understandable that when faced with a choosing a vanity, cost-consciousness is going to be priority number one. However, sometimes you get what you pay for and with bathroom vanities, it's absolutely true. Buy the cheapest vanity you can afford and sooner rather than later, you'll have to make repairs or even replace it altogether.

    The Fix: While you do need to spend enough to have a quality vanity, you don't have to take out a second mortgage on your home, either. Shop around and you'll be sure to find a well-built yet affordable vanity that will withstand the rigors of daily use.

  4. Choosing the wrong vanity for your bathroom and for your lifestyle. There are several things to consider when choosing a vanity, besides quality and size. If you have an art deco bathroom but bring in a rococo vanity, there's going to be some serious dissonance in your bathroom's Feng Shui. The same goes for the type of the vanity as well. If you've got a lot of product that goes into your grooming routine, you're going to need space to spread out or at the very least, storage for all that stuff. While a pared down vanity might look good with your overall bathroom design, it won't be functional for your lifestyle.

    The Fix: Choose wisely. If you must have a particular vanity that clashes with the rest of your bathroom, be willing to redecorate around it. Otherwise, be mindful of how your vanity will look as part of your entire bathroom. Also, be sure to choose a vanity with an eye toward what functions you need it to serve above and beyond the basics. If you need "real estate," ensure that this is what you're getting with your vanity.

The greatest part about bathroom vanities is that no matter what your style, taste or needs are, there's bound to be a vanity just right for you. And luckily, if you do happen to fall victim to a vanity mistake, fixing that mistake is usually quick and relatively painless.

About the Author:
Eva Solomon is a contributing writer who has been making bathrooms beautiful for over a decade and a half. Her life's dream is to eradicate ugliness from bathrooms, both at home and abroad. She uses DecorPlanet.com to help her in this quest.