My lovely reader needs advice on her new build project. She’s wondering if the design plan for her built-in makeup vanity is dated. This situation is really more of a good design vs. bad design. Here’s how to get it right if you are planning a new build.
New build season is right around the corner, so I recently received this great Ask Maria question:
As you are aware, planning for cabinets is a huge job. I am wondering what your thoughts are regarding making a place for sitting to apply makeup in the master bath. I have 2 separate vanities – a 5′ for him and a 7′ for me. My designer planned a place for my vanity to have a place to sit for makeup but I am just not sure if this is a passé plan. What are your thoughts??
Sometimes when I get asked a question I’ve never thought about before it makes me sit and think for a second.
Hmm. . . . what is my opinion here?
Is my makeup vanity dated?
Are they dated? Since I don’t design millwork, I don’t have an instant opinion about that.
But I have definitely seen a lot of badly designed, after-thought-vanities in master bathrooms.
And then I realized something.
This kind of a situation falls into the ‘good design/bad design’ category.
My guess, without seeing any photos, is she’s reacting to the design itself. Not the idea of the vanity.
So because the design is bad, you start to question whether the whole idea is bad. Have you ever had this happen?
After all, functionally, I think it’s a great idea if you have space to sit to do your hair and makeup!
So how do you get it right?
How to design a makeup vanity
Here are some lovely inspiration photos if you are designing a vanity:
Love this design which works really well because of the natural light. Perfect for applying makeup. Plus it’s right in the middle, giving this a pretty, symmetrical feel.
If you have space in your closet it would work there too:
This is a beautifully designed makeup vanity:
Not every makeup vanity has to be built in.
You could also consider a free-standing vanity like my client Crystal suddenly had room for in her bathroom redesign:
However, back to reality, this is more like the design we normally see (below):
This kind of design with the bad pony wall would make me question if the whole vanity idea should be scrapped as well.
And, just for good measure, check out this post about my favorite vanity lights to replace your ugly builder grade bar light.
Remember if you are questioning any part of your designers or architects plans, one place to look is whether it’s well-designed or not? Start searching for other images in the same configuration. This might help to figure out if the plans you have translate to good design or bad design?
Over to you my lovelies! Those of you who are planning a bathroom redesign, are you including a built-in makeup vanity?
Are they dated? Yay or Nay?
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