STAR OF THE SHOW

Whether it’s in the main bath­room or the pow­der room, make your van­ity the cen­tre of at­ten­tion

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Make a last­ing im­pres­sion with a stylish van­ity

1 CLEAN AND SIM­PLE

Pat­terned f loor tiles are very pop­u­lar at the mo­ment. To let them shine, keep the rest of the bath­room sim­ple. This stream­lined van­ity ac­com­mo­dates two basins and plenty of stor­age space in the drawers. The nar­row black frames on the mir­rors and the out­line on the van­ity keep the look mod­ern and graphic.

2 DRAMA QUEEN

Many ex­ist­ing pieces of fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing an­tiques, can be con­verted into van­ity units. For this bath­room, in­te­rior de­signer Danela Conti used a burled wal­nut Bie­der­meier-style cabi­net from On Site Gallery to which she added a mar­ble top and two deck­mounted basins. Above it she hung hand-carved frames from India which were painted white and fit­ted with mir­ror. Adding the fi­nal touch are wall lights de­signed by Danela and hand­beaded in her stu­dio.

3 SMALL PACK­AGES

You don’t need a lot of room to cre­ate a stylish van­ity. Life­style blog­ger Elma Steyl took ad­van­tage of a small al­cove in her bath­room with a nar­row re­claimed-fir van­ity from Vel­vet Home and Liv­ing and hung a con­tem­po­rary mir­ror from La Grange In­te­ri­ors above it.

4 SIM­PLY CHIC

Think out­side the box when it comes to van­i­ties. For small spa­ces, choose a long, nar­row dou­ble basin and have a con­sole ta­ble cus­tom made to sup­port it. This one in wood and metal is un­ob­tru­sive, doesn’t clut­ter the room and there’s space un­der­neath for stor­age bas­kets. Giv­ing the room a soft ro­man­tic at­mos­phere is a sub­tle f lo­ral wall­pa­per, Earthvine by Thibaut, from St Leger & Viney.

5 BASIN IN­STINCT

A stone basin from Amat­uli was the in­spi­ra­tion for this van­ity de­signed by Lloyd Cook of Pre­to­ria. To sup­port it, he had a unit cus­tom made in pow­der­coated steel with sand­blasted oak shelves for tex­ture and added cas­tors to the legs. “They pro­vide ex­tra de­tail and give the im­pres­sion that it’s a free­stand­ing piece,” he ex­plains. An arched mir­ror off­sets the straight lines.

6 AFRICAN IDYLL

“An an­tique wash­stand in­her­ited with this house in the coun­try­side made the per­fect van­ity,” ex­plains in­te­rior de­signer Danela Conti who en­hanced it with pat­terned tiles from Moroc­can Ware­house and grass-cloth wall­cov­er­ing. “I placed the basin to one side and bal­anced it with a wood­framed mir­ror.” Adding an or­ganic el­e­ment is the beaded chan­de­lier made in Danela’s stu­dio.

7 VAN­ITY FAIR

You can give a van­ity more of a dress­ing ta­ble style by choos­ing a mir­rored or Per­spex ta­ble as the base. Dra­matic wall­pa­per, Maryse by Thibaut from St Leger & Viney shows off a glam­orous mir­ror and com­plet­ing the op­u­lent look is a padded stool.

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