STAR OF THE SHOW
Whether it’s in the main bathroom or the powder room, make your vanity the centre of attention
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.