a white bathroom vanity consisting mostly of lower cabinets and a toilet in front

Bathroom Vanity

Originally contributed by • last updated 2/24/2021

Terry Magallanes

If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, you may be thinking about ways to incorporate a design that has a good amount of storage while adding just the right touch of style. Here’s the good news! A beautiful bathroom vanity can do just that, having the power to not only add style to a bathroom but also create storage space while hiding unsightly plumbing fixtures. And, if you’re thinking that bathroom vanities are outdated, think again! There are many modern styles and designs to choose, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for.


In its most basic form, the term bathroom vanity typically refers to a base cabinet that is topped with a countertop and a sink, providing some storage underneath. However, these bathroom features come in a variety of styles and designs, and can include anything from customs shelving to mirrors and lighting. Vanities are typically installed to provide a functional countertop, storage space, and to hide visible plumbing fixtures with decorative cabinets. Modern vanities can be customized to suit almost any bathroom and personal design choice.

What Size Light Fixture Should I Use Over A Bathroom Vanity?

Bathroom vanities are available in a variety of styles and designs, and can even be customized to fit any preference or bathroom space. Choosing your lights to go along with your bathroom feature can be tricky but there are a couple guides you can follow. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when selecting a vanity and a vanity light for your bathroom:

  • To start with, consider how much space you have available. This will determine the size, shape, and in many cases, the design of your vanity. Consider a corner bathroom vanity if you’re working with a smaller bathroom.
  • Another important aspect to consider is the materials and accessories to be included. This can have a big impact on the cost, design, and style of your vanity. There’s a large selection and wide price range available.
  • Additionally, you’ll want to select a light to match your vanity. Commonly, designers will choose a light fixture that is about three quarters of the length of your vanity mirror, and then place it above the mirror.