Make everyday ablutions feel like luxury with these elegant artisan-style vanity units
When selecting bathroom fittings, just as important as the basin itself is the cabinet or stand chosen for it. After decades of somewhat sterile interiors, we are at last rediscovering the country house look and learning to create homes that comfortably combine new and old. Traditional materials such as ceramic, wood and stone are still big news, but they’re being combined in inventive ways to create eclectic pieces. Many designs also offer the benefit of extra storage, either in the form of shelves to hold stacks of towels or drawer or cupboard space for everyday essentials.
Sumptuously curvy, this beautiful oak washstand evokes a glamorous era. Both wood and painted finishes are available and it can be topped with white and grey Arabascato marble (as shown) or black and gold Portoro marble, and completed with deck of splashback-mounted taps.
Paring basin design down to a minimum simply adds to the charm. This simple stone and resin composite countertop, which is available in several sizes, puts the emphasis on the Carrara marble bowl. Taps in a vintage bronze finish are a welcome change from contemporary chrome.
Dark and handsome
A basket drawer brings a country element to this vanity unit. Made from maple, the furniture is finished in a dark shade and has a protective coating. The basin overhangs the vanity unit in a sweeping curve, creating a dramatic focal point.
Both classic lines and modern shapes are easy to achieve in a smooth-to-touch composite material of ground stone and resin. It is used here for the generously sized basin and the marble-effect countertop, supported by chrome legs. Polished nickel and gold-finish legs are also available.
Striking in colour, these sculpted basins are teamed with a unit made from reclaimed teak. Select doors and a stone top, as shown, or you can go for a slatted shelf or a rustic wood top.
The beauty of a washstand top hewn from a slab of real marble is that every piece is uniquely patterned. Three types of marble are available for this design, which is fitted with an undermounted ceramic basin and completed with classic taps featuring extended spouts.
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Gleaming copper brings welcome warmth to this bathroom. Designed with a rim that allows it to slot neatly into a countertop, the basin is ideal for a bespoke treatment. Instead of sitting within a weighty cabinet, here it is fitted into a shelf, providing a quirky, individual look.