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Indulge My Vanity

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When it comes to home renovations, bathrooms and kitchens are often top of the priority list. As communal areas used by all members of the household as well as guests, it’s nice to give these areas a revamp that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. Modern additions can be particularly refreshing, adding sleek and clean aesthetics that can really take a bathroom or kitchen to the next level. One of these additions that has been growing in popularity is the floating vanity. Elegant and elevated (pun intended), the floating vanity is all the rage in contemporary bathroom design. Melbourne Kitchen + Bathroom Design’s Robin Harper sits down with Namal Fernando of Royal Vanities to discuss this trend and what it can offer your next bathroom renovation.

A cabinet maker by trade, Fernando started his own business so that he had the freedom to design and create whatever he wanted. The cabinets at Royal Vanities, he says, are all carefully designed to “maximise storage and look great at the same time.” Also working as a teacher at TAFE, Fernando takes pride in being driven by creativity and innovation. For floating vanities, Fernando describes them as “a bathroom vanity that is not connect to the floor and supported purely by the wall.” This design choice gives the effect that the vanity is ‘floating’, thus where it gets its name – the ‘floating vanity’. What sets Royal Vanities apart from other competitors in the market is the quality of their products. “Royal Vanities uses carefully selected natural and man-made raw materials to create earthy and sustainable products,” says Fernando. No doubt this also applies to their wide range of floating vanities as well!

You’re So Vain

Floating vanities, also known as wall-mounted vanities, offer a sleek approach to bathroom design and have become synonymous with modern bathroom design, offering an array of benefits. Elevating any bathroom with their clean lines and minimalist appearance, these space-saving wonders effortlessly add a touch of contemporary with simple design and craftsmanship. Their suspended design contributed to a sense of style that can’t be matched by other kinds of vanities on the market. In Fernando’s experience, those who gravitate towards this look are those “trying to achieve a modern look”. With their clean lines, minimalistic appeal and unique suspended design, these vanities have gained immense popularity among homeowners and interior designers alike. Effortlessly exuding a modern and contemporary aesthetic, their streamlined appearance is the pinnacle

of sophistication that can be a staple of any bathroom. With a wide range of materials, finishes and styles currently available on the market, such as glossy lacquers, natural woods or matte surfaces, homeowners have the freedom to customise their floating vanities to suit their personal tastes and aesthetic. When deciding on what floating vanity to go with, it’s important to first consider what design and colour scheme you are aiming towards. For white and blue colour schemes, you might have the cabinetry as blue and the marble bench as white. Where materials are concerned, there’s plenty of flexibility to mix and match to create an overall cohesive look. The possibilities are endless. Even if you’re aiming for more classic, vintage-style looks for your bathroom, specialists such as Royal Vanities offer floating vanities that cater towards the vintage/Hamptons looks as well.

It’s Practicality Pays For Itself

Sure, they look good, but how do they differ from other vanities in terms of practicality? One of the primary advantages of floating vanities is their ability to create a sense of openness and spaciousness in a bathroom. By mounting the vanity to the wall, it frees up valuable floor space and creates a floating illusion, giving the room an airy, uncluttered feel to it. “Floating vanities allow tiles to continue underneath the vanity uninterrupted and make it easy to clean,” says Fernando. “A floating vanity is also safe when/if a bathroom floods,” he adds.

Its minimalist approach is particularly effective in smaller bathrooms or those with limited square footage, where maximizing space is crucial. The elevated design also makes it easier to clean the floor underneath, eliminating the hassle of manoeuvring around a bulky vanity.

 

What’s more, floating vanities offer practical storage solutions. Many designs feature drawers, shelves or cabinets that provide ample space for organising bathroom essentials, such as towels, toiletries and cleaning supplies. This not only helps to keep the bathroom clutter-free, but also enhances functionality by keeping everything within easy reach.

In terms of installation, floating vanities are relatively straightforward and versatile. They can be installed at various heights, accommodating different users and providing ergonomic comfort. Ever more impressive, the mounting process allows for flexibility in positioning the vanity, enabling customisation according to individual needs and preferences. For these reasons, floating vanities have revolutionised the modern bathroom landscape by combining style, functionality and space-saving qualities.

Sealing The Deal

For those looking for advice when upgrading their bathroom or kitchen, Fernando has some words of wisdom to share: “Adequate storage and convenience are as important as the style, so it’s important to find the correct balance.” Ultimately, your decision to go with a floating vanity will depend upon your own personal preferences. While they are endlessly stylish, popular and convenient, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you’re leaning towards a chic or modern upgrade to your bathroom, then going with a floating vanity is an easy and sophisticated way to shake things up. Whether in a contemporary city apartment or a suburban home, floating vanities kick things up a notch and – with the right choices in material and colour schemes – can really steal the show.

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