This Old But Updated Trend Brings Quiet Luxury Back to Your Bathroom

When I think of seated bathroom vanities of the past, I think of Hollywood moments with blazing makeup lights and large egos. Today’s versions are a little more understated with quieter styling — less altars of overt glam and more mindful meditation spots. Instead of rushing to get ready each morning, they encourage sitting down, taking a breath, and doing something nice for yourself.

See how each of these bathrooms carve out a specific space to get you centered:

Heather Bullard designed this gorgeous salvaged wood and marble vanity for her bathroom’s modern farmhouse aesthetic. Between the double sinks, the makeup vanity drops down to the proper height for sitting and creates a nice special spot.

This bathroom, seen in House Beautiful, is luxurious but in a reserved way. The wood vanity table is a nice contrast to the cast concrete sinks that frame it on either side.

Instead of wedging the vanity in between two sinks, this French apartment extended the sink counter just a bit, added a little wooden shelf and a dedicated mirror, then topped it off with a little stool.

Similarly, this bathroom, designed by Amber Interiors, proves you don’t need a ton of space to create a little luxurious moment. This tiny spot is just big enough for sitting and makes use of a small inset nook.

Again, marble and wood prove a winning combo in this rustic modern Maine bathroom designed by Tyler Karu, as seen in Rue Magazine.

This master bathroom, also from Amber Interiors, is made for lounging. It’s also the most classically luxurious of all the examples, without spilling over the top. In addition to the plush armchair in the middle, there’s a large space carved out for makeup and products.

So, now that you’ve seen them, do you think you’d actually make use of one of these? Or do they run the risk of becoming one of those unnecessary home features you’ll regret adding to your home?

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