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By: ITALGRES | Created 10/30/2018

If you are renovating an existing bath or starting from zero, you need consider a few things before selecting a new vanity to avoid unwanted installation-day surprises.

You need find the Right Size

Your bathroom floor plan and existing plumbing, are the baselines for determining where the vanity should go and how big it can be.

Width: Check that existing elements like doorways and built-ins will be able to open properly.

Depth: Leave enough space for traffic lanes so protruding corners won't catch you.

Height: Factor in faucet height if you have existing medicine cabinets, mirrors, or light fixtures.

Number of Sinks

The max width your vanity can be will decide how many sinks you can have: 48 inches is the common threshold for two sinks, though it's sometimes possible to fit both in smaller sizes. If you're close to 48 inches, consider how much counter space you'd like, as adding another sink diminishes the usable surface.

Mounting Options

For the easiest install, pick the mounting option that matches your current vanity—so the plumbing lines will be where you need them.

Freestanding options are the most common and offer a range of foot styles. Wall mount or floating vanities skew modern and generally offer less storage given their cropped height. Corner units fill a specific need and are limited to one sink.

Choosing a Style

With your measurements set it's time to think about the details, including sink types, materials, and whether a backsplash or faucet is included.

 

Sinks are almost always included with the vanity and come in four main styles:

Under mount: Installed underneath the counter for a seamless top.

Vessel: Sits on top of the counter; available in a variety of shapes including bowl and square.

Drop in: Top mounted so the edges rest on the counter but the basin is inset.

Integrated: The countertop includes the sink itself in one continuous piece.

Materials

Vanity base: Most often wood, but varies based on the desired finish.

Countertop: Stone or ceramic are the most popular.

Sink: Can match or vary from the countertop.

Hardware: The cabinet knobs or pulls.

Backsplash and Faucet

There are styles that include a backsplash in the same material as the countertop. For most vanities, you purchase the faucet separately. However, some vanities do include the faucets in one set style and finish.

 

These steps will help you find the bathroom vanity that will make your bathroom your new favorite place in the house.

By: SUNSHINE KITCHEN AND BATH | Created 10/30/2018

Making the right color choices for your home can sometimes be intimidating, especially if those color choices are attached to large price tags.

Color Inspiration can come from anywhere but not all colors work everywhere. The trick is finding the right colors for you and for your room. We've put together a list of tips to consider when choosing a "no regrets" color scheme for your kitchen or bathroom.

  • Pick colors that you love and that you respond to emotionally. Juicy yellow in the kitchen might be invigorating for one person and crazy-making for another one.
  • Don't be afraid to go with brighter or more saturated paint colors in the kitchen or bathroom. Usually there is very little empty wall space and the paint color becomes a border around the cabinets, appliances and woodwork. The right paint color can make these items pop, like the right frame for artwork.
  • Be prepared to be flexible and make compromises. As you go through the process of selecting all the colors and finishes, your plan will be constantly revised.
  • Choose one element to launch your color palette, but don't buy that item until all accompanying selections have been fully researched. For example, use hand-painted tiles as an inspiration but don't purchase them until you know you have coordinating countertops and flooring.
  • Start with the least flexible element of your bathroom or kitchen and match others to it. It's much easier to adjust stains and paints on cabinets or walls to harmonize with granite or tile.
  • Do not underestimate lighting. Look at all your color and finish choices in daylight and in the artificial light that will be in that particular room. Soft blues and greens might look fresh in morning light, but dull in incandescent light. Color-corrected fluorescent lighting can be helpful.
  • For granite and other countertops, the safest approach is to keep it neutral and versatile. This is a big ticket item that you don't want to replace when the trends shift again.
  • When choosing cabinets, consider the undertones of the wood. Some woods are warmer like pine, or cooler like walnut and a stain can accentuate this even more. In addition, woods like maple can be glazed, tinted or painted for even greater variety.
  • Backsplashes can make a color splash in a big way. In a kitchen, choose the countertop first and then match the backsplash. This follows our rule about selecting the least adaptable element first. There are zillions of tile choices out there, but not quite as many countertops.
  • Reverse the order for the bathroom. Here we go contradicting ourselves. . .but in the bathroom the tile should be selected first. That makes sense if you think about the area tile covers.

There are no rules about what colors are appropriate or not in a kitchen or bathroom, but there are some generalizations. Pink or peach is more flattering to skin tones than is green, so a soft coral is lovely in a bathroom. On the other hand, green contrasts well with wood tones and is a versatile choice for a kitchen. Finally, when nothing else seems to make sense, there's always crisp, clean white.

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