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20 Bathroom Cabinet Ideas You Have to Try Right Now

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20 Bathroom Cabinet Ideas You Have to TryNicole Franzen

Toilet paper, towels, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. These are just four of the nearly endless number of items that people want to keep close at hand but out of sight in their bathrooms. Thankfully, you don’t have to jeopardize style when it comes to the cabinets that keep all of these necessities well ordered. In fact, think of it as an opportunity to be bold and think outside of the proverbial powder room box, suggests ELLE DECOR A-List designer Ford Huniford. Case in point: Huniford used a powder room in Westchester County, New York, as an opportunity to play on an English interior aesthetic and add texture to the space by hanging café curtains from a wood vanity.

But that’s just one of many ways to be clever with your bathroom cabinets. For example, Huniford suggests incorporating finishes to complement fittings, bringing in mosaics or marble for added detail, or even giving a vanity legs to create a sense of airiness. From mirrored fronts to funky hardware to winsome café curtains, here are 20 creative bathroom cabinet ideas for creating the bathroom of your dreams. Don’t forget: “Organization, function, and practicality are first and foremost,” Huniford says.

Stone Cabinetry

Haven't you heard? Stone is all the rage at the moment. And nowhere do we need better proof to hop on this design trend than the vanity in the primary bathroom of a Hamptons home, designed by Ashe Leandro. Clad in Smoke of London stone, which runs across the floor in a seamless line, this loo is the stuff of designer's daydreams.

a bathroom has a gray patterned stone floor, counter, cabinets, sinks, and backsplash, two black meal towel rings, beamed ceiling, window in background
JASON SCHMIDT

Quartzite Cabinets

Architect Celeste Robbins topped the sleek metal cabinets in the primary bathroom of her midcentury Michigan lakehouse with 'Four Seasons' Quartzite. It's an approach that adds a soft touch to an otherwise heavy setting.

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Roger Davies

Cafe Curtain Cuteness

Ready to think outside of the box when it comes to home decor sourcing? Take notes from Ford Huniford's lovely interpretation of a bathroom in the powder room of Jeffrey Sellers' house in Westchester County. The vanity, originally a vintage table dressed in a mustard yellow cafe curtain, is a creative hack for concealing any clutter.

james huniford cottage in westchester county, new york
Matthew Williams

Warm Wood Cabinets

Design firm Retrouvius got inventive in the primary bathroom of this London townhouse, repurposing leather panels to front the cabinets. The panels, formerly used to cover shelves in the British Library, add texture to the very yellow bathroom.

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Paul Raeside

Black Cabinets

The key to an artfully designed bathroom is knowing when to maximilize and when to minimalize. In a Tortonto home, Kelly Wearstler toggled that balance beautifully, bringing in black cabinetry acts as a backdrop to the statement tiled walls and ceiling.

black and white rectangular tiles cover bathroom walls, floor, counter with sink and drawers, long oval mirror, two small globe sconces flank the mirror
Adrian Gaut

Gilded Cabinets

When in doubt, add some gilding. That's just what designer Lorenzo Castillo did in the bathroom of this Parisian apartment. The vanity cabinets are encased in mirrored glass with gold trim that adds dimension to the space.

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Ricardo Labougle

Stained Wood Cabinets

In this Utah house designed by Electric Bowery,the primary bath vanity is made of walnut with iron hardware. The piece, which was made by Henrybuilt, presents a clean facade with only two handles displayed, but allows for ample storage space.

a bathroom has twin rectangular sinks in dark marble with iron walnut cabinets below, oval mirrors above each and three vertical sconces with small globes at top and bottom, spruce paneled walls, and black limestone floor
Chris Mottalini

Repurposed Cabinets

In a Madrid apartment, (where Ava Gardner formerly lived) designer Isabel Lopez Quesada converted a former 1940s console table into a bathroom sink and vanity. The drawers allow for the same storage as cabinets but with a more elegant look.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna

Metallic Cabinets

In the primary bathroom of a Paris apartment designer Jean-Louis Deniot added an ultra luxurious touch to the vanity by including custom hammered-silver panels. Talk about a sleek storage solution.

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Simon Upton

Accessorized Cabinets

In a Miami home designed by Jennifer Bunsa, glazed ceramic cabinet pulls from Nest Studio are the star of the show. Incorporated in the cabinetry to add color and flair, they're as visually appealing as they are functional.

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Nicole Franzen

Mirrored Cabinetry

Mirror, mirror, on the wall—which is the loveliest bathroom of all? We hate to pick favorites but when it comes to making the most of a small space, Brazilian designer Juliana Vasconcellos certainly comes to mind. The designer created a sleek look in her primary bathroom by pairing the large mirrored medicine cabinet to the mirrored vanity cabinets below.

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Ricardo Labougle

Modern Farmhouse, Redefined

Looking for something more off the wall? Designer Alejandra Redo created custom barn-like doors for the cabinet in the primary bathroom of her ranch house in Mexico. Proof that one can horse around with a positive outcome.

a bathroom with a tub and sink
William Waldron

Vintage Towel Rack

Don't have cabinets? Be resourceful. To make up for a lack of default storage space in a guest bathroom of Paolo Castellarin and Didier Bonnin's country house in Italy, the duo used a vintage towel rack that can tastefully show off a logistical requirement.

in a bathroom the walls are travertine covered, wooden drying rack with a towel, pedestal sink with silver fittings, antique mirror and two sconces above sink, linen shower curtain, slat wood floor, green ceiling
Francesco Dolfo

Minimal Cabinets

Designer Ellie Cullman kept the vanity in the primary bathroom of a New Jersey house elegant and simple with wood cabinets and brass hardware. As for the other areas of the room, Cullman dialed it up a notch, adding floor-to-ceiling curtains and an opulent Maison Bagues chandelier.

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Eric Piasecki

Minimal Wood Cabinets

In the kids bathroom of this California home designed by Studio Shamshiri, the custom wood vanity adds contrasting natural elements to the very blue, all-tile space. The custom wooden square knobs add a little playfulness to the minimal cabinets.

blue tiled bathroom with yellow towels and small stool
Stephen Kent Johnson

Open Shelves

The custom vanity in designer Alfredo Paredes's historic Locust Valley home features open shelving rather than cabinets. This alternative lends itself to opportunities to accessorize and conceal clutter with rattan baskets and various storage containers.

a bathroom with black walls, three sconces flanking two mirrors, wooden vanity with turned legs and two shelves holding towels and baskets, a white marble top with two small round sinks with brass fittings
Noe DeWitt

Casual Cabinetry

In the primary bathroom of a Colorado home designed by Patrick Mele, draped linen panels add a casual feel to the elegant space. The fabric curtains add an airiness that cabinets could not achieve.

a footed bathtub, an antique chair, counter and twin sinks, plinth with bust sculpture, round table with large plant in basket planter, glass chandelier, transparent curtains, glass doors open to pool
Miguel Flores-Vianna

Kartell Storage

The iconic Kartell Componibli storage cabinet is a chic alternative to any space without built-ins. Designer Sam Sacks paired a white Kartell cabinet with the white sink and fittings in the powder room of a client's Toronto home.

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Lauren Miller

Triangular Cabinets

Designer Tim Veresnovsky customized the vanity in the primary bathroom of a client's St. Petersburg apartment—and it's anything but average. The sculptural triangular shaped vanity is part art, part function.

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Mikhail Loskutov

Details, Details, Details

In a St. Petersburg apartment designed by Tim Veresnovsky, the custom vanity includes ornate details including loud and proud zebra-print-like marble. The result adds a grandeur to the bathroom that is only amplified by the statement piece cabinet.

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Mikhail Loskutov

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