Do you find vanity units a complete minefield of quality, size and price?

Below we’ve broken down a few of our high street favourites along with an outline of considerations on purchasing a vanity unit that is fit for purpose.

Vanity units are essentially bathroom cabinets that sit at the base of a sink, these the most common types of built-in furniture. You can have one that covers the sink pedestal or, to make even more use of the space, consider having a ‘floating’ basin that sits on top of a unit or is embedded into it. The above industrial vibe is a mix of storage and shelving allowing you space to conceal toiletries whilst having easy access to towels. You can also get combination bathroom vanity units that adjoin a sink and toilet to create one large cabinet. These are good if your bathroom is small as they make use of often-wasted space between a sink and toilet. 

Vanity units, depending on their size, have various storage options. Think again about what you’ll be storing – Do you need to hide the copious bath toys? Would you want shelves inside the cabinets for bespoke makeup storage? Will soft close drawers make for a an easier life? Will you need to make space for, a loo-roll holder and the storage of toilet paper?

Vanity units also allow you to play around with materials and colours. There are a lot of different worktop options, from marble effect to stone, that can bring another layer of design and a different feeling to your bathroom. Mixing materials are a huge trend at the moment and the below is a perfect option to add a bespoke marble countertop, this can be sourced locally from a stone mason for around £150.

If you have quite a lot of space, you could have a much more expansive vanity unit that spans the width of a wall . Most of the big-name brands sell a range of vanity units, but if you have the budget and want something very specific, you could also consider asking a builder to make bespoke bathroom storage for you. Many different options and we would always recommend asking your designer and fitter before you purchase for their expert opinion on what will work best for your needs.

Now you have selected your new vanity unit, its time for the fun to begin! Below we have created a high street bathroom accessories board to help you shop the look.

Madras towel hook – £12.99 – Anthropologie

Jute bathmat – £17.99 – H&M

Jute linen basket -£24.99 H&M

OLOGE terracotta planter – £95 – La Redoute

Scenario pale green face cloths -£8 – la Redoute

Calamus rattan chair – £269 – La redoute

Trocadero double vanity unit and basins – £1,289 – Masions Du Monde

Curve green wall mirror -£89 – Oliver Bonas

Raised design bathroom set – starting at £7.99 – Zara home

That’s all folks! I really hope you found the piece interesting, and as always I’m happy to answer any further questions you may have or head over to email – emma@EmmaMerryStyling .All images & mood board copyright are owned by Emma merry styling except where noted. Please make sure you credit and link/tag if you use them. Thank you x

Happy shopping bathroom bunnies x


Agreed… cheesy title. But it really is the Powder Room of Dreams. Before I got my hands on it, it was the ‘Cloakroom of Despair’. A 0.7 x 1.2-metre space that’s literally no bigger than a traditional cupboard under the stairs.

My mind was made up that this cloakroom bathroom was going to pack a punch as soon as you opened the door. I wanted colour, texture and an extraordinary high-end finish to be the key factors in this bathroom.

This is where we started. You won’t believe the number of people that said prior to this project, “Honestly, your cloakroom is not that bad!” You can’t blame them. They weren’t to know the moodboard I had been planning in my head all those years.

A sloping ceiling was my initial concern. I found the solution was to unify the walls and ceiling in the form of wallpaper, however it need to be abstract or this would work against the lines of the room. Enter Splatter Wallpaper by Sanderson. This was perfect and, not to mention, within budget (only as it was such a small space).

Walls done. Next was brassware – or taps to you and I. I was obsessed with the idea of rose gold, however not so keen on the reflective qualities. Then I noticed a new finish… brushed red gold. Seemed like the perfect solution to me, but I always double check my design ideas by creating a moodboard of the whole look. Once I was happy that all the elements worked together, it was time to look at layout options.

The layout was limiting as quite frankly it’s a tiny space, however I did have options with the basin. Initially I’d been looking at getting a stand-alone basin on a bench-style unit, however this was not going to contribute to the sleek finish I had in my mind. Then I found the petrol blue cabinet in a gloss finish… boom! There it was – that light-enhancing piece that would give the illusion of at least another half a metre.

Furniture complete, I could move on to the most exciting part… tiles. Y’see, I have this thing with tiles. Literally, I have samples galore. I just love the finish, pattern, texture and their ability to transform any space instantly.

I knew herringbone was the pattern for me and blush pink an obvious choice, however the floor tiles were proving difficult due to the lack of bold, unique and cost-effective designs on the market. Enter Henley Ice Tile from Topps Tiles – clean, Moroccan-inspired design was the icing to my cloakroom cake. And there you have it! How I conceived, planned and implemented the ‘Powder Room of Dreams’.

Photography Courtesy of Paul Craig Photogrpahy 


C.P Hart – Bathroom furniture and brassware
Topps tiles – Wall & floor tiles
Sanderson – Splatter wallpaper
Oliver Bonus – Pebble wall mirror
Ocean lighting – Pendant light