MAIN IMAGE Ergonomic and timeless, this gently curving wall-hung vanity from the Cassca collection by Pelipal offers plenty of extra storage without ruining the natural flow of the space. Available from InHouse, the mineral marble double basin, vanity unit and mirror cabinet is £2,722

Bathrooms should ideally be calm, clutter-free spaces that allow you to switch off and relax; whether you prefer to unwind in a hot bubble bath or rejuvenate under the blast of a powerful shower jet. So instead of getting stressed about the lack of storage in your space, consider how much you need, which style will suit and what size is best. ‘Under-basin storage is big news at the moment,’ reveals Tina Robinson, product manager at Heritage Bathrooms, ‘particularly vanity units, which are enjoying a huge surge in popularity. They can take up no more floor space than the footprint of the basin and come in lots of different styles, finishes and colours.’

LEFT Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection Langham furniture range in Steel Grey. Basin unit, £863; tallboy £680; Backlit LED illuminated mirror, £428
CENTRE Lume Collection by Alternative Bathrooms. Vanity in Bronzo Lume with Goji basin and open shelf area in Grafite Rovero, £1,703; tall unit, £60; Dot mirror, £326
RIGHT Noa & Nani’s Stow Tallboy in white, £79, comes with one pull-out drawer and open shelves for easy access

Other options for smaller areas include tallboys, narrow pull-outs, wall-mounted racks and rails as well as fully fitted furniture that will make the most of every inch. Freestanding designs are also becoming popular, offering a flexible solution that can be moved around and added to.

LEFT Victoria + Albert’s Mandello 1140 anthracite vanity basin unit with push-to-open drawer and integrated Quarrycast basin, £3,840
RIGHT VitrA’s M Line Infinit collection. 1m base unit in Plumtree with mineral cast slab top basin and two drawers, £1,701; Matching triple door mirror cabinet, £1,149; Open unit, £759

Large bathrooms offer more choices, with everything from dual basin units to wide mirrored cabinets and a co-ordinated furniture collection for a uniform look. When there are young children using the bathroom, think about out-of-reach storage such as high shelving or wall-mounted cabinets, as well as lockable doors.

LEFT Freestanding 134 curved vanity unit from Burlington Bathrooms in Classic Grey with a Minerva White worktop and integrated basin, £2,329
CENTRE System furniture range from Roper Rhodes 1.2m wall-mounted basin unit in matt carbon with double isocast basin, £1,395; Scope basin mixers, £145 each; System illuminated mirror, £475
RIGHT Twice double washstand, from £1,906, Alape

High gloss gives a contemporary feel while painted wooden styles are ideal for a classic scheme. ‘For a fashion forward take on furniture,’ adds Tina, ‘mix and match cabinet doors with darker and lighter hues for a more bespoke feel.’

ABOVE Mya collection from Ripples. Vanity, £4,312; Wall mirror, £973; Lighting, £323

When considering striking and colourful storage pieces, decide whether you want it to make a statement or blend in with the rest of the scheme. One bold pop of colour can work well in an otherwise neutral scheme, particularly in a smaller bathroom. If your space is more generous, however, then why not go all in with an eye-catching matching collection. Make the space work as hard as it can for you.

LEFT Narciso floorstanding vanity unit with drawers by Cielo and ceramic washbasin with storage below, from £4,452, C.P. Hart
CENTRE Mya range from Burgbad. Washstand with matt finish basin, £4,312; Mirror, £748; Lights, £323; Table, £1,068
RIGHT Crosswater’s Glide II furniture collection in Windsor Oak. Wall-hung 70 vanity unit with marble effect worktop, £1,130; Tower unit, £665

Q&A with Michael Sammon, sales and marketing director at Frontline Bathrooms

What are the latest trends in bathroom storage?
The industrial trend is continuing to grow, with furniture designs now emerging that incorporate matt black accents and mixed materials of metal and wood, such as our new multifunctional Structure furniture collection from Royo. The units boast a contrasting black and grey oak finish whilst incorporating a handy towel rail and convenient storage rack for soap and toiletries.

LEFT Heritage Bathrooms’ Caversham Granley freestanding vanity unit, £945 including basin

Which other finishes or colours are popular?

Matt finishes and dark, bold colourways are also proving particularly popular. Our Aquatrend furniture range has now expanded to include a new Matt Indigo finish while marble is also making its way into bathroom furniture design with our extended Holborn collection, now including solid surface worktops in Carrara marble. With bathroom design continuing to adapt to suit increasingly varied shapes and sizes, we have just launched a number of new space-saving, multifunctional innovations – including our brand new all-in-one Linea cloakroom unit with basin, WC and storage, which is perfect for a recessed area.

Should we choose fitted or freestanding?
Offering flexibility, fluidity and freedom, freestanding furniture is ideal for mixing and matching. With the advantage of being easily moved, added to or reduced, it caters for bathrooms where storage requirements are likely to change, such as when families grow or children leave home, so is perfect for those looking to create a tailored layout that fits their needs. However, for a smaller bathroom, wall-hung furniture can be a more efficient alternative to ensure every inch of space is being maximised.

LEFT String® system, from £42 at Skandium
CENTRE Arrezzi Basin with Stand, from £1,527; Granite shelf, from £686, the Albion Bath Company
RIGHT Jarrow wall cabinet, £530, Neptune

Article by: Hayley Gilbert