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The New Year usually means making resolutions. I rarely make personal resolutions, but I do like to start January with a list of design and decorating projects. Some might be big, like bathroom remodeling, or small, like painting the foyer. If updating the bathroom is on your to-do list for 2016, the best place to start is the vanity. It’s an important component for any master bath, kid’s bath or powder room. Today’s vanities are really pieces of furniture. They set the design theme and mood, and should be the focal point of the room. However, clutter and mess can detract from even the most beautiful vanity. As you’re choosing bath fixtures, finishes and accessories, don’t forget to think about storage. Since there never seems to be enough of it, especially in the bathroom, I’ve come up with three creative ways to store and display items that get used every day.
Organize Your Towels with a Wine Rack
Towels can take up a lot of space. Make your vanity storage more efficient by turning a wine rack into a towel rack. They come in a variety of styles that fit perfectly under the sink, so everyone has easy access to clean, rolled-up towels. If several people use the same bathroom, consider assigning each family member a specific color for each of their towels. That way, there’s no mistaking which washcloth belongs to whom.
Contain Toiletries with a Utensil Caddy
As long as you’re organizing the bathroom, why not give each family member their own toiletry container, and avoid those arguments about whose is whose? A small utensil caddy will hold all your skincare and beauty products, and it keeps items neat, whether they’re sitting on the counter or tucked away under the sink. You can even spray paint each one to match the corresponding towel colors.
Repurpose a Flea Market Find
It’s not true that storage items can’t be pretty— even in the bathroom! I found this vintage vase at a flea market and use it as a toothbrush holder. Not only does it look lovely sitting on the vanity counter, but also there’s no scrambling to find the toothbrush during the morning rush out the door. The best part is that with all of the options out there, you won’t have any trouble finding a color or style to match your decor.
Do you have any bathroom ideas or storage plans ready to go? Tell us about them in the comments!
Interior designer Merri Cvetan writes about bathroom home decor and bath interior design renovations for The Home Depot. Merri's ideas for storage and vanities are based on her work with clients and her experience renovating an 1890s Wisconsin farm house. To research bath vanities available on Home Depot's Home Decorators Collection website, you can click here.