Laminate is a popular low cost option for countertops, and a perfect choice for an extra bathroom, utility room or kid’s room. There are a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, and the material is very low maintenance. The downside is that the surface is not as durable as some others. Marble and granite offer a high quality, high-performance choice. The materials are extremely durable and come in a range of natural stone shades and patterns. Stone countertops are resistant to heat and scratches, but need to be sealed to prevent stains.
Solid surface materials, like Corian, are a good mix between low end laminates and high end natural stone. They are a blend of plastic resins that can be melted and molded into just about any shape. With solid surface materials, sinks and countertops can be molded as one unit giving a seamless finish. There are many patterns including those that mimic the look of natural stone and will work in just about any bathroom.
Vanity styles will primarily depend on your décor. Traditional styles are typically made of woods like oak and mahogany. Bamboo is increasingly popular as an ecological choice, while other metal materials like steel or chrome are a popular choice. Bathroom vanities will accommodate a sink and storage space, with ample drawer space for cosmetics, towels and grooming accessories.
Wall mounted vanities are ideal for small spaces like guest bathrooms or half baths because the space underneath allows room for storing items for the bath and makes cleaning easier.