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Stylish Design Ideas for Medicine Cabinets

If your medicine cabinet is a bit neglected, you’re not alone. After all, nobody sees what’s inside, right?! At the very least, you do, and you’d be surprised by what a big difference a splash of thoughtful design can make. Not to mention, you have more control over the medicine cabinet itself than you think, especially with the wide variety of options available today. In fact, you can transform your bathroom by choosing a cabinet that truly fits the look and feel of the space. In this post, we’ll spotlight a few of our favorite styles and share some organizational tips, proving that when it comes to medicine cabinets, there’s much more than meets the eye…

Medicine Cabinet Style

When you imagine a medicine cabinet, perhaps you envision a beautiful design like the one below, complete with shiny metal and gleaming glass! [from William H. Fry Construction Company]

Mirrored medicine cabinet with glass shelving
Mirrored medicine cabinet with glass shelving

However, classic medicine cabinet design is just the tip of the iceberg. Not to mention, there are many ways to add personality to the wall around the medicine cabinet, including matching sconces on either side. [from Lonny]

Medicine cabinet flanked by lamps
Medicine cabinet flanked by lamps

A range of sleek new medicine cabinet models are emerging, including custom designs like this fixed mirror flanked by two cabinets, designed by CWB Architects. [photo by Hulya Kolabas]

Sleek custom medicine cabinet
Sleek custom medicine cabinet

Got two sinks? Opt for a custom-designed medicine cabinet that perfectly fits your vanity area. This selection by Ryan Duebber Architect has an inside depth of four inches. [photo by Ross Van Pelt]

Medicine cabinets with wooden accents
Medicine cabinets with wooden accents

If a custom-designed cabinet isn’t in the cards, there are plenty of models that can add a custom look to your powder room. If you’re a fan of the industrial look, this Submarine Inset Medicine Cabinet from Restoration Hardware brings vintage submarine style home, complete with dotted rivets:

Submarine-style medicine cabinet from Restoration hardware
Submarine-style medicine cabinet from Restoration hardware

Opt for sleek hi-gloss white engineered wood and purchase The Wall Bath Cabinet from CB2, which boasts a modern silhouette and offers plenty of storage space:

Wall-mounted bath cabinet from CB2
Wall-mounted bath cabinet from CB2

Unique Medicine Cabinet Designs

While we’re used to cabinets that open to the side (like your typical door), this lift-up option by Keuco is available through YBath. [photo by Greg Hadley, from Harry Braswell]

Medicine cabinet with an upward lifting door
Medicine cabinet with an upward lifting door

Go tall! Long and lean is the look of this custom-designed mirror and sliding mechanism from Alfredo Gregory Design Gallery [via Houzz]

Custom-designed built-in medicine cabinet
Custom-designed built-in medicine cabinet

For a ready-to-purchase option featuring a touch of brass (and a mix of gold and silvery mirror tones), check out the Riveted Full-Length Medicine Cabinet from Restoration Hardware. Another great industrial-style find!

Full-length medicine cabinet from Restoration Hardware
Full-length medicine cabinet from Restoration Hardware

This Seven-Shelf Storage Cabinet from grandinroad cleverly conceals its contents, as it can close against a surface such as a bathroom door. Plus, lots of levels means lots of storage!

7-shelf storage cabinet
7-shelf storage cabinet

Why go with a rectangular medicine cabinet when you can get creative with the cabinet’s shape?! This plus sign selection evokes the practicality of a first-aid kit. With plenty of modern style, of course! [from Lonny]

White plus sign medicine cabinet
White plus sign medicine cabinet

Conjure a seafaring adventure with a Royal Naval Porthole Mirrored Medicine Cabinet from Restoration Hardware. Cast alumunim and a round form give this piece industrial style, and it’s perfect for displaying in multiples. Not to mention, its compact form makes it perfect for small spaces!

Porthole-style medicine cabinets from Restoration Hardware
Porthole-style medicine cabinets from Restoration Hardware

Now you see it, now you don’t! This medicine cabinet is disguised by a vinyl decal that allows it to pull double duty as a work of art. But on the inside, it holds the toiletries of your choice! [from Affecting Spaces]

Medicine cabinet in disguise
Medicine cabinet in disguise

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

Once you’ve selected a medicine cabinet design, the fun is just beginning…because we can’t forget about what’s on the inside! Does your medicine cabinet look as neat and tidy as the one below (designed by Lauren Rubin Architecture)?

Medicine cabinet with a tidy interior
Medicine cabinet with a tidy interior

Perhaps it holds a few more items! One strategy for creating a neat and tidy look is to color coordinate your bottles and containers, removing garish labels or transferring products to jars with a uniform appearance. [from Kohler]

Modern medicine cabinet from Kohler
Modern medicine cabinet from Kohler

Don’t have the time to fill your medicine cabinet with pretty bottles? No worries! Even cutting down on clutter can make a big difference. Regularly clean out your cabinet to remove expired products and medications. [from Us Weekly]

Organized medicine cabinet with products at the ready
Organized medicine cabinet with products at the ready

And don’t forget about the backdrop! Wrapping paper, wallpaper and contact paper can create a designer look. Learn more about this medicine cabinet makeover at HGTV:

Decorative paper lines a medicine cabinet
Decorative paper lines a medicine cabinet

For one more fabulous medicine cabinet idea, try adding galvanized metal to the back of your cabinet. use magnetized hooks, canisters and other fixtures to maximize your space and cleverly accommodate your products with style. Learn more at Martha Stewart. [photo by David Prince]

Magnetic medicine cabinet helps with organization
Magnetic medicine cabinet helps with organization

Do you have any medicine cabinet styling and design tips to share? Let us hear from you in the comments section below…

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