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A Natural Treat: Live-Edge Vanity Top Redefines Modern Bathrooms

Looking for new ways to add natural beauty and the goodness of nature to your home without seeming all too obvious? Live-edge décor provides the perfect unique opportunity to do so. Live-edge furniture is currently a hot trend that is growing more popular, and with each passing day we are seeing designers across the globe incorporate it in creative new ways that move away from the mundane. And one of our absolute favorites is the live-edge vanity top in the bathroom that brings home the wow factor!

Wallpaper adds brightness to the small powder room with live edge vanity

Live-edge vanity tops can be combined with floating vanity units made in a different material or can also be used as standalone pieces that offer exactly what you need in smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. They range from the spectacular to the simple, and yet every one of these vanities ushers in a cool, organic vibe that gives the bathroom a major facelift. Whether you are looking to give your existing bathroom a quick makeover or still searching for that ideal vanity to complete your new powder room, here is an option that you just cannot overlook.

A Slab of Wood

All you need here is the right slab of wood, and the more untreated and rugged it is, the better. Of course, some bathrooms demand a more polished approach to even the live-edge vanity top, but we will get to that later. A beautiful and natural slab of wood acting as a vanity top in the bathroom often ends up becoming the unrivaled focal point of the space it graces, and it can also define and determine the style of the room itself. Despite the vanity top acting as an entire vanity on its own, there is plenty of counter space here, and you can extend the length of the vanity top to create even more!

Create your own custom vanity with a slab of wood! [From: Lisa Stevens & Company / Brandon Barre Photography]

It is the rugged natural edge of the vanity top that gives it a unique identity and allows you to create a custom bathroom that is truly exceptional. But it is important to ensure that the lighting around the live-edge vanity is absolutely perfect to bring out its very best and highlight all those knots, nicks and cuts that make it so very special.

Modern rustic bathroom with a natural edge wooden vanity [Design: Dianne Davant and Associates]
Natural slab of wood used for both bathroom shelves and vanity [Design: Kingdom Builders]
Wood slab vanity is a showstopper in this narrow bathroom [Design: Fivedot]

Rugged and Refined

The general perception is that live-edge furniture is only in homes with a rustic bent and should only be used in spaces with farmhouse, Mediterranean or other exotic styles. That, of course, is a fad that you will quickly get past once you actually start seeing how amazing live-edge pieces can be when used in contemporary and modern interiors. It is no different in the case of the live-edge vanity top and the contemporary bathroom clad in sophisticated gray or relaxing white. The neutral backdrop of a modern bathroom allows the vanity top to shine through, even as its rough finish and woodsy charm bring a whole new dimension to the refined setting.

Live edge vanity for the modern powder room with gray tiled wall
Modern and minimal bathroom with Asian influences and live edge vanity [Design: Studio III architects / Photography: Susan Teare]
Stylish contemporary powder room with live edge vanity and penny tiled walls [Design: Blackfish Homes]
Sophisticated contemporary powder room with a live edge vanity [Design: Neal Huston & Associates]

Small Powder Rooms

Apart from offering textural contrast inside the modern bathroom, a live-edge vanity top can also be a smart space saver when placed in the corner of a tiny powder room where every inch matters. Since you do not need too much storage or even counter space, a small slab of wood will do the trick, and combined with the right sink and plumbing, you can create a wide range of styles that vary from industrial to rustic. Sconce lighting next to the mirror or a simple pendant light along with the frame of the mirror used in the powder room can define this style and reinforce it with ease.

Tropical powder room with a refined backdrop and live edge vanity [From: Michele Lee Willson Photography]
Reclaimed trees used to craft live edge vanity for the rustic bathroom [From: Sticks and Stones Design Group]
Duel level live edge vanity for the small, rustic powder room [Design: By Design Interiors / Photography: Brad Carr]

So, are you ready to fall in love with live-edge wood this fall?

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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