Setting Up the Perfect Vanity

Chances are, you begin each day and night applying makeup and scrutinizing your look before stepping out the door. With cosmetics and accessories spread across the bedroom, bathroom and elsewhere, mornings can become much more hectic than they need to be. If this sounds like your daily routine, you should invest in a comfortable environment for keeping your accessories and putting on your face.

Need help setting up the perfect vanity space for you? We’ll get you started by pointing out the essential building blocks to a good, personal vanity.


Pick the Right Vanity
The vanity you pick will have a huge effect on the overall look and feel of the space. It also says a lot about you: do you want a cooler, minimal style? Perhaps you want a vanity that’s fit for a princess? Do you favour modern or vintage styles? Consider all this when shopping for the perfect vanity.

Whatever your preferences, one thing is key: pick a vanity that has a surface you can easily clean. Makeup can get messy sometimes! This means you may favour a sleeker surface over a wooden one, but if you’re dead-set on a tougher surface, simply cover with a glass top. We love the Oliver side-storage desk table for being sleek, a tad rustic and for offering storage space for magazines and other inspiration.


Take a Seat
A good vanity needs a comfy chair. A small accent chair is a good option, but make sure it’s plush, stylish and feels good to sit in. The Anastasia side chair shows how form and function can come together to make a great a great choice for the vanity.



Lights, Camera, Action
One you’ve set the stage, give yourself something to look at! Every vanity needs one big mirror to get a clear look at your face. Our hammered metal mirror collection features big, bold mirrors in a variety of metallic finishes—the more neutral colours should look good with any desk.

When touching up each day, you’ll want to assess your look from multiple angles. This is why smaller vanity mirrors are important in addition to your main one. Try including a mirror like this dark stemmed vanity one to articulate and swivel into different viewing angles or this trendy rose gold one. This Midi vanity mirror pulls double duty by also giving you a place to hold your rings.

Finally, lighting is key. You need a good mix of natural and artificial light to ensure you can assess the colours of your daily look. Ensure your vanity is near a window for ample sunlight. When it comes to lamps, try something like the Beam desk lamp. You can move its stem to face any direction or angle you need, making it an indispensable tool.


A Place for Everything
Your vanity isn’t just a place to put on your face: it’s where all your cosmetics and accessories call home. If the vanity itself doesn’t have drawers for storage, you’ll want to get some tools for organizing. This acrylic cosmetic organizer is large and able to store a variety of makeup you’ll use each day. Don’t forget to find a place for cotton balls and swabs—this cotton swab holder is spacious and attractive.

Accessories need some love, too. Stowe away your favourite jewelry in this cute and neutral Solnit jewelry box. Its compartments and drawers will help you keep everything organized. If you wear glasses, find a fun way to put them on display when not wearing, like with this Leon nose glasses holder.

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Joe Sutton

Joe is a freelance writer and poet. A total homebody with a love for design, he loves brainstorming ways to transform a space. When not writing or tending to his bonsai, he's probably decorating in The Sims. You can find him on Twitter at @joesutton.

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