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11 Makeup Vanity Ideas for an Inspiring Beauty Corner

Make getting ready chic with these eight makeup vanity table ideas for bedroom and bathroom.

1. Next to a Bed

Your own personal vanity space should be your own (meaning, it should be as accessible as possible, for whenever you need it). If your bathroom is shared, this may pose a problem, as other people may have to use the space when you need to use your vanity. Regardless of the bathroom situation, there’s not a space in the house that’s more personal than your bedroom, so nothing makes more sense than a vanity in it! Here, you can ensure your vanity is yours.

2. Mirrored Vanity

A vanity table loves a mirror like blush loves a good primer – this isn’t news, since the whole point of the vanity is to help you get ready in the morning. But while the traditional way of styling a vanity is to hang a mirror on the wall above it, not-so-traditional is a vanity made out of mirrors. This kind of design sparkles and shines (just like the shimmery eyeshadow palettes, highlighters and lip glosses which it stores)!

3. Bright White

A bright white finish feels fresh while making statement accents stand out. Style a white vanity with accessories, such as a small makeup case, decorative jewelry box or decorative vase. Also, pay attention to hardware like drawer knobs to define the aesthetic.

4. Oval Mirror

For a softer touch, opt for a round mirror instead of the rectangular or square versions. Circular or oval will do the trick, as long as the finish of the mirror matches the vanity itself. Don’t worry too much about size; since it’s just for you, all you’ll need is a mirror large enough to capture your own beautiful face! Just make sure to place the mirror and vanity on the same wall as a window, so that you get enough light when getting ready in the mornings.

5. Tufted Stool

A tufted vanity stool makes things a whole lot more comfortable. (Swap out plush fabric or leather upholstery for a stool, or opt for a traditional chair or tufted armchair, instead.) Spend hours applying a video makeup tutorial or simply a few minutes to make sure you’re decent before heading out – either way, this design will keep the vibe cozy.

6. Black Vanity

For more of a traditional look, try a black vanity table and stool with a matching statement mirror. This statement neutral matches with everything, so have fun with the accessories – try a white vase for contrast or complementing wall décor. Crisp black is also great for defining shape (note the turned legs of the table and stool in the next image). Finally, note the detail of the hardware; metal texture adds a rustic appeal.

7. In the Hallway

That area of a narrow hallway that meets the outer wall of an adjacent room – you know the one, where there is a small but awkward space between rooms that’s always seen as you pass between rooms but never actually quite usedthat space is the perfect space for a vanity! Vanities are small-space versions of a traditional desk, making them the perfect design for end-of-hallways. This placement also gives you a defined space for your “getting ready zone,” as well as passersby something pretty to look at as they walk between rooms.

8. Desk Vanity

The desk vanity is simply a desk with a mirror above it, so if you already have a desk, you’re already halfway to completing a vanity aesthetic. Buy a desk-mirror set, or have fun with mixing and matching your own mirror and desk designs. Add to the vibe with a standout chair, and then all you’ll need to do is to sit at your vanity and prep yourself pretty!

9. Swivel Chair

Flexibility is a huge green flag when it comes to your vanity seating. Being able to swivel around — even if it's just  for fun! — makes getting ready better.

10. Glass Top

With its reflective surface, a glass top vanity lights up the room and makes searching for your favorite lipstick a breeze.

11. Lift-Top

For those who fancy a cleaner look or are short on space, the lift-top vanity offers a hidden compartment to store your products away when not in use.

What Are Some Popular Types of Vanity Desks?

Modern vanity desks stand out with their sleek lines and minimalistic look, making them a perfect fit for contemporary spaces. For those challenged by space constraints, corner vanity desks are an ideal solution. Meanwhile, makeup vanity desks focus on the needs of those with extensive makeup collections, featuring ample drawer space.

How Can I Make My Own DIY Vanity Desk?

Creating a DIY makeup vanity or a DIY vanity table can be a highly rewarding project. A simple approach to this includes starting with a basic writing desk or table that fits your space. Customization can be done by painting or refinishing the desk to match your décor. Finally, attaching a mirror to the wall above the desk or directly onto the desk itself completes the project, providing a personal space for grooming and makeup application.

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What Are Some Creative Organization Tips for a Vanity Desk?

Maintaining a clutter-free vanity desk helps with efficiency and looks. This can be achieved through inventive organization tips such as storing makeup brushes in decorative cups or plant pots, using clear acrylic organizers for easy visibility of products, and incorporating small decorative shelves nearby for perfume or accessory storage. These tips not only keep your vanity organized but also add a touch of personal style.

What Are Some Budget-friendly Vanity Desk Ideas?

Achieving a beautiful vanity setup doesn't have to come with a high price tag. Budget-friendly ideas include scouring thrift stores or garage sales for vintage pieces to upcycle, utilizing affordable storage solutions such as mason jars for brush holders and small baskets for products. (You can also optin for a wall-mounted mirror instead of a large framed one!)

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What Are Some Unique Design Ideas for a Vanity Desk?

For a touch of nostalgia, going vintage with an antique writing desk paired with a delicate, framed mirror can set a distinct tone. Those seeking a bit of glamor may prefer mirrored furniture pieces and crystal knobs. Alternatively, a bohemian flair can be achieved with a colorful patterned desk scarf and an eclectic mix of containers.

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