Vanities are special places where we take care of ourselves and give ourselves some much-needed pampering every day. Here, we’ll show you how to create a perfect space that’ll make your morning/evening makeup routine enjoyable.
So, let’s check out some of the best makeup vanity ideas.
Elegant Pampering Space
To create a perfect place for self-care the easy way, pick an elegant desk and combine it with a simple foldable makeup mirror with lights if you don’t feel like (or don’t have the budget for) installing a large one.
To truly make the space pop, you can decorate your vanity, as well as the wall behind it. For example, you could put some flowers on the desk area and/or hang up an easy patterned peel-and-stick wallpaper for a pop of color.
Modern Makeup Vanity
If you like clean and simple lines, opt for a simple modern bedroom makeup vanity.
We suggest going for a minimalistic white vanity with contrasting black legs and pairing it with a large white thin-framed mirror. The best thing about this piece is that it doesn’t take up much space, and it fits well with almost every design.
Place your vanity in the bedroom corner with the most light, and you’ll be all set.
There’s a beautiful bar in your house that you aren’t using? You can quickly turn it into a makeup vanity like no other.
Simply hang up one or two mirrors that you’ll frame with lights above it, add a bar stool or a tall chair, and you’ve got yourself an original DIY makeup vanity.
You don’t have to give up having a vanity if you’re on a budget. Since a makeup vanity is essentially a desk with a mirror, you can simply create one by reusing your old desk or a smaller dining table.
Depending on the desk’s state, you can repaint it or leave it as it is. Then, add a simple lamp to make the space well-lit, bring a comfy chair, install a big mirror (or use a compact one you can easily put away), and voila! You’ve got yourself a nice makeup vanity.
If you’re looking for a makeup vanity that’ll make you feel like a Hollywood star every time you put on your makeup, a makeup vanity with lights like this is a choice you can’t go wrong with.
All you need to create one is a white vintage study table and a Hollywood–style mirror with lights. To add a modern touch to your creation, you can combine it with a transparent plastic chair adorned with a fake fur throw for added coziness and luxury.
Living in a small space is no reason to give up having a special place to put your makeup on.
A small makeup vanity like this one will give you a place where you can pamper yourself while saving you some room. Combine it with a removable mirror, and you’ll be able to use your vanity for other things, too — a very desirable feature in a small home.
Farmhouse Makeup Vanity
Farmhouse design is popular because it creates a comfy, comforting atmosphere in your living space, mostly by using wood, warm colors, etc.
If you want this style for your self-care area, go for a dark farmhouse-style vanity table made of wood like the one in the photo. Opt for a luxurious vintage model with many drawers that can serve as excellent storage space for your cosmetics, jewelry, etc.
Match your vanity with a wooden chair and a gold or bronze mirror frame to complete the look.
Built-In Makeup Vanity
You can easily convert a simple dresser into a built-in vanity of sorts that provides tons of storage space. Pick a dresser color-suited to your bedroom furniture color scheme and place it between the two wardrobe units, creating a self-care nook.
Cover the wall above the dresser with a mirror and add some lights. If you’re feeling creative, you can alternate smaller mirrors and wall LED panels to create something akin to a mosaic.
To protect the upper surface of your dresser-vanity hybrid, you can add a glass top. It’ll make the surface easier to clean and give your newly created vanity an elegant look.
Floating Makeup Vanity
A floating vanity is an excellent solution for a smaller home. It’s easy to install, and it takes up much less space than a traditional vanity, which is why it’s also often used as a small bathroom vanity.
It mounts on a wall like a shelf and can make your room appear larger, especially if you paint it the same color as your wall.
Gold is one of the most luxurious colors, so if you want to add some opulence to your living space, opt for a unique makeup vanity in the color gold.
We recommend a modern golden dressing table with contrasting black legs and an attached mirror. Combine it with a minimalistic comfy chair in a neutral color (e.g., light grey) for dramatic contrast.
Gold goes great with green plants, so consider adding one as decor near your vanity or on its surface if there’s enough space.
As you had the chance to see, there are many ways to style your makeup vanity area. We hope you enjoyed all the makeup vanity setup ideas above and that you found the perfect one for your living space.
All that’s left to do now is to get going and create your personal makeup paradise.
How to make a homemade makeup vanity?
The easiest way is to repurpose an old furniture piece (e.g., your desk or a dresser) by adding a mirror to it. You don’t even have to attach the mirror to the vanity — mounting it on the wall above the desk/dresser or using a simple removable mirror will be enough.
If you’re handy, you could build your vanity from scratch. Just get some large treated planks and furniture legs, connect them, and you’ve got yourself a simple vanity.
There are many designs you can opt for, and if you find yourself struggling with inspiration, feel free to check out our makeup vanity design ideas above and find the best one to recreate.
How to set up a makeup vanity?
To set up your makeup vanity, simply pick a suitable desk, add a mirror and some bright lights, and fill the vanity with your favorite self-care items.
Keep the makeup you use the most on the makeup vanity surface and store the rest elsewhere (e.g., in vanity drawers) to keep the surface tidy and clutter-free.
Where should you place a vanity in a bedroom?
The best place to put your vanity is in front of the window. This way, you’ll get a lot of natural light illuminating your face, which will make applying makeup easier.
It’s best to position it in the center to make the most of the natural light. Putting it to the sides of the window may result in poor light distribution and dark shadows on one side of your face.
What can I use for a makeup vanity?
Almost anything with a flat surface can be an effective makeup vanity if you add a mirror and some lights to it.
As you’ve seen from our makeup vanity ideas above, anything from a desk to a bar and a dresser can serve as a makeup vanity.