Bringing Furniture Into the Bathroom

Don't worry. I am not going to torture you with photos of cavernous bathrooms that resemble formal parlors straight out of Downton Abbey. I think we all know those sumptuous Elle Decor and Architectural Digest bathrooms adorned with grandoise antique armoires, chaise lounges and massive armchairs. It's a wonder the homeowners don't entertain guests in their lavatories.

But mammoth pieces of furniture are no use to those of us with regular or small-sized bathrooms. Never fear. You, too, can incorporate interesting case pieces, chairs and tables into your bathroom. Integrating furniture not normally associated with the bathroom (from little night stands to wicker chairs to vintage medicine cabinets) is a lovely way to soften a bathroom's harshness while adding storage and character.

FIRST ROW
1 A 1950s style armoire adds warmth and character to this bathroom from House to Home.
2 A Biedermeier side chair softens the marble and tile in a Manhattan master bath. Elle Decor
3 Elle Decor. A vintage lucite table is perfect for a bathroom; projects a nice clean look without adding visual clutter. The collection of art includes works by Steve Miller and Michael Perrone.
4 Elle Decor. In the master bath of Cristine and Craig Gillespie's Los Angeles home, the mirror is vintage, the stool was a fleamarket find and the glass-top wicker cabinet provides extra storage.
5 Domino via Desire to Inspire. Lots of little pieces of helpful furniture here.

SECOND ROW
6 Here a weathered wicker chair and small Saarinen tulip table make for a cozy and eclectic bathroom. The wicker is a great choice for a bathroom, especially if it is all-weather! House to Home.
7 Scott & Marie's Perfectly Put Together Home. Love this vintage cabinet.
8 Love this green vintage dental cabinet from My Home Ideas.
9 This DIY project from Painting the Roses White turns an old dresser into a lovely white vanity.
10 UK Vogue via Ink on My Fingers. The opposite of minimalist in this cozy, vintage bathroom.

THIRD ROW
11 Vintage dentist cart from Home Again.
12 This bathroom was designed by Dale Saylor. Love the vintage cabinet to the left of the sink. Elle Decor.
13 A little painted vintage nightstand provides excellent storage in this bathroom from Real Simple.
14 Martha Stewart designed this room in the 1990s. I love the antique plant stand next to the sink. Designer's Muse.
15 This vintage (or vintage-looking) cabinet provides storage when a pedestal sink does not. Martha Stewart.

(Images: as linked above)