I need to settle an argument. Are oak finish bathroom vanity cabinets still in style, or are most people painting their bathroom cabinets white? If so what is the reasoning behind the choice?

Honestly I would say neither of those are the current trend. But it is so subjective, and dependent on so many other factors like tile and wall color, bathroom style and other decor. My wife and I recently (2 years od so ago) did our master bathroom, and we used an esspresso brown color cabinet. I would venture a guess that dark cherry and esspresso colors with a nice light contrasting wall paint are most popular right now. Go to the Lowes and HD websites, click on the bathroom sections, and then click vanities. I know there are more colors available, but they normally put the most popular stuff on the front page.

Oak is pass in my area and I have an entire house of it :) I’d love to have white or a color but can’t bring myself to paint over such nice wood. I do see the darker woods used a lot, especially cherry.

Have you thought about Minwax Wood Stain in the decorator colors. It comes in a wide aray of colors and you can still see alot of the grain under it I just used it on an old 50’s cabinet I redid this summer. Google their website and look for it they have all the color selections listed that’s what I did.

I was thinking this myself. A person should whatever it is that they like the most, unless the sale of your house is imminent. But the person asked whether oak or white was more trendy!

I love oak in kitchen and bathrooms but EVERYBODY thinks they are not in fashion. I would prefer oak cabinets vs painted wood any day. White paint gets dirty and needs a touchup coat every so often. You end up ruining your natural wood in the long run. Go with your gut! I need to settle an argument. Are oak finish bathroom vanity cabinets still in style, or are most people painting their bathroom cabinets white? If so what is the reasoning behind the choice?

In the 2nd bathroom in my house the vanity is white painted wood. It’s not needed touch up in almost 4 years.

The current trend in cabinetry, especially bath, is freestanding furniture style on legs. Wood tone is very in, but mostly darker finishes rather than oak. Also popular are vessel sinks which sit partially on top of the counter top rather than in the top.

Ken, now that you mention it, it does seem that I see white bathrooms a lot in advertisements, not oak. I don’t know the real reasoning behind this seeming switch of decor, but I will tell you that decorators, designers, etc., change every now and then to keep things “fresh,” keep the market flowing so people will buy more, also the popular designers will have different opinions anyway and push their ideas. I mean, where would the money be if we stayed with an old product? For instance, when I was working at the Board of Education in NYC I could definitely see a difference of approach between the older teachers in the administrative area and the younger ones. The younger ones really thought they knew better and would often edge out the older, more experienced ones with the “new” ideas. The new ideas didn’t always work to help the students, but the shift was already made away from rote learning to the new-fangled way. Decorating is similar. People have new ideas and especially, in order to make money, will change the perception of what’s in vogue, what’s chic, what’s in, etc. Ever wonder why the names of colors change quite often? That’s because the big decorating magazines and entities enjoy switching things around for the fun, the novelty of it. I know because I used to work at a magazine like that. Nothing to do with what’s better — only with what will change the consumers’ mind and keep them hopping. Maybe people get bored with the same old same old whatever. What you think?