People love vanities because the hold a ton of stuff both inside the vanity and the countertops that tend to just get crowded with crap. Totally guilty here. Our master bath vanity’s drawers are filled and the sink bases are filled with stuff too. The top also has too much stuff on the top. The thing about vanities is that they hold a lot of stuff, but they also cost more. You have to buy the cabinetry, the top and the sink(s). Which can quickly add up.
Baths that are for guest rooms, basement baths, and powder rooms are good rooms that may benefit from a pedestal type sink instead of a vanity. Also, homes that are primary second use or short term rental homes pedestals could be even used more. There are a lot of good options out there that look great and offer a clean uncluttered look. Vanities seem to invite clutter.
SIGNATURE HARDWARE offers some classic pedestal sinks that would work well in any type of bathroom style. I think it is best to have bathrooms that lean towards classic/transitional design that will stand the test of time. Bathrooms are really costly rooms - if the core elements are classic, then walls can morph over time, hardware, mirrors and light fixtures can off updates without tearing out the really expensive parts.