It’s basically a rule that a luxurious bathroom needs a freestanding tub. Even if you don’t take baths on the regular, the very presence of a bathtub suggests indulgence–the extravagance of being able to while away an afternoon taking a relaxing soak.
Massive shower rooms might be a trend right now, but tubs aren’t going anywhere. According to a 2015 report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, “more than two-thirds of designers specified a freestanding soaking tub for master bathrooms last year.”
Freestanding tubs also have aesthetic value in that they are basically pieces of sculptural art. So, if you’re designing a new master bathroom or just saving ideas for the future, consider adding one of these dreamy tubs to your new space. And then stock up on the bubble bath, because you’re going to have a new favorite way to unwind.
Rockwell Bath with Feet
This playful tub design evokes the best memories of childhood bath time, and it’s pretty much impossible not to smile while looking at it. Made in England by Vitrite, the Rockwell Bath, the tub’s ball-like feet come in colors like orange, lilac, and green, adding a fun (yet subtle) pop of personality to your bathroom.
The unusual design of this sculptural tub isn’t just for the sake of being different. Instead, the design is the product of an effort to design a bathtub that can be used simultaneously by more than one person. Not exactly an easy task, the end result is a variation of an oval shape. As for whether or not they achieved their design goal, you (and a partner) will have to try it out yourself. The tub itself is made from Cristalplant, an eco-sustainable solid surface.
Soaking Bathtub by AKDY
When you want a freestanding tub but you want one that’s the exact opposite of anything you’ve seen before, this is the style for you. The black exterior and white interior of the tub makes it a stunning high-contrast choice, which would be especially striking in an all-white bathroom with black or metallic accents. The angles and edges are a departure from the soft curves of traditional soaking tub designs, but the modern silhouette doesn’t affect its comfort level–its ergonomic design means that your bathing experience will be just as satisfying.
Rosalind Acrylic Hammered Copper Skirted Tub
If you’re longing for a refined rustic master bath, think copper. Specifically, this hammered copper tub, which has a vintage-inspired shape and modern ease of a smooth acrylic interior. This tub would also look great in traditional or industrial-style bathrooms. Each one is handmade, so you won’t be lying if you say that you have a one-of-a-kind sculpture in your home.
When you think of beautiful antique clawfoot tubs, this is probably the vision you have in your head. The delightfully-named Birthday Bath has a classic design and sturdy cast iron construction. The gorgeous brass claw feet, which are available in a variety of finishes, hint at the tub’s modern origins.
Margaux Freestanding Oval Cast Iron Bathtub
You want glam? The lustrous finish on this sleek freestanding tub might be the very definition of the word. Plus, the larger silhouette and curved design will make long soaks in the tub even more luxurious.
Sleek, black, and sculptural, this is one of the sexiest bathtubs we’ve seen. The extra-deep tub is designed to comfortably fit two people, and it’s constructed of a material called AquaStone, which is known for its superior heat retention.