The Tub Story

To stand alone or to undermount?  That seems to be the question for today’s bathtub planning. With the influx of graceful free standing tubs available in the market, one begs the question whether it’s practical or whether it’s a short lived trend or whether the tub in platform is not “hip” any more.

Planning for the tub is always a fun exercise in space planning.  On the average, a free standing tub takes less space but it needs room for one to feel luxurious.  To be precise, a free standing tub commands less room in its depth (front the back) but probably as much room if not more for its width.  Would it go out of style?  A free standing tub has been around for as long as there have been tubs so it won’t be out of style. It’s just that until only recently,  a free standing tub is a claw foot tub. The new modern free standing tub have really made waves and this current craze for this style.

Planning for space aside, a tub is only as good as its surrounding.  With built in tubs, one worries about the nook it usually sits in and the apron of the platform.  With a free standing tub which generally commands the space it’s in, one tends to focus more on the tub background. After all, one has to do the best to display the tub’s curvature  and silhouette- the raison d’ etre for buying such an item.

Free standing tubs for traditional homes are quite alluring when set against exquisite backgrounds.

Tub framed by an archway with an eye catching mirror above.

Distressed paneling gives this tub a sophisticated and rustic setting.

A chandelier, a faceted mirror, gorgeous wood floor and the tub dared to be of a silvery finish!

Modern tubs are enhanced by more monochromatic backdrops for added drama.

Metal paneling against a stone tub. A round tub against a curved wall.

Set a sculptural tub against a window with a private garden beyond…

Nothing sets off a white tub better than a dark wall.

Then there is that modern rustic trend.  We find it popular to have a modern tub set against rustic background.

Tub platforms work in some bathrooms where the excuse of an alcove presents itself in various forms.

My favorite: built in tub. It takes so little space and yet the result is dreamy.

Let’s not forget the sunken tub when the situation allows for one.

And then there are some tubs that are out of this world…

And a few tubs that I have designed along my architectural design road…

Photo sources: click on the photos for links to their sources.

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