There’s something delightfully decadent about a freestanding bath. They hark back to Hollywood’s golden era and capture the magic associated with the glamorous stars of the day, who were often filmed sipping champagne in tubs brimming with bubbles.
Even if your own bathing routine is slightly more mundane, the sight of a freestanding bath will suggest something more lavish and give your bathroom or bedroom a luxurious lift.
So if your space allows, a freestanding bath is the choice du jour for modern homes.
But what to go for? The options are vast. roll top, bateaux, slipper, ball and claw feet, double-ended, to name just a few of the choices on offer? These are often traditional in style and work well in period properties, where they chime with original features and can be teamed with heritage-style brassware.
Alternatively, a contemporary freestanding bath can complement classic architecture and balance old and new styles.
Most manufacturers also offer a wide choice in painted finishes, from pale pastels through to bright hues and dark, muted tones, which can be coordinated to work with the rest of your scheme. There’s also a new wave of metallic finishes on offer, available even on modern composite materials, and ranging from nickel and tin through to copper and brass.
We’ve selected the freestanding bath ideas that have had us in a lather; from those enlivened with colourful surfaces to others with pure white finishes. There are simple shapes and period styles, so check them out and decide which most appeal.
After all, who can resist a long soak, surrounded by scented candles to melt away the stresses of the day?
Smart storage and a creative use of space are key components of these owners’ interior style.
The enveloping dark background is relieved by splashes of green foliage and black and white floor tiles, the traditional pattern giving a nod to the property’s Victorian heritage.
The ornate plasterwork cornicing and ceiling rose are complemented by both classic and contemporary fixtures, such as the beautiful bath.
4- BOLD MOVE
This freestanding bath is in the bedroom room, while the shower is located in the space beyond.
Decorative trims frame this bathing space, from the detailed cornicing to the tile border and a subtle ribbon that runs around the base of the roll-top bath.
The master bathroom is the place to relax at the end of a long day. The bath came with the house, but the walk-in shower was tucked in later, enabling a quicker wash-and-go in the morning.
Textural marble is used as a statement feature when balanced against white walls and warm stained oak floorboards.
A bath in the bedroom adds a note of decadent luxe.
These owners wanted their home to function well, so spent the bulk of their budget on life-enhancing structural elements and practicalities such as showers that don’t dribble.
The wallpaper adds to the bathroom’s tropical cruise vibe, complete with porthole window. Bathroom fittings and taps are gold, but without being too bling.
This former attic space is now a decadent master ensuite.
This family bathroom is a new space. A wet room finish makes the most of the space, and no-nonsense fittings kept costs down.