8 Beautiful Bathtubs for Boosting Your Bathing Experience

White, luxury home showcase bathroom with soaking tub and parquet hardwood floor

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One of the simplest ways you can make any bathroom feel more luxurious, regardless of size, is to add a beautiful bathtub. Options are endless with classic clawfoots, elegant soaker tubs, and contoured bathtubs that feel like your tub was custom-made for your body. Sculptural bathtub beauties can transform a bathroom into a stylish oasis.

Here are nine gorgeous bathtubs to make your bath time feel like a spa excursion.

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    Modern Soaker Tub

    modern minimalist bathtub
    Brett Barten Design

    When it comes to luxury, soaker tubs are the must-have upgrade for many homeowners. They come in many gorgeous styles, models, and prices, including "off the shelf" options found at stores like Home Depot or Lowes. Soaker tubs are deeper and broader than builder-grade tubs, providing ample space for relaxing in the water. They also come in sculptural shapes like this freestanding example from a bathroom by Brett Barten Design. The interior designer selected this particular style because it resembles a modern take on the trough-style sink also used here.

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    Stylish Black Soaker Tub

    Black modern bathtub
    Ward 5 Design

    Built-in tubs installed between three walls and the floor often require more significant financial investment and a lot of work during installation. Freestanding tubs like this one in a bathroom by Ward 5 Design are usually plug-and-play with the help of a proper plumber. Unique hues and shapes can give a room visual interest like this chic black soaker tub, which beautifully tops off the bathroom's monochromatic color scheme.

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    Classic Clawfoot Tub

    mini clawfoot tub
    Ward 5 Design

    Nothing adds old-timey character to a bathroom like a classic clawfoot tub. These tubs come in a broad range of sizes to fit most bathrooms like this small antique replica in a bathroom by Ward 5 Design. Add waterproofing to the bathing space for washing and showering with a marble subway tile on the walls. The polished chrome feet nicely match the brushed nickel tub and shower fixtures and a stylish shower curtain completes the look.

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    Elegant Ergonomic Bathtub

    Elegant white tub with chandelier
    Case Charlotte

    Soft curvy lines make this soaker tub in a bathroom by Case Charlotte super inviting. The freestanding vessel is big enough to accommodate two adults. Its elegant and ergonomic shape creates a super comfortable bathing experience. The tub has sophisticated detailing and added height, which provides adequate support for the back, neck, and head. Porcelain tiles that resemble natural timber are a water-resistant surface for the tub's foundation. Never place tubs directly on wood flooring. Moisture warps wood, can weaken it and will require replacement when continuously exposed to water.

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    Timeless Minimalist Tub

    tea cup tub
    Sarah Barnard

    A minimalist tub that resembles an elegant soup bowl makes a chic composition when paired with handmade, custom roman shades and gorgeous slabs of marble covering the walls. Interior designer Sarah Barnard punctuated the space with a small painting, which lends a pop of color to the bright white bathroom. The final result is an undeniably modern space that also feels timeless.

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    Refreshed Antique Clawfoot

    colorful clawfoot tub
    Siren Betty

    When the interior design team at Siren Betty found this old clawfoot tub in an old midwestern farmhouse, it was in pretty poor condition, but it was made of hardy wrought iron and had good bones. It was an excellent candidate for restoring. This opportunity was also ideal for making a bold color choice.

    The inside of the tub was restored to its original bright white and the exterior was given new life with a gorgeous peachy-pink hue. The rosy shade gave the room a delicate contrast against the bathroom's exposed brick walls and pigeon gray wainscoting. Reglazing a tub can cost about $1,000, which is much less than buying an antique reproduction tub. The contractors installed porcelain floor tiles under the tub to protect the wood flooring.

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    Soaker Plus Shower Stall

    small nook with a tub

    A tall, but not so wide, soaker tub made the most of this modestly-sized bathroom remodeled by RenosGroup. Smaller bathtubs make it possible to squeeze in a separate shower stall when remodeling not-so-big spaces.

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    Tub With a View

    tub in a soho apartment
    Tina Ramchandani Creative

    A supersized bathroom is dreamy when it has a gorgeous tub with a spectacular view. The ample space in this New York City apartment was renovated by interior design firm Tina Ramchandani Creative, allowing the tub to be the star of the room. Be strategic about placement and capitalize on angles. Highlight the room with a luxe neutral rug, an arrangement of plants, or a beautiful stool or table featuring specialty soaps and lotions.