10 Bathtub Styles You Should Know About

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    Understanding Different Bathtub Styles

    Bathtub styles you should know
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    When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, the tub can make or break the design. The right tub can take your daily soak from a mundane chore to spa-like experience. Go beyond the typical budget shower/tub combo and consider a more unique option. Here are ten popular tub styles to know. 

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    Minimal Alcove Tub

    Alcove tubs are your typical apartment bathtubs. They are surrounded by walls on three sides and have only one finished side. Taps are embedded in the walls, and they also serve as showers.

    There are many styles and looks for alcove tubs. The one featured in this bathroom from Strell Design is sleek, minimal, and modern. 

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    Clawfoot Tub

    Clawfoot tubs are cute, retro, and oh so trendy right now. Clawfoot tubs are a type of freestanding tubs, but they sit on little feet, rather than on their bottom.

    You can have a lot of fun playing with different types of feet; in the case above, a design and photo by Beginning in the Middle, the feet are sculptural, and their finish contrasts with the finish of the tub.

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    Angled Freestanding Tub

    An angled freestanding tub has a side that's higher than the other, to provide support for your back, neck and head as you relax in a hot bubble bath. This angled tub by Highland Custom Homes (via Decor Pad) shows you just how comfy and modern it looks.

    Angled tubs are generally flexible in terms of style. You can pair it with traditional accessories, as above, for a classic comforting look, or put it in a modern space for a sleek take on the traditional freestanding tub.


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    Oval Freestanding Tub

    Undeniably modern, this freestanding tub in a design by LDa Architecture & Design is all curves and smoothness. This is the perfect accent to modern, geometric shape-focused contemporary styles.

    In this photo, the roundness of the tub contrasts with the sharp angles of the walls and windows. This makes for an elegant balance of shapes and angles in this modern space.

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    Drop-in Tub

    A drop-in tub can be similar to an alcove tub, except that it is surrounded by tile or another material on at least three sides. It means no tub-like appearance on any of the sides, like the one in this custom master bathroom by GNB Builders.

    Drop-in tubs require a bit more financial investment and work at installation, but their installation is quite versatile and they require little maintenance.

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    Corner Tub

    This traditional bathroom by Gilmore Design Studio (via Decor Pad) features a drop-in style corner tub. Corner tubs can come in alcove or drop-in construction (although drop-in is more common) and can be used when you want to save space, or when you have plenty of it.

    Corner tubs can be quite large (sometimes almost hot tub-sized). The best thing about corner tubs is the extra ledge space all around, where you can add beautiful decorative accessories. No need to hide this one behind shower curtains!

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    Japanese-Style Soaking Tub

    The Japanese approach bathing from a totally different direction: they prefer to sit with water up to their chin, rather than lie down. This is a very space-efficient way to enjoy a good soak; and we know that the Japanese are very fond of space-efficient things.

    This custom bath with Japanese soaking tub by Jonathan McGrath Construction is a beautiful example of a custom stone Japanese-style soaking tub. The wooden platform gives this space a zen-like rustic quality and warm, welcoming style. 

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    Pedestal Freestanding Tub

    The pedestal tub is another style of freestanding tub, which features a small "pedestal" on which the tub sits. This gives the tub some extra height, as well as a retro look.

    In this case, this freestanding tub, found on Swedish design blog Att Vara Någons Fru, also shows another popular trend these days with its copper finish. This finish is perfect for rustic, farmhouse, or industrial styles.

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    Wooden Barrel Tub

    Before the advent of the ceramic or stone tub, people took baths in wooden barrels. Usually made of treated cedar, modern barrel tubs are favourites of rustic and farmhouse decors. And they are definitely making a comeback.

    This particular cedar soaking tub, by Wright-Built (via Houzz) is very rustic indeed, with a faucet that looks like a hand-pump, and a few farmhouse accessories on the ledge. Notice the rough-hewn bench in the corner, where you can put your towel and bathrobe.

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    Rectangular Freestanding Tub

    Sometimes the rounded freestanding tub just won't work with your style. That's when you can dare a rectangular freestanding tub like the one in this tub nook, by Chenault James Interiors (via Decor Pad). Its clear, angular, sharp lines fit with the most contemporary styles.

    Notice how the tub is put in contrast with the spherical lighting fixture and the soft waves of a Roman shade. Using angles is always about balance.