How a Stand Alone Bath Tub Can Add Elegance to Your Bathroom

How a Stand Alone Bath Tub Can Add Elegance to Your Bathroom

A trip to a health spa may be an indulging and relaxing experience, but it’s an experience that many people would prefer to have within the privacy of their own home. Perhaps that’s the reason behind the increasing popularity of turning bathrooms into rooms with the ambiance of an elegant, luxury spa.

When it comes to home spas, no fixture is more important than a quality bathtub, and no bathtub so instantly creates an elegant home spa atmosphere like a stand-alone tub. Whether it’s a sleek modern model or a vintage Victorian, a stand-alone bathtub makes a strong design statement, one that establishes the bathroom as a space intended for relaxation.


Bathrooms are typically designed with the fixtures that homeowners use the most, the vanity and the toilet, placed nearest to the entrance. A bathtub tucked into a corner, however, doesn’t lend itself to a relaxing experience. Stand-alone tubs take the bathing experience away from walls and out into open space.

One of the hottest trends in bathroom design is to place the bathtub in a prominent place in the room. In large bathrooms, an elegant stand-alone bathtub may take center stage. The sculptural quality of free-standing bathtubs makes them ideal for central focal points.

Another favorite option is to place the bathtub near a picture window. This not only gives the bather a view of sunny days and starry nights but enhances the interior design of the room as well. A large window creates a decorative frame for the tub. Large windows also visually extend the room into the outdoor space, making the room feel more expansive.


Stand-alone bathtubs come in every decorative style, from vintage claw-foot jewels to sleek, modern wonders. They can be deep Japanese-style soaking tubs, tubs that are big enough for two or whirlpool bathtubs that keep the water aerated and bubbling.

Free-standing tubs may come with enclosures that enhance the decorative style of the room as well. A wood-enclosed bathtub is ideal for a Zen-inspired look. Marble surrounds add an elegant ambiance to the space. Sleek tiled surrounds complement contemporary decorative styles.


Free-standing bathtubs are available in a broad array of materials too. Fiberglass is the most common material. Other materials include traditional cast iron, porcelain and acrylic. High-end models may be crafted from copper, glass, wood or even granite. With such elegant materials in your luxurious bathroom, make sure your insurance companies offer home inventory tools.


Whirlpool bathtubs include options that enrich the bathing experience. Whirlpool jets may surround the bather with gently bubbling water or may pulse strongly for a hydro-massage experience. Some free-standing bathtubs have technologies that maintain the surface of the water at a constant temperature.


A long soak in a bathtub is always enhanced when the room remains at a comfortable temperature. While a fireplace in the bathroom may feel like over-indulgence, the broad range of portable fireplaces that are available make a fireplace a can-do amenity. Even a small fireplace model is sure to add grand style.

Radiant flooring is one of the most popular trends in home spa bathrooms. Constructed with either wires or tubes filled with heated water, they keep any room comfortable in even the coldest weather by supplying gentle, even heat. Heated towel bars add to the warm experience.

Stand-alone bathtubs offer homeowners opportunities to relax and unwind at the end of stressful days. When it comes to turning an ordinary bathroom into a space that has the elegant mood of a resort spa, stand-alone bathtubs are a must-have amenity.


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    Comment by Mia@Miami Real Estate: Apr 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Good post. Freestanding bathtubs really add a beautiful and modern design to our bathroom.

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    Comment by Jamie@fluorescent lights: Apr 21, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    I completely agree with you. Haha. Maybe I’ve been watching way too many movies, they almost always feature this kind of settings in a lot of scenes. I do wish I could afford something like this.

    Thanks for the share!

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    Comment by Richard@Lighting guide: Apr 21, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    This is pretty dreamy. It’s just what I dreamed my future house would be like, or at least the bathroom. :) Really awesome!

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    Comment by Stu@bathroom design: Sep 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    It’s amazing how much of a 360 standalone bath tubs have made over the last 20 years or so.

    For years if you had a tub like this your bathroom was seen as probably being a bit backwards – you weren’t using an alcove tub. Now they’re the epitome of bathroom luxury.

    Isn’t interior design funny?

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