After a long day, a relaxing soak in a freestanding bath is sure to sound appealing. But how do you create the boutique hotel-style bath set up of dreams in your own home?
The good news is it isn't as hard or pricey as you might think. And, if you are in the process of designing a bathroom, creating a stunning focal point with a freestanding bath is the way to go. Even if you bathroom is a little on the small side, there will be a bath for you.
From the sleek and contemporary, to the roll-tops, slipper baths and tubs more suited to classic tastes, our selection will make sure you bathe in style...
1. Choose an elegant cast iron freestanding bath
With a striking polished finish, a double-ended, cast iron bath makes an elegant addition to a contemporary bathroom.
We love the roll top design of this Tamar bath from Drummonds – a comfortable spot for unwinding after a long day.
2. Use colour to give a traditional bath a modern twist
Adding a modern twist to a classic slipper style bath, a brightly coloured finish is a great option if you're keen to add colour to a monochrome scheme, or draw out the more subtle tones of a beautiful botanical wallpaper.
3. Position the bath to create an illusion of space
If your style is sleek and minimalist with an industrial inspired feel, a freestanding bath with a matt black finish makes a wonderful addition.
We love the unique feel of this space; with a monochrome wall mural and freestanding bath creating a striking focal point that draws the eye and makes the small bathroom feel longer and more spacious.
For more tips on designing a small bathroom, have a read through our guide.
4. Pick a bath that complements the room scheme
This happiness-inducing, freestanding bath is effective in drawing out the cheery yellow tones of the floral wallpaper. If you're worried about the longevity of investing in a brightly coloured bath, remember that specialist bathroom paint will allow you to change the scheme when it suits.
Find a similar bath at Drummonds.
5. Opt for warm toned copper for an understated look
Copper tones are will add depth and warmth to a minimalist space, or enhance the look of a traditional design.
6. Consider a modern paint effect that complements your freestanding bath
Using an on-trend bathroom paint colour is a stylish idea for updating a contemporary bathroom, with colour blocking proving a great option for a space with a freestanding bath. Simply paint up to the height of a bath rim in one shade and choose another for the space up to the ceiling. Keep shades neutral for an industrial inspired feel.
Add depth to the space with the addition of a mounted wall light – we love this Box Wall Light from Original BTC.
For more bathroom paint ideas check out our inspiring gallery.
7. Opt for a simple silhouette if your style is ultra-modern
A wonderful alternative to more classic-shaped models, the simple silhouettes of modern freestanding baths make sleek additions to your space. Positioned in the centre of a room (if space allows), they are effective in creating a striking focal point.
Find more contemporary bathroom design ideas.
8. Incorporate a dark toned bath in a light scheme
A freestanding bath in a dark grey tone makes an understated, fitting addition to a bathroom with a light or grey colour scheme. Style with aged wooden herringbone flooring for an on-trend, industrial inspired feel.
The combination of this Nikki Black Freestanding Acrylic Bath, available at Drench, with a white marble feature wall makes for a stylish and contemporary feeling space.
9. Prioritise a simple shape in a space with detailed decor
If you already have a striking focal point within your space – a wood effect wall or patterned wallpaper are good examples – consider opting for a freestanding bath with a simple design to avoid overwhelming the space.
Find this Duchess Freestanding Bath at B&Q.
10. Pair a freestanding bath with a curated gallery wall
If you like the idea of using your freestanding bath to create a focal point, consider pairing it with a curated gallery wall. Start by reading our guide to displaying pictures and photos before grouping an eclectic mix of mirrors, images and frames together for a unique feel.
11. Combine modern and traditional design features
Combining a traditional (or traditional-inspired) freestanding bath with more contemporary design features, an on-trend patterned tiles, for example, is a lovely option for a period property with modern interiors. Check our more stunning patterned floor tile ideas in our gallery.
We love the combination of this Belle de Louvain Rembrant Tin Bath, available at Victoria Plumb, with grey toned contemporary floor tiles.
12. Find a small freestanding bath for a small bathroom
Just because you have a small bathroom, it doesn't mean a freestanding bath is off limits. While you will have to compromise on size, a smaller model has the same impact as a design feature.
Find a similar freestanding bath at Victoria Plum.
13. Consider the positioning of your freestanding bath
If you're working with an awkwardly-shaped bathroom, consider experimenting with the positioning of your freestanding bath. While, on a practical level, this may not maximise space, it's a great option if you like the idea of a bathroom with a unique design.
14. Add impact with a freestanding tap
Choosing a floorstanding tap not only looks striking but means you can lie however you like without leaning on a very hot water outlet. This design also offers greater flexibility for bath placement as you don't need to put the bath against a wall for the water source.
If you do not have room under the floor for pipework, build a raised platform to neatly conceal it. That is the secret to those eye-catching baths you see in the middle of boutique hotel rooms!
Find out more about choosing taps for your baths and basins.