Bathtubs – Built-in or Free-standing?

Bathtubs – Built-in or Free-standing?

We're at the point in the design of our master bathroom to make a decision about the bathtub. With all the choices in beautiful bathtubs these days, it's really difficult to know which way to go, especially when it comes to built-in or free-standing. Based purely on aesthetics, I would choose a free-standing. They can be so architectural – like works of art… The quandary is – where does one put soap, shampoo, candles, etc? A small table is one option, but I'm not crazy about that look. Perhaps a window sill, but since we need a shade for privacy, I don't think it would work for us. If space allows, installing shelving on one or both ends is a possibility.  

Over the years I've collected many photos of bathrooms I love. I've never had a master bathroom until we moved to this house 4 years ago and it has no tub (shower only) so I'm taking this decision very seriously! It appears that the decision is being made based on function over form this time, but you never know!  It ain't over until the fat lady takes a bath!

Here are just a few of the many photos I've filed away for inspiration.  



Barnsley House

Bathroom - Cotemaison

Cote Maison

Bathroom - Kay Douglass

Kay Douglass

Master Bathroom - HB
This one and the two below are a Waterworks tub I have always loved.

The ottoman below appears to have a top cushion upholstered in terrycloth.  Looove it!  I bet it's on casters too.  I could see putting a simple silver or pewter tray on top for all the bath accoutrements.  

Bathroom - waterworks

I adore the bathroom below, although it doesn't really fit with the architecture (or size) of our house.  It's so clean and uncluttered.  I also love the arched cabinet shaped like the hallway.

Bathroom - waterworks - HB

House Beautiful

All white bathroom - mls watermill, ny

photo via mls listing for home previously listed in Watermill, NY

Freestanding tub - housetohome

House to Home

Love the tub, love the sconce, love the floor. Don't love the olive green table.

French soaking tub

Flagship Restoration Hardware in San Francisco (my blurry camera phone photo- sorry!)

Industrial Chic Bathroom 2 - Erin Martin

Erin Martin


Bathroom - HB desginer Fern Santini

House Beautiful


Bath w fireplace - william hefner

William Hefner


Bathroom - alexa rae

Alexa Rae

Gray bath - stars and butterflies

via stars and butterflies

Built-in tub

Oval tub - jim howard

This one by Jim Howard is a great example of a sort of hybrid.  I love that the oval shape was made more visible by the curved trim detail and marble surround. 

What's your favorite?  Any suggestions for storage I haven't mentioned?  Free-standing tub owners – where do you put your stuff?

The house projects are morphing from happening in phases to one big phase, so I'm a little crazed right now! Kid's rooms are still being worked on too! I can't wait to show photos of my son's room – it turned out great!  Stay tuned for more progress reports, inspiration file room photos, product reviews and everything in between!







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