The Freestanding bath
By Rebecca Stephens- Bossini Interior designer
When I think of luxurious spaces what comes to mind is a freestanding bath
overlooking a large city. I think textured materials that make it feel as though I
am soaking in a natural hot spring, or feature pieces that sparkle and draw your
eye into the space. A bathroom is a personal escape and should be treated as a
space in which to indulge. It’s all about large windows, big views and designer
tapware to make a statement. However most of all it’s the freestanding bath that
best offers a luxurious feel to a bathroom. Your bathroom space is not only a
place to clean and rejuvenate yourself but is a space to create your own kind of
If you're renovating your bathroom and not sure whether to invest in a
freestanding bath or a built in bath? Here are some design tips to think about to
create a luxurious haven.
The freestanding bath is a popular bathroom feature, and when renovating your
bathroom it is important to consider the space available. This is crucial when
creating the ideal relaxed atmosphere. You don’t want to create a tight space by
squeezing a freestanding bath in too tightly and limit your relaxing space.
Additionally a freestanding bath is a statement and therefore should be given the
space to enhance the room on the whole.
There are many freestanding bath styles in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Inspired by a classic look? Try combining your freestanding bath with profile
doors and feature tapware. These elements can be recreated within a modern
bathroom design. If you are looking to achieve that luxurious New York style for
example a freestanding bath with a black exterior will create this unique
atmosphere. Conversely a natural look can be achieved through an allwhite
bath surrounded by elements such as marble and natural timber.
Freestanding baths also create that natural holistic feeling as if you could be
outside soaking in a natural hot spring. Why not create that feeling and bring
those elements into your bathroom design. Enhance your bathrooms exposure to
natural light and let nature into your bathroom space to heighten the relaxation
when soaking in the bath. To choose the right surface material is key. There are
many different surface options available such as Acrylic, porcelain, gelcoated
fiberglass, cultured marble and European steel enamel. All have their own
benefits so make sure you do your research and choose the best material for you.
Also the look and feel of these materials can also play a part when determining
your choice. Another surface consideration is natural materials such as marble,
granite, glass, copper and wood. Though natural surface materials often can
involve a high level of maintenance if that dramatic key feature bathtub makes a
statement it can add great value to your bathroom.
To create that luxurious feeling flowing through your bathroom design it can be
complementary to have similar shaped basins alongside your free standing bath
to create a consistency within the room.
Try adding personality into the room. Instead of stainless steel try a gold, rose
gold or black statement that will draw your eye into the bathroom.
Adding your personal luxurious touch can be achieved by including a bath tray to
sit on top of your freestanding bath. This will not only create a more luxurious
feel (it is a great spot for candles) but it is also a great storage option for your
magazines or books while relaxing in the bath. A number of different types are
available but my personal favourite is the timber tray as they add warmth into
There are so many ways to create your own luxurious bathroom space.
Remember to make it your own special relaxing space that can be used for your
There is nothing like coming home from a long day and feeling completely
centred and relaxed in your own space, soaking and relaxing while your senses
engage in your surrounds.
The Smells, the sounds, and temperature.