Try a modern take on traditional. "The owner likes traditional claw‐foot tubs, but the house called for a more modern fixture", says Randall Mars of Randall Mars Architects. "This tub by Wetstyle has modern lines with that same feeling. In addition, it floats nicely in the space and enjoys great views. The pocket shutters offer privacy while flooding the room with light". Think green. "This bathroom was an ecochic project where we used several natural or recycled/reclaimed products", says Kerrie L. Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. "The clients fell in love with the hammered‐copper tub when they saw it. Luckily the entire bathroom was demoed, so we had the opportunity to take an existing tub/shower and covert the space to accommodate a large shower and separate freestanding tub. It now serves as the centerpiece to the master suite renovation".
Bathtubs. There's nothing like a long, luxurious bath. That luxury takes a lot of water – roughly 50 to 70 gallons per bath. Being water wise doesn't have to mean giving up your long soak. When remodeling or building, look for smaller tubs with a capacity of less than 60 gallons. Also, when you're just looking for a quick clean, you'd be more water smart to jump in the shower, where you'll use about half the water.
Soak in the sunset. For this bathroom, Crisp chose a vintage black claw‐foot tub. "Who wouldn't want to relax in a hot bath while gazing into the sunset across the rolling hills?" he asks. Highlight the positive. "Prior to its remodel, this master bathroom had a built‐in vanity and tub surround that started at the entry door by the sinks and was carried all the way around to the shower", says Susan Brown of Susan E. Brown Interior Design. "By using a freestanding bathtub and separate vanities, I knew the space would be opened up yet still feel cohesive with the integration of similar colors and finishes". She adds that "having negative space surrounding the tub gives more emphasis to it as the pièce de résistance of the room. I continued to emphasize that aspect with hidden accent lighting that shines through the onyx tub deck and down onto the iridescent turquoise glass tiles, creating an 'incredible soft glow,' as my client put it".