Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Decorating Trend......... Bathtubs In The Bedroom

Bathing in your bedroom is nothing new, at least to wealthy aristocrats. It was a common practice until the 1850's ushered in indoor plumbing. A room featuring sink, tub, and toilet was born and is what we call the modern bathroom today. With a backward look we have decided to deconstruct the bathroom and once again put tubs in the bedroom. The trend is gaining popularity so it might be something to think about if you are considering a renovation.

While this design trend has been a fixture in honeymoon suites, why can't the rest of you enjoy a romantic and functional element of design as well. Due to the rising popularity of "open plan” bathrooms, a beautiful free standing or focal point tub installed in the bedroom is a choice many homeowners are now making.

Remember it isn't suppose to look like a spa. Hot tubs have been replaced by graceful and classically designed bath tubs as more and more people want to flee minimalism and return to the beautiful and elegant home interior. I hope you enjoy the images of bedrooms with bathtubs that I have gathered and come away with a few ideas.

Bather by Jean-Baptiste Pater, circa 1730

Like I said, bathtubs in the bedroom is not a new idea. In this painting you can see what transpires at bath time in my lady's chambers. Maids attend to the bath while others ready the bed.

Ludovico Marchetti, 1853-1909, La Sortie du Bain

The rich had the luxury of a tub in one’s chambers whether it was a permanent fixture......

or was portable and carried into the bedroom when needed.

Babington House is a country house hotel and members' club in the heart of Somerset, UK. Now this is my style bedroom with bath. While I understand bathtubs in the bedroom is a current trend, I think it is prettier and just "feels right" done in an old world style setting. I think it can get too spa or hotel like if you don't keep it warm and charming.

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When you think of a relaxing bath do you think warm and cozy or cold and minimal? I'm sure the first scenario wins out. That is why you need to keep your bedroom and it's bathtub  charming.

French country, shabby, and farmhouse bedrooms look stylish and charming with the addition of a beautiful claw foot or Roman style bathtub.

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Boutique hotels are responsible for the interest in bringing the bathtub into the bedroom.They have provided a new take on the traditional hotel bedroom that has really prompted homeowners to sit up and take notice. Here are three that have kept things stylish in a vintage way.

This hotel in County Cork Ireland is another of the boutique hotels that are helping to push the bathtub in the bedroom trend along.

Historic Kettner's of London, popular since 1867, reopened in early 2018 after a two year renovation. In keeping trendy they installed a freestanding tub in this bedroom.

Remember the romance as well. That big tub of yours can accommodate two people so where better for a tub to be than in the bedroom.

When installing a bathtub in the bedroom take into consideration the weight of the tub when it is full of water. Just make sure your bedroom floor is structurally sound enough and you should be fine.

The Wall Street Journal

A bath tub in the bedroom might be a problem if your room is upstairs especially if you choose one of the heavier stone tubs. Just remember to check it out. My heavy cast iron tub sits on hardwood in our first floor bathroom situated over the basement of our 120 year old house and I have had no problems. More than likely you will not either.

Also if water spillage in your bedroom is a worry for you, tile might be the answer. The following images show how homeowners have tiled under their tubs. I have never had water spills with my claw foot tub, so I don't think it is a big concern. Just take it easy, wink wink!

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While I might dress the bed differently, I think this is a nice bedroom with tub. And the fireplace makes it perfect.

Colorful and eclectic boho chic bedroom complete with bathtub.

This warm and cozy bedroom with tub shows how you can decorate old world style and still be trendy. Good choice in painting the tub gray.

source photography by Gotham Photography Company

I am in love with this bedroom featuring a French daybed and the freestanding bathtub just feet away as you can see in the following picture. From the design firm of Roman and Williams.

Another option for the bedroom bathtub is to elevate it a bit by building a tile platform.

I love this wooden platform that has been built for the tub in this pretty French style bedroom. Who wouldn't want to bathe in the light of a fabulous crystal chandelier like this?

This rustic bedroom, with it's exposed beamed ceiling, is home to an old claw foot tub sitting on a wooden platform.

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Nice mix of modern and classic elements in this bedroom with freestanding tub. While this room is more cool than warm, it still incorporates old world charm that makes the tub look inviting and not cold.

This bedroom with tub is modern and streamlined but the window treatments add in the warmth and elegance.

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The bedroom tub is perfect for those who love to relax but don't enjoy doing it in the typical bathroom. Something about the toilet just ruins the atmosphere doesn't it?

One more bit of advice. Since the bathtub is going to be a big focal point in your bedroom make sure you purchase a statement making tub!!

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