13 Freestanding Bathtub Ideas to Soak Away Your Daily Stress

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Between work and everything else that life throws at you on a daily basis, it's almost impossible to avoid stress. But the good news is: You don't have to hold on to all of that negative energy. After a long, hard day there's no better way to unwind than with a luxurious soak in a beautiful tub. While relaxing in the warm water, all of your troubles seemingly drift away. So whether you're thinking of adding a freestanding bathtub to your bathroom or you just want to stare at some soothing inspo, we've got you covered with 13 serenity-inducing setups.


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1. Have fun with tile.

Midcentury modern design rules in this Austin abode by Jen Pinkston from The Effortless Chic. The teal and white subway tiles complement the freestanding bathtub, creating a place that's equal parts calm and cool.


Get the look: Kohler Sunstruck Freestanding Bathtub, $5,246.85

2. Punch up the color.

This brightly painted clawfoot tub (in Behr "Citrus Splash"), coupled with bold artwork and a blue vanity, make this otherwise all-white bathroom by April from A Study in Contrasts sing with cheerful glee.


3. Move your tub into the shower.

Sara Parsons' Instagrammable bathroom boasts vintage and industrial touches. The most intriguing element is the eye-catching tub-shower combo.


Get the look: Kohler Iron Works Historic Freestanding Bath, $3,292.90

4. Create a focal point.

A white soaking tub is timeless. It also leaves the bathroom door wide open to introduce something known as wow factor. And in this room designed by Regan Baker, that standout feature comes in the form of a statement wall — constructed with ocean blue tile ( $8.75 per square foot ) from Clé.


5. Opt for angular.

Freestanding bathtubs come in a variety of shapes, styles, and sizes. This angular profile in Lindi's master bathroom lends a clean, contemporary vibe — especially when paired with an equally sleek caddy tray.


Get the look: Acri-Tec Renoir Seamless Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub, $1,710

6. Add charm with a clawfoot.

A clawfoot tub exudes character and romance. Plus, it works surprisingly well in both historic and new homes like Ali Cayne's West Village townhouse. Installation can be pricey, but the payoff is worth it.


7. Journey to the dark side.

We often think of tranquil retreats as light, bright, and airy. While that's certainly one route to take, it's far from the only. As an alternative, why not journey to the dark side (à la this black and white bathroom designed by The Styling Edge)?


8. Buy (or DIY) a caddy tray.

If you've scrolled through Instagram or Pinterest in the last year, you've probably seen dozens of home spas. What do they all have in common? A caddy tray to keep essentials within reach like this one that Jenni from I Spy DIY made for her bathroom.

Get the look: Kohler Iron Works Historic Freestanding Bath, $3,292.90

9. Give it an upgrade.

Who says you have to blow your budget on a revamp? A fresh coat of paint — Elsie from A Beautiful Mess used "Thunderbolt" by Valspar — and a matte black faucet totally transform the tub in this master bathroom.

10. Consider green.

Stunning and unique, the pale green clawfoot tub defines the aesthetic in this historic Brooklyn townhouse's washroom. Designed by Elizabeth Roberts, the open-framework sink console and exposed plumbing provide a little extra pizzazz.

Get the look: Waterworks Saxby Freestanding Bathtub, starting at $3,470 (painted in Farrow & Ball "Light Blue")

11. Or, think pink.

This petal pink clawfoot tub exudes femininity and whimsy. While black walls and patterned tile instill the perfect balance.

12. Up the glam.

Dreaming of a sophisticated space with loads of glamour? Well then check out this Nashville oasis by Elsie from A Beautiful Mess that flaunts a soaking tub with brass fixtures plus a sputnik chandelier and dramatic, floor-to-ceiling velvet drapes.

Get the look: Randolph Morris Cast Iron Double Ended Clawfoot Tub, starting at $901.54

13. Play with contrasts.

You can't go wrong with black and white. This space designed by Green Apple Interiors and Design scores points for its striking tile and grout combos. And, of course, that wow-worthy tub.