In­te­rior de­sign

In a bath­room, few things make a greater state­ment than a free­stand­ing tub, says Amelia Thorpe

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Amelia Thorpe says there’s no more stylish way to make a splash than with a free-stand­ing bath­tub

It was Dy­lan thomas who de­clared that ‘po­etry is not the most im­por­tant thing in life… I’d much rather lie in a hot bath read­ing Agatha Christie and suck­ing sweets’. And it seems that he is not alone in his en­joy­ment of a lux­u­ri­ous soak in a tub, cer­tainly if the cur­rent pop­u­lar­ity of free­stand­ing baths is any­thing to go by.

As the bath­room moves from be­ing a tiny space for a quick wash and brush-up to a haven of well-be­ing de­signed to help us slow down and re­lax, a free­stand­ing bath im­me­di­ately sig­nals that this is the room for lux­ury and in­dul­gence.

How­ever stylish the bath, its beauty should not be at the ex­pense of prac­ti­cal­ity. Com­fort is king, so try be­fore you buy: size and shape are an in­di­vid­ual mat­ter. Dou­ble-ended models, with taps in the cen­tre, are good for two and shal­lower de­signs make it eas­ier to lift chil­dren in and out of the tub. Larger baths are ul­tra-in­dul­gent, but they will re­quire more hot wa­ter and take longer to fill. If you like to en­joy a glass of wine or read an Agatha Christie like Dy­lan thomas, then a bath with a wider rim (or a side ta­ble) is a must.

But what do all free­stand­ing baths have in com­mon? A sense that the bath­room should be a place of plea­sure, the cen­tre­piece of a lov­ingly de­signed and invit­ing room.

This enam­elled cast-iron Ver­sailles bath is sup­plied primed and ready for paint­ing, to be fin­ished in the colour of your choice. Shown here painted in Top Hat, £1,975, with Wrox­ton shower hoop, £375, adding to the clas­sic ap­peal, from Fired Earth (www.firedearth.com; 0845 366 0400)

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