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