Even sorrowful poet Sylvia Plath conceded to the eternal wonders of a long soak: “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them”, she said. In fact, the pure joy of a relaxing stint in the tub is so essential to human nature that the Romans made spas a central tenet of life and culture.
Public bathing may be less of a widespread phenomenon now than it was in ancient times, but a bathtub is still a vital feature in a home – which is why the bathroom sits at the heart of interior design in the luxury property market.
But which tub should you opt for? Here, we take a look at a few key questions to ponder over when considering bath design ideas.
Freestanding or alcoved?
Keen soakers are split on how best to position a tub in the bathroom. For some, it should be a standalone centrepiece. After all, the purpose of an invigorating soak is to appreciate momentary isolation from the rest of the world, so why not physically segregate the bathtub while you’re at it?
Another school of thought in bath design ideas holds that tubs are best tucked away into a corner. Not simply positioned close to the wall, but built into an alcove. Those seeking a cosy hideaway are likely to favour this argument, which places privacy at its heart.
The position of your bathtub can also be determined by the design you choose. Certain shapes simply must be freestanding, while others tuck away neatly into a corner.
Modern or traditional?
The debate over contemporary and conventional bathtubs continues. Which is the most visually appealing, the roll-top, claw-foot or Japanese soaking tub?
Current bathroom trends offer a novel solution to the age-old debate: this season’s cutting-edge bath design ideas are fusing the two. Why not choose a classic claw-foot design in an unconventional, vivid hue? Or have it the other way around and fit a Victorian faucet above a state-of-the-art tub?
Symmetrical or asymmetrical?
Proportions are an important factor in terms of both bathroom trends and comfort. The question has become more prominent than ever with the rise in the popularity of the 'slipper' bathtub with its ornate raised back on one side. While this style fights the corner for the asymmetric party, the campaign for symmetry is centred around the Japanese soaking tub – one of the most indulgent bath design ideas in recent memory. Its consummate circular design is ideal for total relaxation and submersion.
A carefully considered aesthetic in your bathroom can go some way towards transforming your home. Browse the Engel & Völkers site for additional inspiration on preparing your property for sale, from bath design ideas to professional staging. With decades of experience in the world of premium real estate, we’re now operating across 32 countries.