10 Ideas For Designing With a Modern Bathtub

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By Melissa Dalton / Published by Dwell
We've come a long way since the clawfoot.

Nothing inspires relaxation quite like a dreamy bathtub setup. We look at 10 different ways designers and homeowners have given the tub the modern treatment.


1. Bring On the Drama 

A black bathtub composed of recycled plastic combined with all-over black tile makes for a striking setting to suds up.  

2. Tuck it Away

In this custom Harrington, Quebec, home, architect Eric Tremblay of Boom Town inserted a petite tub into the shower to maximize the footprint. 

3. Borrow From Tradition 

A custom cedar tub invokes the art and craft of classic Japanese soaking tubs.  

4. Set it Apart 

If your tub has a unique shape, what better way to highlight that than creating a backdrop of complementary materials? In this Greek home, concrete walls, wood decking, and white rocks set off the tub. 

5. Strike a Balance 

A Duravit bathtub balances out an abundance of teak in the built-in cabinetry and floor.  

6. Blend it In 

For this principal bathroom in an Australian vacation home, architect Annick Houle clad the tub to let it mesh with the tallowwood wall paneling. 

10 Ideas For Designing With a Modern Bathtub - Photo 6 of 10 - Houle designed the ofuro tub in the master bath to mesh with the home’s tallowwood wall paneling. The Ikea sink is outfitted with Vola faucets.

Houle designed the ofuro tub in the master bath to mesh with the home’s tallowwood wall paneling. The Ikea sink is outfitted with Vola faucets.

7. Update Vintage 

A 1950s tub found in a basement looks modern when paired with updated tile. 

8. Surround it 

A common tub layout is modernized with a grid-like tile application.   

9. Highlight the Shape 

Brightly colored flooring and paneling show off this shapely tub. 

10. Try an Unexpected Material 

Wood construction, as opposed to models coated in acrylic or porcelain, surprises with its contrast in the room. 

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