Bathtubs are back! (Not that they ever really left.) While itís true that many folks enjoy the ease of hopping into a shower stall for their morning ablutions, you are still likely to find at least one tub in just about every American home. And there is a very good chance that it wonít be your standard plain Jane acrylic model either. Here are seven of the hottest bathtub styles, which can be found enhancing some of the coolest bathrooms in the country right now.
1. Deep soaker
Settle back into the deep, tranquil waters of a soaker tub to tune out the everyday world. Type A personalities beware: These bathtubs tend to induce Zen-like relaxation. For a more authentic Japanese style bathing routine, install a separate shower so you can rinse off before you ever set foot in your tub. Deep baths come with built-in benches, which also give you a leg up when itís eventually time to return to the real world. (Sigh!)
2. Freestanding
A gorgeous freestanding tub makes the perfect centerpiece for luxurious ensuite facilities Ö after all, they are called bathrooms. Go for the traditional cast iron claw-foot style or a modern smooth-sided version fashioned out of porcelain. A floor-mounted tub filler, in place of a regular faucet, will enhance both form and function -- choose one which includes a hand-held shower spray if youíd like the ultimate cleansing experience.
3. Jetted
The popular hot tub come of age, a jetted tub adds a whole new dimension to the relaxation a bath can bring. Its bubbly air jets deeply massage your back as the warm water soothes tired muscles. Twenty-first century updates we like: Todayís whirlpool bath offers comfortable seating (with room enough for two), requires minimal maintenance, and may come with an attractive surround that will blend seamlessly into the decor of your home spa.
4. Minimalist
Minimalist style is an extremely desirable look for the whole bathroom right now, with its focus on simple lines and a noticeable absence of frilly, fussy details. The overall impression is of stark architectural elegance. What kind of bathtub should you install to fit into this design scheme? One which replaces curves with bold right angles and is pure, clean white in color.
5. Slipper
An uber-modern take on an old-fashioned bathroom fixture, a slipper bath provides you with that little extra touch of pampering. Its slipper-like shape gently slopes upward at the end opposite the faucet, providing a convenient place to rest your head as you loll. For the utmost in comfort, add a cushy inflatable pillow to increase neck support.
6. Stepped
Two or three non-skid steps leading to the bath, together with a grab bar (who else hates that term as much as we do?), can make getting into one of the new deep tubs easier for those who are slightly stiff in the joints. Soften the aging-in-place vibe by embellishing the stair risers with lovely stone tile or a mosaic pattern, which can be incorporated into the backsplash design as well, to provide appealing symmetry.
7. Stone
Perhaps the most dramatic bath in the world is the stone tub. It consists of a mammoth chunk of solid rock, most commonly granite, limestone, marble, or onyx, which is hollowed out in the middle and polished to accommodate a bather. The sides may be smoothed and intricately carved, or left natural and raw. Breathtaking!
Laura Firszt writes for networx.com. This post originally appeared here: http://www.networx.com/article/trendy-tubs-add-brio-to-the-bathroom.