Freestanding tubs are putting on the glitz.
Silvery metallic finishes, such as nickel and chrome, are not just for faucets any more. These cool tones are being applied to the exteriors of stand-alone tubs and turning them into glamorous focal points for master baths with ever more luxurious surfaces. Slipper tubs are favored for their sculptural qualities and, whether new or old, their ability to project a high-quality “stately home” look. One of the oldest silhouettes is the pedestal or skirted base, which raises a tub slightly above the floor – like the prized vase it is. While these can be slightly slippery, and steps may be needed for the less than agile among us, a silver-finish tub is always an unqualified statement-maker.
The texture of small-scale stone tiles on the walls and floor of a bath [top] by English designer Max Rollitt, sets off the reflective slickness of the tub finish to perfection. There’s plenty of visual room left for the embellished console sink plus a no-barrier shower (note the ceiling-mounted shower head and central drain) in between.
White walls make a natural partner for a silver slipper in this stark space. The Venetian mirror sets up high concept vibe that makes this look like the backdrop for a fashion shoot.
In an Alabama lake house, the slightly burnished look on the tub’s finish is used to key off the curtains and the looping liner tile in what would otherwise be an industrial-look bathroom niche.
Glass tile walls and the Roman shade soften up the tiled window bay that is tailor made for a bath with a view. I frankly find the lanterns mystifying in this setting – but the towels look so soft I’m ready to move right in.
The bespoke British firm Drummond’s makes several ranges of tubs with silver finishes. I fell hard for the mirror-polish of the Usk, a chameleon that reflects the natural wood of the floor.
Our Violet Slipper Bath gives another take on this tub style.