Designing a Bath Around a Free-standing Copper Tub

The romantic look of a free-standing bathtub is very popular right now. One of the biggest appeals is the way the tub steps forward to become not just a focal point, but the main point of the whole room.

Installing a copper tub in this freestanding style makes the design and copper work even more prominent. Most bathrooms still have built- white tubs that blend into the background, so a copper tub with its warm, rosy coloration is a huge contrast to the typical. There are few bathroom changes that will have a more visual impact than the installation of a free-standing copper bathtub.

If you want to remodel your bath to achieve this look there are some elements you’ll need to consider:

Room Layout

Your first consideration should be space. Because a freestanding copper tub is a work of art, be sure there is enough room around the tub that it doesn’t appear cramped. You’ll want to be able to admire the sculptural effect of the tub without encroaching walls or fixtures. Space around the tub will also make cleaning and maintenance simpler.

Plumbing Considerations for a Freestanding Tub

Think about your plumbing. With a freestanding copper bathtub, you’ll need to tie into pipes directly under or adjacent to the tub rather than into the wall. This may dictate where you can place the tub, so it needs careful consideration.

Faucet Configurations

After the drainage system is decided comes the fun of choosing the tub filler. There are many dark finished faucets that compliment copper tubs. Good choices are oil rubbed or vintage bronze finishes. For something more daring, some designers are pairing copper tubs with contrasting lighter faucets. If you like this trendy look, find a faucet that has a pewter effect, such as satin nickel, brushed nickel or brushed stainless as this will mirror the softened lines of the copper material.

Faucets can be installed on the wall if you choose a long reach spout style. A better installation is a floor mounted filler system. These dramatic fixtures come in a wide variety of styles and add another dimension of unique design to your room.

Storage Options

Most freestanding copper tubs have a lip or a rolled rim. This means there is and no shelf-like edge, and no corner shelves. This is a great opportunity to place a beautiful table or tray near the tub to hold towels, lovely bottles of shampoo and a dish of charming soaps.

Choosing Flooring

It’s safe to say that copper tubs are most frequently installed in rooms designed along the Mexican or Southwest style lines. For this type of look, you’ll want to work with a tile that has a Saltillo or handmade look. Rustic wood floors look great with copper too. What you’re after is a look of patina to compliment the tub’s character.

Likewise, the walls around the tub are best treated as an opportunity to add character and depth. Create a complimentary patina on the walls with two shades of paint rubbed together for old world charm.

Wall Colors

An alternative to the ethnic styling is to treat the room as a minimalist backdrop and the tub as a museum piece. To accomplish this try cream or charcoal painted walls and matching flooring. The copper of the tub will glow in comparison.

Living Texture

The bottom line is texture. A copper tub is a lively, faceted surface that asks to be surrounded either with objects of similar character or with a serene, smooth contrast. Whichever way you go, you’ll create long-lasting texture in your life with a freestanding copper soaking tub.