The clawfoot tub had its heyday during the late 19th century, appearing in the rich’s bathrooms in droves while being a prized possession for the average Joe. And for good reason – even then, the look was dramatic, especially for a piece that was pretty utilitarian in the recent past.
Today, this style adds just the right amount of vintage bling to nearly any style bathroom, but looks especially beautiful with natural woods, calming color schemes, and a little bit of glamour and sparkle. Quick tip: remember – the tub’s fittings should fit the age and style of the tub first, rather than the vanity’s faucets. It’s better for those two to be mismatched than for the tub’s hardware to look out of place on the tub.
Part Cabin, Part Vintage
A bright white clawfoot tub with black fittings looks right at home against raw pine woodwork, while the neutral taupe wall color ties everything together without detracting from the tub.
Balancing an Eye-catching Vanity
The custom vanity in this bathroom could easily take center stage, but by encircling the clawfoot tub with a sumptuous shower curtain the latter gains a bit of visual weight, holding its own against the rock star across the room.
Shades of Blue
The key to incorporating a painted tub into your bathroom is to not try to match the wall or furniture colors to the tub’s. Instead, work with various shades of blue – they don’t have to match, they just have to coordinate.
Play Up the Vintage Vibe
Technically, a clawfoot tub works anywhere, but a periwinkle shade on the walls, rose blossom embossed mirrors and mini tiles have just the right amount of vintage flair to make the tub look right at home.
Tucking it Away
Positioned in an alcove in front of windows, a clawfoot tub becomes more than just a pretty but functional piece – it transforms into an oasis.
Black and White Done Right
A clawfoot tub always draws the eye, and the black and white shades of this one tie the look of the rest of the room together, complete with a coordinating black and white vanity and flooring.
Make an Escape
Thick drapery drops from the ceiling and puddles on the wood floor, creating a frame around this regal clawfoot tub and coordinating mosaic accent on the wall.
Mixing Wood Tones
Three different shades of wood keep the eye moving in this room, adding balance instead of focusing exclusively on the tub. Brass hardware incorporates a pop of sparkle, while muted green paint adds a soothing element.
A Classic Combination
Brushed gray and white diagonal floors and a vintage steam heater blend beautifully with this classic clawfoot tub. A slightly distressed dresser adds storage and texture to the bathroom, melding form with function effortlessly.
Glitz and Glamour
Sheer shower curtains, an antiqued silver mirror and elaborate chandelier hold their own against this clawfoot tub with polished metal fittings. And the red ribbon tying back the curtain? That’s the kind of touch that elevates a space.
Treat Bathroom Fixtures Like Furniture
A sure-fire way to add drama to a space: angle the tub instead of running it parallel to the wall. While this isn’t the most resourceful use of space, this room is plenty big enough to accommodate the choice. Meanwhile, the mix of warm woods and cool paint add a modern touch that compliments the antique tub.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Glitzy
This toned down room makes the clawfoot tub, which tends to scream ‘luxurious’, look like a basic fixture; abeit, a beautiful one. Creamy paint, a vintage vanity, and wood paneling look right at home with the room’s star.