Are Platform Bathtubs the next Big Thing?
Once upon a time, it was considered a pure luxury if you had a bathtub in the one bathroom that serviced your whole home.
Nowadays, some people don’t even consider it a bathroom, unless it has said bathtub.
With our bathrooms becoming more and more of a sanctuary, a destination even, the design and style of the humble bathtub has taken a huge leap – and of course we are excited!
We’re going to take a closer look at Platform Bathtubs and focusing on why this design looks like it’s on the up and up in 2019 and beyond.
A Step Up
We’re not sure why, maybe it has something to do with being up a little bit higher, but the feeling of stepping up into a raised bathtub has a luxurious feel to it.
It’s like the bathtub has been placed on its own pedestal (as if it needed one!), we already worship any time we get to spend in there!
Not only does it give the space a focal point, it adds another layer to a normally 2-dimensional space.
Raise The Bar
Integrating this type of design into your bathroom needs to be carefully considered.
Firstly, and probably most obviously, you need the actual space to begin with. This could be the first issue you need to face head on.
As the platform needs to be quite generous, your bathroom floor plan needs to be as well.
Proportion is a major consideration in any design and this style simply won’t work if your proportions are not kept in balance. Your bathtub should not flank the platform or vice versa.
It’s a very delicate balance here, so you may even need to enlist the help of a specialist bathroom designer or interior designer. Because you are going to live with the space for the next decade or so, you need to very honest with yourself and decide if this is going to work long term for you.
Design Quick Tip – Find your perfect bathtub first and create the design around it.
Get the Look – ABI Odelia Freestanding Bathtub
It feels like you’ve entered another world when you step up into that oversized tub and soak away.
This can also have so much to do with the style of your bathroom sanctuary. Because the platform bathtub is going to be your hero piece, you really want to design and style around it.
It doesn’t mean you need to place limits on other things within your design, but it can help to keep the focus on that amazing tub.
Maybe try a restrained palette, minimal fixtures and fittings or purely functional styling pieces.
Not only will this support the serene and calming vibe of your bathroom, it will allow your key piece to really shine.
Get the Look – ABI Cosmo Round Freestanding Bathtub
A View from the Top
While you’re enjoying the bubbles and a glass of wine, you’ll be glad you really considered the placement of your platform bathtub?
Another big decision is simply where to place the actual tub. Do you have a gorgeous picture window with a view, do you have a large open plan space with various placement options, is the space more closed or confined?
Generally speaking, this design works better in a larger, more open plan space. Have loads of natural light – even better!
By examining the available natural light and space, you can usually determine the optimal place for your centrepiece.
Do you want it to be the first thing you see when you walk into the bathroom, do you want to laze away watching the sunset over the mountains, or would you prefer that it be tucked away for privacy.
Once you have decided on the placement, you’re almost there!
Get the Look – ABI Jula Freestanding Bathtub
Stepping it up a notch
Now for some fun stuff! Now that all the big, nasty, boring decisions have been made, you can really sink your teeth into the style of your bathroom.
With the spotlight sitting on the bathtub, don’t forget about the other details you’ll want to include in your design.
As we touched on earlier, if you are going for a more minimal palette, keep the tile selection minimal. Even having just one tile throughout the entire bathroom allows for a luxe look, but there is also less distraction away from the main attraction.
It can also calm the space on the eye and mind. This is extremely important if you are going for a luxury or sanctuary-type feel.
Added Bonus – it can also help with budget and the sometimes stressful decision-making process along the way!
Get the Look – ABI Gigi Freestanding Bathtub
To Finish Up
So there are a few limitations with this type of design, and it may not be for the budget conscious, but if you are renovating or building your forever home, it could be worth the investment.
Consider it your very own luxurious day spa or retreat after a long week at work…you deserve it!
We hope this has given you some inspiration for when it comes time to design your new bathroom.
Do you think a platform bathtub would suit your home?