Clawfoot Bathtub Design Tips

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When redesigning or remodeling a bathroom, a clawfoot bathtub is seriously recommended. A clawfoot bathtub is a rare, historic style of bathtub that has been used for hundreds of years. Clawfoot bathtubs are fashionably progressive; they establish exotic appeal in the bathroom; however, a clawfoot bathtub should be used in various styles to make a deeper impact.

Basics of Clawfoot Bathtub Designs

There are 4 major categories of clawfoot tubs, which are the classic bathtub, double-ended bathtubs, double-slipper bathtubs, and single-slipper clawfoot bathtubs. The classic design is prevalent among older clawfoot bathtubs. These tubs have a square-shaped edge along the faucet and foot area, along with an oblong head-rest.

Double-ended clawfoot bathtubs have an oblong ending at both sides of bathtub. The plumbing connections are located in the center. Slipper bathtubs are essentially a variation of the classic style, wherein the oblong headrest is more expansive and lends more support to the shoulder. Double-slipper clawfoot bathtubs have slightly-raised ends along with centrally-located plumbing connections.

Creating Pedestals

New clawfoot bathtubs have an optional pedestal. The pedestal acts as a platform upon which the bathtub is raised. It emphasizes the grandeur of the clawfoot bathtub in showcase quality. Bathtubs with pedestals often act as the most highlighted portion of the bathroom, creating rustic ambiance.

The platform can be easily constructed from wood. It isn't expensive, since wood meant for bathroom fittings and waterproof wood finishes are readily available. The base of the pedestal is secured by filler materials such as mortar or cement.

Those who want to create an upmarket style can install bright tiles with golden or silver edges along the pedestal. While the upper, wooden part of the attached pedestal seems like a continuation of the bathtub, the underlying mortar-made platform and the surrounding tiles create a complementary, high-end impression.

Using Wood Paneling

Use decorative wood paneling to create Victorian ambiance in the bathroom. The paneling is easy to install using wood resin. It requires minimal woodworking skills. The paneling can be used in a blended format, wherein the panels along the upper edge of the tub or around the rim are used in darker shades.

Complementing wallpaper shades can be used on the bathroom walls. Use prints that have plain, neutral shades so that the brilliance of the wood-paneled clawfoot bathtub is further highlighted. Embellish the paneled surface with stick beads and decorative glass.

Painting Clawfoot Bathtubs

Use an altered approach and paint only the feet of the bathtub to create contrast and aesthetic appeal. The surface of the bathtub can be minimally stained or patted with neutral gloss to camouflage its aging.

The feet can be painted exotic shades, such as bright silver or gold. These shades render the feet in a sturdier, metallic look that contrasts the overlying wooden surface. Other shades to consider include maroon, pink, or even textured paints.