Dark Indulgence: Black Bathtubs

October 19, 2015

The idea of a relaxing bathroom at home often evokes images of a spa-inspired setting where it is white and light blues that hold sway. Darker tones are often shunned in favor of pastel hues and the modern trend has been to add a few warm, wooden accents to complete the appeal of curated opulence. Even if you are not willing to commit to dark gray and black walls, tiles or accessories, maybe stunning black bathtubs in that sea of white would be more toy your taste! Underrated and often underused, the black bathtubs are a showstopper that never fails.

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Uber-luxurious design of the Vessel combines elegance of Hammock with carbon fiber body

With freestanding tubs becoming the norm once again in contemporary bathrooms, it is time to think about giving your bathroom that much-needed makeover with a hint of dramatic flair. The bathtub in black is unique, elegant and fits in surprisingly well with a wide array of styles and decorating themes, ideal for a luxury bathroom. Whether you have a luxurious master suite or a small bathroom with limited space, the dark and bold bathtub never leaves you disappointed.

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Stunning ultra-minimal design of the Vessel bathtub from Splinter Works

Unleash the Black Magic!

The 90s were a time when the bathtub was firmly anchored to the wall and it took innovative designers, a fall in prices and a wide range of design options to turn homeowners towards more exuberant freestanding options. Today, the standalone tub comes in a wide range of styles, colors, and finishes and yet few captivate and enthrall as those clad in black. The black bathtub has an air of mysticism that their more modest white cousins seem to lack and it sure stands out visually when placed in a contemporary bathroom draped in a muted color palette.

Designs such as the stunning Vessel, which brings together the aesthetics of a hammock and the luxury of a standalone bathtub surely drench you in a world of extravagance. It is not just this carbon fiber delight alone as the black bathtub comes in a variety of finishes ranging from metal to stone. Surely few other statement pieces in the bathroom (if any) can make such a grand visual impact!

See also: How to design a Bath with Black Cabinets

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Aquatica Karolina Graphite Black Freestanding Stone Bathtub

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Beach style bathroom features a sizzling stone black bathtub [Design: PSCBath]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Every bathroom gets richer with this unique Diamond bathtub – By Maison Valentina.

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Newton bathtub is a piece of international desire that distinguishes itself from all the other designs by its futuristic forms.

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Contemporary bathroom with fireplace and a luxurious bathtub [Design: Lifespan Construction]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Luxury bathroom design in black and white with a hint of gold [Design: Oswald Homes]

Contemporary Indulgence

The black pedestal or soaking tub takes up little space when compared to some of the most extravagant designs featured above and even if you have limited space in your bathroom or master bedroom (that is a fun choice indeed), these tubs fit in just fine. Once again, the presence of black does much more than just add visual contrast as it anchors the space and when coupled with painted window frame, floating shelves or even the vanity in a similar shade, one can fashion a fabulous black and white background in the bathroom with ease.


Blend of light and dark elements in the Scandinavian bathroom [Photography: Noah Darnell]


Beautiful contemporary bathtub in black set against a marble backdrop [Design: Alexander James Interiors]


Black bathtub becomes the focal point of the contemporary bathroom [Design: D’Cruz Design Group Sydney Interior Designers]

A Timeless Treat

For those who love black, there are plenty of options on offer in the traditional bathroom design, claw-foot club of the tub as well. In fact, you can always turn an old, discarded claw-foot bathtub that you found at a nearby sale into a vintage style masterpiece with a simple restoration job and some paint. Sometimes a truly genuine vintage piece might seem a touch too expensive for your liking and it is here that modern replicas and other alternative styles come to the rescue. A traditional slipper tub with a dark exterior is arguably one of the best ways to combine soothing dips with charming aesthetics in one single swoop!

See more: Modern Black and White Bathroom

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Floor tiles in black and white, floral patterned blind and cool bathtub for the bathroom [Design: RDP Architects]


Claw-foot bathtub for the traditional bathroom [Design: HighCraft Builders]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Bathroom with brick wall, white sheer curtains and vintage bathtub in black [Design: MDSX Contractors]


Small bathroom that is all about dark beauty [Design: Boutique Homes]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Tiny bathtub and wallpapered wall for the small Victorian bathroom [Design: Aaron Gordon Construction]

Versatility of the Black Bathtub

The beautifully weathered cast iron tub, a vintage style delight for the Victorian bathroom in dim gray or that exquisite collector’s tub in Jet black; bathroom style is never a hindrance when picking a tub in black. While the choice of the tub depends on your personal taste, the ambiance of the bathroom and the accessories around it, there are times when a left-field choice that ushers in an unexpected pattern or texture can make all the difference.


Serene Victorian bathroom with light green walls, unique rug and vintage bathtub [Design: Kathryn Long]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Mediterranean bathroom with pewter bathtub backed and an elegant tile wall [Design: Wiseman & Gale Interiors]


Gorgeous bathroom with black bathtub and vintage charm [Design: Deirdre Doherty Interiors]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Cast iron tub with custom finish for the eclectic bathroom [Design: Weidmann Remodeling]

dark indulgence: black bathtubs

Lovely bathtub adds glossy elegance to the traditional bathroom [Design: Wendi Young Design]

Source: Decoist

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