Submerged in Pleasure

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For those seduced by serene soaks, today’s freestanding bathtubs have become the heart of these stylish sanctuaries once known as the standard bathroom. “Being bathed in a luxurious and relaxing spa-like atmosphere is the trend we’re seeing,” says Ellyn Gonnerman of Neenan Company. “Unique freestanding tubs are the hottest bathroom accessory that everyone wants.”

KCH&S talked to area bath showrooms to explore these trending fanciful basins and the rooms they create. “Freestanding tubs are much more comfortable to soak in and give so much more space and appeal to the room,” notes Mellody Jurgeson of Grandview Winnelson. Rarely does she even quote drop-in tubs, as 80% of their current tub sales are freestanding. When asked about what’s one of her favorite things about these new styles, Jurgeson is quick to point out that her “favorite material is man-made stone. It’s very heavy and holds water heat,” extending those pleasurable minutes relaxing in the tub.

These sleek and sassy soakers easily drive the style of the bathroom, offering styles, sizes and shapes that fit your home’s personality. “I always recommend my clients try on a tub for size, like a pair of shoes,” quips Kitchens & Baths by Briggs showroom manager, Lynn Middleton. “They may look beautiful, but not be a great fit and as being such a huge part of the room, they are not easily switched out.”

Are these fantasy-factor rooms just a fad?  No, according to Gonnerman. “The tub is growing more popular, desirable and attainable and manufacturers keep rolling out new styles, materials, hydrotherapies and accessories to match any dream of a client. Who wouldn’t want a glass of red wine, lit by a glowing chandelier and a book all on your freestanding tub! Fantasy turned reality!”


 

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Kohler: Underscore

Available at Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Neenan Company


 

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Bain Ultra: Balneo Naos

Available at Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Grandview Winnelson


 

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Kohler: Abrazo Lithocast

Available at Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Neenan Company


 

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Bain Ultra: Essencia

Available at Grandview Winnelson and Kitchens & Baths by Briggs


 

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MTI: Laney

Available at Grandview Winnelson


 

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Victoria + Albert: Cabrits

Available at Neenan Company


 

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Kohler: Askew Lithocast

Available at Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Neenan Company


 

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Victoria + Albert: Cheshire

Available at Neenan Company


 

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MTI: Savoy

Available at Grandview Winnelson


 

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Bain Ultra: Ora

Available at Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Grandview Winnelson


 

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Victoria + Albert: York

Available at Neenan Company


 

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MTI: Parisian

Available at Grandview Winnelson


 

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Victoria + Albert: Napoli

Available at Neenan Company

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