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Dark Indulgence: 18 Black Bathtubs for a Stylish, Dashing Bathroom!

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. But have you ever thought about black in the bathroom? Even if you are not willing to commit to dark gray and black walls, tiles or accessories, maybe a stunning black bathtub in that sea of white would be more to your taste! Underrated and often underused, the black bathtub is a showstopper that never fails.

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. Whether you have a luxurious master suite or a small bathroom with limited space, the dark and bold bathtub never leaves you disappointed.

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 toward 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 its 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.

Stunning ultra-minimal design of the Vessel bathtub from Splinter Works
Uber-luxurious design of the Vessel combines elegance of Hammock with carbon fiber body

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!

Aquatica Karolina Graphite Black Freestanding Stone Bathtub
Beach style bathroom features a sizzling stone black bathtub [Design: PSCBath]
Contemporary bathroom with fireplace and a luxurious bathtub [Design: Lifespan Construction]
Luxurious 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 more 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 a 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.

Black bathtub becomes the focal point of the contemporary bathroom [Design: D’Cruz Design Group Sydney Interior Designers]
Beautiful contemporary bathtub in black set against a marble backdrop [Design: Alexander James Interiors]
Blend of light and dark elements in the Scandinavian bathroom [Photography: Noah Darnell]

A Timeless Treat

For those who love black, there are plenty of options on offer in the traditional, claw-foot club of 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 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!

Claw-foot bathtub for the traditional bathroom [Design: HighCraft Builders]
Bathroom with brick wall, white sheer curtains and vintage bathtub in black [Design: MDSX Contractors]
Floor tiles in black and white, floral patterned blind and cool bathtub for the bathroom [Design: RDP Architects]
Small bathroom that is all about dark beauty [Design: Boutique Homes]
Tiny bathtub and wallpapered wall for the small Victorian bathroom [Design: Aaron Gordon Construction]

The Versatility of the Black Bathtub

The beautifully weathered cast iron tub, a vintage 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]
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]
Cast iron tub with custom finish for the eclectic bathroom [Design: Weidmann Remodeling]
Lovely bathtub adds glossy elegance to the traditional bathroom [Design: Wendi Young Design]

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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