Drop-In Bathtub Design Ideas

Drop-in bathtubs are the most common design choice for bathrooms today because of the myriad ways in which you can personalize them to your style and taste.
White Mosaic Bathtub

White Mosaic Bathtub

By: Kirsten Efird

Drop-in bathtub design ideas appeal to lots of homeowners because of their versatility in design options. Because drop-in bathtubs are essentially just tub shells, this allows for limitless design possibilities for the deck and surround, and the units can be completely customized to your design tastes.

Beautiful, Luxurious Bathtub Ideas and Inspiration

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Neutral Transitional Bath With Freestanding Soaking Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Living Wall in Spa-Like Master Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub

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Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Mediterranean-Style Bathroom With Copper Soaking Tub

Photo By: Photo Courtesy: Scott Womack © 2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips

Modern Blue and White Bathroom with Slipper Bathtub

Contemporary Bathroom With Luxurious Freestanding Tub

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

Photo By: Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick © 2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips

Freestanding Soaker Tub in Transitional Bathroom

From: Janie Hirsch

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Master Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Transitional Bathroom With Stone Elements

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Wall

From: Dave Stimmel

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

From: Cindy Aplanalp

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Stone-Surround Soaking Tub in Mediterranean-Inspired Bathroom

From: Dorothy Willetts

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

From: Larry Pearson

Photo By: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

From: Dorothy Willetts

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Neutral Transitional Spa Bathroom

Serene Bathroom With Make-up Vanity

Blue Coastal Bathroom

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

From: Nancy Snyder

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

From: Kathleen Perkins

©Image Courtesy of Kathleen Perkins

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

From: Shannon McCarthy and Amanda Swaringen

Chic Spa Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

From: John Lyle

Photo By: Edward Addeo ©Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

White Tub with Green Tile

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Pink Victorian Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

French Country Bathroom

Japanese Master Bathroom

Photo By: Matthew Coates Ellis

Neutral Modern Bathroom With Abstract Chandelier

Brown Contemporary Bathroom With Soaker Tub

Modern Freestanding Soaking Tub

Bathroom With Clawfoot Bathtub and Mirrored Wall

Traditional Black and White Bathroom with Yellow and Gray Floor Tile

Contemporary Gray and White Bathroom

Urban Oasis Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile

Coastal Master Bathroom

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub with Natural Surroundings

Luxurious Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Walls

Gray Traditional Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and TV

From: Drury Design

Bay Window in Neutral Spa Bathroom

From: Drury Design

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Modern Artwork

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Contemporary Bathroom with Relaxing Views

Relaxing Coastal-Style Bathroom

Tranquil Spa Bathroom

Neutral Traditional Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Sleek Freestanding Bath Tub in a White-and-Chrome Bathroom

Ornate Cream and Gold Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

From: Kristin Kong

Modern Design, Spa-Like Conveniences

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

From: Anissa Swanzy

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Resort-Style Gray Bathroom

Master Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

From: Nancy Leffler Mikulich

Children's Bathtub With Blue Mosaic Tile

From: Nancy Leffler Mikulich

Serene Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

Bathroom With Chinese Window Screen

From: Elinor Jones

Clean, White Modern Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

White Contemporary Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Amber Onyx Flooring

Contemporary Bathroom With Wood Plantation Shutters

Spa-Like Contemporary Bathtub

From: Anissa Swanzy

Spacious Gold Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Chandelier

From: Cindy Aplanalp

Relaxing White Bathroom With a Freestanding Bathtub

White Mosaic Bathtub

Romantic, Transitional Bathroom With Clawfoot Tub

Traditional Bathtub with Cream Shower Curtain

Magnificent Details Put This Master Bathroom Second To None

Contemporary Bathroom With Blue and Gray Wallpaper

Natural Elements Make Relaxing Spa Enviroment

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

White Bathroom With Marble Shower Seat

From: Deena Castello

Transitional White Bathroom With Spacious Tile Shower

Contemporary Gray Bathroom With Footless Soaker Tub

White Modern Master Bathroom

Bathtub with Wood Surround and Alcove

From: Dorothy Willetts

Contemporary-Meets-Cottage White Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom With Brown Mosaic Tile Wall

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

Most drop-in tubs have a finished rim and are made to fit right into the deck or custom surround. These tubs can be placed almost anywhere there is plumbing and space to build a deck structure to surround and support it. A rimmed tub has a finished edge that overlaps the deck; for a more sleek, continuous look, choose an undermount tub.

Undermount tubs are a type of drop-in tub that are designed for floor-level installation. Flooring such as tile covers the lip of the tub in this case. This gives a seamless look, because the floor tile runs right up to the edge of the tub, and you can step right in.

If you are planning an upgrade from a basic acrylic tub, you should spend as much time thinking about bathtub surround ideas as you do on choosing the bathtub itself. When budgeting for your new drop-in tub, remember that the surround is a separate expense from the tub itself, so take that into account.

The design ideas are endless, and you should take the time to look through books and visit home improvement centers to become familiar with the wide variety of styles available. For instance, the skirt, or front, of the tub can match the flooring for a seamless, free-floating look. Or the skirt can be covered with wood paneling to match the cabinetry for a dressier, more traditional look. Any kind of beautiful polished slab stones, such as marble, also make wonderful choices for contemporary bathtub skirts.

Choosing wood paneling rather than tile or stone will give your bathroom a more natural, casual feel. You can even add simple panels of beadboard or wainscoting to give it an upscale spa look. Wood finishes require a much smaller budget than expensive tile or stone finishes, but they still can look beautifully elegant.

If you want to get a large, grand drop-in bathtub, give it the royal treatment. Choose polished stone slabs or tile for the surround. When designing it, be sure to include at least one step to get in and out of the tub. Don't forget the faucet and fixtures. Bronze, brushed nickel or other high-end finishes will complete the overall look.

Settle on your personal taste and style and then design your drop-in bathtub surround to match. Consult with bathroom designers and professional contractors and installers. You'll soon have a stylish, relaxing oasis worthy of a magazine spread.

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