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Clawfoot Bathtubs - From Modern Style to Classic Elegance

Adding the right clawfoot bathtub to your master bathroom is an easy way to upgrade both its aesthetics and your daily self-care routine. But, because these freestanding tubs can come in many different shapes, sizes and finishes, finding the perfect one for your space can be challenging. To help you, we've rounded up our favorite clawfoot bathtub ideas from modern style to classic elegance—and everything in between.
Clawfoot bathtubs are freestanding tubs that feature four pegs or feet directly underneath them, giving them their distinctive “claw” design. These feet are available in multiple styles, allowing you to customize the look of your clawfoot tub. The tubs themselves are available in a variety of materials and finishes, including enamel-coated cast iron (the standard), acrylic and stone-resin. Some of them are even reversible, letting you choose the color or design that works best for your bathroom.
If you're a fan of the clawfoot design but aren't sure it's the right fit for your home, consider a slipper tub instead. This variation on the traditional clawfoot tub has a similar feel but is less fussy and more streamlined. It's also available in a wide range of colors, from the lightest pink to rich earthy hues and chrome hardware.

Another option is to go with a pedestal tub. This style is a good choice for small bathrooms because it takes up less floor space than a freestanding tub with claw feet. Plus, it's easy to add a vanity and a pedestal faucet to complete the look.
The only downside to pedestal tubs is that they're less stable than clawfoot options. That can be a problem if you have young kids or pets, who might accidentally tip the tub over while showering. If you decide on this style, make sure your floors are well-protected with water-resistant tile or wood boards.
In addition to considering the size and finish of your clawfoot tub, you'll want to think about how you plan on using it. Do you want to bathe alone or with a partner? Will you need to store bath products nearby? If so, you may want to consider a clawfoot tub with storage.
If you're looking to update an antique clawfoot tub, be sure to check for significant cracks and other signs of wear and tear. These can affect both its price and its ability to hold water.
While it's true that clawfoot tubs were once most often white, the reality is that they can be finished in virtually any color. This pale mint green tub, for example, is a gorgeous show-stopper that looks both modern and retro at the same time. And while you might be tempted to pair it with a vintage-style faucet, don't be afraid to experiment with different fillers—including more contemporary styles that can easily convert your tub into a shower. Just be sure to use a quality cartridge and high-quality metals, which will last longer than plastic ones.


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