I said standalone tubs would be big for 2014, but I didn't want to leave you hanging when it comes to different ways to play around with standalone tub installations, including modern, classic, and Chinese-inspired. Take a look at some of these amazing bathroom renovation projects from Hometalk, showing some of the many ways you can use a standalone tub.
This very classic, simple bathroom is decorated in mellow sage and cream tones, with gorgeous tiling and elegant counters. The tub helps it feel more spacious, and the wall paneling adds nice details. Carolyn kept this bathroom timeless so it will continue to look great for decades.
So chic! Modern! Love the use of subway tile (another big trend for 2014), the daring red finish on the sides of the tub, and the deliciously clean look here. Check out all those coordinating silver fixtures, too...
Another modern master bath, albeit slightly less bold! Love the egg-shaped freestanding soak tub, the comfortable bench under the heated towel rack, and the calming pale blue walls. This is a bathroom to luxuriate in, despite the relatively small size, and the chandelier adds a dressed-up note, while the overhead skylight offers tons of bright natural lighting.
This period home had a hideous pink bathroom. Post remodel, it has a much more historically-appropriate look, including slipper tub and gorgeous wainscoting. Those claw feet are just to die for -- and the decision to conceal the plumbing directly in the wall freed up space and makes the bathroom feel less cluttered.
This bathroom has a subtle Chinese influence, especially in the tub, thanks to the owner's travels. It's a serene space made more so by the large windows that open out onto a wooded garden, and the mosaic detail around the tub is a great addition.
The goal here was "vintage glam." A classic clawfoot tub is surrounded by gorgeous gilt mirrors, while the toilet nestles discreetly in a corner behind a dividing wall. Love the coordinating trim on the vanity (foreground), toilet, and divider, offset by the lovely pale blue and white paint scheme. Lots of subtle great details in this bathroom, but the tub is the undisputed star!
If this doesn't get your heart beating faster over your San Diego bathroom remodel, I don't know what will, my friends.
Katie Marks writes for Networx.com.