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Freestanding Bathtubs:

How To Choose The Right Tub

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MAAX Oberto

 

It’s no question that freestanding bathtubs are beautiful.

The question is how do you choose that perfect tub for your bathroom?

It can be extremely difficult to make a decision when it comes to freestanding tubs. If done right, this luxurious fixture can effortlessly transform your bathroom into the coziest space in your home.

Freestanding tubs add a significant, standout element to your bathroom – tying the entire room together.

 

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MAAX Louie 5829

 

The Perfect Tub

What are you really looking for with your freestanding tub:

Do you want this tub to be eye-catching?

Do you want this tub to be the comfiest, most relaxing thing you’ve ever been in?

Do you want this tub to be made out of the most durable material?

All the above?

Bathtubs are a personal preference.

What we can do is provide you with the knowledge so that you can choose the best tub for you. 

Important note: Before you start, be aware of the size of your bathroom. You need to know measurements to determine what size of freestanding tub will work in your bathroom before you start shopping! Nothing is worse than finding the tub for your bathroom and realizing it won’t even fit. 

PRO TIP: If you are considering a major size upgrade for your tub, be sure to check your hot water heater – you don’t want a 50-gallon tub and a 40-gallon hot water tank!

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MAAX Joan

 

How Freestanding Tubs Look

A freestanding bath sets the mood for relaxation, especially in today’s hectic world.

When choosing a freestanding bath, consider how the design of the tub will affect the shape of your space. The curve of a tub can bring softness to an angular bathroom, or an angular bath can offset soft colours or add to a highly structured room. 

Rectangular, box-like tubs will fit a modern or contemporary styled bathroom. On the other hand, a rounded, oval-shaped tub typically suits a traditional design; however, there are oval models that complement a modern design.

In terms of colour, almost all bathtubs are white or some shade of white. If you’re thinking a deeper colour will look better in your space, take a look at MAAX’s Ariosa tub in Thunder Grey – a dark grey colour.

 

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MAAX Ariosa 6636 – Thunder Grey

 

How Freestanding Tubs Feel

If you have the space to play with, some bathtubs are large enough to comfortably fit two people inside at the same time. Tub size is entirely a personal preference - some people will enjoy a smaller tub, whereas some prefer spacious reminiscent of a hot-tub.

The backrest angles also play a huge role in comfort. You will never know if you like it or not until you lie down in one.

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MAAX Villi

 

If you know the exact dimensions of where you want to put your freestanding tub, you will typically find tubs in the following sizes:

60”, 66”, or 72” length

32”, 34”, 36”, or 42” width

Worried about installation problems? The F2 Drain from MAAX makes the installation easier than ever.

 

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 MAAX Optik 6636 F

 

Faucet Type

To get water into your freestanding bathtub you need a tub filler, also called a tub faucet.

There are 3 options here:

1. Floor-mounted tub filler > this is a tub spout that stands freely on the ground beside your tub. This is typically the most expensive option, but has the most luxurious look. Floor-mounted will work best when you have a lot of space to work with. They tend to be quite bulky, but they look gorgeous.

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Brizo Jason Wu Freestanding Floor Mount Tub Filler – Matte Black

 

2. Deck-mounted faucet > depending on the tub model, some tubs have holes in the deck for faucets to be installed into. These faucets will sit directly in the deck of your tub. These have a similar look to floor-mounted; however, they are much smaller. This is a great option if you want a floor-mounted filler, but can’t fit it in next to your tub.

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American Standard Times Square Roman Tub Filler with Hand Shower – Chrome

 

3. Wall-mounted faucet > if you want to purchase a wall-adjacent tub, you can install your faucet directly in the wall. This is easiest to install if there was already an old bathtub here that you are replacing.

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Delta Faucet Wall Mounted Tub Filler – Chrome

With so many variables and options available, it’s hard to make a decision online, without seeing or feeling the tub in person. We highly recommend testing out the bathtub you’ve got your eyes on before making any decisions. Our showrooms across BC have freestanding tubs available on display for you to try out! 

Find your local Splashes Bath & Kitchen showroom now and book a consultation with us!

Not ready to speak with a consultant yet? Browse bathtubs on our website!

CONCRETE GRAY: Brand New BLANCO SILGRANIT Kitchen Sink Trend

 

BLANCO Canada is expanding the colour palette of their beloved SILGRANIT kitchen sink collections. We’re extremely excited to bring to you the, all new, Concrete Gray colour.

 

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IKON® 33 Apron Front Sink - Concrete Gray

 

Concrete Gray is a fresh, matte colour that embraces the pure beauty of concrete. This colour tone gives you the concrete look, but comes with all the benefits of a BLANCO SILGRANIT sink. This colour is a rapidly growing trend amongst interior designers in 2019.

 

What Even is SILGRANIT?

SILGRANIT is a unique material made of up to 80% natural granite, patented by BLANCO, used to make kitchen sinks.

SILGRANIT is THE world leading coloured kitchen sink choice because it is as durable as rock and has a beautiful, smooth look and feel. Some of the benefits of SILGRANIT are that its:

  • Easy to clean > naturally smooth surface that is effortless to clean
  • Scratch resistant > manufactured with high-quality acrylic bonds ensuring the sink has outstanding strength and durability
  • Heat resistant > withstands up to 280oC (exceeding your typical boiling or baking temperature levels)
  • Impact resistant > made of 80% natural granite making the sink incredibly strong
  • Acid resistant > non-porous surface creates a repellant-like nature
  • Hygienic > repellant surface with Hygienic+Plus protection formula which doesn’t absorb bacteria OR odours
  • Non-fading colours > the beautiful surface will always stay beautiful

 

SILGRANIT is Canada’s leading coloured sink material, a unique and durable composite that comes in more than 100 models”

 

Vancouver-based, interior designer, Karin Bohn, is in LOVE with her new SILGRANIT sink - Now that I have this sink, I actually can’t see myself ever owning a home again with a stainless steel sink”

 

Available Colours of SILGRANIT Sinks

With the addition of the Concrete Gray colour, there are now 8 different colours in the SILGRANIT line including Concrete Gray:

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SILGRANIT SINK COLLECTIONS

IKON

BLANCO’s IKON 33 Farmhouse Sink is the world’s first apron front sink – a drop-in sink that confidently stands out

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IKON 33 Apron Front Sink – Metallic Gray

 

The apron front showcases the beautiful SILGRANIT material and turns your sink into a bold statement. The IKON 33 is a huge sink, which gives you a spacious, functional kitchen workspace. You can stick pots, pans, and baking trays into this sink AND still have room to wash your plates!

 

PRECIS

The PRECIS Cascade is a 1.5 bowl kitchen sink – there is the main sink area and the elevated, smaller bowl beside it. This elevated bowl is the perfect space for prepping veggies or drying dishes. The flow of the drain makes a soothing cascade effect, complementing the overall smooth design of this SILGRANIT sink.

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PRECIS Cascade Sink - Anthracite

 

PERFORMA

PERFORMA U is more of a standard, 2-bowl drop-in sink where you have the primary sink space and a side area, typically used to mount a drying rack. With the low divider in the middle, the PERFORMA U sink can function in different ways for different scenarios. If you’re prepping for a large dinner, you can use both sink bowls for your prep, rather than using one for drying dishes.

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PERFORMA U Sink - Anthracite

 

The round, curved edges of this SILGRANIT sink contrast the modern, zero radius trend - great if you’re looking for a more unique design.

 

Counter-Top + Concrete Gray Combinations

If a full kitchen reno is on your mind, a Concrete Gray, IKON 33 Apron Front Sink is an EXCELLENT starting point. The colour is versatile and will look phenomenal if you can choose a counter-top that highlights it the way you always dreamed.

BLANCO has an awesome interactive colour tool, where you can see how different SILGRANIT sink colours look with all sorts of counter-top colours and materials. This tool doesn’t have the Concrete Gray colour on it yet; however, to give you a rough idea of the colour’s shade, Concrete Gray is a blend between Metallic Gray and White.

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BLANCO’s interactive colour tool's interface

 

If you’re hoping to have your kitchen sink stand out: a dark, quartz material will make the sink look bold and GLOW. Something about a dark counter-top makes the entire kitchen look clean. It’s also important to note that the quartz in itself looks and feels sleek.

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A Concrete Gray sink with a dark, quartz counter-top

 

On the other hand, maybe you want your Concrete Gray sink to blend in and be a low-key, yet bold fixture in your kitchen. The Concrete Gray colour fits effortlessly with a marble counter-top in a lighter shade. The Apron Front in the IKON 33 sink will blend so smoothly with the light material, it will look as if they were meant to be with each other.

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A Concrete Gray sink with a light, marble counter-top

 

Even if your budget isn’t flexible enough to remodel your entire kitchen workspace, the Concrete Gray colour can honestly fit in ANY design. This concrete colour is one of those colours that complements or blends in whatever atmosphere, colour tone, or mood.

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We’re set to have the Concrete Gray IKON 33 Front Apron Sink in stock in Spring 2019 – be one of the first to get your hands on this beautiful new sink! Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll be sure to let you know when they’re available.

Want to take a look at BLANCO sinks that are available right now? Start browsing BLANCO kitchen sinks here! 

Which BLANCO sink model are you most excited to see in Concrete Gray? We want to know - mention us on Instagram or Twitter! 

If you have any questions, come chat with the experts at your local Splashes Bath & Kitchen showroom or send us a message now.