My good friend Claire Brody recently took me on a tour of her incredible mid-century house flip. I couldn’t even begin to list all the standout design features, but the tiled bathtub was one of the most intriguing. I’m talking a deep Roman-style sinking tub fully tiled inside and out. It’s the kind of bathtub that allows you to fully submerge with an aesthetic that feels night and day different than its white acrylic counterpart.
Since that tour, I haven’t stopped thinking about that full-tiled look and began to notice it elsewhere. Tiled bathtubs and sinks have shown up in recent projects by Katie Lockhart and Jake Arnold, which gives me full confidence this trend is bound to go mainstream. Scroll on for my favorite inspiration photos from designers around the world.
Jake Arnold’s Fort Lauderdale project was recently published in Architectural Digest and is best described as a work of art. Among the home’s countless noteworthy features is this guest bathroom set on the main floor. Jake created a zellige tiled floating sink in a muted mauve hue. The tiling creates such a dramatic effect within a relatively smaller space, which was exactly the intent.
Katie Lockhart is a New Zealand-based designer whose recently come on my radar. She uses materials in such interesting ways, including tiled bathtubs and sinks. Or in this case, tiling the entire surface space of a bathroom. Mark my words; she’s one to watch.
This is THE tiled bathtub referenced above, designed by Claire Brody. She created the most luxurious Roman soaking tub using a tile and grout color combo in organic, earthy hues. After seeing this tub in person, I can confirm it’s even more striking than a single image can capture.
Brooklyn-based Home Studios specialized in hospitality work but recently began a foray into residential design. This bathroom comes from their Bond Street project and features—you guessed it—the coolest tiled bathtub and sink. Copper hardware accentuates the grout color and brings an entirely unexpected look to white tile.
Ok, hear me out. While this doesn’t technically fall into the tiled bathtubs and sinks category, this example was too beautiful not to include. Heidi Caillier reclaimed the look of a tub-shower combo with a tile surround and charming archway. I know tub-shower combos have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but there’s no denying how tile can completely transform the vibe.
I had to add one more tiled bathtub by Katie Lockhart to this line-up. The color blocking effect is so fun, while all the material selections make the space feel luxurious. Really, who wouldn’t want to unwind here at the end of a long day?
Tell me: how do you feel about tiled bathtubs and sinks? If you’ve featured this in your work, I’d love to see it—tag #IDCOatHome for a chance to be featured.
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