August 5th, 2021
How to Choose the Right Faucet Design for Your Freestanding Clawfoot Tub
Timeless and traditional, freestanding tubs, such as clawfoot tubs, act as a bathroom focal point, bringing charm and a touch of nostalgia to the design. Recent design trends have seen freestanding tubs gain popularity and become the clear choice of homeowners. And while clawfoot tubs used to be the norm for freestanding bathtubs, today’s options have increased to include footless, flat-bottom and non-clawfooted bases.
The style of the tub has also evolved to give options like a slipper or double slipper shape, rectangular with rounded corners or square along with the more standard oval.
Classic white still reigns supreme, but freestanding bathtubs are now offered in a variety of colors and materials, giving you substantial design flexibility.
How To Choose the Best Clawfoot Tub Faucet
Choosing clawfoot tub fixtures, either for a new design or for a replacement faucet, depends on a number of factors. Whether you choose to go with a traditional clawfoot tub or a flat-bottom style of freestanding tub to make a statement in your bathroom, these considerations will direct you to the best choice to create an incredible bathroom focal point.
Floor Mount Clawfoot Tub Faucet
A floor-mounted faucet is perfect in bathrooms with extra space around the freestanding tub. Standing tall by the clawfoot tub, floor-mounted faucets add height to a design, creating interesting levels.
Clawfoot Tub Mount Faucet
Choosing a clawfoot tub mount faucet streamlines the bathtub elements and keeps them in one location. Mounted directly to the edge of the tub, a deck mount faucet creates a standalone bathtub unit.
Wall Mount Clawfoot Bathtub Faucet
A wall mount clawfoot bathtub fixture makes a stately impression as it presides over the tub. From sleek and modern to traditional designs, a wall mount tub spout streamlines the cleaning process and keeps the floor and tub edge clear, saving space.
Clawfoot Tub Shower Fixture
Most bathroom designs with a freestanding tub include a standalone shower as well, but if you want the clawfoot tub to double as the shower, you can install an oval or circular curtain rod and showerhead to create a luxurious clawfoot tub shower. Installing a clawfoot bathtub faucet and showerhead is particularly useful in a smaller space.
Hand Shower or No Hand Shower?
Including a hand shower with a cast iron clawfoot tub faucet is a useful and convenient addition, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. A handheld sprayer can make it easier to rinse after a relaxing bath or while cleaning the tub (though this is decidedly less relaxing).
Style & Finish
There are endless options for clawfoot tub fixtures. A clawfoot bathtub supports a more traditional faucet design in keeping with the Victorian beauty of clawfoot tub details. For added interest and design juxtaposition, you can choose a modern or contemporary clawfoot tub faucet.
Vintage clawfoot bathtubs were typically made with cast iron and porcelain but their more modern counterparts can be made from acrylic or fiberglass. Plus, the options for colors have broadened beyond the standard white.
However, this means when choosing a faucet finish, it’s important to ensure that it complements the clawfoot tub. Thankfully, clawfoot tub faucets are available in a wide range of finish options, so it's easy to find one to fit any bathroom design.
Let’s look at some of our favorite examples of clawfoot and modern freestanding tubs.
1. Nothing to be Blue About
This traditional-style clawfoot tub presents a soft blue finish that extends to the claw feet. The traditional look and feel of a Stratford Collection faucet adds just the right touch of old-world glamour and timeless style to this vintage-looking tub.
2. Unconventional Placement
By tucking the Blue Collection floor-mounted faucet in the corner, this design maximizes the use of space while keeping the view to the outside clear. (We are obsessed with how the stark white finish of this more modern-style freestanding tub stands out against the greenery.)
3. Make a Statement With Metal
The metallic exterior of this double slipper freestanding tub gets the perfect amount of support from the aged nickel finish of this Paris Collection floor mount faucet.
4. Layered Textures
The layered textures of this design really steal the show, but the wall-mounted faucet is not going to be outdone. The marble handles of the Elements Collection wall mount faucet add another layer of dimensions to an already interesting space and ensure the tub is fully tied into the design.
5. Farmhouse Chic
This freestanding tub evokes the feel of an old-timey wash basin, and the wall mounted Beverly Collection faucet in aged copper brings a level of sophistication that only enhances the farmhouse chic vibe.
6. Simple and Breathtaking
Through the use of white and grey with just a touch of brass, this simple design is quite breathtaking. A Loft 2.0 Collection faucet stands tall as a focal point over the sleek modern freestanding tub.
7. Fill the Tub With Style
A signature matte black Brooklyn Collection wall mount faucet grounds this design and is mirrored in the robe hooks on either side of the door. The urban vibe of the black faucet and white subway tiles is balanced with the traditional look of the freestanding tub and wooden bathroom vanity. Who knew white, black and wood could look so good?
8. Symmetrical Perfection
Playing with symmetry, this design includes a matte black clawfoot tub that works perfectly with fixtures from the Paris Collection. Traditional clawfoot tubs make a beautiful statement, but more modern versions play with the feet to include more options than the standard lion or bear clawfoot. Honestly, there’s nothing in this design we don’t love.
9. Work With the Space
Some bathrooms are grand spaces dedicated to relaxation, but there is something to be said about a design that is stunning in its simplicity. A floor mount Blue Collection faucet can be tucked tight to a wall to allow a clawfoot tub to fit into a small area.
10. An Oasis at Home
Creating an oasis at home can be difficult, but the design above achieved this goal — and more. In this space, filling the modern, footless oval freestanding tub with a Loft 2.0 Collection faucet is an act of relaxation and self-care.
Choose Watermark for the Best Freestanding Tub Faucet
Whether you choose the traditional look and feel of a clawfoot tub or lean towards a more modern footless option, Watermark has the perfect faucet pairing. We offer quality and style in all of our faucets and finishes, and when you’re ready to design the perfect bathroom, we’ll help you find the perfect fixtures for your project.
Contact the faucet experts at Watermark today to find the best faucet for your freestanding tub project.