July 5, 2023
From modern and minimalist models to more exclusive and relaxing options, bathtubs have evolved a lot over the years. These pieces have gone from having a strictly functional use to being considered the true stars of the bathroom. Distinctive and sophisticated elements that allow you to enjoy a wellness experience at home. In this post we will explore the different options that are available on the market today.
Next, we dive into an analysis of the materials most commonly used in the manufacture of bathtubs. These materials play a key role in the durability, aesthetics and comfort of this essential element of the bathroom.
Sculptural and voluminous natural stone bathtubs are characterised by organic nuances and the high quality of the material. The hardness of this natural element increases its resistance to wear and tear.
The gloss and handcrafted work that comes with exclusive manufacture make each piece unique. A good example is the Stone Freestanding Bathtub Habana Dark model from the Tono collection, designed by Fosters+Partners for L'Antic Colonial.
Recommendation: Enhance the majesty of natural stone by combining it with ceramic flooring in light colours or inspired by natural wood.
Another material particularly suitable for the design of bathtubs, thanks to its highly resistant and pleasing to the touch surface, is Krion Solid® by PORCELANOSA. These properties enhance the forms of bathtubs, bringing style and harmony to the room.
They create a perfect balance between straight lines and angles, and softer, more curved forms. The Aro and Almond models are good examples. Combined with decorative elements in neutral tones and the inclusion of plants, they make welcoming spaces that stimulate feelings of tranquillity and peace.
Resistance, durability and easy maintenance are the main attributes that sanitary acrylic brings to bathtubs.
Much lighter than other materials, which makes it easier to install and transport, sanitary acrylic is non-porous. This makes cleaning easier and prevents the build-up of dirt and bacteria. Versatility is another of the strengths of this type of surface. Noken has managed to mould it with rounded edges and generous proportions to achieve exclusive bathtubs such as Vitae, Liem and Lounge.
There are different types of bathtubs that adapt to installation needs and the characteristics of each bathroom. Below, we will explore the main alternatives according to their configuration. Each design offers different features and styles, providing versatile options suitable for all needs and preferences.
Also known as alcove bathtubs, built-in bathtubs are installed within a floor or wall structure.
This type of bathtub fits perfectly into a given space and blends in with the overall look of the bathroom. In terms of design, recessed models are usually rectangular, although they can also be found in more curved or organic shapes. They can be customised with cladding or panels to match the rest of the bathroom, creating a more cohesive atmosphere.
Freestanding bathtubs stand out for their freestanding design and their ability to be installed without the need to be built into a structure or against a wall. These more elegantly cut bathtubs are a real eye-catcher. As a freestanding element, they can be placed anywhere in the bathroom, whether in the centre of the room, near a window, or in any area that best suits the aesthetics and functionality of the space. Their freestanding design provides a sophisticated and luxurious look.
Specifically designed to fit this area, corner bathtubs are ideal for making the most of the available surface area in smaller bathrooms. They usually have a triangular or wedge shape, and can be recessed or freestanding. They offer a practical and functional solution to optimise space without compromising on comfort and style.
A combination of bathtub and shower is a versatile option, especially suitable for small bathrooms. This type of installation consists of a bathtub with a wall or attached shower screen.
While the tub can be recessed, freestanding or a corner model, the wall or partition provides a barrier to hold back the water and avoid splashes.
One of the main advantages of a bath/shower combinations are their functionality. This fusion allows you to choose between a relaxing bath or a quick shower, depending on your needs and preferences.
There is also a wide selection of bath screens suitable for every bathroom design, with sliding doors, folding screens or fixed panels. Through Krion SP Bath, Porcelanosa offers the Yove, Attica and S+Line bath screen collections. These timeless designs provide safety with their tempered glass, and practicality with the SystemGlass easy cleaning system.
Today's hectic pace of life requires us to take frequent breaks. A getaway to a spa is one of the best ways to break out from our daily routine. Alternatively, hydromassage bathtubs, which have evolved with today's wellness systems, make it possible to enjoy this sensation every day in your own home. This is the case of Care, a technology specially developed for bathtubs by Noken, which promote wellbeing of body and mind through three treatments:
• O2 microbubbles. This system is based on oxygen enrichment of the water. Its benefits include the acceleration of the skin's cell metabolism, the activation of the natural production of collagen, and the reduction of wrinkles.
• Hydrotherapy. The therapeutic use of hot, cold or moving water enhances muscle relaxation, improves circulation, relieves pain and reduces stress.
• Chromotherapy. This alternative therapy uses colours to influence the balance and harmony of the body and mind. Through the application of specific colours, the aim is to stimulate different emotional states and improve general well-being.
In conclusion, each type of bathtub has its own characteristics and benefits. Personal preferences and specific needs will determine the ideal bathtub model for your home. Choose the perfect complement to enjoy moments of relaxation and well-being at home.