The bathtub is the centrepiece of your bathroom. There are many different styles available, from classic traditional roll top baths, spacious double-ended baths that allow two bathers to use the tub at once, luxurious corner baths and space-efficient single-ended straight baths.

The right shape and style for you will depend on your own personal tastes and also practical considerations such as the size and shape of your bathroom. You can customise your bath further by choosing taps, feet and other bathroom accessories that reflect your own personality and tastes.

Bath feet

The Camberley Roll Top Bath comes with a choice of ball or claw feet.

Camberley Roll Top Bath with Ball Feet Camberley Roll Top Bath with Ball Feet

Most bathtubs have feet that elevate them above the floor, helping to reduce the risk of damp and mildew. On panelled baths these are out of sight and are usually plain and purely functional. If you opt for a free-standing bath you can make them more decorative. This doesn't mean they have to be overly ostentatious or ornate if that does not suit your personality.

Chrome ball feet can make an attractive choice for a contemporary bathroom while traditional dragon or clawed feet can be ideal for a more classic look.

Choosing the right taps

The taps you choose can have a massive effect on the overall look of your bath and the entire room. Traditionally, baths were filled via separate hot and cold taps. Some still prefer this style but combined mixer taps (like the one pictured below) are also popular. These take water from both the hot and cold pipes so you can mix the flow to get the right temperature water coming through a single spout. These may still have separate handles for hot and cold or a single one that moves from fully cold to fully hot.

There are also a number of other considerations. Perhaps the most obvious is your choice of colour. The vast majority of contemporary bath taps available these days are chrome. This tends to be very versatile and fits in with most bathroom colour schemes. In older bathrooms you will still occasionally find gold-coloured brass taps, but these have fallen out of fashion significantly.

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The Pembroke Bath Mixer Tap The Pembroke Bath Mixer Tap

There are also a huge range of styles to choose from. Some are low and sleek, while others are high and more ornate, such as our freestanding bath taps. Some handles may be turned to control the water flow while others lift up and down like levers. Built-in shower mixers are another option while some people prefer to have their taps mounted on the wall rather than on the bath itself.

Other accessories

To give your bathroom a uniform look, bathroom suites allow you to precisely match your bath with your toilet or bathroom sink. Bath panels in a range of finishes can also have an instant transformative effect on your bathroom. Bath screens are another option. These are primarily designed to prevent splashing if you have a shower bath or shower mixer attachment and you'll find a variety of frame and screen designs.