The essential guide to bath hardware

The definitive guide to the best design-conscious bath shapes and cutting edge materials

• Don’t forget to consider how you are going to fill your bath with water. ‘Here in the UK, there is a standard idea that baths need taps on the side,’ says Matt Watson, marketing manager at Kaldewei. ‘This can, in fact, spoil the look of a bath, which is why there has been a move towards other options in recent years.’

• Floor-standing taps are the perfect partner for freestanding tubs and keep the edges clear. Not only does this look good, it makes it easier to keep the bath clean.’

• Alternatively, choose a bath filler that lets water in through the overflow, or a neat, wall-mounted mixer.

• A double-ended bath will need taps mounted in the middle or, for a real style statement, position a floor-mounted tap off-centre.

• If you want to go all-out on the home spa experience, then hydrotherapy, chromatherapy (sometimes called colour therapy), and even aromatherapy can also be incorporated into a modern bathing experience. Extras like these will, of course, push up the price of an average bath, but, says Mike Wilson, marketing manager at Kohler, ‘Don’t always assume you can’t afford these things – investigate what you can actually get for your money.’

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