There's a debate going around the MyDomaine offices, and it has to do with bathtubs. More specifically, some are of the school of thought that baths are an abomination—an insult to real hygiene (as one New Yorker writer expounds). Others (yours truly included) believe taking a bath has nothing to do with washing oneself and everything to do with pampering. In fact, baths are to showers what baking a chocolate cake is to the intention of feeding yourself a healthy dinner.
But here's the thing: You have to set the scene. Taking a bath will be anything but relaxing if you're sitting knees bent under fluorescent lights in three inches of lukewarm water (as one editor realized upon moving to New York, space is a luxury, even when baths are concerned). No, instead, the procession of taking a bath should be akin to setting the table for a royal dinner: dimming the lights, turning up the tunes, lighting a candle, and letting the bubbles generously pour into the stream of steaming hot water. If you're skeptical, allow us to provide you with Exhibit A—we bet we can convince you before you reach Z.
This ultra-minimal residence is light filled and plastered in a subtle stucco effect, giving the room a hint of texture. The simple rectangular bath is perpendicular to the wall and centered in the room, giving it presence in the wide white space.
Put it Aside
If there's one thing home goods designer Jenni Kayne knows better than anyone, it's how to create an environment perfect for taking a long, warm bath. The travertine floors, mirrored walls, and alabaster chandelier are the perfect backdrop to reflect the garden beyond, giving the space an enviable indoor-outdoor look.
Leave it to Vanessa Traina to set the scene for the world's most lavish bath. A three-tiered glass table is stacked with top-of-the-line products, a Fritz Hansen chair patiently holds towels in anticipation, a Lasvit glass pendant is almost translucent in the bright sunshine—this is perfection.
What's more decadent than being surrounded with deeply veined marble when taking a bath? This setting makes us want to let the bubbles overflow—after all, isn't marble absorbent?
Couples bath, anyone? If the idea of cramping yourself in a tub with your S.O. isn't quite your idea of relaxation, why not have a his and hers bath? Coqui Coqui provides the experience in a dramatic ornate setting. We bet you this room smells really good too—it is a perfumerie, after all.
Wrap It Around
If a view of the New York skyline is not within your budget, a wall-to-wall mirror can do the trick—creating a sense of vastness while keeping the intimacy desired in a small space.
Convinced? Shop our favorite tubs, and unwind to the sounds of popping bubble baths.