The turbulent sound of a bath filling up is a great indicator that relaxation is on the horizon. It’s like the 20-minute mark after swallowing a couple Aspirin, or the beginning of a buzz after a few sips of a stiff drink. But there’s no instant alleviation quite like sinking your city-beaten, weary body into a hot-hot bath, fading below the layer of bubbles, and feeling like everything actually just might be OK.
The thing about tubs, like many other things in life, is that there’s one out there for everyone. Whether your preference is stand-alone or inset, old-fashioned shiny white and claw-footed, black-painted, marble, or metallic, your ideal tub exists (or can be produced, if you've got $$$). If a custom order isn't on the horizon quite yet, learn to love the one you’ve got. With the right lighting (i.e. flickering candles), soaking salts, and a generous helping of bubbles, any old tub can become a dream bath.
Katherine Cotter is an NYC-based home and garden consultant.