- Photography by Steve Johnson

The claw foot tub

Claw foot bathtubs have been popular for their wonderful form-fitting curves and comfort since the early 19th century. While most of us picture a claw foot tub in a Victorian era setting, and sometimes it is, it can also show up in Asian, Rustic, Craftsman and other interior design schemes. We've chosen a few of our Rogue Valley favorites from over the years. Enjoy.

Originally built in 1915, this Ashland bungalow was renovated and received the Southern Historic Historical Society award in 2004. In the bathroom, beautiful chest-high wainscoting and hexagonal porcelain tiles are period touches, as are the original pull chains and vintage lighting. The lovely, and practical, claw foot tub just adds to the period touches.

In this master bath, snuggled into an elegant lodge-like home in Shady Cove, stone accents texturize the walls of the rustic bathroom and a curved, freestanding rock wall houses the walk-in shower. For privacy, a stained glass window was added over the inviting claw foot tub. It may be a refined rustic design but the large claw foot tub offers a true down-home soak.

For over a century, this Victorian farmhouse has proudly shown off its Old-fashioned Americana heritage. Located in Medford, the homeowners created this charming master bath by sacrificing a small fourth bedroom. The dramatically framed archway puts the claw foot tub on center display as the star of this design. The room's soft fabrics and sheers detail a feminine Victorian design without much of the usual frills or ruffles.

Who says claw foot tubs have to be Victorian? In this Medford home, soft, off-white and shades of russet were used in the master bath. The claw foot tub has been painted a dark claret for a more contemporary feel while Asian groupings of art and accessories bring the East-meets-West look together. A soft flowing net over the tub completes the exotic look of the small room.

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