Oversized showers may be gaining steam, but when it comes to a long soak in a tub, there’s just no substitute. If there’s enough space in the bathroom plan for a bathtub that’s freestanding, then the tub has a chance to become more than just a place to dissolve the day’s stress and muscle aches: It can be the centerpiece of the room, making a statement about luxury, serenity, or even quirky style, a design object that stands on its own. For some inspiration, check out these bathrooms featuring freestanding tubs.

Amy Albert is a senior editor at Builder.