3 New Bathrooms With a Shower-Tub Combo in 56 Square Feet or Less

1. Right Stripes

Designer: Calista Munnell Kruus of Calista Interiors
Location: Orondo, Washington
Size: 56 square feet (5.2 square meters)

Homeowners’ request. “The homeowner wanted a nautical navy-and-white palette for the bath, with a playful tile design that both adult guests and their growing family would love,” says designer Calista Munnell Kruus, whose clients found her on Houzz.

Shower-tub combo details. “The homeowners have three young children, and the decision to keep the shower-tub combo was so that it could accommodate bath time for children and showers for adults and older children as the family grows,” Munnell Kruus says. “We incorporated a handheld spray shower for ease of cleaning both the tub surround and the children.

“I created large horizontal alternating stripes of navy and white on the tub surround to add a wow factor as well as a playful vibe, but without making the tile feel too busy,” Munnell Kruus says. “I used white grout in the shower to make the navy pop and create a cohesive look between the different tile colors.”

Other special features. Blue-gray concrete floor tile. Quartz countertop.

Designer tip. “When creating a dramatic focal point, let it be the star, and keep the other colors and materials subdued so different elements aren’t fighting for attention,” Munnell Kruus says.

“Uh-oh” moment. “The penny rounds posed a problem in the niche,” Munnell Kruus says. “I realized that the grout would collect and trap water and soap on the shelf, which could get gross over time. To fix this, I lined the niche with slab and eliminated the grout problem. Now there is one smooth, easily cleanable surface.”

Vanity lights: 4-light in chrome, Millennium Lighting; paint colors: City Loft (walls) and Snowbound (trim), Sherwin-Williams

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