Bright sunflower yellow bathroom walls create amazing drama in a small space — an updated look.
A sunflower yellow bathroom, with wall color as strong as this one, isn’t for everyone. Big color in the bathroom doesn’t usually yield a “spa” effect. That wasn’t the point of this amazing DIY job in a 19th century French country house where graphic patterns and dramatic colors are prized. The vintage tub was rehabbed by painting the exterior black and accenting the feet in white, to match the inside. Color for the sunflower yellow walls was mixed by the owner, photographer René Stoeltie who photographed interiors for one of my favorite books Country Houses of Sweden (Taschen). Stoeltie also took the framed “Yellow Curtain” photo that stands over the tub and which almost looks like a mirror on the tub ledge. Thin cordons of black, reminiscent of frames on film, are actually black tape which function like molding on the walls and add a feeling of late 1920s interiors. Additionally the white-glass Moroccan lantern light fixture, with black-finished trim keeps the color scheme 100 percent consistent.
A pair of white Oriel Harwood candlesticks are also placed on the tub ledge for accent. Harwood is the English ceramicist known for her eccentric accessory designs which fit in well here.
I’m updating the bathroom by adding a view from the master bedroom. The tiny step stool in front of the tub has a polka dot pattern looks like a Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art background blown up. The French milliner’s dot fabric also covers a daybed in the master bedroom. Looking into the bath from the master bedroom the mood shifts from color to Pop and Op Art effects. The black and white geometric print used on the walls was inspired by the late English designer David Hicks but offers a huge amount of visual buzz in tandem with the dots. As a scheme, sunflower-black-white is more often chosen for kitchens than bathrooms and a big yellow usually requires big space. Given all that, this bathroom color is unforgettable and even more so together with the master bedroom.
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I love this bathroom! I wish I had the space to go for high drama like this. I love so many elements in this one space. The enormous print almost had me fooled into believing it was a mirror. I think the graphic wallpaper in the adjoining room adds to the drama of the yellow, too.
I have this color combination in a small bathroom – bright yellow on top of the walls and white below separated by a black and white checkerboard wallpaper border. I use white and black graniteware for accent pieces such as a small basin to hold soaps and nail brushes. It certainly makes you wake up and face the day!!
I need to read more carefully…I thought the print was a mirror until I got to Laxsupermom’s comment. That is BRIGHT. I thought I was a color-loving person, but after seeing the greeeen kitchen and this bathroom, I am a bit dull in comparison!
This makes me happy! I grew up in a yellow bedroom (my color choice in a primarily purple house) so I could wake up bathed in sunshine every day.
Jane F says
I’m with you on yellow, Melanie. Our bedroom is just a little lighter than this shade. I read everywhere that yellow bedrooms are no-nos and make you excitable. Ours is so relaxing and cheerful. Thanks for stopping by. xoxo Jane