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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