19 Decorating Tips and Design Ideas for a Yellow Bathroom

Charmingly Sophisticated

Yellow adds a bit of cheerfulness to a bath, whether it's a pastel shade for a more casual look or a golden tone for a sophisticated style. Give your bathroom an instant pick-me-up with this sunny hue.

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Happy Feet

Bathroom Lighting

When considering bathroom color schemes, think beyond paint. A colorful tile choice—whether on the walls or floor—will always give you something to smile about. This cheerful hexagon tile in a vintage pattern provides a new take on an age-old look in this yellow bathroom.

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Golden Arches

traditional bathroom

This richly detailed bathroom gets a lift from warm yellow paint above a marble tile wall treatment. A pop of yellow is the perfect upbeat counterpoint to the cool-gray wall color, a leaded-glass window, and the traditional basket-weave tile floor. Yellow delivers a dose of happiness into the otherwise serious space.

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Splash of Chartreuse

Bath Details

If you're not a color purist, consider a yellow hue with a hint of green for a nature-inspired style. It is easy to accessorize this look, too—add beautiful baskets, fresh flowers, and some green glass to your bathroom for a look that feels garden fresh.

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Seeing Spots


Oversize hexagon tiles applied in shades of yellow, gold, cream, and white add all-over interest to this bathroom design. To play with pattern, choose one application and go big. Keep other surfaces neutral, such as the floor, ceiling, and fixtures, so the features don't compete for attention.

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Bright and Sunny

yellow bathroom

Paint the ceiling a lively shade of yellow for a bold and unexpected treatment. The striped shower curtain in this yellow bathroom repeats the hue and helps carry eyes upward. Pops of cheery cherry in the towels and accent table adds a fun touch. Other fixtures are kept neutral to let the yellow shine brightly.

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Best Bathroom Paint Colors

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Perfect Balance

yellow bathroom

When choosing a color to complement your yellow bathroom, look for a primary hue in an equally muted shade for a just-right match. The cloudy sky blue on this elegant vanity is unexpected yet perfect in this spacious and creative bathroom design.

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Floral Inspiration

What Goes With

A large-scale wallpaper pattern in shades of brownish-gold sets a muted yet graphic background to a feminine, country-inspired bathroom design. Look beyond the paint store for the perfect yellow bathroom inspiration; the color looks stunning in tile, wall coverings, fabric, and artwork.

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Creamy Vanilla

yellow bathroom

For a soothing retreat, look for a soft bathroom color that seamlessly blends with other elements of the room. In this yellow bathroom, a touch of off-white stain makes a traditional vanity design look decades old. Creamy yellow wall color helps the vanity relate to a stark white bathtub.

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Bold Gold

Yellow bathroom with sink skirt

A bathroom is a good place to try a bold color such as this rich, warm gold. An orange Roman shade adds a playful touch and complements the gold. When using a vivid hue, balance it with a neutral, such as the white tile wainscoting, sink skirt, and fixtures of this bathroom. A black tile floor grounds the look and ties everything together.

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Lean Neutral

neutral bathroom

Of the many shades of yellow, a barely-there gold provides a whisper of color that feels more like a neutral in this bathroom. If you're looking for the perfect neutral yellow, be sure to try a sample at home before committing to a big buy—paint color always looks different under fluorescent store lights than it does in your own home.

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Sunshine-Inspired Tile

Yellow Arts-and-Crafts Style Bath

Although new, this yellow-and-sage-green room exudes the artisanry of a vintage Arts and Crafts bath. A furniture-style vanity features classic Shaker-style doors and drawers, while mottled yellow subway tiles lend a handmade presence to the vanity, shower, and tub. The durable stone countertop, tub surround, and floor tiles offer a neutral presence that clears the way for accessorizing in compatible greens or yellows for a new look down the road.

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Buttercream Dream

Traditional Yellow

Soft yellow wall color sets a neutral background in this sophisticated bathroom. Dark vanities and mirror frames add visual heft to the delicate palette, while gold glass mosaic and travertine tiles relate to the neutrals.

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Yellow Old-World Bath

Double Vanity

Buttery-yellow paint adds a warming presence to a vanity designed with intricate old-world styling. Upper cabinets are capped with elegant crown molding where they connect with the ceiling. Below each of the two sinks, cabinets feature mirror-image arched doors framed by turned pilasters on blocks. A black-granite countertop with a double ogee edge adds a dramatic presence, causing white sinks and accessories to pop against its polished black surface.

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Sunny Style

Sunny Style

Warm yellow walls partner with cool-blue ceramic tiles and white woodwork in this bath, creating a look as pretty as a summer's day. The deep gold-and-white damask-motif shower curtain adds a punch of color and pattern to the otherwise restful space. Pink accents enhance the yellow bathroom's presence.

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Gold Bungalow Bath

Gold Bungalow Bath

White beaded-board wainscoting leads your eye into this vintage bungalow bath, complete with the original medicine cabinet. Above the chair rail, deep yellow-gold walls create a striking contrast. A white pedestal sink and Victorian-style faucet create a subtle silhouette against the wainscoting.

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Bright and Beautiful

Bright & Beautiful

Citrusy colors of paint divide this traditional master bath into zones: lemon yellow in the grooming zone and lime-sorbet green in the bathing area. White surfaces—the vanity, wainscoting, woodwork, and hexagon tile floor—unify the two spaces. Clear-glass handles on the vanity add a touch of sparkle.

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Charmingly Sophisticated

Charmingly Sophisticated

Casual and romantic, this master bath combines a white-painted vanity and woodwork with yellow-and-white striped wallpaper to create a charming setting. Polished-nickel faucets and white marble countertops add an elegant counterpoint to curtains below the sinks and a gingham-painted floor. Simple white accessories and clear glass containers look right at home in a cottage setting and can easily be switched out for pastel blue, green, or pink accessories to create a fresh look.

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