I have had turquoise on the brain lately! So today I’d like to share why. Firstly, it’s a fantastic color. Personally I especially love a dark shade of turquoise, but that’s the great thing about it. It looks great in dark or light shades, on walls, furniture, or even smaller accessories to give a room a certain punch. It’s a little blue, a little green, and as I learned after hours of mixing paint during my color theory class, sometimes it takes a bit of orange to create just the right shade. It’s a color that goes well with every other color, and to top it all off it’s a color that comes from nature.
As we were told during our vacation in Turkey, the word “turquoise” originated in Turkey. (Hear the connection?) Here in the US we are most familiar with the mineral turquoise as it pertains to Native American art, but in fact it was first mined by Persians thousands of years ago. And in its most natural form, straight from the earth, it even contains a bit of silver.
So, how to use it in a room? Well, I’m about to do just that. I mentioned on Tuesday that I came up with a plan to redesign my living room for one of my final projects. Well, that plan includes a dark turquoise paint, and I cannot wait. This is similar to the color I plan on using.
I also particularly like this clean, bright use of turquoise.
And this is a great way to incorporate it if you are a little reserved about using bold colors. This light tint of turquoise is safer to be sure, but still give the effect of using such a wonderful color.
It’s a pretty easy color to find these days too, so I’ve been coming across all sorts of fun patterns and bold shades of dark turquoise. Here are a few fun turquoise accessories you can put in your house if you’re feeling in a turquoise mood.
I love the contrast of the white honeycomb patter on this dark turquoise background. It’s clean and modern, bold but understated.
This one uses the natural colors of peacock feathers as inspiration but still incorporates the blues and greens that make up a good strong shade of turquoise.
For a bigger accent to your room, try a whole piece of turquoise furniture.
Or for a more subtle nod to nature’s color, try a summer set of dishes.
Or some small accessories around the room. Maybe try mixing some turquoise accents among your other favorite colors. It goes with just about anything.
If you want a big display of turquoise but you’re not ready to paint your room yet, maybe a set of turquoise curtains.
And I loved coming across this rug with my favorite color combo, turquoise and orange. In a nod to the Turkish origin of the word, this rug almost looks like the Iznik tiles we saw all over Turkey.
Have a few ideas for turquoise in your home? Tell me about it.