Why I Love Turquoise

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.

Wall Art for Any Space

Have you noticed the resurgence in wallpaper lately? I have! Wallpaper can add a fantastic flair to a room, especially when used wisely as an accent wall or even just as art for your space. The problem is it can be horrendous to remove later! (You’ve all heard the horror stories… I mean, it’s essentially just super-glued to your walls!)

Well thankfully if you want the look of wallpaper without nightmares about what will happen when your personal style changes and you want to switch it up, or worst yet having to take it all down when you move, there are lots of alternatives for a bold expression in your home without the mess. And this has been especially on my mind lately as I have embarked on one of these projects in our master bedroom at home!

Removable Wallpaper

I first heard of this innovative take on wallpaper on Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy (blogs worth following). This wallpaper is meant to be temporary, so you don’t have to worry about messy glues or damage to your walls. And there are some really beautiful, trendy designs out there for the taking! 

Circle & Pop by Chasing Paper

Chevron 2.0 (more colors available)

Chevron 2.0 by Chasing Paper

Ribbed & Ferm Living Ribbed Wallpaper from YLiving

Wall Decals

If you’re looking for something that’s easy to apply and adds a unique touch of art to your environment, wall decals can be a great option. You can find decals for everything from trees to animals to abstract patterns, multicolored or monotone. The something for just about everyone out there.

Dandelion Blowing in the Wind from Dali Decals

Bird wires wall decal and a bedroom

Bird Wires from Walls Need Love

Fun Zig Zag Bubbles from Dali Decals

Tapestries

I haven’t seen this done as often, but it could be a really interesting addition to a room’s decor. You can get tapestries in all different sizes, and all you have to do is hang them. Only a couple easy-to-patch holes in your walls will be left when you decide you want to switch it up.

Tie-Dye Bird Tapestry from Urban Outfitters

Magnetic Tiles

I first heard of Moonish on Design Sponge, and just thought these were so cool! Very unique, with  that touch of something handmade, and definitely not something you’ll see in all of your friends homes. I’m sort of dying for an excuse to snatch these up!

1977 from Moonish

The Victorian from Moonish

Stencils

Personally this is my favorite option, but I suppose a lot of that has to do with how unfortunately textured our walls at home are. (Definitely not wallpaper friendly!) These are great for either whole walls or small sections. There are some beautiful designs out there, some that make you feel like you’re living in a forest, and others that mimic the most popular of design trends. And the best part is you can do these in any color you want since you get to pick the paint! (I’m right in the middle of painting the below birch trees in our house.)

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Chinese Ginkgo Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils

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Heritage Grill from Cutting Edge Stencils

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Birch Forest from Cutting Edge Stencils

Skylar’s Lace Floral from Royal Design Studio

Have you been looking for a wallpaper alternative for your home? Which would you choose?

Why I Love… Bold Area Rugs

“Well, sir, it’s this rug I had. It really tied the room together.” – Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Between looking for rugs for my own house and helping a friend refresh the look of her living room, I feel like I’ve been spending a lot of time scouring the web for great rugs. There are so many awesome rugs out there to chose from! Some are solid, simple colors, others bold patterns. Some boast newly conceived graphic designs, others are inspired by antique, Oriental, or Turkish rugs. All in all, what I have been learning is that you can really make a statement with the rug you choose for a room, and it can be a lot of fun to allow that rug to inform the decisions you make when accessorizing the rest of the room!

Here are some of my favorite rugs I’ve come across recently.

Alyson Fox Chevron Wool Rug – West Elm

I first learned of Alyson Fox while reading Design Sponge a while back, and have been dying for the right place for this rug ever since. I have been experimenting with grays and taupes lately, and what I love about this rug is that it favors gray but still uses a variety of other colors and geometric shapes to break it up a bit. And that pop of red is so striking!

Adelaide Rug – Crate and Barrel

I do love a good floral pattern, but it has to be unique… not like the fabric from your grandmother’s rose covered window curtains! I like this pattern because it’s modern and hints at the flowers and their surrounding leaves, but also takes some liberty in improvising with whimsical curls and the reversing of positive and negative space. And since it is two-toned using only a creamy white and a deep blue, you could pair this with any number of neutral or bright accent colors.

Herringbone Rug – Urban Outfitters

If you’re looking for a bright pop of color in an otherwise fairly monotone room, this could really make a bold statement. I love the contrast of the teal with white, and this herringbone pattern is pretty popular lately (along with chevron, and a few other similar patterns you’ve probably seen around). Compliment this with some teal accessories, and you’ll have yourself a cheerful, bright room for reading, playing, or entertaining.

Luca Rug – Pottery Barn

This one is reminiscent of a traditional oriental rug in it’s colors and shapes, but also in the vine-like configuration surrounding the more central, pointed-tip flowers. (Of course this is a much more modern take on it.) I love the symmetry of the design, but also the variety of the shapes used. And the way the burnt red flowers pop out at you is delightful.

Diamante Flatweave – Restoration Hardware

What’s unusual about this one is the texture, and I love it! While it could be a bit of a tease for your toes, the raised crisscross pattern not only breaks up the otherwise neutral rug with it’s intersecting lines, but the shadows thrown by the raised fibers give it a kind of dimension that most rugs can’t accomplish with a single uniform fiber height.

As for why I chose the rugs I did for our dining room and living room… Well, it was a bit of a progression, since we did one room at a time!

In the dining room, the house came with wonderful rust-colored tin ceiling tiles installed in the dining room, which we loved! However, we also love our  blue clay dishes from Crate and Barrel. So the goal was to find a rug that would bring together the warm orange from the ceiling and the cool blue of the dishes. After choosing gray-toned woods for furniture and then fishing around for quite a while for the right rug, I found this one from Anthropologie.

Festival Rug – Anthropologie

It is the perfect combination of red, orange, blue, and gray for the room. The orange in the rug balances out the orange tones in the ceiling, while the blue and gray tones of the rug gently compliment the blue dishes and grayish wood table. (I also chose gray curtains to maintain the vertical balance in the room, making sure not to overwhelm the room in warm colors.)

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my dining room, with rust-colored tin ceiling

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dining room table combining blues, oranges, and grays

Next was the living room rug. We have a beautiful gray sofa I had been eye-ing for months before we finally got it. Once we finally had it in the house, I set out to find the perfect rug. Since I purposefully chose a sofa that would be neutral enough to go with almost any color, I could be fairly flexible. However, since our dining room is through a wide doorway that is open to the living room, I wanted to be sure that they flowed with each other well. So when I found this rug, again at Anthropologie, I knew it was the one!

Tufted Gingko Rug – Anthropologie

The dark background color for the design is a blue-ish steel gray, maintaining the link with blue and gray tones between the two rooms, and I loved the contrast against the white of the gingko design. Plus, that pop of yellow color was just what we needed to liven up the room (which otherwise consisted of only neutral colors). The other awesome thing about pairing this rug in the living room with our dining room rug is that they both have these wonderful radial shapes in a floral-but-not-too-feminine pattern. (Nothing wrong with feminine patterns, but that guy I married does also have to live here!)

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my living room, gray base with some splashes of yellow to liven it up

Before finding this rug I’m not sure I would have thought to use yellow as an accent color in the living room, but now that it’s here I can see that a warm shade of yellow is the perfect color to brighten up the room. I love walking out into the living room in the morning to such cheery decor. It starts me off with a smile!

Which of these rugs is your favorite? What do you like most about it?