Turquoise is a slightly greenish tone of light blue which is based on the gem turquoise. The term comes from the French for Turkish. This particular combination which places turquoise into the color wheel right between blue and green makes it a friendly and happy color to which most people respond positively. Color psychologists have said that turquoise has the same calming effects of green and blue. Paler shades of turquoise have a sweet feminine feel while darker tones are more lively and sophisticated.
Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industry announced it as the color of the year in 2010. The experts at Pantone called turquoise a “very diverse color having great appeal to both men and women which translates easily into interior design.” Because turquoise has both warm and cool undertones, it goes very well with many other colors. We absolutely love this color in the right place and in the right dose. It can add a bit of drama to neutrals, it can complement reds, corals, and pinks. Softer shades of turquoise can be wonderful for a tranquil and restful bedroom while the brighter shades can be fabulous in a child’s room – either for a boy or a girl. Pair it with browns or tans for the boy to make it feel more masculine or pair it with those reds, corals, or pinks in the girl’s room.
Turquoise can have a totally retro feel – think of those kitchens from the fifties! Many small kitchen appliances like this Kitchenaid Mixer from the Martha Stewart Collection are really popular now.
In just about any part of the house, we would like to see turquoise used as an accent color – either as a wall or in fabric and accessories. This lamp by Uttermost, pillows by Dwell Studio, or this Collier Campbell Fabric are all great examples.
We think that a great part of the appeal of this color is because it represents an escape to a tropical paradise with those beautiful turquoise waters and clear blue skies!