My Blue Heaven: Four Creative Ways to Decorate with Turquoise

August 07, 2014

My Blue Heaven: Four Creative Ways to Decorate with Turquoise

Well. I don’t know if it’s the cloudless skies or visions of a beach vacation dancing in my head, but these days, I’m coveting all things turquoise. And not just in my closet — I want the blue stuff in my home, too. As I’m finding out, there’s more to this brilliant color than meets the eye.

For starters, it’s shockingly flexible, working its magic either as a main color or as an accent. It’s also a bit of a chameleon: Depending on the saturation, turquoise can be bold and dramatic or whimsical and serene. The best part? It’s a forgiving shade, making it perfect for newbie decorators or the color-averse who tend to cling to their neutral safety zone. Here are some of my favorite ways to work this sweet shade into your home decor.

Pair with another vibrant color

Sometimes, all it takes to brighten up a boring room is a little turquoise, like in this textured monochromatic rug. But if you really want to punch up a room full of neutrals, try pairing it with another rich shade. Play around with different colors to find the combo you like. I’m partial to citrus colors like lemon yellow, jewel tones like emerald green or sapphire, complementary hues like chartreuse, and feminine shades like fuchsia and coral.

Soften a graphic pattern

Want to pretty up a hard-edged pattern, like stripes, ikat or houndstooth? Just add turquoise — the bright shade is a perfect counter to severe lines. The soft blue of this chevron table runner, for example, makes it totally appropriate for everyday use.

Accentuate the positive

When it’s at 100 percent, turquoise is anything but a wallflower. Even hints of it are enough to draw your eye away from the rest of the room. So use the color to highlight any areas you want people to see, like a special architectural feature, a favorite painting, or even a treasured object. I’m a big fan of this lacquered blue box— visually, it’s enough to call attention to an ornate mantle or a group of antique bottles on a vanity.

Be unexpected

Though it’s beautiful in virtually any capacity, turquoise is most exciting when it’s used in an unexpected place. For a low-commitment thrill, paint the back of a bookcase or hang a blue-tinted light fixture, like this polished chrome and blue pendant. If you’re feeling a little more daring, consider painting the ceiling or installing a peppy blue backsplash, as seen here in Canadian House & Home.

Bonnie Vengrow

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