Let’s Talk About Color: Turquoise
May 21, 2007 § 8 Comments
It’s back. Call it turquoise or a bluer version of seafoam but it’s back. Resurrected from the ’70s, turquoise is popping up everywhere from bathrooms to master bedrooms, to kitchens. It is a fresh, youthful hue that is both soothing and inspiring and it ranges from the bluer version, for example, tropical teal (Benjamin Moore’s #732) and the ice cold jack frost (Ben Moore #729), to the greener version, for example, the darker floradale isle (#581) and the pale tropical paradise (#575).
Paired with crisp white only, turquoise looks terrific, but a little bit dated. Same with the traditional turquoise/peach pairing. Typical Florida –yawn — it’s been done. But combine turquoise with a variety of its neighboring hues on the color wheel, from clearer blues to the yellow greens, like tasty apple (Ben Moore #416), and suddenly you have a more contemporary look. Add white to make the colors pop and you have a spectacular fresh new room.
So if you have old turquoise tiles from the early ’70s in your bathroom and you don’t want to gut the room, try painting the walls an icy version of the turquoise. Use plush white towels and some apple green soaps and other accents and you have an updated look.
Special Note: Unless you live in the tropics or the Southwest where turquoise occurs naturally in the environment, I suggest confining the color to the inside. If you really want to use turquoise outside, make it an accent color — like the front door on a light mint-green house. Or chairs on the deck. There’s no other color that screams vacation like turqouise.