What comes to mind when you think of turquoise? Beautiful Native American jewelry? The ocean where it meets a white sandy beach? Few colors are as playful and versatile as turquoise. Especially when it comes to home design. Depending on how you use it, it can be bold and rich, playful and bright, or soft and subdued. The range of shades that touch into both teal and navy allow for turquoise to work in traditional, contemporary, modern, bohemian and preppy spaces—see what we mean?
The key with turquoise it just to make sure that you stay in charge—make the color work for you, not the other way around.
From statement-making, saturated wall paint to accent pillows, furniture, and tile, there are so many ways to add turquoise elements to any room in your home and strike exactly the vibe you're hoping for, from energetic and funky to calm and tranquil.
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How to Add Turquoise To Your Home
Pictured here is a beautiful room in a St. Louis, Missouri home designed by Amy Studebaker.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Tropical Turquoise in Outdoor Design
The House of Turquoise blog recently featured a dreamy decor theme at Villa Helios, part of Long Bay Beach Club in the beautiful Turks and Caicos. So if this blue hue reminds you of pristine beaches and languid, tropical days, this design approach is perfect for you.
We love the way the designers of Villa Helios incorporated so many of the natural colors of their surroundings into this luxe outdoor space. The washed white stucco and hardwood patio make a cool contrast to deep turquoise cushions and throw pillows.
It's tempting to stick to neutral colors outdoors (tan, white, black, grey, brown), but with those stunning ocean views so close at hand, in this space turquoise actually is a natural color. Embrace the jewel tones in the world around you and bring them into your design.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Soothing Pale Turquoise in the Dining Room and Kitchen
What could be a more tranquil and soothing color combination than pale turquoise, white, and dove grey? This home in Juno Beach Florida, designed by Blue Ladder Studio, seamlessly brings together all of these colors with elements of shine, texture, softness, and gloss throughout the dining and kitchen space.
One of the most outstanding elements of this space is the turquoise seagrass-inspired back wall, which brings to mind visions of a gently waving sea, as well as natural gemstones. Thanks to traditional cabinetry and furniture with clean lines, this stand-out feature looks low-key luxe rather than over-the-top.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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A Jewel Box Study
In St. Louis, Missouri, Amy Studebaker has designed a study that feels like the inside of a jewelry box. The glossy, deep turquoise walls feel all the more rich and inviting with those oversized green velvet chairs and the oriental rug.
Upon first glance you may not be able to pinpoint exactly why this room feels like it would completely envelop you as soon as you took a seat behind that desk, but the secret is the painted ceiling! With the ceiling painted the same hue as the walls, with no break in the trim, you feel wrapped up and embraced by what's around you—including the leafy trees just outside the window.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Happy Combinations of Pink and Turquoise
Behold, the bright and colorful charm of the Salty Mermaid Cottage on Tybee Island in Georgia. Is this room not just so happy? Bright white shiplap walls provide the ideal blank canvas for a preppy and very Southern combination of rich turquoise and bright pink.
The contrasts in this room are stark, but still pleasing. Pairing warm and cool tones like this will give a room tons of energy and life, and probably boost your mood, too, which is why we see it so often. Just be sure to limit the color palette beyond your main two choices and the neutral background—you don't want to end up with an overwhelming "taste the rainbow" look.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Turquoise Furniture in soft Neutral Surroundings
In this Madrid home, designed by Santayana Home, we see how a large turquoise sectional can almost melt into a room, rather than stand out as an unavoidable statement piece. To achieve this, the designers put it in an extremely soft, washed-out palette of natural wood, beige and tan linens as well as throw pillows in a complementary shade of blue.
The overall energy of this room is mellow and subdued, perfect for entertaining at cocktail hour or cozying up with the family for movies on a rainy afternoon. We also love how you can just barely see that the dining tables are also turquoise, giving flow and continuity to the whole space. Ahhh, how zen.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Turquoise Tile in the Master Bath
This charming bathroom featuring two different kinds of turquoise tile is one we found on design blog House of Turquoise, designed by Charla Ray Interior Design in Portland, Oregon. Not only does it feature two unique turquoise tile designs, but the walls are also painted pale blue-green and trimmed in white.
The tiles give this bathroom an almost Gatsby-esque deco vibe, but the pale color scheme keeps things feeling modern and cool. In a room like this that is literally "cool," it's best to avoid warm metallics like brass and gold and go for shiny silver and stainless steel fixtures.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Turquoise Elements in an Old World Sitting Room
This beautiful room in a Florida home was designed by New York City-based designer Ashley Wittaker. We love the way it embraces a whole spectrum of cool tones from lime green and sage to faded charcoal and turquoise. This design aesthetic, with it's skirted chairs, rattan furniture and gilded frame art feels decidedly Old World traditional, but that doesn't mean you couldn't replicate the palette in a more bohemian or eclectic space.
Look for bedspreads, throw blankets and pillows that mix textures and prints in green, teal, turquoise, navy and white. Toss in some vintage Chinoiserie. Find a few wicker furniture pieces if you want a more lush, tropical feel, or add Mid-Century Modern furniture for a more Mad Men-era vibe.