A Designer's Guide To Decorating with Turquoise

How to Use Turquoise Decor in Your Home

A modern living room with turquoise accents

Few colors are as playful as turquoise. Depending on how you use it, turquoise decor can be bold, whimsical, dreamy, or lively. It can be used in traditional and classic rooms or contemporary and modern spaces. The key to decorating with turquoise is to use it in a way that works for your space and your personality.

Mix Turquoise Decor with Other Colors

Because it has both warm and cool undertones, turquoise can work with just about every other color.

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  • Mix turquoise with other cool colors for a soft and pretty look. Lavenders, pinks and soft greens can contribute to a dreamy setting when mixed with turquoise. 
  • Turquoise can be made more masculine by being paired with darker colors such as charcoal, hunter green or chocolate brown.
  • For a fun and bold look that is neither too feminine nor too masculine try pairing turquoise decor with red or orange.
  • Enjoy the feeling of spring all year long by decorating a room in turquoise and lime green. Mixing it with yellow is another great way to create a sunny, fresh feeling all year long.
  • Darker versions of the color mix beautifully with gold. For a dramatic setting use a shade of turquoise with green undertones and mix it with gold accessories. 
  • For a bold look that can either be modern or classic pair turquoise decor with black and white.

    Turquoise Decorating Ideas

    • Turquoise is a great backdrop for many other colors so if you're ready for a big commitment, try painting the walls. If painting a whole room is a bit scary for you try painting a single accent wall. 
    • If you like the color but don't want to overwhelm the space or make a big commitment, try dotting a few turquoise accents around the room. A few throw pillows, well-placed vases or picture frames can be enough. The key is to use a few and use them in different spots in the room to create a layered effect.
    • If you want to decorate an entire room in turquoise, try not to bring in large amounts of patterns. Big areas such as sofas, window treatments, and walls should be solid. Use patterns in smaller doses such as in pieces of art, accent pillows, and small, upholstered pieces such as footstools. That said, if you really want to make a statement you can use a large amount of pattern (say with patterned wallpaper for example) then ground it with solid furniture. 
    • Turquoise is reminiscent of water and therefore lends itself nicely to bathrooms. Using turquoise tile on the floors and walls can be fun but if you don't want to go that far try using towels and bathroom accessories.