How To Decorate With Turquoise

Design Tip:

Last week when we talked about decorating with bright yellow, I recommended that you use it in small but powerful doses. The opposite is true of turquoise.

Turquoise is one of those colours that it's hard to go overboard with. It's just such a happy + calm + pretty colour that you almost can't have too much of.

Exception: When I say you can't OD on turquoise, I'm talking about using it in your furnishings, drapery + accessories. I'd never recommend painting a whole room this colour. In fact, I'd never recommend painting a whole room any colour other than a flexible neutral. Painting your room a strong colour is actually the worst way to embrace that colour in your decorating.

So what is the key to successfully using turquoise in large doses?

Getting the shade just right.

Turquoise is one of those colours that can easily sway to the aqua-marine side of the spectrum, or to the minty side. If you introduce a number of turquoise items into your space and they're not the same shade, it will look weird.

Here are 3 ways to ensure that you're choosing the right shade:

  1. Choose your first turquoise item and let that be your guide for choosing all the other turquoise items you're thinking about introducing.
  2. If you're shopping online, use a visual tool like Pinterest to collect images of all the turquoise items you're thinking about using in the same room and compare them next to each other before you buy. You'll quickly be able to spot if one of the items isn't quite right.
  3. If you're shopping locally, keep a fabric swatch in your purse or a high quality photo on your phone of the shade you're trying to match to. This way, you can whip it out any time you come across something that might work, and quickly decide if it's the right shade.

So what do you think, are you ready to embrace turquoise?


Shop the Look:

Honey Throw, Gray from Lulu & Georgia

Morandi Pitchers from Shoppe by Amber Interiors

Lava (multi-colour) Print Throw Pillow from Mod Pieces

Turquoise Vintage Table Lamp from Mod Pieces

Around Table, Small from DWR

Mood Chair by Artifort from Klaus



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