I have been in love with the color turquoise for a while, and have been building up my turquoise arsenal. For the last few years, for example, I have been buying turquoise kitchen goods here and there, and now I have a part of my kitchen painted Benjamin Moore's "Turquoise Haze" so it is all starting to match.
Pantone named turquoise The Color of the Year for 2010. Did you know there was such a thing, a color of the year? Me neither. But I dig the idea and I like what the Pantone website writes about turquoise:
In many cultures, Turquoise is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that to many people, Turquoise represents an escape, taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting – even if it is only a fantasy.
Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.
Here are some images of turquoise in decor:
You better be ready for some color saturation if you're going to paint your walls AND upholster your furniture in turquoise. Too much? Too much for me, but I like this pic and I like the dark wood with the color. Image from blog.livelikeyou.com.
Turquoise and yellow! Turquoise and red! Love these combos, too, though yellow is on my NO list right now. I had to get rid of all yellow in the kitchen and I'm so much happier. (Chandelier from simplyseleta.typepad.com, kitchen from Country Living.)
Isn't that snazzy? Someday I would like to have a Chesterfield sofa; right now I want it in either distressed black leather or light blue velvet. I don't know. I don't know where I get these ideas. I'll be O.K. (Image from simplyseleta.typepad.com.)
And finally, another nature scene...
Have a happy day!