Cool, Calm, and Collected: Turquoise to the Rescue

Cool, Calm, and Collected: Turquoise to the Rescue

Apr 16, 2012
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We're always amazed at what a bit of color can do. Whether you're compensating for renter-white walls or simply in need of a spring refresh, a little hue happiness instantly revitalizes a room. Right now, we're looking to turquoise. The ultra-soothing sister to primary blue, this gem-like hue combines the peaceful traits of cobalt and the energizing qualities of green for an accent color with transformative powers.

The trick is in the placement. Use the coolly vibrant shade in small but effective ways — like a teal clock to highlight neutral bed linens or a turquoise table lamp to brighten up an antique hutch. Adding too much of one accent color to a room, though, can wash out the statement factor of the piece.

The best part is that this color plays nice with almost any décor-scape, so adding turquoise to a room's palette is simple. Paired with bright reds and yellows, it takes on a Mediterranean look, while with neutrals it exudes an elegant coastal feel. Either way, it always calms us and our surroundings.

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