We are at the height of our summer and the mood is relaxed, looking forward to holidays… Turquoise for me is the ultimate colour of July!
Turquoise stone is sacred to Native Americans, it is said to be the bridge between heaven and earth. It is said to be healing, protective and allows you to release old vows that are no longer relevant, and stop self sabotage.
ok… now I have good reason to buy one of these beauties…
Turquoise falls between blue and green on the colour wheel – a cool colour that opens up a room making it recede away from you so it feels more spacious. As it tends towards the green side, your eye’s lens has to flex very little to see it and that is why it creates a feeling of calm. It gives a feeling of cleanliness and freshness. Here are how interior designers use this wonderful colour and the some design principles explained.
This small bedroom above is a blank canvas of white to open the space to the max, by adding the turquoise in light absorbing velvets and light reflective ceramic vases it creates enough interest but too much that it is busy. Balance is achieved by perfect symmetry, with the painting as the focal point. Symmetrical balance is very calming to the eye because our eyes want to see balance and harmony. The footstools and side tables are on legs which shows more of the floor, another trick to make the room feel larger…. The touches of orange-brown in the painting are at the opposite side of the colour wheel to turquoise (called a complimentary combination) and that is yet another tool a designer can use to make the turquoise pop out and please your eye… The scale of the ceramic table lights being slightly oversized adds a touch of unexpected and gives the room interest. Repetition of the turquoise dotted around the space moves your eye around the space nicely…
Below are some rooms that reflect elements of the above mood board…..
Here the darker shade is achieved by adding black to the mix. The paint effect on the wall is contrasted with the small scale print on the chairs. The general scale of the room is balanced by the window arching downwards and the lamp meeting that line or vertical axis as designers call it. Balance here is interestingly a mix of symmetric chairs but the overall room is asymmetric with the window and the offset basket of logs… As in the first image the complimentary colour of orange-brown is used.
Above the sofa is the only solid piece of colour in this skilfully decorated room. To layer print on print takes a good eye. It is successful here because all the prints are a form of IKAT. By keeping the same colour palette and varying the scale and design of the print it works beautifully. The rug ties them together. Brass accents offer repetition and rhythm which pulls your eye around the space making it interesting for your brain. The colour palette once more is the tried and trusted combo with orange-brown. The black background floor and screen draw the room in and make it cosy. The opposite of how the white works in the very first image.
Above an oversized mirror plays with the scale and the specialist plaster finished wall offers bespoke luxury… for similar ideas see Terrafino who specialise in polished plaster. Again brass accents lift the colour and provide repetition. Balance of texture is achieved because the varying gloss surfaces on the brass, mirror and console are offset by the course linen curtains and rug, in a soft beige complimentary colour.
A whimsical wallpaper and vintage bath appliances make this panelled bathroom and unexpected pleasure. Scale here is really clever here because the mirror is under scaled (yes, more subtle than over but adds a touch of fun). The reflection in the mirror shows the wallpaper on the opposite wall which looks smaller because of the distance – a great trick! The big thing about interior design is that every project should include something that makes you smile….
Below are some products that you may find useful….
I currently working with Camira and Vescom fabrics on a project, and the swatches don’t do the products justice – they have wonderful ranges of velvets and linens too…
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing so much Turquoise… and learning a few interior design tips along the way!
Thanks for reading,
p.s. the link to my pinterest board on Turquoise here