50 Ways to Decorate with Turquoise
Take a Cue From the View
This Gulf Coast home’s view is its star attraction, and the homeowners echoed the water’s beautiful color with turquoise accessories like throw pillows, a garden stool, and a colorful lantern.
Display it Front and Center
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This Stinson Beach, California, living room puts its pop of turquoise dead center in the way of a stand-out lacquered coffee table by 1940s designer James Mont. The watery tones mix well with the cool hues found in the vintage Moroccan rug and throw pillows.
Get Creative with Chair Color
Energize Your Bedroom
The master bedroom of this Rockport, Massachusetts, home features design inspired by the water below. Light turquoise floors are painted Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, and the bedding adds a lively pop to the otherwise serene space.
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Add a Pop of Lime Green
Walls in this sunny Gulf Coast living room are painted Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore, which moderates the bright seaside light and provides a soft backdrop for a combination of summery colors. The sofa and armchairs are from Pottery Barn, the area rug is from West Elm, and the artwork above the fireplace is from Z Gallerie.
Create a Colorful Welcome
Make your entry stand out with a fresh coat of aqua-hued paint (see our no-fail turquoise paint picks). A lively striped rug and coordinating planters complete this home’s charming curb appeal.
Play with Pattern
Designer Meg Braff went bold with our favorite seafaring hue in this Sea Island, Georgia, bedroom (see the whole house here). By keeping the palette to just two colors, she combined six different patterns. “From the bold palm tree wallpaper to the trellis rug and faux bois nightstands, the print mix keeps the monochromatic look fresh," Braff says.
Go Bold with Bunks
Our first-ever condo makeover, orchestrated by Style Director Lindsey Ellis Beatty, features so many great decorating take-aways, including this glam built-in bunk room with its turquoise color scheme and metallic accents. The room is only seven feet long by six feet wide, making it the perfect place for tired kiddos to cozy up after a big day on the beach.
Combine Classic Patterns
In designer Jill Johnson’s (of Waterleaf Interiors) Manhattan Beach, California, home, soft blues and creams create a relaxed, beachy atmosphere. In the pretty dining nook off the kitchen, a mix of turquoise-and-cream pillows in pretty patterns (by Peter Dunham) take center stage. The dining table is crafted of hammered stainless steel on a wood base, paired with loom and bamboo fretwork side chairs.
Heat it Up
It was love at first sight for the owners of this Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, beach house. “We saw it online, along with a dreamy blue range,” says the owner, who scooped up the bright appliances (there’s a blue and white fridge, too), as she began renovating the home.
Frame the View
Turquoise club chairs are perched right by the water’s edge in this pastel-and-neutral North Carolina living room (see more of the home here). The homeowner was inspired by a collection of seashells in faded shades of purple, blue, pink, cream, and tan. Here, the pinstriped sofa echoes the shade of the club chairs.
Say it with Stripes
In this South Padre Island, Texas, vacation home foyer, white-and-turquoise stripes make a bold statement and provide a preppy backdrop for the antique buffet and directors chairs. The walls are painted Packard Blue and Dover White by the Dorothy Draper/Carleton Varney Collection.
Go Bold with Tile
Walls painted a soft, sea foam green (Italian Ice Green by Benjamin Moore) envelope this Long Island, New York, master bath, designed by Cortney and Bob Novogratz. The real star of the calming retreat is the vibrant mosaic tile in varying shades of turquoise. The space is finished with a Moroccan chandelier from Viva Terra.
Add Casual Color
Anchor the Space
A sleek cottage bathroom in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, gets a happy pop of color in the blue-green painted vanity. Black accents round out the clean look.
Pair Two Bright Shades
A palette of punchy teal and yellow gives the front porch of our 2015 Idea Cottage in Seagrove, Florida, big personality. Designer Paige Schnell of Tracery Interiors picked weather-friendly fabrics by Sunbrella for the striped drapes, which offer welcome shade, and comfy cushions that outfit the Lloyd Flanders outdoor furniture.
Craft a Cool Welcome
Amp Up Kids' Rooms
This playroom gets shots of color from Benjamin Moore’s Tropicana Cabana on the walls and a Dek Tillett fabric on the banquette. Clips on the wall make it easy to showcase artwork and change out pictures.
Combine Local Colors
In this pool house bedroom, designer Kevin Isbell layered coastal hues, from soft blues to hot turquoise, marshy greens to sunset coral, over a foundation of naturals like a sea grass rug, wicker bench, and 1970s faux-bamboo headboard. “The right mix of colors and textures reminds us where we are, which brings its own brand of serenity,” he says.
Get Retro Inspiration
Mosaic turquoise tile, throwback appliances, and aqua accented pendant lights make this kitchen an undeniably happy space.
Go Bold Outdoors
Bright colors like turquoise are perfect for al fresco spaces where fun and relaxation are a priority. Today’s outdoor fabrics are available in a multitude of hues and patterns, so you can be sure those bright colors won’t fade.
Accessorize Your Desk
Spruce up any workspace with pops of bright color. The owners of this Malibu home added simple accessories to this desk—a lamp, a notebook, pen holder, and more—to enliven the space.
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Bring in Bright Furniture
This living room is both playful and calm, thanks to its mix of cool lime green and bold turquoise with otherwise neutral furnishings.
Try a Formal Application
The sleek dining room of this Amagansett, Long Island, beach house gets a fun infusion of turquoise in the form of leather-upholstered chairs. The ceramic fish chandelier from Scabetti adds a touch of seaside whimsy.
Brighten Up Your Bedroom
There are many ways to infuse a bedroom with turquoise, going as bold or subtle as you like. In this room, the color was applied freely on throw pillows, the bed skirt, rug, loveseat, lamps, and curtain trim.
Pair Playful, Punchy Colors
Polka dots and contrasting welts give sea and sky shades on this porch a lighthearted twist and make the space perfect for fun family gatherings by the beach.
Mimic the View
This perfect perch on Maui’s North Shore is decked out with a settee and a colorful Kenyan throw.
Create a Colorful Alcove
An arched inset in this Seagrove, Florida, master bedroom is painted in eye-catching teal, and the happy hue is repeated in the striped bed skirt, extra-long bolster (both in Osborne & Little), artwork, and accessories. The design team from Tracery Interiors contrasted the turquoise motif with clean white walls (painted Seapearl by Benjamin Moore), bedding, and curtains.
Add Exterior Accents
This whitewashed 1940s Palm Beach home gets a bright boost thanks to electric blue shutters. Not ready to take such a colorful leap? Try turquoise planters on your front porch for a bright welcome.
Go Resort Glam
This Malibu sitting room is alive with vibrant color and eye-catching pattern. The homeowner took her color cues from the water outside.
Go All Out with Turquoise Tile
In the small kids’ bathroom in our 2016 Cinnamon Shore Showhouse in Port Aransas, Texas, designer Bailey McCarthy used bright penny tile (by Ann Sacks) to make the space feel bigger—and to keep fast-moving kids safe. "Smaller tiles work best here because they require lots of grout, which grips as kids scamper in and out," notes McCarthy.
Wow with Wicker
Wicker chairs on the eat-in porch of this Long Island, New York, beach getaway pop in bright blue against the otherwise wood-filled space.
Sneak in Subtle Touches
If you love turquoise, but are unsure where to start, take cues from this relaxing bedroom. The homeowners added hints of the hue with bed skirt piping, headboard stripes, pillow backing, and lamps. Mixing a powerful color like turquoise with neutral hues prevents spaces from feeling oversaturated.
Incorporate a Fun Rug
Make Over Vintage Finds
Designer Katie Rosenfeld is known for her beautiful use of bold color, and brought that skill to this Cohasset, Massachusetts, beach home in full force. On one end of the family room, a vintage dining set painted a deep shade of turquoise serves as a game table and bombshell centerpiece. The drapery fabric is by John Robshaw for Duralee, and the pillows are by Crate and Barrel.
Utilize Bold Upholstery
Make Bold Serene
Graphic prints and bright color can evoke a calm feeling when paired with grounding navy and cream hues.
Say it With Stripes
Dining al fresco is inherently casual, and amping up an outdoor space with brilliant colors and fun pattern makes an open-air meal even more enjoyable.
Focus on Floors
A rainbow of energetic color—sunny yellows, cool blues, and bright reds—coats this happy Rockport, Massachusetts, home designed by Andra Birkerts. A soft turquoise paint (tranquil blue by Benjamin Moore) was applied to the old wood floors in the bunk room for a playful touch—and combined with whimsical bedding by Garnet Hill and fun nautical accents.
Bring the Sea Inside
In rooms without an ocean view, bring the feel of the water inside with a beautiful, water-inspired glass mosaic backsplash, a fun light fixture, and colorful tabletop décor.
Brighten a Beige Space
Infuse Color From the Ground Up
These homeowners brought the feel of the Pacific Ocean inside their living room with this bright and modern Madeline Weinrib rug. The rest of the space remains relatively neutral, letting the floor take center stage.
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Riviera by Dunn-Edwards
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Aqua Ocean by Valspar