How to Use the Color Turquoise in a Kitchen

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How to Use the Color Turquoise in a Kitchen
Even a little turquoise can punch up the look of your kitchen. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Turquoise, with its varied hues, offers a number of decorating possibilities. Whether you choose a rich, bold jewelled-tone turquoise or a shade as soft and calming as a tropical lagoon on a sunny day, this is a colour that makes a statement. Yet it complements many other hues, from rich chocolate brown to soft blues.

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  • Paint chips
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    Decide on a decorating theme for your kitchen. This will guide you as you select a specific shade or shades of turquoise and decide how you will use the colour. Nature themes suited to turquoise include tropical and Southwestern. You might go with an American Indian theme, because the stone turquoise is used in many Southwestern arts, or you might go with a retro style, because turquoise was popular in the 1950s.

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    Consider how much turquoise you want to use in your kitchen. You may want to go bold and paint your walls or cabinets turquoise. Alternatively, use just a few turquoise accents, such as a wall border, a window treatment, dishes or accessories.

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    Collect some paint chips and select the shade of turquoise you want to use and two or more colours to work with it. Neutrals, such as black, white or tan can make turquoise pop. Rich colours, such as orange, chartreuse and lime green can create a highly saturated colour palette for a bold kitchen design. Softer hues of blue and green can balance turquoise for a more harmonious, cool kitchen, or you can warm up your turquoise in a retro kitchen by pairing a pastel turquoise with pink or yellow. Balance your colours carefully, though. Turquoise is such a strong, dramatic colour, it can be overpowering, especially if one turquoise object is placed in front of turquoise fabrics or a turquoise wall.

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    Add some print fabrics when you're planning your window treatments, chair cushions and tablecloths. Turquoise with white polka-dots or lemon stripes or in a paisley print can break the colour up a little. Round out the colour palette with some artwork that has turquoise in it.

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