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I love the color turquoise.  If given a color scheme option, I’ve always gravitated towards the combination of the range of colors that fall between blue and green paired with the group of colors that fall between orange and yellow.  These colors are called tertiary (or third).  Primary (first) colors are red, blue and yellow.  Secondary (second) colors are created by combining primary colors and are are green (blue and yellow), purple (red and blue) and orange (red and yellow).  When you combine primary colors with secondary colors that are next to them on the color wheel, you get tertiary colors.  
Interestingly, the color naming begins to become a bit complex at this point depending on the amount of the colors being combined.  For instance, you can have green-blue or blue-green –the second part of the name being the dominant color.  Then depending on the tone and saturation of the resulting colors, you will get a whole bunch of names.

If you have seen my website, you’ll notice right away that my logo is turquoise and my background color paired with it is peachy or melon color.  This has not changed since Jason and I first developed it almost two years ago.  If it had been done when I was 5 years old… 25 years old or later (MUCH later), I would likely have chosen the same colors. 

Turquoise was my favorite grandma’s favorite color too.  She was not a style maven by any means.  She had a sofa in the early 1960’s that was hideous by most accounts that was covered in turquoise plastic.  Plastic because fishermen and dogs sat on it and it could be wiped clean easily.  Turquoise because she liked that color.

    Alfonse Mucha

Turquoise was a very popular color in the 50’s and 60’s when I was little.  Disney liked that color.  I had my fifth birthday at the Disneyland Hotel and was served birthday cake by a cast of Disney characters which included my all-time fav Cinderella.  I’d say turquoise was a theme in the animated movie about her.  Judging by this last pic, she did not age well:

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Last Fall Fashion Week predictions were made for spring and summer 2010.  Pantone began to steer us toward Turquoise. “Spring and summer naturally evoke feelings of calm ocean waters and tranquil beach vacations in cool, vibrant, tropical Turquoise. This soothing hue from the blue-green family conjures feelings of escape…”           Pantone-FCR-sp2010f 1

Not much of a push required here… not even a nudge.  Images evoking tropical paradise put to rest the winter (in which much of the US is still deeply involved) coined “snowpocalypse” or “snowmageddon”.  Even here on the California Central Coast where we have enjoyed what is arguably the most temperate climate in the nation, we have hardly seen temps rise above 60 degrees for a couple of months now.  My gas fireplace has seen more action since the holidays than it has the previous five years in total.  We’ve had so much rain that our “golden hills” are uncharacteristically emerald green. 


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First expressed in wearable fashions pulled from runways around the globe and expressed in home decoration everywhere:

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I was looking through Schumacher’s current fabric collection to show you some examples of turquoise.  Don’t even attempt to find a collection in their line with the name “turquoise” anywhere.  You will, instead, find names like pool, teal, aquamarine, aqua, cerulean, glacier, peacock, lapis, sky, azure, lagoon and Aegean.  Certainly, some of these names evoke images of colors that aren’t quite what we associate with turquoise.  However, they are comprised of varying degrees of the same base colors of blue and green with different levels of tone and saturation.


The HGTV Dream Home 2010 home site is located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, along what is known as the Turquoise Trail in the area of Sandia Park. Interesting name- sandia is Spanish for watermelon.  Looks like they’d really appreciate it in this parched desert location.  I did not enter this-year’s contest for two reasons:  1/ I will never again live more than a 15 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean; and 2/ I wouldn’t want to worry about how I was going to pay the taxes on the winnings.  Just the same, I love the home’s aesthetic and many of its attributes would feel right at home in some beachy locations as well.  (I’m thinking Baja, Mexico, where I hope to retire someday.)

Touches of turquoise were used in varying degrees from aqua to teal throughout the home. Notice the complimentary bits of orange in some of these views. “Sparkling glass tile inlaid in recycled aluminum gives a subtle nod to the home’s location along the Turquoise Trail. The (kitchen) tile, from artist Erin Adams’ Luna Collection, was created in collaboration with Pedro Hernandez.” http://www.hgtv.com/dream-home/kitchen-tour-hgtv-dream-home-2010/index.html



Turquoise is popping up all over the place.  Here are some beautiful pendant light fixtures by Nora Lighting that were advertised in the K+BB trade magazine:

129562-Nora_lg Get 2010’s hottest color in the kitchen or bath with Nora Lighting’s Turquoise series of art glass pendants. The line features five models in a range of sizes and finishes. Pond, Rain, Mega Cube and Open Pond pendants are styled with colorful glass, while the Empire style has a handmade beaded glass shade. Matching sconces are available for Rain, Empire and Mega Cube.

Turquoise was designated by the Pantone Color Institute as the Color of the Year for imparting a sunny and tropical, yet serene, aspect to the home. All Nora pendants are available in five different lamp sources. ~K+BB, March 08, 2010


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