Life is just more fun when you are treated to happy surprises, like an unexpected bouquet of flowers, a call from a long lost friend or an afternoon off on the first beautiful day of spring. I think our homes need some joyful surprises too, little touches here and there that make us pause and smile. The color turquoise is the perfect pick to give your home – and life – some verve. Here are a few ways to splash up your décor with turquoise: 

A Statement Piece of Furniture

One of my favorite approaches when designing a room with people who are up for a little adventure is to pull together a harmonious mix of furnishings, then, KA-POW!, throw in a decorative element that is completely unexpected. It shakes everything up a little and makes the space dynamic and exciting. Just about anything done in turquoise will get you there.

My friends Matt and Kristen came into Nell Hill’s ready to infuse their new family home with their vibrant personalities. They have an eye for decorating and are fearless with color. So they turned to turquoise to add energy and excitement to their décor. The heart of their stylish living room is this edgy blue leather coffee table ottoman. Ottomans are a great place to start if you want to add a pop of bold color to your décor.


Toss in Some Pillows

To connect their spunky turquoise ottoman with the rest of the room’s décor, Matt and Kristen tossed a garden of dissimilar accent pillows onto their sofas (two photos up). The mix of blue pillows on another one of their sofas, pictured above, helps thread turquoise throughout their home. I love how the pillows aren’t matchy-matchy yet feel unified because they blend together variations of blues.

If bold color makes you a bit nervous, try it in small doses. You can get a lot of visual appeal by adding a pillow or two to a sofa or chair. That’s what I do in my home. My white sofas and chairs serve as blank canvasses for an ever-changing library of seasonal pillows. I don’t want lots of bold, saturated color in my home, but I love the spice I get from tossing a few peppy pillows here and there.


Create a Colorful Foundation

This swoon-worthy shot of Matt and Kristen’s kitchen and adjoining family room is a great illustration of the power of an area rug to set the tone of a room. With its palette of white, black and gray, the space is soothing and sedate. The added pops of blue in the area rug and accent pillows makes sure the space scores a perfect 10. It’s fun, fresh, youthful and alive, yet still plenty grown up for this young couple.


Add Sprinkles of Blue Accents

Since turquoise goes with just about every color and style under the sun, it’s easy to celebrate this popular color in your home. Try this: Peruse your bookcase for a few books that feature turquoise in the cover. Stack the books on a side table or coffee table. Top them with a fun accent that also dots in some turquoise, like this little box at Matt and Kristen’s home. You have an instant ode to blue!

You don’t have to read my blog for long to know I’m crazy about brightly colored pottery. It’s super inexpensive, has wonderful lines and comes in just about every color imaginable, making it a great go-to pick if you want to pull together a killer display in a jiff.

Arresting accent lamps are one of my many addictions. I think of lamps like artwork, an ideal way to add individual character to a space and make it feel “finished.” Turquoise lamps don’t even have to be on to brighten up a space.


Create Blue Rhapsody on the Table

Turquoise is perfect for spring and summer entertaining because it radiates cheer like a cloudless sky. To make this lovely table a celebration of spring, we started with a blue table topper. It you look closely, the topper doesn’t really match the dishes on our table, and that’s OK. In fact, it’s preferable, in my opinion. The red tones in the china explode next to the turquoise cloth.

You can take things a step farther by covering your table in a stunning tablecloth like this one.  With its beautiful blend of colors and luxurious look, this custom cloth will set off anything you put on top.


Bed Time Blues

We have so many wonderful fabrics that feature turquoise at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff this spring that we are using it again and again when we design our custom bedding ensembles.

Because this flexible tone looks great with everything from brown, gray and yellow to coral and apple green, it is easy to add to your existing bedding to give it a new lease on life or to throw into the mix if you are designing a new bed.

Next Week … Ready to entertain this spring? I’ll have some tablescapes to inspire you!


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14 Responses to “Turquoise: The Color that Makes Things Happen”

  1. Sharon Hartley Says:

    Love your ideas!

  2. franki Says:

    You SO SPEAK MY LANGUAGE!! Turquoise is my “go to” accent and it really does MAKE ME happy!! That easy chair is intriguing…. franki

  3. Janet Feinauer Says:

    Where can I find the green and white geometric rug you have in photo?

  4. Christine Says:

    Gorgeous inspiration!

  5. Bobbi Weians Says:

    AAAHHHH, a girl after my own heart. I love turquoise and have woven it into our wonderful color scheme in our hearth area that you helped design. You are right, a very HAPPY color indeed! I am hooked!

  6. Mary Carol Says:

    Since I’m such a fanatic about blue, I am so glad to add turquoise to my home too. It’s a great color for spring!

    Janet, we have area rugs in a wide array of colors and sizes, featuring geometric prints like this. Give us a call at 877-746-4320 and let us know what you are looking for, then we can let you know what we currently have in stock and what we can order. We’ll help you get the perfect fit for your home!

  7. Robin Frank Says:

    Don’t use this color at all really in anything around my house !!!! EXCEPT …. A very large round Fiesta platter that was my mothers . I use so often for serving something at I dinner or appetizers for friends …. Chazam ! It just pops all the other colors I use for napkins …plates etc . So very fun and somehow makes everything else on my table special . These dishes are treasures !!!!!

  8. Julie @ Creating This Life Says:

    I am really into neutrals at the moment. So even though I wouldn’t do anything quite as colorful as the pictures you show in my own home, I can definitely appreciate them. Turquoise is really just so beautiful.

  9. Mary Carol Says:

    I love neutrals, too, Julie. They are great all by themselves, then, if you ever want to add a pop of color like turquoise, you can. Smart strategy!

  10. Patsy pettit Says:

    How much are the tall turquoise twin lamps pictured in your blog?

  11. Christie Howton Says:

    Sooo look forward to your Monday postings. Such inspiration. Where is the turquoise leather ottoman available? Remodeling our living space and this would really look great in my new space. I’m all about anything blue.

  12. Janet McLaughlin Says:

    Hi Mary Carol!
    I am one of the “Cincinnati Girls” who make our annual sojourn to visit you at both Briarcliff and Atchison. We have been doing this annually and sometimes bi-annually for the past 20 years! This visit (April 7th), I took your advise to heart and purchsed the beautiful vintage turquiose vase that was displayed in your entryway at the Briarcliff Store – I love it – I “dressed it up” this Easter with daffodils, hycinths, and tulips – it made for a wonderful Celebration of Spring!
    Thank you and see you next year – hugs – Janet McLaughlin

  13. Robin W Says:

    Hey Mary Carol – this was such a timely post for me. After years of neutrals and playing things “safe”, I’m itching to saturate my surroundings in color. I’m a quiltmaker, and the beautiful patterns and rich patterns in the fabrics really inspire me. I mentioned to the mister that I wanted to paint our living room a deep, turquoise/teal/jade color. We have abundant sunlight, so it’s not likely our surroundings will suddenly feel cavelike. His response — “not feelin’ it”. Am I crazy?

  14. Cheryl Dahl Says:

    I was there about 2 weeks ago and upon entering your Briarcliff store there was a fabulous perfume….. I think it was named something like ‘Breeze’???? I forgot to purchase some before i headed back to Nebraska. Wondering if the brand is available online or at another location? I’m sorry, i can’t even recall the brand. Thank you! Cheryl Dahl.

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