2010’s Hot New Color: Turquoise


(from Pantone)

It may not come as a huge surprise, but this year’s hot new color has been released from Pantone and it is Turquoise.  That yummy blue, yet green color that many of us have fallen in love with.  Pantone’s official press release is online, so read all about it.  Described by Pantone as:

“Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.”

I can definitely see why it was chosen, since our economy is in the toilet, this color surge will hopefully get us out of the doldrums, at least in the sense of bringing it home to live with us.


(from York Wallcoverings via Ventura County Star)

What do you think about Turquoise? Do you love it or hate it?  I’ve had a little mini-crush on aqua/turquoise all last year as far as home goes, adding some pillows and old aqua shutters to my den, but don’t think I’ll incorporate a lot more of it in my decor.  It’s great as an accent color though.

I don’t put a lot of stock in color trends, since we all realize that “they” want us to change out our decor and clothing every single year.  Which is totally unrealistic and not going to happen.  But, adding little bits of a new color can add some freshness to a room, as long as you really like that color.   IMG_1038

I’ve always loved turquoise jewelry and bought this set a couple years ago.


I had to throw in  a pic of the beach, since this color reminds me so much of being at one of our special places.  There’s just nothing like a blue sky, sugar white sands, and that beautiful turquoise water of the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Now that’s a turquoise you can love. Blue Painted piece

There’s a blog dedicated to all things turquoise by Erin, called House of Turquoise, so she is going to be in design color heaven this year. 🙂  I may have saved the above pic from her blog.   There is a lot of eye candy over there if you love the color, so check it out too.

How about you, do you like this color and do you see yourself using it at your house this year?

Inspiration Alert: Check out this post by Jenny, at Little Green Notebook.  She hand silver leafed a chest from Homegoods and WOW, is it gorgeous!  Talk about inspiring.  I saved it to my Tumblr file too. And check out her Christmas Eve at-home birth story.  Precious!

- Rhoda


  1. Yes! Sea Glass greens Bahama blues have been popular with our furniture & accesories for the last 3 years. Its growing on people as they catch on. Our photo bucket has many items painted on furniture.


  2. I’ve been so happy to hear about the choice of turquoise, my signature color (spoken with a very heavy southern accent ala Steel Magnolias) as the color of the year. I have tons of turquoise jewelry and wear turquoise colors almost daily because it looks so good on most everyone. And I can’t stay away Everything Turquoise. I just never thought of using it in my decor until I learned better from Maria at Color Me Happy. I think not using the colors I love and wear so much in my decor is why I’m not happy with most of what I’ve lived with for the past 15 years. So now that you design bloggers have fortified me and I feel brave, I now have cans of paint ready to paint my front door. Yes I’m copying lifeingrace. And my guest bathroom that we are still in the middle of redoing is already a pale shade of turquoise with pops of red. And that will also be the theme in the guest bedroom. Just yesterday I saw a kitchen remodel show with a few small walls painted a deeper turquoise. Hmmm…I’ve been wanting to get rid of the red in the dining room. So that’s a thought. Maybe I’ll just use a cream on the walls and find turquoise drapes instead. I’m sure I could go turquoise crazy, but I’m learning restraint. Really, I am! 😉

  3. I love turquoise, aqua, sea blue, Tiffany blue, robin’s egg…whatever you want to call it…..but anything green is #1, especially lime.

  4. Oh how exciting!!! I LOVE this color. Always have, whether its jewelry, clothing, decor, etc…so cheerful. Although I’m not into color trends either I decorate and paint with what makes me happy, but its still exciting.

  5. I love this color too- but like you as an accent. I wouldn’t want my walls painted that color (unless maybe I lived in a tropical locale…) Love it in jewelry- the most.

  6. I really like turquoise and have some jewelry pieces. We also have just painted our two bathrooms with a very, very pale turquoise, more aqua.

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE turquoise, I decided to use it in my craft room, I love my turquoise dresser!


  8. Hello Rhoda; I do love that color,,, I just might use it in my guest bath room,,, the last photo of the Secretary Desk,, is just beautiful…. I have a chest of draws the would look amazing in that color too… guess I am off to the paint store….. lol

    Happy New Year.


  9. Haven’t done anything to use color, like turquoise and have seen a lot of pics where people have used it.

  10. Funny you should post this. I just posted about my kitchen today. The color I painted it is a “peacock blue” color and it sneakily looks quite like the turquoise swatch you just posted. 😉 I painted it in February of this year. So am I ahead of the times??? haha

  11. I bought a sample size can of paint in this color from Lowes last month and thought about using it in my master bedroom but if it’s the new “in” color then I’ll probably pick something else. I don’t want my house to be trendy.

  12. Why yes, I ADORE the color more than anything! ha! Thanks a million for such a kind mention of House of Turquoise. I greatly appreciate it! I’m going to be on design cloud 9 all year! 🙂

  13. Hi Rhoda

    I hope you and Peter had a wonderful Christmas.

    Love turquoise! Especially the turquoise color of our water. I hope you guys are planning to come this year.

    Happy New Year sweet friend!

    Hugs from the beach!

  14. Wow! Go me! I am actually going to be “in” this year! I just added turquoise to my home. When I decided to redo my home this year it took me quite a while to decide which colors to use and I did not decided until the last minute – as in OMW! the painters are going to be here tomorrow morning and I have not made a final decision on my color scheme! I went with colors that appealed to me and did not use inspiration from any source other than a vase I recently purchased and the colors of the water as I drive across the bridge during my commute each day. Totally different from my “normal” color palette, but I really like it a lot. I love the ocean and that is what it reminds me of. Very soothing, yet refreshing.

    ~ Tracy

  15. I have loved turquoise for years, mostly for clothes and jewelry. There are so many variations of the color; it could really add a punch to a room’s decor.

  16. I like turquoise in jewelry and clothing. In fact, I think turquoise is a color just about everyone can wear. Some shades are soft; others vibrant and lively. There’s a hue of turquoise to complement every hair color and skin tone.

    I don’t think I’d use it in my home. The closest I’ve come is a pale sea foam green for the walls of my guest room. It’s paired with cream and an old Waverly print fabric. The fabric has hunter green roses, in shades from deep to light.

    I like earth colors – golds, tans, green, russet, etc.

    But some of the rooms I’ve seen using turquoise are so soothing and calming. Yet the color is fresh and uplifting. It is a great color, and Lord knows, we all need some some calm AND uplifting in this economy!!

  17. Wowsa!!! I am so excited! (Actually, my husband is even more excited!) ha! 2 years ago while repainting our living area, I let him get in on the decision of what color to pick! He picked a beautiful teal color from Sherwin-Williams. Lovin’ it!!!!!!!!! We have soooo….enjoyed! Thanks Pantone for your wonderful decision for 2010 color of the year and here’s to you Erin (House of Turquoise)!!!!!

  18. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  19. I love this color. I have an (infinity)love with the tropical colors and water. I painted my kitchen walls with if which brought out the natural wood cabinets. I have white counter tops (soon to be natural butcher block) and white appliances. All the trim and ceilings are a bright white the floor is a sand color so it really is bright, fresh and clean color scheme. My dark table stands out as well because of the new paint color. I did however leave one wall a dry sand color and it has a poem painted onto it in a wet sand color so it appears as if it was wrote in sand with the water washing upon it. I have to say I have always like blue but this is probably my new favorite. Now to find a color to paint the living room that will create a wonderful marriage or fusion. I was thinking on the lines of banana yellow or even a palm leaf green. HUMMM My motto is life is to short to have white walls, so step out of the box and be bold every once in a while.


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