Whether you are designing a room, trying to match a dress or creating a wedding theme, turquoise can be a difficult color to match. Turquoise symbolizes peace, truth, compassion and healing. A bright color, somewhere between green and blue, turquoise can fit into many different color schemes, and can look earthy, vibrant or peaceful.
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Neutral colors such as brown, beige, black and white match with most colors. When paired with turquoise, they create a subtle, earthy and sophisticated feel. Wear a turquoise dress with brown accents, such as leather shoes or a belt, or a turquoise shirt with dark jeans or khakis. Turquoise jewelry paired with silver or gold will complete the look. When designing a room, pair turquoise walls with light, neutral furniture or paint walls off white and choose a turquoise couch or bedspread to liven up the room.
Tropical themes utilize turquoise's brightness and vibrance. Pair turquoise with a bright pink and beige for a Floridian feel. Find fabrics with large, beach themed prints and use lots of different patterns and textures. Add accent colors of pale yellow and orange to make the room or outfit more energetic. Be cautious, however, turquoise in a tropical theme can look outdated.
Turquoise was a favorite color of the 1950s and 1960s. Resurrect the retro feel by pairing turquoise with bold colors such as orange, red, turquoise and brown. Choose bold, retro inspired prints with large patterns and strong contrast. Add vintage accessories to your wardrobe such as hoop earrings and platform shoes to complete the look. For a vintage room design, look for straight-lined furniture with sharp corners.
Bring the feeling of the beach to your house or wardrobe with an oceanic color scheme. Pair turquoise with white and light beige to evoke the sand. Keep outfits simple and clean, and rooms free of clutter. Avoid dark colors that will weigh down the color scheme. Decorate your home with shells and sand or add shell jewelry to your outfit to complete the look.
Colors to Avoid
Avoid pairing turquoise with most shades of green such as grassy green, pale green and dark greens. The vibrance of turquoise make them look dirty and heavy. Unless going for the retro look, avoid pairing turquoise with red. Also avoid dark blues and rich purples which can overpower the turquoise and destroy its lightness.