The Inspiration Board: Turquoise

Jun 2, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET

This is the first installment of The Inspiration Board, a new home décor feature on SheKnows. Below, I discuss turquoise -- if the Statue of Liberty can handle this color, so can I. Bring your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of beige furniture, and let me show you the color you've been missing.


Hello, my name is Tolly Moseley. I'm 29 years old and happily married to a kind, loving man. My husband cooks for me, mows the lawn, is gracious to animals and waiters, teaches music to children and is -- if I do say so myself -- not terribly difficult on the eyes.

But I'm having an affair -- with the color turquoise.

You see, my husband and I, mutual fans of earth tones and unfinished wood, have just bought a house. Our first. And while I always knew I was going to paint the walls, I didn't expect to crave the colors I'm craving now.

It's gotten a bit out of control.

While the husband sleeps, I troll the Internet for robin's egg. Sea foam. All shades and manner of periwinkle. Why? I have no idea. It's a brand-new thing for me. After earth tones, I like warm colors in my abode. Peach? Yes. Orange? OK. Anything in the blue color family has historically been off-limits for me, until now. And the change has come with a vengeance.

So I decided to dedicate my first Inspiration Board in this series to the color that has stolen my heart (and quite possibly my paint budget): Turquoise.


OK, OK -- I probably will never own a staircase or dress quite this dramatically – but. Can we just appreciate the insanity of this photo? And by "insanity," I mean "arresting beauty."

This is the only house that's ever made me want to live in a triangle.


Now, I'll be the first to admit it: Turquoise is loud. It's in-your-face. It's the Nathan Lane of the color wheel. So if you hail from Beigeville or, like me, have simply never experimented with the cool color family before, you can always add turquoise gradually. Don't paint a room -- simply buy a pot.


I have to tell you though: Turquoise is a slippery slope. Once you dip a toe into its perfect blue waters, it's hard to stop. I'm considering painting my whole home office turquoise. And you know who I blame? The peacock.


I still can't believe this bird actually exists in nature -- and wasn't invented by, say, John Galliano.

Anyway, it's no wonder I've been infected with the turquoise bug. For the past two years, we've been staring at gorgeous peacock prints, you and I, on everything from purses to earrings to throw pillows to tattoos. And their most prominent color, turquoise, is now demanding a place in my living room.


Tell us

What color is currently driving you mad with passion? Are you obsessed with turquoise like me?

Photo credits: Special thanks to Zuniga InteriorsDesire to Inspire, eToday, House of Turquoise, B For Bonnie, I Antique Online, Etsy, YoungBites and Anthropologie for images.

More decorating inspiration

2011 Color trends
Beach-inspired home decor
5 Ideas for a blue kitchen