Today I would like to welcome Lenore, from Lather. Write. Repeat. Lenore paints some beautiful furniture and has a wonderful vintage ecclectic style! Oh, and did I mention she’s getting married this Fall? You should go read her love story- it’s sooo sweet! And to top it off, she is thinking of wearing turquoise shoes on her wedding day! How wonderful! Thank you so much for being here today, Lenore- take it away!!
For the Love of Turquoise
Oh turquoise. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love you when you’re soft and swirling like a whisper of stormy skies. I love you when you’re bold and vibrant like a calm Caribbean sea. I love you when you’re faded and vintage like a retro 50’s typewriter. And I love you when you’re elegant and feminine like the promise of an unopened Tiffany box.
Hi everyone! I’m Lenore from Lather.Write.Repeat.and I’m here to guest post about how to incorporate turquoise into your home. Thanks to Cassie for asking me to visit – she knows how much I love that alluring shade of greenish blue so I’ll do my best to help you take the turquoise plunge!
When I say the word turquoise, you probably have a specific colour in your head. But turquoise is my neutral. Because of its complex blue and green combination – it can run the spectrum of shades. I believe there’s a turquoise for everyone! It’s really just a matter of whether you’re made for an overall wash of colour, a dynamic pop of colour or a complimentary blend of colours. Would you believe I use all three in my home? You can too!
For an overall wash on your walls, think softer shades of turquoise blue. If you love bluer tones, head that way. If you prefer more aqua greens, that’s fine too. But remember to look to the two lightest colours on the paint chip, with grey or brown undertones to neutralize so much colour. We went with ‘Grey Wisp’ by Benjamin Moore. It provides a warm but neutral backdrop for so many other colours and styles. I’ve anchored our blue walls with creamy beige couches, black and white picture frames and warm wood floors.
If you’re more of a neutral gal but you love the idea of colourful pops of turquoise, think accessories. Lamps, vases, ceramic bowls, throw cushions – these are all smaller investments in both money and permanence, but add so much personality. You can even custom upholster a fun turquoise fabric on a thrift store chair or small bench, fabric opens so many doors of possibility! Since I’m always dreaming of the ocean, I love to keep shots of deep teal around my living space.
For the truly bold, turquoise can be mixed in with other strong colours for a vibrant palette. Think lime green, sunny yellow or orange-y red. Even chocolate brown or silver grey can create quite a statement! In my upstairs loft master bedroom, I’ve painted the walls another neutral yet stronger shade of soft turquoise called ‘Raindance’ by Benjamin Moore. My fiancé loves bold bright colours. So where I would have bought pale taupe sheets to go with this bedroom, now as part of a couple I’ve taken a chance on this spice red and I must say – I love the results! As long as you’re anchoring the rest of the room with neutrals (our café au lait duvet cover and crisp white side tables), I think you can get away with a strong palette.
I’m a bit of an anomaly to have all three as part of my decorating style, but as I mentioned – I’m deeply smitten with turquoise. Even as part of my vintage furniture painting business Lather Creations, you’ll always find me dabbling in the blue/green/grey shades. I’m even planning my wedding with soft turquoise accents!
So if you truly love turquoise, there’s always a way to incorporate it into your home…you’ll be glad you did!
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