Colour of the Week: Turquoise

Today’s color is the perfect in-between of blues and greens. Some call it cyan, others call it aqua, but we have taken inspiration from the gemstone turquoise for its calm yet vibrant nature.  Turquoise is a stone of well-being. It contains protective properties that help ward off negative energy with the purity of natural elements such as water and air. This is reflected in its colour.

Turquoise & the Cyan Family

Turquoise is the colour of the sea, and represents tranquility and harmony. Lighter shades of turquoise tend to be more delicate, while darker, more teal shades are seen as much more sophisticated. Turquoise is a very common colour within interior design, as it can easily provide a pop of modern colour without becoming overbearing or overly shifting the mood of a space.


Turquoise can be used as either a splash of colour or a wave of blue-green coating throughout a space. Whether just adding a bit or letting it be a dominant colour in your room, make sure to keep turquoise balanced with neutrals or other colours.

Here are some tips as to how you can incorporate this hue into your own interior design endeavors:

  • If wanting a room to dominate with hues of turquoise, be sure to use varying shades. The deep contrast between darker teals and lighter, more airy blues can give an amazing impact to the space without making it feel like the colour controls the mood of the room.
  • As with many colours, Turquoise pairs wonderfully with neutrals in any space. While many variations do not stand out as aggressively as a pop of colour, coordinating turquoise with whites and greys can make a space feel soothing yet not overly bland.
  • To make a more bold statement, turquoise pairs amazingly with many colours across the spectrum, whether it be muted cool tones or vivid brights. Try pairing turquoise accents with orange, as the two contrast with each other and make a space feel bright and lively.


Paint Options

Here at KLD, we use Fleetwood paints for a majority of our work. Here are some of our favorite turquoise paint colors from Fleetwood and beyond!

Pastel tones like Aquamarine or Malaysian Mist can make a space feel very airy and peaceful, while deeper tones like Nifty Turquoise or Deep Breath have a much more sophisticated and grounding effect.


Note: Colours may appear differently on screen than in person. We always recommend looking at a physical paint sample prior to selecting a specific paint colour.


Turquoise is the colour of open communication and clarity of thought. Turquoise helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word. It presents as a friendly and happy colour. In colour psychology, turquoise controls and heals the emotions creating emotional balance and stability. A combination of blue and a small amount of yellow, it fits in on the colour scale between green and blue. It radiates the peace, calm and tranquillity of blue and the balance and growth of green with the uplifting energy of yellow. This is a colour that recharges our spirits during times of mental stress and tiredness, alleviating feelings of loneliness. You only have to focus on the colour turquoise, whether on a wall or clothing and you feel instant calm and gentle invigoration, ready to face the world again.


Our favourite Turquoise DULUX range:


Dulux Jewelled Creek 1 (30BG16/133), Dulux Liberty Blue 1 (70BG14/243), Dulux Celestial Cloud 3 (50BG44/094)


Variations of the colour turquoise can be used for different purposes.

Aqua is closer to green than blue, aqua is refreshing and uplifting. It is creative and light-hearted, yet strong and individual. We would recommend using a grey based Dulux Celestial Cloud 3 on bathroom walls or as a floor tiling detail.

Dulux Liberty Blue 1 helps to enhance creativity and inspiration but it also calms and balances the mind and the emotions. We would recommend using it for any wall art decoration in your kids’ bedroom.

Dulux Jewelled Creek 1 is a more sophisticated version of turquoise that is close to teal and signifies trustworthiness and reliability. Use darker shades of teal in a master bedroom on walls or furniture. It is a great colour to be used on any dominant pieces in your interior due to its sophisticated qualities.