Blog Bites: Have You Noticed the Turquoise Trail?

This week in Blog Bites, let's take a look back and highlight some favorite images showing turquoise some love.  I'm sure you know that turquoise earned special ranking as the 2010 Pantone Color of the Year, so it certainly didn't lack any "air" time.  Interior design bloggers have left quite a trail... you've noticed, right? Pantone fame aside, I've always been partial to turquoise for its liveliness and its ability to simultaneously energize and calm a space. How is that possible?

Pantone's press release explained that turquoise "evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a langorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well-being." Indeed! But while it may be hard to imagine the serenity of tropical waters year-round, the images that have been showcased among many or our favorite interior design blogs in the last ten months illustrate some fabulous possibilities!

This past year, we've seen turquoise everywhere, from nurseries to office space......

Photo: Style & Grace (via
Photo: Mary McDonald Designs (via Domino)

Material Girl's Chicago contributor, Julia Buckingham Edelmann stepped right up to the plate, offering up her "ode to turquoise" early this year when the official announcement was made. Her post, "And the Winner Is..." showcased this delightful corner... bar!  What'll you have?
Picture 23
Photo: Metropolitan Home
Now one certainly can't talk turquoise without meeting Erin of House of Turquoise, who shamelessly admits her obsession for the color. If you want to see image after fabulous image of turquoise inspiration, you must check out her blog!
In her post, "Delightful Turquoise Laundry Rooms", we are enamored with images of charming spaces that would motivate anyone to get a little ironing done!  They give me a sense of domesticity of days gone by. I imagine this is the type of laundry area Americas' Mom, Mrs. Cleaver - played by the late Barbara Billingsly-must have had!

Original Image: Domino
The Simplified Bee really hit it out of the ballpark with me though.  The images she included in her tribute to turquoise are real show stoppers.  In particular, this room designed by Kate Ridder is outstanding in its use of color. I'll be honest, I can't figure out if its a dining or conference room but I.AM.IN.LOVE. with the contrast of red and chartruese against the turquoise.  Can't say the chandeleir would be my choice and I'd surely change the lampshades and I may even abandon the botanical, but all the rest I find quite intriguing.
Photo: Kate Ridder Designs (via Simplified Bee)

Chandra Michael's post, "Is it a Coincidence? The Power of Pantone’s Color of the Year", featured two designs that showcase turquoise in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I can think of quite a few of my clients that would fall in love with these two spaces.
You may not have thought to use turquoise for your kitchen cabinets, but look at what a bold statement you can make. Would you have expected kitchen cabinets to look so amazing in this color? What a way to greet the day! (And yes, in case your wondering, the textile side of my brain has window treatment plans for the windows.)
Photo: Judith Balis Designs (via
Here too, in this kitchen below, the color brings so much energy.  This space was designed by the amazing and fabulous Pheobe Howard. The spectacular impact of this design can not be suppressed. It's a definitive WOW!
So you see, the turquoise trail has led us all around the house and in combinations that were both surprising and serene.  But there is one space I've yet to include and that is the space most would be first inclined -seeing as it is a water color- to introduce it.  Of course, turquoise works fabulously in a bathroom, creating a retreat where crisp and serene meet and offers up plenty of inspiration.
Ozone - bath modern bathroom
Photo: Architect Koning Eizenberg (via
I'll be honest, these would be perfect for the man of the house but for me, I've got something else in mind!  Of all the bathrooms I've seen, this one Seleta shared has my heart! I have never really thought of blue for my own bath but there is an air of romance and girliness to this that makes me wish I had one just like it of my own.
I am imagining a deep claw-foot soaking tub on the opposing wall we do not see.  Ahhh,  a good book, soak in the tub...sounds perfectly wonderful after a long day, doesn't it? 

But before I run off, I must bring up the fact that the end of the year isn't actually too far away.  You know what that means? You got it. Pantone will be announcing the 2011 Color of the Year before we know it.  Care to make a prediction?  2007 was awarded to Chili Pepper. 2008 was Blue Iris.  2009 was Mimosa.  Take a leap... what color do you think we'll be seeing next?

I'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment, it makes my day to hear from you.
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