Monday, May 17, 2010

Your Favorite Turquoise Paint Colors?


Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore - image via Simplified Bee


Waterfall by Benjamin Moore - image via Brooklyn Limestone


River's Edge by Behr - image via Alicia Paulson


Aqueduct by Sherwin-Williams - image via Color Sizzle


Rainwashed by Sherwin-Williams - image via Rabaut Design Associates


Robin's Nest by Benjamin Moore - image via Me and Wee


Sea Wave by American Tradition - image via Apartment Therapy

I'm constantly asked what my go-to paint colors are, and it's so hard to say because I actually have no experience painting...the definite disadvantage to renting! It's beyond me why I didn't think to do this sooner, as in YEARS ago, but better late than never. I need your help! In the comments, I'd love it if you could share your favorite turquoise-ish paint colors. Bonus points if you link to images either from your home, or anywhere else you've seen it used!

My loyal reader Mustang got us started:
  • True Turquoise by Glidden
  • Cool Aqua and Poolside Blue by Benjamin Moore
  • Aqua Chiffon by Olympic Paint
  • Nifty Turquoise by Sherwin Williams
  • Beach Sparkle by Valspar
If you don't have a personal favorite, tell me which paint color from the pictures above you like best!

Thanks you guys, I can't wait to hear what you have to say...this is going to be awesome! :)


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69 comments:

Queen B. said...

I love Rainwashed by BM.

In my house, I have BM Palladian Blue, & BM Woodlawn Blue.
GOTTA LOVE BM. !!

kim said...

I had a heck of a time trying to find the perfect pale aqua for my living area, the lighting would change colors dramatically. Palladian blue looked like a baby blue denim type color in my home. So I finally found one at Dunne Edwards called Silent Breath, but I had to have them mix it at 50% just to lighten it a bit. But now I am very happy with the color so it was worth all of the quarts and samples I purchased. I wonder how Rainwashed would have looked....

gena said...

I love the bright cheer of Alicia's craft room ! Great color - fun and happy !!!!!


gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

Vanessa said...

I love SW Rainwashed and BM Palladian Blue. I just posted a living room painted in Pratt and Lambert's Nickel - it's more blue than green though. Anything on that P&L chip - 25-25 to 25-32 (soft blue/green/grays) are beautiful colours - more muted and grayed down though.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I adore Sherwin Williams Watery! I painted Isabella's room this color and I like it because it strikes a nice balance between being a bright and clean color without overwhelming the space.
Janell

Shaunna said...

I'm working on our playroom right now and I love the color...Valspar's Sea Breath.

1MadScientist said...

Thanks for this post! I have been looking for an turquoise color to paint my apartment.

Does anyone know of a nice low VOC turquoise paint color?

Marcie said...

I NEED that laundry room! I thought of you when creating my post this morning. I went to a great house that was decorated in turquoise.

:) Marcie

micah @ the yellow front door said...

I really like the color of our bedroom dresser- Woodlawn Charm by Valspar.

http://theyellowfrontdoor.blogspot.com/2010/03/dresser-reveal.html

Sandi said...

My kitchen is painted in Palladian Blue and I love it! I also really like the Rainwashed color in your photos.

Nickki said...

I used Turquoise Mist and Subtle Blue by Olympic paints in my living and kitchen areas. LOVE them.

Lovely Scribbles said...

My bedroom color is "hyacinth" by Sherwin Williams, and it's the first thing people comment on when they walk in my room. It's a soothing shade of turquoise, and I love it! Fun post, Erin!

lisa golightly said...

Ohhh I love them all, but "Rainwashed" is my favorite( what an aptly named color for a laundry room ! ) XO, Lisa

Renee said...

My whole house is done in Rainwashed. I'll be posting photos on my blog soon of my kitchen remodel where it looks spectacular!
It is so soft and inviting. I love it.

Andrika King said...

I love Arctic Blue for the walls and Blue Bonnet for the ceiling (both by benjamin moore)

Beautiful Habitat said...

I recently used Cooled Blue by Sherwin Williams. It's just a shade darker than Aqueduct and so rich on the walls. Hope to have photos soon.

Melissa said...

i LOVEEE river's edge!

Cristin said...

How fun to see Liz Levin's bedroom from an earlier post at Simplified Bee! Thanks!

Love the nursery w BM Robin's Nest.

Fun post!

xo,
cristin

Shar said...

Love all of those. I used "Tidewater" by SW in my bedroom. Very soothing. Painted my kitchen cabinets "Oceanfront" by Ben Moore. They are bright and refreshing.

angie said...

they are all wonderful, but rainwashed makes me swoon - i need to paint a room that color!

Amber said...

I love your site. I've never commented before that I can remember, but I follow you. My favorite is the Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams. In fact, that is the color we chose to paint our first floor (the whole first floor is open - a great room, morning room, front hall, etc). We bought a sample can of it and have paint swatches painted in each room right now, but haven't had the funds yet to buy all the paint. It was fun to see that laundry room posted. Thanks! I LOVE that color!

stripeycat said...

another lover of rainwashed here...

but have fallen for "Lagoon" by Martha Stewart...
painted the base cabinets for my craft room desk lagoon (an old art deco vanity taken apart with an early 1800's door on top)

fancythis said...

sunwashed blue by Ralph Lauren - it's what's in my bathroom that you've already seen -
http://sunnysideoflife.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/before-and-after-1/

mustang said...

Ohmagosh, there are so many good ones! Palladian Blue looks awesome. I need to make a correction: Aqua Chiffon is actually Olympic paint, not SW. Sorry.

Thanks for the nod.

Caro said...

Oh I have no idea how you choose from these!! But I think I like Rainwashed best- it's so serene and elegant.

Thanks for the great post!

Caro

ThinkLoveSleepEat said...

Ben Moore's #456 (North Shore Green) and #457 (Icy Morn) both make for the PERFECT aqua/robin's egg color for spaces that need a more toned down color than a bathroom or kids room. The dining room and kitchen in my over-100-yrs-old home are painted Icy Morn and it's heavenly.

Sukio Design Co. said...

For my living room, I did a color match to Glidden's Westerly Wind in a higher quality paint. The results are lovely!

See the color here: www.housebeautiful.com/cm/housebeautiful/images/blue-bedroom-2-0307-xlg.jpg

PS - In fact, I found the color in a 2005ish issue of HB.

Stephanie said...

We used BM Spring Rain in our dining room. It was a great aqua without being too bright...the perfect soft Tiffany blue. It's just lovely!

Sarah said...

Another vote for BM Woodlawn Blue:) Great post, Erin!!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Try Benjamin Moore's "Sweet Dreams" Like being in the clouds on a sunny spring day!

Marsha said...

This is for 1MadScientist

The Natura product from Benny Moore uses a zero-VOC base and zero-VOC colorants. It truly is zero-VOC.You can pick any Benny Moore color.
I had a pregnant customer use Natura this past weekend and with her "pregnancy sensitive nose" she said there was no paint smell by the end of the evening.

Great ideas from all the comments.

Don't forget your ceilings-some of the lightest turquoises make a great complimentary and reflective ceiling color. Then you get to use two great colors instead of one.

the domestic fringe said...

Benjamin Moore - Tropicana Cabana

Here's a link to see it in living color...actually two different places in my house.

Kitchen:
http://thedomesticfringe.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/the-recycled-kitchen/

Living Room Tables:
http://thedomesticfringe.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/my-living-rooms-new-look/

-FringeGirl

Gramercy Home said...

I'm obsessed w/ that bathroom. Functional and pretty!

erinelizabeth said...

BM Crystalline:

It ranges from gray green to aqua depending on the light in our TV room

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KN3UkJ74HMc/S975iMubGWI/AAAAAAAADXU/7OTkRIneXZw/s1600/IMG_9251.JPG

Hamptontoes said...

I'm generally a big fan of Benjamin Moore paints. As for a particular color, grab the samples and tape them to your walls...one on each of the walls in a room and see how the color looks morning, noon and night. How does it look with natural light vs. lighting fixtures? So many elements change the color of the paint...it's how it looks in your home that counts. Have fun.

Katie said...

LOVE the "Waterfall" photo!! Some of my favs have always been the Restoration Hardware greens and blues. My old living room was their Silver Sage, and I just LOVED it. Will have to dig out pictures someday!

Lori (Casken Designs) said...

I have "Morning Sky Blue" by BM in my bathrooms and master bedroom. It's similar to "Rainwashed".

Low Tide High Style said...

I love all of the paint colors you have pictures. There are so many great shades of turquoise out there!

I have Pratt and Lambert's Azurean (which I think is discontinued, but I'm sure it could be color matched), in my bedroom.

It's in the post below, but you have to scroll down a bit to find those pics.

http://lowtidehighstyle.blogspot.com/2010/05/house-tour-with-poppies-at-play.html

Kat :)

Laura Trevey said...

Spring Mint ~ Benjamin Moore
The color of my Art Studio of course :)

xoxo

Kim said...

Not an ugly color in the bunch, but Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams is my fav. And I'm SOOOOO happy that Sherwin Williams has stores here in Argentina!!!

Angi said...

It's not actually on the walls yet, but I'm painting my nursery-to-be Olympic's Turquoise Mist.

Bonnie said...

I'm a Beach Sparkle (Valspar) fan! I'm in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets and they look fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration to go with color instead of white!
http://wiscombe.blogspot.com/2010/05/sneak-peek.html

colour forecasting said...

Turquoise is probably one of the most popular decorating colors of the decade.Anyway, I love all the colors and the FABRICS!

Carole Lee said...

I had a devil of a time finding the right turquoise as well. I eventually mixed my own, and it turned out beautifully. I grabbed an empty 5-gallon paint can, added three gallons of the most opaque white I could find and then I added blues, greens and a little pale dove gray until it was perfect.

'They say' to only blend colors outside in natural light, but I disagree. I say to only mix it in the room where you will use it. Outdoor light had no bearing on my upper hallway. Mixing it outside can give a totally different effect once it's on the wall.

Now, if someone can tell me how to make those beautiful pale turquoise walls, white beadboard and black and white staircase not clash with the fire-engine red that my husband used on the foyer doors, I will be eternally grateful.

Mandy said...

Hi 1madscientist

Olympic also offers a Zero VOC formula for all your favorite colors! http://www.olympic.com

Cammee said...

Makaha by Pratt & Lambert as seen here :)

http://www.houseofturquoise.com/2010/03/joni-webb-and-color-healing-radio.html

Also loving that Rainwashed!

Pangaea said...

I love "Water 02" by Yolo Colorhouse. Zero VOC and really lovely soft color.

Andrea said...

Behr's Spa Retreat

Lisa said...

Love all the photos. My favorite aqua is Antiguan Sky 2040-60 by Ben Moore. It gives you the feeling of the carribean ocean. Rich color but soft...winner every time!

Anonymous said...

I see that a lot of people love "Rainwashed" by Sherwin Williams. I love the color one step darker on the same strip, "Quietude". This color is a little richer than Rainwashed, which can look too pale and baby blue for me. Quietude looks a bit greener and more aqua.

Mary Kay Andrews said...

We used SW's Aquaduct on the exterior of our Tybee Island beach house, THE BREEZE INN, which is featured in the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens. All our interior ceilings and one bathroom are painted BM's Morning Sky Blue.
You can see pix at www.breezeinncottage.com

xbox live gold codes said...

Turquoise is the delicate blue-green color seen in its namesake gemstone, a deep desert sky or the crystal clear Caribbean seas.I love this combination. Anyway, Thanks for sharing this article.

Emma said...

Does anyone know a Benjamin Moore color match for Sherwin Williams rainwashed? or even something close...thanks.

Anonymous said...

Best ever: Farrow and Ball Green Blue. For something more muted, try Behr Silver Sage.

Diane said...

I have had a terrible time finding the right aqua for our master bedroom. We have high vaulted ceilings and it's a large room without crown moldings, and not enough white trim to set off the deep aquas because it's just a huge expanse of walls and the light isn't as bright as most of the rooms pictured here. I love how Rainwashed and other aquas look in these photos, yet they are all too dark for our bedroom. I tried a bluer shade with the same depth of pigment and spent $450 only to pay another $350 to cover it up because it was way too dark, and now we're going to try again. I think I'm going to use the light color next to Rainwashed on the swatch, which is Window Pane. I know a designer who likes to put that color on ceilings, and it reflects a lot more light than Rainwashed.

proudgrits11 said...

Also a lover of Glidden's True Turquoise. Vibrant and beautiful! I used it in my craft room with a bright orange! http://proudgrits.blogspot.com/2010/07/where-magic-happens.html

Barb Swartz said...

I have used and loved BM Palladium Blue and SW Watery. I also like Winter in Paris by Valspar. Now I am excited to try Rainwashed!

karol justin said...

Awesome blog and much more beautiful every rooms Picture but especially bedroom Interior decorating to much beautiful Awesome work.


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Waseem said...

Not bad at all...Colour is best for living room.

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Lalynn said...

I just painted my whole downstairs Aqua Chiffon by Olympic paints. I adore it. Planning to put some orange curtains up in the living room, and yellow and black in the kitchen. Here is a peek.

TDK said...

Silver Sage (by Restoration Hardware) is a beautiful greyed-out aqua. It's almost neutral. I've had it in my living room for several years and still love it.

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Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm new to this page. We just painted our daughter's room her color choice of 'Nifty Turquoise' by SW. I see that a poster 'Mustang' indicated that they liked that color. I was wondering if anybody could give me accent color recommendations to go with this shade of turquoise? I need to accessorize her room!

Thanks!!!

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