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Unique Painting KC’s Top 12 Favorite Turquoises

Turquoise is one of my most favorite colors.  It never fails to lift my spirits and calm my nerves.  I have maybe gone a little overboard from time to time (in my own home) with my favorite shade of turquoise, but I’m not sorry.

Turquoise is such a versatile color; the combinations are endless. If you say you don’t love red and turquoise together, I think we are going to have to fight. This water inspired beauty can go from classic to good times in a second depending on the colors it is hanging out with. Turquoise is friends with everybody.  It’s the cool (or warm) guy everyone knows around town that works well with lighter, sand colored tans, and definitely whites.  I just love how white makes turquoise pop! My other favorite colors that pair nicely with turquoise are lime green, orange, coral, navy, black, and grays.

There’s a reason why we, as homeowners, are drawn to turquoise.  Studies have shown that turquoise enhances the ability to focus and concentrate, assisting with clear thinking and decision-making, creativity and the development of good organizational skills.  It’s calming yet invigorating, restoring depleted energies.  According to, “Turquoise encourages inner healing through its ability to enhance empathy and caring.  It heightens our intuitive ability and opens the door to spiritual growth.  It is the color of the evolved soul.  Well, then I’m going to consider my soul evolved.

My last two blog entries (Unique Painting KC’s Favorite Blues, Unique Painting KC’s Favorite Yellows) were created to help you narrow your color search.  We see these colors on walls every day and definitely have our favorites.  There are so many varieties of each color and choosing just one can become overwhelming. In continuing with our “Favorites” trend, I present, our favorite Turquoises:


Peacock Plume SW0020

This is one of my favorite front door colors.  In particular, I love how it looks with Peppercorn SW7647 as a body color with white trim.  Not only does it look gorgeous on the exterior of a front door, it looks equally great on the interior side of the door as well.  I’m not lying when I say this turquoise is neutral enough to go with most any color.


Open Air SW6491

This is the perfect front porch ceiling paint color, in my humble opinion.  I suggest it frequently for folks looking for a good haint blue and it never disappoints.

It is such a light and airy blue that it would also be great in a child’s room or laundry room, but still can be used just about anywhere.


Aqueduct SW6758

This is a personal favorite of mine.  I collect Fiesta Ware dishes and this color is a close match to their turquoise.  I have painted a cabinet surrounding my refrigerator Aqueduct just so it wouldn’t clash with my dishes.  I’m not lying when I tell you it looked amazing!


Seaworthy SW7620

If you’re looking for a deep, refined, dare I say cosmopolitan turquoise, well, you have arrived. I love how this color looks with dark browns, white, and tans.  It is a head turner for sure.


Watery SW6478

This is a front door color that I recommend often for houses painted a light to medium gray with white trim. I actually used it on my own front door. It’s a soft, light turquoise that reflects light nicely.


Grand Canal SW6488

I’m all about this BFF of everything coral.  Grand Canal is a deep teal, meaning it appears on the green side.  It resides just a couple spots down from Reflecting Pool on the swatch strip.  This color would also look great with certain pinks.  Let me tell you, a pink, teal, and coral combo would light up a lanai like the fourth of July.


Deep Sea Dive SW7618

Ok, I have to admit. I have offered Deep Sea Dive as an option for kitchen cabinets (or even just the island) many times, and not one client has been able to take the plunge.  I swear, if I had an island that needed paint in my own home, I wouldn’t even have to think about what color I’d use, this would be the winner, winner, chicken dinner. Deep Sea Dive would look so sharp with brushed gold hardware because of its gold undertones and rich, deep color.  Someday, my friend…someday.


Refuge SW6228

A very pale greige and mustard yellow are two colors that look so perfect with Refuge, a warm teal blue. I’m picturing Refuge as an accent wall with greige on the other walls, white bedding and mustard yellow accent pillows, rugs, and décor.  That right there is a good time.


Reflecting Pool SW6486

Reflecting Pool is in the medium depth of color range on the swatch strip on which it resides.  It is dramatic, but not annoying in any way. It is a great napping color as it is super calming.  I’ve used this color in master bedrooms, baths, and as accent walls in living rooms.


At Sea 666

How can this color not inspire a nautical vibe?  Seriously! I can feel the ocean breeze blowing in my face every time I look at this gorgeous Benjamin Moore turquoise.  It is light and inviting and perfect for a bathroom or bedroom.


Teal Ocean 2049-30

This is probably the most sophisticated color on this list.  It can definitely bring the drama as an entire room color, or accent.  It’s even a fantastic color to paint a piece of furniture.


Surf City 731

What an energizing color! It makes me want to grab a surfboard (even though I don’t surf) and queue up the Beach Boys on the Pandora. I would love to see this warm turquoise in a kid’s room with lots of fun tiki décor.



Mexicali Turquoise 662

This color reminds me of the beach.  Benjamin Moore says Mexicali Turquoise’s inspiration comes from the clear Cancun waters and reminds us of sea glass.  I can’t argue here.  It’s a beauty and definitely makes me want to eat some delicious street tacos while I’m sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in.


There are so many turquoise and teal colors to choose from, but these are our favorites.  They all have different undertones and just as you choose any color for the interior of your home, choosing the right turquoise depends on your furnishings and items you do not plan to change (flooring, tile, interior trim color, countertops, etc.), how the sunlight works in the room being painted, and how you want the room to feel (warm, cool, dark, bright).

For exterior, choosing the right turquoise is also about making sure the color you choose jives with your roof, landscaping, windows, any stone or brick you may have on your house, the area in which you live, and even paying attention to the color of your neighbor’s homes.  Turquoise can be such a relaxing color yet if you’re not careful, choosing the wrong turquoise or using too much can date your home and make it appear less than beachy.

Whether you’re choosing interior or exterior turquoises, taking the time to grab a sample is not a terrible idea, I would recommend it if you’re struggling and even if you’re not. Seeing the color in its element will give you some peace of mind.

And if you’re still having a hard time choosing the right blue, I’m just a phone call away (816-500-7759).

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