The Colors of the Ocean: Home Décor Ideas
I'll admit it—I was raised in an aqua home. Yes, our dining room, living room, and kitchen were covered with aqua décor. The draperies (of course in aqua) covered not only the windows but also the walls. The home was comfortable and charming, and the glow from the aqua décor brings back fond memories, even today.
What is so great about aqua? It reminds me of the ocean. It is natural and joyful. I can just envision dolphins jumping for joy, delighted by this beautiful blue color.
Teal and turquoise are other distinctive shades that can work anywhere from the bathroom to the garden shed. Beware, however, these are unforgettable shades—journey with me to see why and decide for yourself if these fantastic colors, derived from the sea, are suitable for your home's décor.
In my home, there are several pieces in aqua and turquoise, from the matting around my $10 Oriental paintings to a chest I painted in vibrant turquoise.
A business associate of my husband's has an aqua car—a Thunderbird convertible! And in my last home, I had a bathroom that my neighbor's children called the "funky green" bathroom. That was close to 5 years ago. Now, aqua is back with a passion—and what a delightful passion it is!
Teal, Aqua, and Turquoise in the Kitchen
Aqua colors also work very well in the kitchen, especially for beachfront or waterfront homes. Add in the classic white and you have a contrast that is sure to please everyone—the décor is simply timeless.
Aqua and Turquoise Kitchen Tiles
Ocean Colors in the Bathroom in Any Form—Tile, Towels, and More!
I once had a fitness client whose personal goal was to swim in every ocean of the world. I could relate but settled for having an aqua bathroom. Whether you add color with accents such as a shower curtain or towels, or simply through the decorations, these ocean tones are always distinctive and inviting. Small spaces such as a bathroom are especially conducive to this color palette.
Turquoise and Teal FurnitureClick thumbnail to view full-size
Turquoise for the Office
Teal, aqua, and turquoise remind us of the beautiful color tones of the sea. Any room or accent looks gorgeous in these shades. It could be ultra-modern, it could be classic, or it could be a garden structure turned into a gorgeous outdoor office. Enjoy aquatic colors—use them liberally and celebrate the vibrant colors of the sea!
Aqua Living Room Décor Ideas
Outdoor Design Ideas
Beautiful Teal Wood Garage Door
We can readily imagine a front door in teal. We can even imagine shutters—but who would ever imagine that they would look this great? Of course, the detail on the wood molding is the real statement piece, but what a fantastic way to call attention to the exquisite wood molding and windows on a garage door.
Aqua Potting ShedsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The miracle of a teal blue ocean is something I pray every human has the chance to experience. It cannot be captured in a photo or even in a video—it has to be seen firsthand. A room can be painted in teal to remind you of that out-of-body first-hand ocean experience. But it is only a memory, a fond memory of the diversity of color that explodes into being when the bright blue sky casts its gleam upon the pristine waters of the ocean.
John F. Kennedy perhaps stated it best—we are derived from the sea. In many ways, I feel closer to the sea than even to my own flesh and blood. Perhaps the sea is my paternal family? Perhaps the Greek fables of Poseidon were correct in some transcendental way? Or it is more simplistic and JFK is right, we came from the sea?
Questions & Answers
© 2011 Ken Kline