I really thought I could cover one color each week, but I’m still stuck on Turquoise. Since I work with so many new parents (painting nursery murals), I’m always interested in decorating nurseries – trends, colors, etc.
One of my ‘go-to’ sites is ProjectNursery. Their website is full of great stuff, as is their blog. They have a wonderful Gallery of what they call ‘real rooms’ – where you can upload pics of your own nursery. I enjoyed this article on How Color Affects Your Baby. While they don’t specifically cover Turquoise, they do write about blue & green, so you can blend the two and get a feel for Turquoise.
Usually there are two approaches when decorating a nursery – 1) choose a bedding pattern and use it as inspiration for wall color & accessories, or 2) choose a color palette and find coordinating bedding. I don’t believe one choice is better than the other unless you are choosing color for its vibration, as in feng shui elements.
The current trend with turquoise is to pair it with a shade of brown. You see this in other rooms too – not just Baby’s. From a feng shui standpoint, I like this. Since turquoise is a combination of 2 elements, Water (blue) & Wood (green), when you add brown, the vibration of Earth is now present. The combination of colors has the tranquility of Water , the freshness of Wood, & the supporting nature of Earth. A wonderful blend for a little one’s room, don’t you think?
Pottery Barn Kids
Another plus for using Turquoise in a nursery is it can be gender-neutral. Try as we might to escape the ‘pink is for girls/blue is for boys’ stereotypes, it’s still pervasive in our society. Yes, there is more usage of yellows & greens & even black now – but just look at greeting cards & wrapping paper and you’ll see Pink is still for girls/Blue for Boys.
Not so much with turquoise, as Pottery Barn Kids displays above. You’ve still got the turquoise paired with cocoa brown, but they’ve backed the quilt with pink, and added pink touches to the bumpers & dust ruffle. So with this bedding, Turquoise would most likely be for a baby girl.
Land of Nod
The geometric pattern above could work for either a boy or girl, really. While Land of Nod (Crate & Barrel’s children line) didn’t add any pink, they’ve included a wide color palette that would enhance any boy’s, or girl’s, room!
Another asset to Land of Nod’s turquoise bedding are the circles. Remember that circles are the shape of Metal, which corresponds to Creativity. Hmmm, do you think that’s why polka dots are so popular in children’s rooms?
If you’d like to read some basics about Feng Shui & Baby’s Room, Tabitha Miller covers the bases really well.
As always, if you have specific questions, just email me & I’ll see if I can answer them.