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February 16, 2011

colors of inspiration | turquoise accent wall

Five months ago, I was dreaming of a turquoise accent wall. I drew inspiration from the serene things in life that I found beautiful — namely ocean water and chunky turquoise jewelry. After months of comparing the slightest nuances in shades of teal, turquoise, sea blue and green, I think I’ve finally narrowed down my color choices for an accent wall in my sweet little suburban apartment.

Olympic Paint and Stain sent me its collection of color swatches, appropriately called “Colors of Inspiration,” to help me find the best interior paint color for my accent wall. I knew I wanted to use Olympic Paint and Stain on my accent wall because the company provides a stellar selection of zero-VOC paint colors and zero-VOC primer — that means I won’t be polluting my indoor air quality while trying to bring a sense of calm to my living room!

olympic paint and stain colors of inspiration

{Olympic Paint and Stain's "Colors of Inspiration" swatch booklet contains more than 1,200 zero-VOC paint colors.}

While I cooed over all sorts of beautiful shades — from fiery oranges to sweet pinks and moody plums — I was still set on finding the perfect shade of turquoise to splash upon my walls. Make no mistake — red is by far my favorite color — but there’s something so soothing about turquoise that I am always drawn to it. In narrowing down my color choices, I looked to items I already owned that seemed to be the perfect shade of turquoise and tried to match the swatches as closely as possible to those items.

turquoise and brown shoe with thich nhat hanh postcard

{Of course I have jeweled shoes that match the colors I've picked for my living room. My Thich Nhat Hanh postcard contains all the elements of calm, too: blue ocean water and soothing words.}

turquoise jewelry

{Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry mimic the colors I've chosen for my living room. Those earrings even showcase my other furniture accent color — orange!}

With several color swatches and my turquoise things scattered over my coffee table, I decided that these four colors from Olympic Paint and Stain were the best contenders for my living room accent wall: Pale Jade, Whirlpool, Mermaid’s Tail and San Juan Spritz.

olympic paint and stain turquoise paint

{They may look really similar here, but these paint colors are so different on the wall.}

After priming my wall (never apply paint to bare walls — the color won’t be in its truest form!) with Olympic Zero VOC Interior Primer, I painted four test squares of my top turquoise choices. (Luckily, I have a large framed poster that lies against the accent wall, so I can cover these swatches when I don’t want to be distracted by these random squares against my stark-white wall!) I now have my favorites narrowed to two from these four colors. Which color do you like the best?

olympic paint and stain turquoise color blocks

{Clockwise, from top left: Pale Jade, Whirlpool, San Juan Spritz, Mermaid's Tail}

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  • http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com/ Caro

    Oooh! I love this idea. It’s hard to pick a color from those swatches. I feel like I need to see them far away on the wall too. I love the brightness of Whirlpool, but I find the others to be more soothing than that. I think Pale Jade is a happy medium between the soft Mermaid’s Tail and the greeny San Juan Spritz. But, if you’re just doing an accent wall, perhaps you want to go really big and do the bright Whirlpool.

  • Peyton Baldwin

    Whirlpool. Definitely. And let me know if you need help painting!

  • http://www.vervecolor.com Jessie

    I like the San Juan Spritz from the photo – it has more dimension and depth than the others. It looks like it will play with all different kinds of light and still look great. Don’t forget to do two coats! :) Happy Painting!

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  • http://ginadebacker.wordpress.com Gina

    It’s really hard to choose from these photos alone, but if you want to go big or go home choose Whirpool. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • http://www.premiumeyecenters.com/ Sheila

    I don’t know why, but this season I had an attraction for turquoise, I bought clothes, jewelries and all kind of accessories in this color. When I see that color it reminds about beach,ocean, summer holidays. I would love to have my walls painted in turquoise, I choose pale jade or mermaid’s tail :)

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    Sheila, I know what you mean — such a soothing color that reminds you of such beautiful things :) Thanks for your input — I’m still deciding between two, and I think I know which one I want…reveal soon! xx

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