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Decorating With Turquoise
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Relaxing Retreats

August 2012

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Decorating With Turquoise

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Split Complementary

Harmonious and interesting, split-complementary colors will give your room just enough contrast. To find the split complement of turquoise, look to the left and right of its complement, orange-red. In the case of turquoise, the split-complementary scheme would include orange and red.

This beautiful bedroom shows that by scarcely adding turquoise, even the most color shy of decorators can warm up to the idea. True orange and red in the split complements of turquoise–are bold. But when watered down a bit, they're much more likely to lull you to sleep than leave you wired.

Warm camel walls create a nice neutral canvas by which to introduce brighter tones. They also create contrast with the dark cherry finish of the bedroom furniture and dramatic, brick red drapes. And while the hushed blue bed linens may be subtle, they still fall in the turquoise family, which is really the beauty of using this color so sparingly–it can assume several likenesses! Now to turn up the volume on an otherwise monotone vibe, try adding terracotta, tangerine and turquoise throw pillows, as we've done here.

To complete your welcoming turquoise retreat, look for an area rug that strikes the right balance of turquoise with its split complements. We also love how well this rug relates to the other elements in the room. It's interesting print draws the eye down but without completely detracting from the finesse of the rest of the room.

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