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As much as it's a classic, turquoise is trendy right now, and doesn't seem to be going away. And that's just fine by me. Watching the color grow in popularity from summer fashions to home decorating items has been inspiring.

Although I've long been a fan of turquoise, this sought-after color trend was recently reconfirmed. It's soothing, calming and tranquil, which plays a large part in why it is so appealing in fashion and decorating today.

In a recent project, I drybrushed turquoise on some old shutters, and it was love at first sight. The greenish-blue distressed transformation was fantastic. Like a kid in a candy shop, I got a bit carried away.

I upcycled a dark wood finish magazine rack, again using a drybrush technique with Benjamin Moore's HC-132 Harrisburg Green, to transform it from outdated to shabby chic. This piece flew out of the showroom door in less than 24 hours.

Turquoise is turning up in home décor not only in furnishings but also in wallpaper. Turquoise papers seem to be most often paired with gold accents. A Moroccan style design featuring a turquoise background with a gold minaret arch or dome design as an accent has become quite popular. Another popular motif has been the peacock feather, again in gold on a field of turquoise.

Turquoise has been a mainstay of transformation in furniture as well. Dark bed frames painted turquoise become a focal point in a bedroom.


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Bring some tranquility into your room design by upcycling an unused dresser into an accent piece.

If you're considering decorating your home with turquoise, there are many resources online that can help. Color inspiration can be found on design-seeds.com. This is a fantastic tool when looking for accent colors that will work in your living space.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daley decor. She also blogs at debbe daleydesignsllc.blogspot.com.