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Tips for Using Turquoise in Commercial Design

By March 15, 2019February 25th, 2022Commercial Projects


Expert Interior & Exterior Turquoise Design Practices


Spring is an opportune time for new beginnings. When creating your spring “to-dos” adding a new coat of turquoise paint is a small gesture which can make a big difference.

Color theory experts agree color has a big impact on people. Color can build trust with your customers, encourage innovative ideas, and build open channels of employee communication.


Turquoise is a color which encourages trust and open communication.

According to Business Insider, big businesses use color when deciding on branding strategies. Starbucks, for example, uses green to represent youthfulness and eco-friendly products. Richard Branson’s Virgin Group uses the color red to demonstrate excitement, power and physical courage.

Turquoise is a popular choice for interior and exterior designers because it’s a calming color, which puts people at ease. Professionals who communicate daily with clients, like real estate representatives, should consider working from a turquoise color palette for their commercial office.


Let’s look at some ways to use turquoise for your next commercial project:

Turquoise and green interior commercial room.

History of Turquoise:

According to, Turquoise is a mineral, gemstone which comes from ancient Persian and Native American Societies. Today, the majority of mined turquoise comes from the southwest areas of the United States.
In the 1970s, Turquoise became a popular color option for room designers after fashion designers began using this color on the runway.

Turquoise inspiration comes from the land and sea. Think gemstone jewelry from the earth or clean ocean water from the Greek Isles. No matter where in nature your turquoise inspiration derives, design experts continue to choose turquoise as a powerful color scheme.


Tip 1: Mixing the Palette.

The first step of using turquoise paint in any interior or exterior design project is to understand the color palette.

Turquoise is a gemstone which comes in five major shades from different mining resources around the world.

  • Persian- sky blue.
  • Bisbee – deep, smoky blue.
  • Kingman – light, whitish blue.
  • Chinese Turquoise – a sky blue with shades of green.
  • Sleeping beauty – a robin’s egg blue. Most popular in the United States.


Each of these colors can be mixed differently to create multiple shades of turquoise.

On the color wheel, turquoise sits between blue and green.

When mixing acrylic or oil paints, it’s important to:
Take the time to create some color samples.
Experiment by mixing different shades of yellow, white, green and blue.
Remember to write down the specific measurements of each paint color.
Experimenting with colors is fun, but once you have found the right shade of turquoise that works for you, you will not want to forget the exact amounts of paint product you will need in order to recreate the perfect color.

Tip 2: Know the Materials

Often the oldest structures are in need of the most repair after a long winter.

Dry wooden walls and window panels begin to crack allowing heat and humidity into your commercial space. Before choosing to add two coats of paint over your latest spring repair, be mindful of how each paint color will dry while working with different materials.

The most cost and time efficient way to pick the right paint color for wood is to talk with a professional. Talking to an expert who has worked with the specific paint your inquiring about will ensure you the best advice before moving forward with any project.

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There are so many options for choosing types of paints to work with, milk paint, oil-based paint, latex paint, water-based paint, and the list continues.

Experts agree the type of paint you choose for wood painting, like weathered wood for instance, does not matter as much as the amount of wood cleaning and preparation.

A great DIY article on, gives you some efficient tips for working with different types of wood projects. Bob writes, “How knotty your wood is may guide you in deciding which types of primer and paint you use, as oil-based primers (like the paints) do a better job penetrating and sealing the wood and block tannins more effectively than water-based primers.”

If you are choosing to work with a Bisbee turquoise shade, for example, on dark, knotty wood, selecting the right type of primer will be a very important step in order to prevent pieces of the wood from breaking off and mixing with the paint.


Tip 3: Choose an Accent

Once you have decided on the right turquoise palette and material for your next contemporary home office or industrial commercial space, the second step is to decide how much turquoise is too much? In the interior design world, “accent colors” is a popular term used for describing paint designs.

Accent paint choices are defined as colors which are used to highlight certain room assets and color schemes. Accent colors are typically applied sparingly in order to highlight certain features such as a turquoise table or a turquoise chair.

An effective idea for the use of turquoise as an accent color in an interior office design project, would be to use turquoise as the color for office shelves, bookcases, pillows and desks. Choosing white as the primary color for the walls with accent turquoise furniture and shelves is an attention-grabbing-way to invite office guests into your working space.


Tip 4: Exterior Design Choices

Those in the Sales Industry understand, you only have one chance to make a positive first impression to your customers. One way to bring customers inside your commercial space is to consider using turquoise as an exterior design color.

One fantastic use of turquoise for an exterior architectural design concept comes from an urban office in Romania constructed in 2015.

Check out this amazing photograph courtesy of

An exterior shot of a turquoise commercial building from archdaily.

Exterior shot of a turquoise commercial building from

There’s no looking past this contemporary design and color.

You don’t have to fly to Romania, however, in order to use this color effectively in your next commercial paint project.

Does your salon or retail shop hold a visible location from the street? Consider painting your entrance door a bold, Persian turquoise coloring. This beautiful color will not only grab your customers attention but also make for great local conversation.

Stand apart from the other businesses in the neighborhood by choosing turquoise as a color for your next exterior commercial project.


Tip 5: Color Forecasting

Another effective way to use turquoise in a commercial design project is to take risks while color forecasting.

In an article from, Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes color forecasting as “reinventing the ways you put colors together, so you get a fresh, clean feeling, without abandoning the hues that fit your personal taste.”

What better way to reinvent a space than to use a daring color like turquoise in one of the unlikeliest of places like a commercial bathroom?

Restaurants, small offices and retail shopping centers vary on design choices when choosing a clean bathroom presentation. When neglected, bathrooms can appear bleak, dark or worse, dirty. Take a risk and paint those boring bathroom cabinets with bright shades of sky-blue turquoise!


Turquoise will brighten-up what could otherwise be perceived as a bland use of space.

You won’t regret choosing turquoise for your next commercial renovation. Leave your customers feeling refreshed and energized with turquoise.

Having cold feet? Splashing turquoise on cabinets and shelves is a useful way to incorporate a touch of bright coloring without having to completely change the entire wall color.

Feeling fun? Dark, turquoise tiling around large, oval mirrors is another smart way to work this playful color into a communal space.


Here to Stay

Ever since the ancient Persians and Native Americans, societies have placed a high demand on turquoise.

Turquoise is one of those colors which brings communities together. Since its popularity in the 1870s amongst Turkish traders, and fashion designers in the 1970s, turquoise continues to transform the way people perceive jewelry, fashion and room designs.


Bring some cheerful vibes into your next interior or exterior commercial project with turquoise!

Choosing turquoise is one powerful way to beat out the competition.

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