The color turquoise


It is hard to pick out a paint color.

This is what my kitchen wall looked like after a trip to Home Depot yesterday morning.

Apparently my camera has intensified all the colors drastically because I promise I’m not about to paint my kitchen Taco Cabana Blue. The colors are all much softer in person.

(The royal blue stuff is the tape that one of the Mendez brothers placed over the light switch and the thermostat sensor)

(Also, the Mendez brothers should not be confused with the Menendez brothers)

But I’m still not sure I’ve found what I’m looking for so I’m heading to the hardware store to look at Benjamin Moore paint samples, specifically Mermaid Green which a few of you mentioned in the comments yesterday.

In the meantime, my kitchen is covered in spackle and sheetrock shavings and my OCD nature is only going to be able to survive this kind of chaos for about twenty-four more hours before I just start slapping paint on something to make all the messy go away.

Pray for me.


  1. says

    Maybe it’s just met, but you should totally leave your kitchen like that. I wouldn’t drive you to insanity quickly or anything.

  2. Lacey Headley says

    Benjamin Moore is just what you need! They have color consultants who are very helpful, and no, I’m not they’re spokesperson 😉 they have helped me pick colors for several rooms in my home and I’ve been happy with every one of them. I think your turquoise kitchen will look great when it’s finished!!

  3. says

    If you have even a shirt the color you’re looking for, you could take it and they’ll color match it. I did that with a shower curtain and it turned out perfectly!

  4. says

    This is why my tiny outdated kitchen stays that way. I would never be able to stand the messy process of painting and updating. Oh, I have thought about it a lot, but I have such an instant gratification mentality that I would want it started and finished in one day! And we all know that wouldn’t happen :)

  5. says

    I had my sunroom painted Veridian Green a few weeks ago, which is really a great subtle shade of turquoise. Good Luck!

  6. mindy says

    Rythym and Blues, rythym and blues. By Benjamin Moore. And that is so funny that you cleared up the Mendez brothers, because my mind went there about the Menendez brothers. Bad Lifetime movies stick for a looooong time….

    (I keep thinking I’m spelling rythym wrong, but I looked it up….guess it will just have to look wrong to me!)

  7. says

    I like the one on the top right. But computer screens distort colors, and you said your camera does too, so I could be totally off. Sorry I’m not any help. :s Good luck choosing your color!

  8. says

    I just bought “Weathered Glass” by Eddie Bauer. It may be a bit light for you but it’s supposed to be 2 shades lighter than a Tiffany’s jewelry box.

  9. Cookie says

    Be sure and take a look at Rainwashed at Sherwin Williams. Cant wait to see what you decide.

  10. Sue Speir says

    I love being a southerner. And I love that, in the south, “Y’all” can be a complete sentence. That was my favorite part of the post, because I could so hear you saying that.

    I am TERRIBLE at picking out colors, and I have a hideous yellow bedroom and an orange (supposed to be a khaki) bathroom to prove it. I am too intimidated to even try again. Maybe I will try Benjamin Moore.

    Good luck and I hope you absolutely love it when it is done!

    Love from Georgia!

  11. Brickhouse says

    I wish you could slap some texture and paint on my bathroom walls.. I have been living with ugly for quite some time now. The original thought was to strip the wallpaper and paint, but apparently, the previous owners had the same thought, and when they tore up the walls removing the wallpaper, they didn’t feel like texturing and just stuck more ugly wallpaper on top of the mess. And now I am stuck with the texture project. And I continue to stare at ugly til I get one of those round tuits.

  12. says

    Good luck picking a color! When we had our house repainted inside and out after Hurricane Ike, I almost lost my mind. I guess the great thing about paint is if you don’t like it you can paint over it. Keep us posted. Kitchen redo’s are one of my favorite things to see.

  13. says

    I just looked up harbor fog by Benjamin Moore and it’s beautiful! (I’m a dork. I’ve been plugging in soft gray/blues for my kitchen for weeks…leaning toward silver marlin or silver lining…I tend to be unduly influenced by poetic names of colors, by the way…anyone else?)

  14. says

    Oh my Word. Thank you so much for clearing up that whole Mendez/Menendez confusion. That is TOTALLY where my mind went and I laughed out loud when I read that part! Just the grin I needed to go with my coffee this morning! Thanks!

  15. says

    OH! It has been driving me!!! I can NOT find my color swatch from my bedroom anywhere! Olympic used to make a Biltmore Collection of colors and my turqoise blue is from that collection. It’s the perfect combo of blue and green with the tiniest hint of grey. It’s been on my walls for 4 years and I can’t imagine changing it. It goes well with dark wood and with white and everything in between and you can use green, red or brown for accents. I’ve asked Olympic on facebook to find the color name for me but I haven’t heard back from them yet. The closest color I can find is Sherwin-Williams’ Watery SW6478.
    Here are pictures of my room at different times of the day. The 1st one is most accurate for color (taken with my new camera)

    Good luck, dear!

  16. says

    I’m right with you jumping to the Menendez conclusion.

    I’ve had good luck with Benjamin Moore as well. Can’t wait to see what you choose.

  17. says

    Oh, your OCD would not survive in my house. For the last 4 months, that’s right FOUR MONTHS, I have lived in a home where everything is in a constant state of being covered in plaster dust. The dining room lead to the half bath, which lead back to the dining room. I went and dropped $140 on paint and supplies the other day because I’m being told the end is near.
    And Sherwin Williams paint ROCKS. They can color match ANYTHING. So if you wanted to paint your kitchen the color of a piece of jewelery, they could do it!!! I envy you and your quick job completion!

  18. Jennifer Mayo says

    I love that you’re doing turquoise! I just painted my kitchen/living room a blue called Crashing Waves (Olympia @ Lowes) and I really like it, but I originally wanted something a bit more turquoise. A lady at our church in Georgetown (Tera Hamptom) is on HGTV Design Star this year and on her portfolio page she has a turquoise and black bed room that is really cool.

  19. says

    Benjamin Moore all the way…check out their Woodlawn Blue too..I’ve seen it on a wall and it was lovely.

  20. says

    Your kitchen is going to look so cute! At first when i looked at that picture I thought you were doing a geography lesson with C for the summer and tried to paint the world and bodies of water… :) My kitchen looked just like that (although I’m sure I had at least 3 more shades of green lined up) but it all worked out. You’ll find the right blue just in time to keep your sanity…I hope! Can’t wait to see more pics!

  21. Emily H says

    You should also try Tropicana Cabana or for a little more subtle try Jamaican Aqua. They also have a color called Turquoise Haze. My dad is a painter and uses Benjamin Moore paint and I actually have thier entire color wheel sitting on my desk right now! I could just keep giving you ideas but it might just be confusing!! Good luck!

  22. says

    We’re wild about Ferrell-Calhoun paint colors, and the paint is really easy to work with.

    Good luck! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  23. Jes says

    Yesterday when I read your post I read Mendez as Menendez and thought oh there must be a story there.

    Can wait to see what you pick although I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference as all the blues look just about the same to me. I love that you are adding such a pretty color. I need to do that.

  24. Kelly says

    Erin from House of Turquoise featured some readers’ rooms with Rainwashed on the walls yesterday – gorgeous!

    My bedroom is painted Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue, and I just *love* it! It may not be bright enough for your kitchen, but it’s a beautiful color and looks different depending on how the light catches it.

  25. marla says

    I read your blog daily and this is first time for commenting because I L.O.V.E. turquoise too! When you first posted that you were going to paint your kitchen turquoise, I had already said the same and had 3 shades of it painted on every wall (i wanted to see it all times of day, in all kinds of light) in my kitchen. I wanted it to be perfect, just like I had pictured in my mind but it was more difficult than I had anticipated. Soooo, I ended up painting my kitchen Tibetan Orange from the Behr line at HD. I know, I know.
    But, I am accenting with various shades of turquoise throughout the kitchen and I LOVE it.
    A bit of advice, even though I am not sure you asked. I would highly recommend the Behr paint and primer in one from HD. I was a paint snob and tried after it was recommended by a friend and it was FABULOUS! I only used 3/4 of a gallon in my kitchen. And with the previous Sherwin Williams paint I previously used it took over a gallon and a half! Also, purchase a sheep’s wool roller to paint with. It can be washed out after your job, saved and reused. Pricey but worth it for the coverage it provides!

    Good Luck! I can’t wait to see the finished product!
    I love your blog!!

  26. Anne says

    I totally empathize with the indecision!! Too many colors and too big a decision! I tried literally 19 shades of “sand” (tan) on my wall before finding the right color. And that was just an “off white”!! Best of luck to you!!

  27. says

    You probably already know this, but…one thing a designer friend once told me was to make sure to look at the color at different times of the day because it looks different depending on where the sun is. I can’t wait to see the finished project!

  28. says

    I like the blue on the top right best….hmmm, mermaid green sounds interesting! I love BM paint, too. Used it on the past two houses (on every wall, as a matter of fact). I think God was laughing when we picked this house, where one wall never ends well enough to know where to stop painting, so I don’t. Bleh. I like to paint!

  29. Laurie says

    So I wasn’t the only who misread the Mendez/Menendez deal!! Thanks for clearing that up!

    About 3 yrs ago, while working full-time AND training for the breast cancer 3-day walk (which was very time consuming) my husband decided that would be the perfect time to update our kitchen, bathrooms, and put down new flooring! Exciting, but it just about pushed me over the edge. I had ideas of paint colors in my head, but I remember one more he came to me and said “I’m leaving for the paint store, what’s this bathroom going to be?” Really, I had to make a decision right THEN??!! I chose a chocolate color and honestly never looked back! Sometimes you just have to wing it. And remember, it’s paint and can always be repainted if it turns out horrible! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  30. Lisa Botts says

    I have to tell you this – we started to remodel the kitchen in my parents’ old house last October. I just got my countertops tiled and I still need to grout part of them before I can put my sink back in. I have been without a kitchen for all practical purposes for EIGHT MONTHS!!! I suffocated my OCD somewhere around Christmas.

  31. says

    hi there!

    the one on the top row, far left looks the best from this vantage.

    Again, considering the whole monitor color difference thing. : )

  32. says

    Just discovered a blog yesterday that is going to save your sanity (hopefully… I hope you didn’t get too early a start-ha- and drive yourself nuts already)… it is called…. House of Turquoise! Apparently she is a super big fanof the color, so she collects photos of peoples rooms painted turq. I’m guessing it would be a fantastic resource… unless of course it brings up too many options.

  33. Amanda says

    Okay that’s so funny…..I keep reading Menedez upon first glance but I knew that was wrong. It would be super creepy to have the Menedez bros working on your kitchen!!!!

  34. Marianka says

    Love the colors, esp the one just above and right of light switch. can’t wait to see the “after” pics!!

  35. says

    My mom painted her living room a beautiful shade of turquoise a couple years ago. From your original “inspiration” photo, I think this shade might be just what you are looking for. If they still sell it….check it out!
    Good luck!
    Benjamin Moore
    “Mill Springs Blue” – Pearl finish
    Premium Interior Latex

  36. mzzterry says

    there are as many perfect blue suggestions as there are people. thats what i love about choice!! my choice this season is sage green. it will probably change in a few weeks. its just paint!

  37. says

    Hmmm…I must be color-challenged because all of your choices look like “Aqua” to me and not “Turquoise”. I thought turquoise was more green. You should know, however, that I am absolutely no good at choosing paint colors. My husband can choose the right color the first time every time but I am not so blessed. Good luck with your search!

  38. says

    I was totally wondering why you were “nicknaming” your painters the names of murderous felons. I thought I surely missed a blog post somewhere along the way. Thanks for the clarification.

    Can’t wait to see what color you pick! I have no experience with turquoise paint, but I’m completely in love with turquoise accents all over my house!

  39. says

    Melanie, I learned this lesson the HARD WAY. Instead of painting a b’jillion samples directly on your walls, paint them on poster board. Take a few pieces of white posterboard, cut them into fourths, and paint a different color on each piece. That way you can look at each color by itself and move the sample to different walls in the kitchen to see the color under various lights. It’s much easier to narrow down your choices if your walls aren’t cluttered up with bad options, too.

  40. Julie says

    Makes me so happy that you posted that picture.

    Should I send a picture of the paint chips that have been on my dining room wall? For a YEAR!!

    hugs and prayers ~ J

  41. says

    OOoooh, I love em all!! So bright and happy! I especially like the middle blob above the light/thermostat and the bottom left. I’m totally inspired now, but I hear ya on the OCD. It’s a beast that one! Good Luck!

  42. says

    WooHoo! Headed down to your neck of the woods on Monday for a week full of South Texas fun in the sun (as opposed to the North Texas sun that we love so dearly). Hello Hyatt Wild Oaks Resort, here we come!!

  43. says

    I’m so glad you cleared up the Mendez/Menendez Brothers issue. For a minute I was worried that you might have killers helping you paint your kitchen. And frankly, picking out paint colors is hard enough without worrying about being murdered by a paint brush wielding crazy person.