Using turquoise for fall decor might seem like an odd choice, but it’s a fresh way to liven up the traditional, warm fall colours. Read on for tips and ideas to add turquoise to your fall decor!
Decorating with Turquoise and Blue-Greens
If you’ve been following me on the blog or on social media, you’ve probably already read or noticed that I LOVE turquoise, aqua, teal and all shades of blue-green. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it.
Therefore, there are a lot of items in our home that are shades of blue-green, ranging from large pieces of furniture to smaller accents. Many things transition well to fall already, in my opinion. A good example is in our living room with the funky curtains with turquoise, yellow, and caramel coloured flowers and leaves, as well as the crocheted baskets I made.
Because I have so much turquoise (and other shades of blue-green) in the house at all other times of the year, it makes sense that it would be incorporated into our fall decor. It’s easy to “shop the house” and reorganize decorative items and shelves to tweak them for a different holiday.
Adding Turquoise to Fall Decor
Besides the ease of using items I already have around the house, there are some other reasons I love using turquoise for fall.
First, typical fall colours – orange, yellow, red, and even brown, are all warm colours. Turquoise (or blue-green), is a cool colour, which creates contrast. It is also across the colour wheel from red-orange, meaning they are complementary. Combining complementary colours creates high contrast and can bring bold visual interest.
Fall is my favourite season with its riot of fall colours and warm, sunny afternoons. But it can also be damp and dark, especially when the leaves have already fallen. I love to brighten up our home any way that I can, and bringing bright contrast between turquoise and the other fall colours is a great way to do that.
Turquoise for Fall on the Front Step
Recently, I hung up my completed barn quilts that I painted, one on the front of the house and one on the back. Of course I used turquoise and aqua because I love them so much, and also yellow because it makes me happy.
I was thrilled to be able to leave it up for fall and work it into my fall decor. Then I hung up a fall wreath that I’ve been using for a few years. I made it myself with some supplies from Michaels.
As well, I have a painted doormat that was another summer project in aqua/turquoise paint. I added a pot of multi-coloured mums, and some pumpkins. The stack of pumpkins is something I’ve always wanted to create.
If I had a large turquoise pot to put the mums in, that would have been another great way to add a punch of colour.
Turquoise For Fall Inside
Our couch is a shade of blue-green, and has an ever changing selection of pillows, throws, quilts and wool blankets on it. Lately I’ve had our turquoise and teal pillows on it, including the zippered pillows I made for a recent tutorial. To contrast, I grabbed a fall quilt and another in orange-reds and turquoise.
Then I set about rearranging our shelves. On one, I added a crocheted basket and some turquoise and yellow books. The finishing touch is a white mini pumpkin. I love those – they’re so cute!
Another shelf got some turquoise and orange books with my favourite globe in a great, deep, vintage turquoise. An orange pumpkin adds another pop of contrast.
We’ve had the most glorious Red Torch Mexican Sunflowers growing all summer long. So I went out and cut some for a small bouquet. Then I stole some Penguin and Pelican books from our ledge in the stairwell to swap out under this smaller globe.
While I was out cutting flowers, I cut some Black-Eyed Susans (which are on their last legs) for another bouquet, and moved around some of my favourite, orange, yellow and turquoise books for the final shelf.
Last Fall, I made a fall flag on off-white linen using felt. I followed several tutorials to make the felt flowers. Then I chose turquoise felt for the “hello FALL” for contrast. This was so much fun to make!
Here’s a closer shot of some of the flowers.
Other Ideas to Incorporate Turquoise in Your Fall Decor
There are many ways to incorporate turquoise for fall. Because traditional fall decor is orange and other warm colours, adding in turquoise does not typically involve buying specific turquoise fall items. Instead, look around your home for items you already own. Or, buy non-fall turquoise items to add to your decor all year-round. Then you can incorporate them when you’re decorating for fall as well.
Note: There are turquoise/teal pumpkins that are sold. However, they are generally used to indicate that a house is offering non-food treats to include children with food allergies during trick-or-treating. There is a program called the Teal Pumpkin Project which you can research for more information.
Here are some other ideas for adding turquoise into your fall decor:
- Books – Create groupings of turquoise and blue-green books, mixed with other fall colours. They can be vintage or modern books
- Blankets and pillows – Adding in blue-greens in blankets and throw cushions can be a great way to add a contrasting pop of colour
- Candles – Try filling a whole bunch of warm, vintage brass candle holders with turquoise taper candles.
- Ribbon – Use turquoise ribbon to tie around items, such as a large glass jar or vase
- Art – Any art with blue-greens in it provides an easy way to add contrast
- Doormat – Paint your own custom doormat with turquoise paint
- Plant pots or vases – Turquoise or blue-green pots and vases add a great contrast. This is especially true when they are filled with warm fall flowers such as sunflowers
- Baskets – Use any blue-green baskets you have, or crochet your own
- Globes – Most globes are already a lovely shade of blue-green and an easy addition to your decor
- Table linens – Another easy way to add turquoise is with a tablecloth, table runner or cloth napkins
- Dishes – Add in some turquoise dishes to your China cabinet or fall dinner table to contrast with those sweet potatoes, pecan pie, cranberry sauce and other warm-coloured fall foods.
- Towels – If you have any blue-green towels for the bathroom or kitchen, fall is a great time to get them out.
What’s Your Opinion?
I love using turquoise in my fall decor, in part because I have so much of it already. But I also love the contrast it creates with the warm colours.
I want to hear from you! How do you feel about adding turquoise into fall decor? Are you all for bringing a modern pop of colour to your decor? Or do you prefer to stick with traditional fall leaf colours? Let me know in the comments below.
All the best,
Well, now turquoise for fall doesn’t just have to be my random raincoat choices! I loooove this color and you’ve sold me on putting some more effort into seasonal decoration because I adore the idea that it doesn’t have to be conventional colors!
Break convention!! We definitely don’t all have to stick with traditions, or we can at least mix them up a little bit. Also, hooray for a turquoise raincoat! What better way to brighten up dreary and damp days?
Love all your turquoise for fall……and every other season! It wouldn’t have been a colour I would have thought of, but you make it work wonderfully!
Thank you so much Linda! I can find a way to make turquoise work for any occasion 🙂
I love all your fall decor – very creative! And I love turquoise too! I never thought about putting books under a globe, but it looks really nice.
Thank you so much Tara! I pretty much put stacks of books under everything! 🙂
100%. Turquoise is for every season!!! 😀
Thanks Deirdre! I’m so glad you’re loyal to turquoise all year-round too! 🙂