Thursday, October 7, 2010

Design: Turquoise and Orange in Nature and Design

While visiting the stunning desert in Monument Valley, I couldn't help being struck by the colors, the beautiful contrasting colors. It was wonderful waking up each morning to that perfect color "scheme". I wouldn't really return home and replace my entire landscape with red dirt and rocks, though we do live in a desert (altered in major ways) in Salt Lake City. But I was thinking about the colors of the desert for use inside the home. Turquoise and orange are opposite each other on the color wheel, therefore complementary. Mother nature uses them together without reticence. And the gray greens of growing tumble weed with the red earth---just gorgeous. I've collected examples of interiors using these colors over the last couple of years and include several below. (My huge apologies for not having the credits for all of the photographs.)


  1. Hi, Toni
    What a beautiful post. I really love all the images. They're stunning.
    And, I checked your post about the bedroom. It looks so cozy.

  2. what an awesome piece! loved how you combined all of these images...

    we have traveled to the Canyon and surrounding area several times and I would so go back ANYTIME!




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