Interior Design

Designer Kit Kemp shares why she doesn't like turquoise – and key times she breaks her own rule to use it

The color master usually avoids this oceanic hue – but there's the exception to her rule

Kit Kemp turquoise tips
(Image credit: Kit Kemp)

Interior designer Kit Kemp is synonymous with color... Her palette is so iconic that it has shaped hotels on both sides of the Atlantic while creating the most beautiful homes in the process. 

Kit is celebrated for her rainbow-infused spaces, which she curates through kaleidoscopic wallpapers, bold textiles, and vibrant artworks. Despite her fearless schemes, there is one color that Kit urges you to use with caution: turquoise. 

Kit usually avoids this daring color; however, rules are made to be broken, and even she has succumbed to this vivid tone under specific circumstances. Here, Kit shares her interior design tips – and when to indulge in this aquatic hue – in a recent post.

Kit Kemp turquoise tips

(Image credit: Kit Kemp)

'When it comes to turquoise, the truth is, we don't really like it. Of all the wondrous shades of blue, turquoise is a color I'm forever telling my team to avoid. It can often feel sickly, and a little distasteful,' Kit says. However, when the correct tones of turquoise have the potential to work in a room, Kit isn't afraid to break her rule. 

'Perfectly pairing turquoise is key to its success in a room,' Kit reveals. 'Turquoise and all its varying tones can often be the spark that gives a room strength, the happy injection that provides that uplifting feeling as you enter a space, and the twist that gives it interest,' she confesses. 

Kit Kemp turquoise tips

(Image credit: Kit Kemp)

The Drawing Room in Kit's Ham Yard Hotel in London (above) epitomizes Kit's use of turquoise and how to experiment when the right shade of turquoise comes into play. 'Turquoise can be the zing in a room that adds a lively and uplifting feel,' Kit shares. 'The turquoise that comes through in the sofa fabric is a welcome change of pace for the wider room, providing a sharp contrast to the orange and brown tones.'

Decorating with blue can be tricky, and while turquoise is not Kit's first choice, she shares that the color is sometimes the key to a balanced – and wholly exciting – scheme. The secret to success is found in the room's broader scheme and how it pairs with other colors in the space.

Kit Kemp turquoise tips

(Image credit: Kit Kemp)

'This lovely zingy green fabric on the chairs is perfectly balanced by the inclusion of turquoise. In the wider room, we also brought it in on the sofa cushions to ensure this energy is seen throughout the space. Together green and turquoise create a beautiful jade-like color, which is rich and exciting to use,' she says. 

'Choosing turquoise is a matter of going for the most beautiful jewel tones that sit within the broader spectrum of the color,' Kit adds. 

Kit Kemp turquoise tips

(Image credit: Kit Kemp)

So, the only time you should use turquoise in your home is alongside a suitable color pairing, as seen in Ham Yard Hotel. Plus, Kit Kemp's interior design tips don't stop here, as she exhibits more turquoise interiors over on her blog. 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.