A somewhat frequent topic of conversation between one of my best friends (also a designer) and me is what we get the most requests for. The color that pops up again and again for us both is aqua. Why is it that this color is asked for on the regular? Obviously one factor for us is that we live along the coast of southeastern North Carolina, but there has to be more to it than geography. To many it is a very calming and soothing color that creates a restful retreat as it can be unobtrusive and quite demure and to others it is bright and joyful and reminds them of a day at the beach. There are countless variations on the color itself. Some tints are more silvery and quiet, while others are bold, spunky shades that border on turquoise. I’ve found that aqua can really work as a neutral in a space… and perhaps that is one of the most essential parts of its magic. It pairs seamlessly with shades of navy, ocean blues, whites, tans, and grays and creates a soft contrast to bolder hues like coral, emerald, yellows, and pinks. The color is just as at home in a bedroom or bathroom as it is in a kitchen, living room, or dining room. There is no end to the versatility of aqua in either style or palette.
When my friend and I have discussed this phenomenon, she has asked me, “So, are you tired of aqua yet?” There are some days where I would love for someone to ask me for something off the wall and different to quell my own creative desires. But my honest answer to that question is “no”. I am not tired of aqua yet and I’m not sure if I ever will be.
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