Saturday, July 28, 2012

Aqua, turquoise or teal ...

I wonder how many times I have interchanged the names of aqua, turquoise and teal when referring to shades of blue/green. I'm probably not the only one who has erred when trying to pluck out the right color description. So, this is for all of us who want to make amends and get it right from this day forward.

Not everyone will have their monitors adjusted the same, so there will be some differences as we each look at the colors above, but I'll try to describe them as best as I can.

The word itself comes from the Greek word kýanos (which we now call cyan), meaning blue. Aqua is considered a secondary color about half way between blue and green on the color wheel.

Like the wall colors in the rooms below, aqua can be bright and vivid in electric hues or a watery pastel.

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The word 'turquoise' is French and was first used to describe the gemstone commercialized by the Turkish (and now more identified with the American southwest). On the color wheel it is a green with blue tone and ranges from soft, pale colors to vibrant, intense shades.

This is my personal favorite in the color block, and I think the more lively, the better!

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Image via Iasara

Teal is a low saturation color that is as often called teal-blue as it is teal-green. It is a moniker given by the English to a shade that replicates the color surrounding the eyes of a 'Teal Duck.' It incorporates black or gray pigment into the combination of blue and green to create a rich, warm and inviting color profile.

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 Okay class, there will be a test later!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the brief post with great pictures. I'm hoping to use aqua or turquoise for my wedding and I'm now glad to know the difference when describing it to vendors/creating invites/etc. Thank you!

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