Turquoise | An International Color?

Turquoise | Hanoi, VietnamThroughout our travels, we have started to recognize the color turquoise and other variations of it as a kind of international color.  Maybe we just like to photograph this color, so we’re looking for it, but it seems that finding a turquoise painted wall is not so uncommon in places like Nicaragua, Chile, Uganda, Egypt, Russia, Indonesia and so many more.  We’re traveling, so we don’t have our whole collection of photos to post turquoise from around the world, although, maybe we’ll do that in a future post.

Vietnam is no exception in the prominence of turquoise.  In fact, we did get the lowdown on why so many homes, especially rural homes in Vietnam have the interiors painted turquoise.  For many years here the government sanctioned everything, including paint.  So, if someone needed interior paint, there was exactly one option, turquoise.  It also seems, they used this paint for many other things including exteriors and boats as well.  I guess the advantage is you don’t have to fuss with paint chips and try to remember if it supposed to look darker or lighter in a large scale.  Although the people now have painting “free will”, many are comfortable with it and it remains a very popular color in Vietnam.Turquoise | Hanoi, Vietnam

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3 Responses to Turquoise | An International Color?

  1. Jane Hall says:

    Just wanted to let you know as a colorist,how much your work inspires me. I am always preaching about being inspired by colour in your environment and using it in your homes instead of beige, gray and white. Te rest of the world seems to have figured that out, so thank you for bringing the world to me.

    • Meggan says:

      Jane, thank you for following us and for the kind words. I’m grateful that you enjoy our photos and that they are a source of inspiration. We love finding bright colors around the world. As a designer I love to use color as well around the world. I should bring more of it into our home. Thanks again!

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