Faithful readers will recall that when my brother John pulled a piece of the 1970s wood panelling off the Manse’s kitchen wall, he revealed the colour that the original plaster was painted in 1964, when my family moved in. It was a greenish-turquoise; the name of a close-match paint chip that I found at the Rashotte Home Building Centre in Tweed is “Sea Inspired.” And speaking of inspired, I think I have become inspired by the colour turquoise.
Apparently I’m not alone, because now that I’m thinking about turquoise I’m suddenly seeing it everywhere. I believe turquoise is coming back into its own.
The appeal to me of using it in the Manse kitchen is twofold: one, it will give it the retro look of the Mad Men days when we first lived there; and two, turquoise and white are a beautiful, bright, fresh combination. Seasideish and breezy. It seems to work best in rooms that have a lot of sunlight; in darker rooms, I think turquoise would be gloomy. But one thing everyone who walks into the Manse says is, “This house is so bright!” And it is. I think that with glossy white wainscotting and a bright white tin ceiling, those turquoise plaster walls in the kitchen are going to be stunning.
But back to turquoise being everywhere I look. Our great friend Susan Stevenson told us the other day about a downtown Montreal store that sells Aga stoves (it’s Grange at Union and President Kennedy, for those in or near Montreal; Almar on Décarie also sells them). A couple of days later I was passing by it on my way to a meeting. No time to go in, but I could see the Aga section through the display windows. Guess what colour the first one I spotted was.
Grange sells furniture and many other home-decor items, and another thing that caught my eye was a modern chandelier, black metal hardware and maybe 20 or 25 individual lamps, each with its own shade – in, of course, turquoise. Now that would look cool over the kitchen table!