Which is which: Aqua vs Turquoise

So, until this morning I was under the impression that I was crystal clear (hehehe) on the difference between aqua and turquoise. Turns out that after a little research, I had it ALL wrong.  After I retrieved my blown mind from across the room, we (and by “we” I mean Mr. Trash to Treasure)  put together a little snapshot visual of the difference as a little cheat sheet:

 

My cheat sheet

 

Of course there are many gradients within each of these colors so the plot (paint!) thickens..but I thought this was a good starting point. So, if you’re looking to go a little mid-century Retro with your pops of color, it looks like turquoise is the one that packs the strongest vintage punch.  Retro Renovation is an EXCELLENT source of all things related to retro decor such as this fantastic paint chip sample from the 1950s and 60s:

 

 1950s 60s paint samples curtesy of www.retrorenovation.com

 

Now we can all go forth with confidence and state our love for either color with absolute conviction, until the conversation shifts to magenta vs. fuchsia…oh boy..

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