Turquoise Artistry: A Revealed Palette for Artists

Turquoise is a gorgeous color inspired by nature and with beautiful meanings. But it’s also one of the least well-known colors out there. For example, it’s easy to confuse turquoise, teal, and sky blue. 

So, in this guide, we’ll look at all the different shades of turquoise color. You’ll learn all about the color turquoise, from its different names and meanings to its hex codes. 

Read on to discover the amazing range of turquoise shades. 

What is the Color Turquoise?

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Turquoise is a beautiful, cool color that is both eye-catching and calming. This color looks very natural and creates a tranquil atmosphere. So, it’s the perfect color for use in artwork, interior design, and more. 

How Do You Make the Color Turquoise?

different shades of the color turquoise

The color turquoise is a blue-green shade found in the cool spectrum of colors. You can mix blue and green together if you want to make a turquoise color. You’ll need to adjust the colors gradually until you get the perfect turquoise shade.

But as you’ll see below, there are many different shades of turquoise. So, you can make your paint cooler, darker, brighter, or more muted as desired. 

Where Does the Color Turquoise Come From?

Where does the color turquoise come from

Turquoise occurs naturally in the world as a gem or mineral. This semi-precious gemstone originally came to Europe via Turkey. 

And so, the French named it after their world for Turkish, ‘turquois.’ But the stone originated in mines in the province of Khorasan in Iran.

The name dates back to the 14th century in the English language. And the stone itself has been around for much longer.

This gemstone is quite rare and has been highly sought after since ancient times. And that could be one reason why this color is so popular. 

There’s evidence Ancient Egyptians and Persians used and revered the turquoise gemstone. 

In some cultures, turquoise was thought to bring luck or even considered a holy stone.  It was also used for decoration and ornamentation. 

Different Types of Turquoise

As with any color, turquoise comes in a wide range of shades. So, here’s a detailed guide to the different shades of turquoise. 

Light Turquoise

Light Turquoise

Hex Code: #7EF4CC

You won’t go wrong with light turquoise if you’re looking for fresh, vibrant color. It’s bright and full of vivacity. 

This color looks close to mint green, although it’s a little darker. It’s closer to green than blue, unlike many turquoise shades.

Pale Turquoise

Pale Turquoise

Hex Code: #CDF5F3

This turquoise shade is much less saturated than the others on this list. That means it has more white mixed into it. 

As a result, this color is even more calming and serene. It’s a gorgeous color to use in your home, as it’s not overpowering. But it’s fresh, tranquil, and sure to inspire a peaceful atmosphere.

If you love turquoise but prefer less vivid shades, this one is exactly what you need.

Turquoise Blue

Turquoise Blue

Hex Code: #53B0AE

As you already know, turquoise combines the colors green and blue. This shade is what you get if you go heavy on the color blue. 

So, if you prefer the color blue to green, you might like this shade. And as it contains more blue pigment, it’s also a darker turquoise color. It brings to mind moody seas and tropical plants.

Green Turquoise

Green Turquoise

Hex Code: 30D5C8

In contrast, green turquoise leans a lot more heavily towards the green side of the color wheel. That’s because it has a lot more green pigment and a little blue. 

So, it’s only just recognizable as a turquoise color. But this color is fresh, bright, and vibrant. So, it’s perfect for catching the eye and drawing attention. 

Green turquoise is a very energetic color. So, it doesn’t have the same calming properties as many turquoise shades. Instead, it can signify regeneration, a fresh start, and fertility.


Celeste turquoise

Hex Code: #B2FFF

This light turquoise color is a good representation of a clear sky on a sunny day. And it takes its name from the Italian word for ‘heavenly.’ This color is also known as Italian sky blue.

So, Celeste turquoise is a good call for painting skyscapes. But it works just as well for watery scenes or to add a pop of light blue color. It has greener undertones than sky blue.

Medium Turquoise

Medium Turquoise

Hex Code: #37D1CC

This medium shade is probably pretty close to what comes to mind when you think of turquoise. So, it’s a safe shade to use – neither too bright nor too dark. This color can inspire focus and concentration. 

Dark Turquoise

Dark Turquoise

Hex Code: #00CED1

If you’re hunting for a darker turquoise, this shade could be what you need. This shade isn’t as bright and vibrant as some of the lighter colors on this list. But it’s by no means dull or boring. 

So, if you like a deep turquoise color, this one is perfect. It brings to mind gorgeous tropical ocean water. You can’t go wrong with that.

Bright Turquoise 

Bright Turquoise 

Hex Code: #31F7C5

On the other hand, you might want a bright turquoise color. And this one does exactly what its name suggests. The color is sharp and bright, with green undertones. It’s ideal for painting tropical scenes or colorful abstracts. 

Copper Turquoise 

Copper Turquoise 

Hex Code: #38887F

Copper turquoise is a more green-tinged color than most turquoise shades. As a result, it looks a bit more earthy and muted. That’s because copper has a red color bias that tones down the vibrant blue color. 

Fluorescent Turquoise

Fluorescent Turquoise

Hex Code: #00FDFF

As the name suggests, fluorescent turquoise is one of the brightest shades on this list. It’s so vivid that it could even hurt your eyes! 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fluorescent means ‘bright and glowing.’ And this shade doesn’t disappoint. It’s sure to make an impact and draw your attention, whether you use it in a painting, a logo, or your home interior. 

I would recommend using this color sparingly as it’s so bright. But if you want to make a bold decision, go for fluorescent turquoise. It won’t let you down. 

Neon Turquoise 

Neon Turquoise

Hex Code: #00FFEF

This color does the tricky job of outshining the fluorescent turquoise shade. It’s the only color on this list brighter than the fluorescent color. 

So, use this color with care! It’s extremely bright and will work best when used in small amounts. Otherwise, it could become overwhelming and even hurt your eyes with its neon shade.

Turquoise Noir

Turquoise Noir

Hex Code: #045C5A

Turquoise Noir is one of the darkest shades of turquoise in existence. As the name suggests, that’s because it has a lot more of the color black mixed in. (Noir means black in French). 

So, this shade comes in handy if you need a darker turquoise. It’s a little moody and mysterious. 

It’s also useful for creating turquoise gradients from light to dark. You can also use this shade to create a shaded area or a night scene. 

The Wrap Up 

Now, you know almost everything there is to know about turquoise color. This bright and beautiful shade is one of the most popular colors out there. And that’s not surprising, as it inspires calm, concentration, and peacefulness. 

So, turquoise is one of the best colors you can use in your artwork. And now, you can easily tell the different turquoise shades from each other. 

Let me know which turquoise shade is your favorite in the comments below! 

And make sure to follow Proactive Creative. It’s your place for creative tips, tutorials, and helpful guides. 


Outmane is the founder of Proactive Creative. He is an artist/designer.

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