The Turquoise Drawing Room at Castle Howard

Turquoise and gold upholstered furniture and walls

One of my favourite rooms from our visit to Castle Howard back in the summer was the Turquoise Drawing Room - and it’s easy to see how it got its name, isn’t it?

It’s the type of room that makes use of a single pattern and colour.


On the furniture, on the walls and at the windows.

It’s definitely bold, and better for it. As with many of these grand houses, the rooms are large and therefore need everything on a much larger scale than in our domestic settings.

And of course there’s the matter of showing off, or making sure your wealth isn’t hidden. And the turquoise here is set off against the gilded furniture and picture frames, which I think gives it an extra pop.

Turquoise festoon blinds at Castle Howard

The window dressing though had me remembering festoon blinds from the eighties, which of course, just goes to show that even interior trends come around time and again.

A crystal chandelier, mirrors and family portraits against the turquoise damask
A game of backgammon

I’m a fan of it in this setting, I’m not sure it’s a colour I could live with in my own home though, what do you think?