I’m having a bit of a love affair with the colour teal lately.
I’ve always been a blue lover (just like more than half the people in the world). I love the ocean and water and am happiest walking along the beach or sitting with a coffee looking out over the harbour. Water is something restful for me.
My husband, on the other hand, loves green and it would have to be my least favourite colour. When we drive between Brisbane and Sydney he will often say, “Look at those hills, all that grass, isn’t it beautiful?” And my stock standard answer is “Where’s the water?”
I know greens are easy to live with because of their soothing effect but blue is the colour of rest and relaxation. Combine the two and you have blue-green colours like teal, turquoise and aqua. Yay, there is a future for us after all!
While most greens emanate from the earth, I guess it’s the fact that the blue-greens are associated with the sea – calm, spacious, and cool – that draws me to them. I’ve long been a fan of turquoise in decor and love my daily fix from The House of Turquoise but with the seasons changing and we are looking for some “cosier” colours, my mind is wandering to teal.
Teal is seen as sophisticated. When deep blue is added to green, the shade becomes more serious. The blue-greens are complex tertiary colours and therefore are seen as more “grown-up” than straight blue or green. I’m swapping my turquoise towels in the bathroom for teal this winter. They seem happy in there and what an easy way of changing the look!
Blue-greens are tinted with yellow and are therefore classed as warm colours. They look good with other warm colours like red, orange and pink. Who would’ve thought that teal could solve all my problems? We might just have found a happy medium.
Do a quick Teal search on Pinterest for other great combinations and inspiration.
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