A Tendency Towards Teal

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.

I'm never happier than when I can see blue water

I’m never happier than when I can see blue water

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?”

Green valley and rolling hills can have a calming effect on some.

Green valley and rolling hills can have a calming effect on some.

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!

Teal in the kitchen

Teal in the kitchen

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 and Brown Bedroom

Teal and Brown Bedroom

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!

A lighter, more fresh look with turquoise bath towels.

A lighter, more fresh look with turquoise bath towels.

A stronger, warmer look with teal bath towels.

A stronger, warmer look with teal bath towels.

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.

Teal walls in a living room

Teal walls in a living room

Do a quick Teal search on Pinterest for other great combinations and inspiration.

Teal tiles in the bathroom

Teal tiles in the bathroom

If you would like assistance adding teal to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

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