Teal feels like a perennial fashionable favourite in terms of interior design. It’s always being touted as being in vogue that I think it’s just become such an on trend classic. Floating between blue and green, Teal is a very versatile shade to use in a scheme. What it has going for it is first up it’s its blue, the nations favourite colour, but secondly it defies type because its warm. A warm blue- the perfect hue, well who knew! Quite often we want our spaces to feel soft, warm and snugly and typical blues like navy and cobalt can feel chilly. But teal has a deep, rich and jewel like quality, along with that element of green for a dash of warmth. Whether you daub it on all walls, or just add it as a pop for punch it’s worth getting acquainted with this colour and its versatility.
Teal looks lush in every room of your home but I’m currently crushing it in the bathroom. Indeed the teal Lampas peacock tile from Topps was voted Tile of the year at the end of last year (you can see the room I designed here). In a delicious rich shade of teal, it looked totally lush for a bathroom. It echoes the watery blues that are a top choice for bathroom colour schemes but with a depth, you just want to dive straight into. For an immersive feel, take the colour all the way up to the ceiling and on all four walls and while you are at it I’d urge you to paint the ceiling too. Then keep a sense of light with a grey oak floor or concrete stone. I’m loving this ombre effect by paint specialist Annie Sloan, which utilises teals full appeal from inky dark towards it’s more buoyant aqua tones.
Teals perfect partner has to be velvet and I think a teal velvet sofa is an absolute joy. It just invites you to snuggle down and relax in luxury yet at the same time holds a contemporary appeal. Velvet really works with deep and rich colours and the effect is something that looks like its drenched in colour. Teals perfect partner is other jewel colours like a hot sexy pink or a robust mustard so pick these out for scatter cushions and accents. And the perfect metallic to accompany teal has to be brass and gold. They have the same warmth and richness that plays off the teal perfectly.
To keep teal looking modern I think it sits perfectly next to cool greys and concretes, washed out woods. Its a symbiotic relationship – they need each other. Without the teal, grey is left looking pale and uninteresting and yet the coolness of the grey can help teal from becoming too overwhelming. I think it looks awesome in a kitchen and as this image shows, colourful kitchens are becoming more and more an accepted interiors trend and really worth investing in. The warmth of teal goes well with other natural materials that have an inherent warmth like stone, marble, wood, leather and rusted metals.
One of my favourite ways to colour combine with teal has to be with soft blush pink tones. It is a marriage made in heaven. I believe pink is the best hue to use in bedrooms, so soft, loving and cosseting- just what we need. However, so many men feel affronted by the feminine connotations so pairing pink with a masculine teal is the perfect compromise. Teal has a quietness and warmth that makes it an ideal choice for bedrooms too and don’t they just look so good together! You can introduce teal in lots of different ways in your scheme, as a wall colour or in larger blocks like a sofa or bed linen. There is plenty of teal on the high street and I don’t think it’s going anywhere soon.
1.Arris rug in teal, Wedgwood at Amara| 2. Teal silk Tiffany lampshade, Tin Design | 3. Matera bed in St Moritz wool team, Heal’s | 4. Teddy cushion, Bluebell Gray | 5. Baltimore low stool in teal velvet, Cult Furniture | 6. Teal parrot wall art, The Contemporary Home at Not on the High Street | 7. Ashby lamp base and ocean velvet lampshade, Graham & Green | 8. Schnaps sofa in Pacific clever velvet, Loaf.
CREDITS: Feature compiled by Sophie Robinson and Luisa Ferdenzi-Rouse. Featured image at the top of the post is panelled wall painted in Mid Azure green by Little Greene.