Half-way between blue and green, teal crosses design borders that neither of the two can traverse alone. Its depth is sophisticated enough to use in a sumptuous velvet to cover a classically shaped sofa, or form the background to a hand-painted wallpaper design, yet will also happily pair with a crisp white in a fun geometrical pattern in bedlinen or wall art.
Here’s a selection of places you might not have considered teal for in your home:
1. On upholstery
Fabric and upholstery are the go-to places to inject a little colour into your home - particularly if you're just getting started and introducing colour in small bursts. Make a statement with something as small as a cushion or sizeable as a curtain in fabric patterned with teal as the main colour.
Or go for something plain and contemporary, such as this fabulous felt-look armchair.
2. In your bed linen
Because it can look either classic or contemporary – depending on the pattern and palette of complementary colours teal works easily here with warm greys and brass accents on a white background
Bollitstel quilt cover and 4 pillowcases, $49, IKEA
3. On your walls
Perhaps a little unconventional set in a chinoiserie design, teal comes to the party in “Tori”, the Wallpaper of the Year 2019 from Graham & Brown. Inspired by traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre style, a tiny vibrant bird hand-painted in pink and mauve flutters across a textured background of teal to alight on delicate, blossoming branches.
“We have identified Kabuki as a key design influence for 2019 and the Wallpaper and Colour of the Year 2019,” says Paula Taylor, colour & trend specialist Graham & Brown. “With a rich ancient history, entwining spiritual meanings and diverse mix of inspired imagery, Kabuki-inspired this glamour paper that transforms traditional art into a modern style statement.”
In a more contemporary setting, teal looks sharp when paired with monochrome black and white and makes a statement in this laundry, warmed up with textures stone tile flooring and woven storage baskets.
4. On your kitchen cabinetry
In the kitchen is where the versatility of teal really shines. The undertones run from cool metallics of steel grey and silver – which look stunning with stainless steel and chrome – through to the warmer gold tones brought out when teal is placed together with gold and brass accents. Indeed, it’s this chameleon-like effect teal has that causes it to bring together a colour scheme combining all of these tones – topped off with marble benchtops, black grout detail or even a touch of timber, teal is your ultimate best friend in a colour palette – it gets along with everyone!
5. On your table or benchtop
A great way to effectively decorate with bold artwork, picking up the colours in your artwork by choosing teal benchtop accessories or setting your dining table with a selection of teal accent plates will take the colour further visually, giving it more depth and a layered decorating effect.
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