Teal Appeal for Spring Updates Around the Home

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Teal is not normally a colour that I’m naturally drawn to. It’s a bit loud for my tastes to be honest. I sometimes admire it from afar but never get tempted to buy a tester pot and try it out at home. It’s for holidays. It’s that intense turquoise of tropical seas. The colour of wooden shutters on those picturesque little white-washed Greek houses. It’s for summer and sun, and much too intense for our cool, temperate climate.

But I might be wrong.

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Bohemian styling from the Debenhams spring collections

Winter is taking its toll and I’m noticing that this particular shade of blue is uplifting and cheery, and maybe just a bit exotic. I like the way it lends itself to touches of oriental and bohemian styling. And I love the way it clashes with equally intense raspberry colours and shades of red! It’s a colour that can take strong pattern and layered textures and cries out for flamingoes, and pineapples, and hot-house plants.

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A touch of the exotic from George Home this spring

A touch of white goes a long way to cooling down this explosion to the senses. But don’t add too much or it will dilute the effect. A few accessories, a lampshade or a cushion is all that is needed.

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Teal on teal from Very

But if all of this teal is too spicy for your tastes, don’t worry. There is a way to introduce it into the home without shocking the neighbours. Use it as an accent colour on one stand-out piece of furniture. It’s a great colour to liven up a neutral scheme or to create a statement, and any one of these pieces would look sensational in a hall to welcome guests, or in a living space to draw the eye.

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From left to right: Orchid Furniture, Out There Interiors, Swoon Editions

Or use accessories to introduce the colour in a much more subtle way.

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Not so subtle triptych from Arthouse

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Clockwise from top left: The Contemporary Home, Puji, Made.com, Grinne Lyons Design, Betsy Benn Designs

I might be a convert. How about you?

February 3, 2016

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22 Comments

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    BK

    February 10, 2016

    I love Teal! And I am rather delighted its made it back to trend. I have a slightly more muted but no less bold version than your images in my hall which changes to pale grey through the main hall and then I have a feature wall on the stairs in it again. It is a great backdrop for bold art too it features in my blinds and my floor and it looks magnificent – well I think so! It has had a lot of compliments and its been like this for a few years. I’m certainly no colour conventional though….

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      deardesigner

      February 10, 2016

      I’m glad someone likes it enough to go for it Bridgette. Sounds lovely 🙂

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    LyndaPerry

    February 10, 2016

    I love this colour but I would definitely use it as an accent. I wouldn’t use it all over the room! 🙂

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      deardesigner

      February 10, 2016

      That seems to be the general consensus Lynda 🙂

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    Cate

    February 2, 2016

    Lovely shots, I like accents of the colour but not sure I could do a whole room. I need to be braver! X

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      deardesigner

      February 5, 2016

      Must say, I feel the same Cate 🙂

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    Katy

    February 2, 2016

    I have had a teal velvet loveseat for the last ten years and I loved it! It brought just the right amount of colour and statement to the room without being overpowering. Love some of these styled shots x

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      deardesigner

      February 2, 2016

      Ooh I so love velvet Katy. It sounds lovely. x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    February 2, 2016

    It’s gorgeous, but i’m not sure I could handle it as an entire room colour. I have a client who’ds like bedroom to be completely teal, so who knows…. maybe i’ll get to see if for myself soon enough!x

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      deardesigner

      February 2, 2016

      Doing it for a client is the best way to try it out Karen lol. You don’t have to live with it. x

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    Carole

    February 2, 2016

    It looks amazing – in other people’s homes and in warmer climates. The colour itself is gorgeous, but I just couldn’t see myself living with it 😉

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      deardesigner

      February 2, 2016

      Haha, I’ve just read your last post on white walls Carole and now you’ve turned me. xx

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    karen jones

    February 1, 2016

    Stunning styling and a beautiful colour. Sometimes I wish I could pull myself away from white x

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      deardesigner

      February 1, 2016

      Maybe we should stick with what makes us most comfortable Karen. At least white is never tiring. 🙂

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    Rachel

    February 1, 2016

    It most definitely brings Mediterranean seas and skies to mind. I love the paint colour in the first photo, it’s a bit brighter than I traditionally think of teal being. I probably couldn’t decorate entirely in teal, but a nice splash of it here and there would be lovely.

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      deardesigner

      February 1, 2016

      I’d agree with that Rachel. A splash of it might be all I could manage at home. 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    February 1, 2016

    I just want to jump in that Debenham’s bed and submerge myself in all that glorious colour!! I love the shots here and how they are styled (George Home?! I can’t believe how trendy it is!!). I used to have a lot of turquoise in my home a few years ago but tired of it after awhile and ended up losing nearly all of it (preferring indigo which is probably a little more suitable to our climate!) but when I see it like this, it really does look gorgeous. It’s just such a happy colour! xx

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      deardesigner

      February 1, 2016

      You’re so right Kimberly, it is a happy colour! Was your teal period around the time we photographed your home for Heart Home? I seem to remember you dressing room being that colourful haha Might be time to bring some back? x

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    Kate

    February 1, 2016

    I really like the colour Carole but wouldn’t have thought to use it in the home… looks fab in these shots though!! x

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      deardesigner

      February 1, 2016

      Same here Kate but I really wish I could be more adventurous with colour sometimes x

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    Pippa Jameson

    February 1, 2016

    Very on trend Carole – especially as it’s one of Farrow and Balls new colours. xx

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      deardesigner

      February 1, 2016

      Is it really Pips? Must have missed that one 🙂 x

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