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.
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.
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.
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.
Or use accessories to introduce the colour in a much more subtle way.
Not so subtle triptych from Arthouse
I might be a convert. How about you?