Is it blue? Is it green? Is it something in between? Well, yes. Classified within the family of blues, yet with equal amounts of green in the tonal mix, it’s vibrant… but often moody. It’s uplifting… yet enigmatic. It’s also very much on-trend. When it comes to interior design and homewares, teal seems to be sneaking its way into every photoshoot. Are you tempted by teal?
Full of drama and sophistication, the colour has been deeply ingrained in art for aeons, from the ancient Egyptians to the Tibetan monks. Yet the word didn’t make its way into the English language until 1917. Some claim the allure comes from the fact that it’s a little bit mysterious, as it’s a colour that doesn’t appear commonly in nature, making it hard to describe.
Reminiscent of deep and expansive oceans, the colour instantly evokes feelings of tranquillity. Unlike the conservative nature of classic blue or cheekiness of mint, teal has an introverted edge and a quiet refinement. It’s unique yet also creative. When used correctly, it can create a sense of calm and positive energy in your living spaces. The trick with teal is to use it sparingly, such as a feature wall or centrepiece sofa. Stylish accessories, too, create a standout effect, yet don’t scream for attention.
Pastel tones of teal are also incredibly sophisticated. More contemporary than mint, pastel teal makes a soft yet stylish impact in areas such as kitchen cabinetry, dining tables or even on the walls.
Dark teal ups the elegance to downright regal. It looks particularly lavish in velvets, such as bedspread or pillows. A velvet teal sofa will really anchor the room, drawing the eye immediately. Amplify the opulence with velvet and tasselled cushions or pare it down with light cushions in soft greys or yellows. Glamorous and grounded, can’t you just picture yourself before the open fire on your teal sofa with a glass of red, Vogue magazine and some moody jazz in the background?
All the rage this season, faux animal prints are in. The spots and stripes of exotic big cats pair particularly well with deep, regal teals. But you don’t need to go wild. A cushion, ottoman or throw blanket is perfect for unleashing a little jungle fever. It amplifies the opulence and it’s just a little bit cheeky.
If you’re tempted by teal, we’ve got a great selection of green-blue goodies to up the opulence and on-trend style in your home. Browse our range online or visit us in person at your local Early Settler store.