This month I can’t go past this colour. Winter is coming and I am longing for rich, sumptuous, dark rooms that have the ability to somehow both embody and yet defy the blustery, wintery cold. It’s the complexity and depth of this colour that makes it work so well in this way. While pure dark blues can feel cold and dark greens a little stifled and old fashioned, deep blue-greens are just perfect. The green edge warms them, making them feel cosy and enveloping, whilst the blue undertones lift them to a certain level of elegance. For this reason, teal is a much more flexible colour than either of its parts alone. It can sway between coastal, country, bohemian, or Parisian-chic. It has the ability to work within many spaces of all sorts of influences.
Being winter, I want my teals with gilt mirrors, velvet, and sumptuous plum and olive greens. Just as easily though, you could modernise your teals with geometric polished metals, black and white edges, and cool-toned trims. Or make your teal walls beachy and summery with whitewashed timber, linens, and sisal rugs. Whatever your style, make sure to test your teals given the nature of the space you’re working with. Typically, low light or south facing rooms will need more green to produce a true-looking teal, whilst sunny or north facing spaces should head toward the bluer end of the spectrum.
Teal is a bold colour choice for those of you who are decisive and confident. If you’re not this way inclined, perhaps a few tasty images might give you the courage to try it.