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Colour of the Month // Teal

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.

 

Resene Beatnik is an unconventional peacock blue. From the Resene Multifinish colour collection. Try a Resene testpot or view a physical sample at your Resene ColorShop or Reseller before making your final colour choice. www.resene.co.nz

Resene Beatnik is a green-edged teal. It hints on peacock blue and works well as a teal in spaces which lack light, are south facing, or have a lot of greenery filtering the light that enters the space.

 

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Our office is in the delicious teal blue of Resene Beatnik. It’s south facing aspect meant that pure teals appeared too blue, almost navy, and we ended up choosing this colour, which in a very sunny space would likely appear very green.

Peacock and Prussian blues, olive greens, velvet, timber, and brass elements.

Our colour concept based on Teal, Peacock and Prussian blues, olive greens, velvet, timber, and brass elements.

Adding rich, sophisticated color makes a space feel complete, and uniquely yours. We're loving this smokey jewel tone from Ralph Lauren's Greenwich Village Palette, available at Home Depot.

A contemporary take on a green-based teal in this room with Ralph Lauren wall paint, cool white trim and an eclectic mix of furnishings. Sourced from Domino


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Teal as a bold background for mid century pieces. Room by Erin Williamson

Resene Teal Blue is a navy inspired blue, cool and dark. From the Resene Multifinish colour collection. Try a Resene testpot or view a physical sample at your Resene ColorShop or Reseller before making your final colour choice. www.resene.co.nz

Resene Teal Blue is a teal with a little more blue than green. If your space is light, but not necessarily loaded with ample sunlight try this. It should have just the right amount of blue and green to look like true teal.

Ridiculously good deep marine blue walls // Work in progress / Maison Fontainebleau

Room in progress by Royale Roulotte, Paris. At this time of year and this time of day, the teal walls have a definite green edge.

ROYAL ROULOTTE -?- RENOVATION DECORATION FONTAINEBLEAU LIVING BLUE WALL

The completed room by Royale Roulotte, Paris. Suddenly, the lower light levels give the walls a profoundly blue edge.


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Anaglypta Wallpaper Derby by Rockett St George painted in a lightly greyed teal.

Resene Marathon is a winning sporty and determined teal, more blue than green with a strong sense of purpose. From the Resene Multifinish colour collection. Try a Resene testpot or view a physical sample at your Resene ColorShop or Reseller before making your final colour choice. www.resene.co.nz

If you think that a very deep, rich teal might be too bold a statement, try a slightly greyed version such as this one, which could sit well in even the most classic or traditional of spaces.

Greyed teal walls work well with vibrant furnishings. If you’re furnishings are more subdued, head back towards the more saturated teals. Sourced from RedOnline.


 

Resene St Kilda is an exceptional dark mineral blue of intense energy, vigour and depth. Try Resene St Kilda with sunset oranges, malachite peacock greens or water vapour greens such as Resene Ayers Rock, Resene Home Run or Resene Half Emerge. From the Resene The Range fashion colours. Latest trends available from www.resene.co.nz. Try a Resene testpot or view a physical sample at your Resene ColorShop or Reseller before making your final colour choice.

If, on the other hand, you want more depth, more vigour, and even more lusciousness, try Resene St Kilda. It’s a delectable, rich, confident teal with layers and layers of chroma for wonderful colour intensity.

Wishful thinking.....Turkish Rugs: Hereke Silk Carpet Circa 1900

Bring gold edges and rich reds alongside teal walls for an outrageously delicious result. Hereke Silk Carpet Circa 1900

Resene Barometer is a solemn deep blue, rising to teal and falling to Prussian blue, atmospheric and mercurial. Try Resene Barometer with pale grey greens, diffused off-whites and taupe browns, such as Resene Half Tasman, Resene Quarter Alabaster and Resene Coffee Break. From the Resene The Range fashion colours. Latest trends available from www.resene.com. Try a Resene testpot or view a physical sample at your Resene ColorShop or Reseller before making your final colour choice.

If your space is supremely sun drenched, try Resene Barometer. Its unhindered depth and blued edge will result in a sumptuous teal space.


 

Poppy

About the Author:

Our principle designer Poppy is a Masters of Architecture graduate from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours, received the Dean's Medal and was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Masters of Architecture Graduate of the Year prize. In 2010, Poppy received the Eric Parker Travelling Scholarship encouraging the research and drawing of architecture.

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