The real deal with Teal.

Hello there folks,

Hope your all doing super well, thanks so much for dropping by to read my second blog post. Today id like to talk about one of my absolute favourite topics....colour!, I'm pretty sure you're all aware of my enduring love affair with the myriad of colours, patterns and textures one gets to play with while working in interiors, and its one of those many colours that I want to talk about today, the colour as the title of this post kinda gives away, is one of my all time faves, Teal.

The colour Teal, believe it or not, actually gets it name from a small freshwater Duck, which has greenish blue plumage on the side of its head and wings, now you can't ever say I don't give you useless facts! So for any of you guys that have been living in a cave all your life, a la Hermit stylee, Teal is a mid-tone to dark, greenish- blue, i say mid tone, as any lighter and we start bordering onto Turquoise territory, which is a whole different ball game entirely. Teal is extremely versatile in interiors, and is thought to represent balance, calm and soothing.

So without further ado, and me waffling on way too much, lets look at some examples of Teal in action.

(image credit Urban Outfitters)

(image credit Urban Outfitters)

As you can see from this gorgeous image above from Urban Outfitters, the walls, woodwork and the sofa have all been painted out in different tones of Teal, which provides the perfect backdrop for the the brighter blue accents to really pop. Also note the use of different textures, the shiny glass against the velvet of the sofa.  The shaggy Mongolian throw although a similar tone to the couch, is a completely different texture so still creates interest.

(Design credit Stefan Hoglmaeir & Tim Sittman-Haury, image Architectural Digest)

(Design credit Stefan Hoglmaeir & Tim Sittman-Haury, image Architectural Digest)

Heres another beautiful example, we get to see just how glamourous Teal can be, in this beautiful dressing room the Teal wardrobes wrap around the whole space creating a sumptuous rich backdrop of colour, which teams beautifully with the soft blues and greys in the rug and the grey planked ceiling. I particularly love the vintage, brass and crystal 'palm' chandelier, which helps to add that touch of Hollywood Regency glam.  

(Photo credit, Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple Blog)

(Photo credit, Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple Blog)

In her North London home, colour aficionado and blogger Bianca Hall, has painted out her family/TV room in a gorgeous shade of Teal, taking the colour all the way up onto the ceiling too, which is always a great way of getting the full impact of any colour as the wall colour isn't suddenly "cut off" by say a white ceiling. Notice just how great the deep indigo textural rug looks teamed with the wall colour? Talk about fabulous!

So say you love the idea of Teal but are maybe a little nervous of painting out a whole room in it?, you could always incorporate some Teal elements into your space, like in the picture below of the home of Spanish Interior stylist Jaime Lacasa . Jamie has been dubbed one of the most stylish men in Madrid, and looking at his awesome home you can begin see why. His Madrid apartment has a laid back eclectic vibe, with loads of what I like to call colour "moments" one of these being the fab Robins egg floor and of course the floor to ceiling Teal bookcases.

(Image credit, Photo, I Semenat)

(Image credit, Photo, I Semenat)

(image credit - Ken Fulk Design)

(image credit - Ken Fulk Design)

Here in this gorgeous Library by the master Interior Designer Ken Fulk, I think you'll agree the Teal helps to add that touch of cool contemporary colour and edge, to a what without it, would be a very traditional space indeed.

So you can see, from all the different spaces and vibes created above Teal really is a super versatile colour, and who knows, maybe next time any of you guys are thinking of redecorating a space in your own home, maybe you'll stop to consider good old Teal a bash?

Well I guess that's enough of me nattering on, trust me I could go on forever, please feel free to like and maybe leave a comment, id love to know what you guys think about Teal, have you used it in your own home, or maybe some of the other colour choices you.ve made..Drop me a line id love to know.

Till next time, seeya.

Oliver x