Teal can be a tricky colour to define. The more sophisticated sister of turquoise, teal can be described as an exotic mishmash of blue and green. It can also be likened to duck egg blue in many ways. Interestingly, this quirky shade was named after a bird called the “Common Teal”, which has a unique coloured stripe on its head. Reminiscent of bluey-green tropical waters, teal is perfect for conjuring up a warm, Mediterranean mood. Here's a little inspiration to show you how to bring it into your home. 

Light shades of teal

Pictured clockwise, from left to right: Wellesley Eyelet Curtains, Duck Egg Blue - £155, Vermont Ready Made Blackout Roller Blind, Teal - £20, Rhumba Rug Teal  - £65, Robin Day Polo 4 Leg Chair, Pink - now £79, Rosalind Fabric Bed, Slate Waffle - £399, Matalan Star Shaped Jar - £6.00

Light shades of teal feel cool and breezy and are perfect for the summer months. Evoking a clean and serene feel, a light teal colour is an ideal choice for the bedroom.

  • Create depth by combining lighter shades of teals with darker hues. This will create an interesting two-tonal effect.
  • For an unconventional look, team teal with pink. Despite being polar opposites, this unlikely pair work surprisingly well together.  
  • Gold and teal make a truly chic couple when married together. So if it's a glamorous Mediterranean vibe you're going for, don’t be afraid to weave in a few glimmering gold accents.

Dark shades of teal

Pictured clockwise from left to right: Isabelle Fabric Bed, Duck Egg Blue - £455, Sheepskin Rug Teal - £59, Shimmer Rug Teal - from £55, Gleam 2 Compartment Sideboard, Stone - £329, Harper Bar Stool Set of 2, Yellow - £115

Darker shades of teal feel deep and mysterious, perfect for giving your space a sophisticated feel.

  • For a show-stopping statement, combine dark hues of teal with a warm mustard yellow. Teal will help to amplify this vibrant colour, turning it into fabulous focal point. Just be sure to keep everything else cool to balance out the brightness.  
  • Dark teal is great for making muted tones like grey stand out. If you've got grey furniture, place it against a teal backdrop to make it pop. 
  • White also looks great with teal. Opt for a really dark shade of teal to make white the star of the show.

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