Color Guide: How to Utilize Teal

Teal is a mixture of green and blue. It can be blended with white to make it lighter or using grey to make it darker. At its brightest it has a yellow undertone and is very near turquoise, and in its most muted, it more closely resembles a green slate.

It’s obvious associations with the sea along with the tropics, but it’s also a midcentury modern favorite, particularly in its grayer, more muted incarnation.

Teal pops with bright white, and its colour wheel game is coral. But it also functions with lotion, navy, pinks and especially brown and gold tones. Nothing appears quite so great as a gold-framed mirror against a teal wall.

It’s a classic which works with nearly any style, from eclectic to traditional, maybe since it can be both punchy and loud and dull and staid, depending on what is demanded of it.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

A muted teal wall using a gold-framed mirror. Vintage and beautiful.

An extremely blue teal with hardly any grey looks magnificent with gold and pink accents.

Busybee Design

A teal accent wall brings richness to the room without being too bright or loud. Additionally, it has great midcentury modern chops.

Van Wicklen Design

Only a few teal accents add spark for the muted, neutral area. This hue goes so nicely with the golden and flax colors in the rug and the curtains.

Busybee Design

Surprise! A teal ceiling. It brings those out fine exposed beams and adds a burst of colour to the white and brown kitchen.


It functions with supermodern layout and looks great with reds.


A teal sofa with brownish red accents is lovely and surprisingly calm.

Camilla Molders Design

More teal with gold and red.

Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance

A yellowish teal looks great with citrus colors. Orange, yellow and lime green make great sense.


Teal with navy. It’s so bold and so elegant.

Niche Interiors

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors in San Francisco says, “We utilized teal within this project since it really pops from the white moldings and mild floors. It’s a bold, happy colour that matches nicely with neutrals like grey, taupe and tan” I second that.


Cheaper white, earthy reds and dark teal. Absolutely gorgeous. Dallas

This lighter, yellower teal is very near turquoise but isn’t quite there. It’s a different effect than its darker, bluer siblings, also it provides a room an extremely modern pop.

Gaile Guevara

Teal does nicely with different blues and grays as well, particularly the muted, grayer version of it.

Benjamin Moore

Stained Glass Paint

A wonderful dark version with a great deal of black.

Benjamin Moore

Antiqued Aqua Paint

A mild version with lots of green and white and light grey.

Benjamin Moore

Baltic Sea Paint

A timeless, teal that is bluish.

Benjamin Moore

In the Tropics Paint

Major pop with this one, that is almost turquoise.

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