When it comes to colour in my home I'm the first one to admit that I'm not exactly the most adventurous - apart from in my kitchen where anything colourful seems to have found a home. It's not because I don't know how to use it, but more because I rather like my whites and greys, I like a neutral backdrop and the way single coloured items stand out against it. It is quite telling then that when I looked at teal, I actually found quite a few things in my home which would match that description in one shade or another. My guess is that it works so well and blends in so nicely with grey that it doesn't really show up as too much of a strong colour choice.
Teal is the Dulux colour of the year and one I do like a lot as opposed to Radiant Orchid which really doesn't do it for me. It might have something to do with the fact that it reminds me of clear oceans and long mediterranean summers. The perfect balance between green and blue makes it cool and tranquil at the same time. Teal works really well with grey and white as well as with natural wood. The various shades can be combined with soft shades of coral or duck egg or dark indigos for a more striking effect. It's an overall versatile colour which doesn't overwhelm but makes you want to sit down and relax for a while and that's a pretty good thing in our hectic lives, don't you think?
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