How to Decorate a Living Room in Teal Green

Written by kristy barkan
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How to Decorate a Living Room in Teal Green
It's not just a colour for outdoor use, you can use teal to decorate a living room. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Teal is a distinctive colour for a living room and if accessorised properly, it can be the base for an interesting design palette. When decorating a room using teal, keep in mind that teal can easily dominate a room if not tempered by furniture or accents in different but harmonious colours and textures.

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    Apply a layer of paint primer to your walls before covering them in teal. Primer is recommended when using dark or highly saturated paint colours; if the paint doesn't go onto the wall evenly it is usually quite noticeable.

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    Consider painting only a single wall of your living room in teal to avoid making the room feel closed-in or smaller than it actually is. If you decide to have one teal wall, paint the others in white or light beige to give the space an airy feel.

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    Bring a colour strip when you go shopping for fabrics and decor, so you can directly compare your paint with different colours and textures.

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    Accentuate the teal base colour with dark wood furniture. The dark brown and teal combination can lend your living room a stylish, yet cosy feel. If you prefer a lighter look, opt for white painted wood.

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    Pick out couch covers in pale beige or grey to complement the bold colour of the teal paint.

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    Set off the couch colour with dark brown or white throw pillows. If you have access to a sewing machine, pick out a textured fabric that contains one or more colours from your room scheme and make your own pillows and curtains.

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    Pepper the room with accents in various shades of teal and brown, mixed with some white accessories.

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    Break up the wall colour with built-in shelving units to hold a smattering of old books or decor accents.

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    Open up the room by mounting a large mirror on one of the walls.

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    Lay a light-coloured rug on the floor. Try to stay away from patterns that include teal; matching the floor and wall colour can make a room feel closed-in.

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