Teal paint ideas

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Teal paint ideas
Teal is a great colour for a summery, seaside theme. (mtreasure/iStock/Getty Images)

Teal is a versatile colour. Set between blue and green on the colour wheel, true teal most closely resembles cyan blue with a green tint. Appropriate for any room of the house, you can use teal successfully as a main colour, complementary colour or accent colour. Whether you would like to bring elegance, whimsy or a modern touch to your decor, fresh teal can help you achieve your goal.

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Main colour

Use teal as the main colour in a room if you want to bring maximum impact to a space. Teal rooms appear crisp and clean when trimmed in bright white trim, especially white skirting boards. Rooms with dark trim can also be painted a solid teal; this blends the traditional with the modern. In either case, this slightly whimsical colour creates a dramatic look. Adequate lighting helps the true colour show, especially if teal is used in a smaller room such as a bathroom or home office. Place accents of gold and purple with it to create an exotic Moroccan feel or accent it with dark brown fabrics and white for a modern look.

Complementary colour

Teal also works well as a complementary colour, especially with beige and white. Contrasting colours of either purple, red, blue and gold invoke a jewel-tone palette. Teal combined with terra cotta brings an earthy feel into a room, while partnering teal paint with black can create an Asian look that pops.

Accent colour

Try using teal as an accent colour on select pieces of furniture, frames or small sections of trim. For example, consider installing panelling and creating a "frame" effect by painting the outside trim of the panel in teal, leaving the rest white or adding more varieties of colours to the interior and exterior of the panels. Teal adds warmth to modern rooms and brings traditional rooms up to date.

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