Color of the Month: Decorating with Teal

Now that we’re really in the thick of summer (and thick is indeed how the air feels today), it’s time to go all-out with summer colors. Our pick for the month of July is a vibrant yet versatile shade of blue-green that’s rich and bold but simultaneously classic and timeless: teal.

Teal is not to be confused with turquoise or aquamarine, though the shades are similar enough to have sparked numerous online debates over which hue is which:


At its deepest it can look almost navy, and at its brightest it’s easily confused with turquoise.

It evokes visions of long days spent lazing in tropical locales, gazing at a sea in shades never seen before on water. It’s a color that’s bright and cheerful enough to perk you up but calming at the same time, a color found in decor styles ranging from beachy to elegant and midcentury to Mediterranean to modern.

Teal pairs perfectly with white and other neutrals and complements coral (its opposite on the color wheel), another trendy shade. It works well with other warm red, orange and yellow shades and sets off metallics – gold and silver tones alike – beautifully.

These homes will show you how it’s done when it comes to teal…

…in the kitchen:

Kitchen by snoeck & co
Kitchen by Katie Rosenfeld Design
Kitchen by Barnes Design
Kitchen by Camilla Molders Design
Kitchen by td[s]
Kitchen by Cassidy Hughes
…in the bathroom:
Bathroom by Shannon Ggem ASID
Bathroom by Yael K Designs
Bathroom by Tim Barber LTD Architecture & Interior Design
Photo credity: Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography

…in the bedroom:

Bedroom by Domus Nova
Photo credit: Greg Riegler Photography
Bedroom by Laura U, Inc.
Bedroom by Clifton Interiors Ltd
Bedroom by Seek Interior Design

…in dining areas:

Dining Room by Michelle Workman Interiors
Dining Room by Maisons Objets & Chantiers
Photo credit: Rick Ricozzi Photography
Kitchen by Kress Jack At Home
Dining Room by Spruce, LLC

…in living areas:

Living Room by Horchow
Living Room by Gaile Guevara
Living Room by Fiona Watkins Design Limited
Photo credit: Chris Snook
Living Room by Vivre Inc
…and, of course, in outdoor spaces, especially in waterfront homes:
Landscape by Delson or Sherman Architects pc
Photo credit: Yorgos Efthymiadis Photography
Pool by Carole Carr Design
Porch by J&K Home Furnishings
Exterior by Mojo Homes

Loving teal yet? Where will you put it?