Teal is not blue, not green, and not turquoise. What does the color teal mean? The teal color meaning is mysterious and intriguing, with a hint of timelessness in it. It can be found in the art of the Ancient Egyptians.

The teal color palette is becoming more and more popular recently.

Teal is a highly versatile color. It can be cool and soothing. It can be a rich and striking accent color. It can even be a vivid, lively shade. Teal wall paint is essentially blue with personality. Adding teal to your interior design may be just the touch it needs.

What color is Teal?

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Since teal is such an in-between color, it can be hard to define. Teal is a mix of green and blue. White can be mixed in to make it lighter while adding gray make sit darker. The brightest shades of teal have a yellow undertone and look more turquoise. More muted shades of teal look a lot like green slate.

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The name ‘teal’ is thought to have come from the freshwater common teal duck, a small bird with eyes surrounded by this color. That particular hue of teal is blue-green and medium-saturated, almost like a medium green and a dark cyan.

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Teal is easily associated with the ocean and tropical themes. It’s also a favorite of the midcentury modern style, especially in the grayer shades with their more muted look.

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Teal paint is a color that lends itself to relaxation and balance. Use it in places meant to help people regain their equilibrium, like libraries, living areas, and bedrooms for teenagers and adults alike. It can also work well for bathroom, especially if you want to create a nautical or watery theme.

Using Teal

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Don’t feel that you have to paint every wall in a room teal. It’s a vivid color, even at its most muted, with a lot of mood and emotion to it. Too much of it can be overwhelming.

Sometimes the best option is to add just a splash of it to a space.  This can still dramatically alter the mood. Use teal paint for an accent wall or use teal as an accent color. Figure out how you want people to feel when they walk into a room. Teal is a bold statement.

Teal Color Schemes

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Colors that go well with teal are almost a varied and versatile as the color itself. Choose colors based on the mood you’re going for. The feel of a particular teal can be changed significantly depending on what colors you use it with.

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Also, think about how much teal you want to use. If it’s an accent color, consider the feeling of the other color(s) you’re using. If it’s your primary color, think about what other splashes of emotion you want to add to reinforce the feeling of the room.

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Turquoise can go quite well with teal. The two colors are cousins and are both associated with the sea. Turquoise can add a brighter and lighter touch, while the complexity of teal can be soothing and highly reminiscent of the ocean’s depths.

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Combine these colors with white for an even more striking effect. Make sure you don’t use a shade of teal that is too near to turquoise. If you do, the space will be weirdly monotonous.  This color combination is great for a more bluntly oceanic theme as well as working for subtler color schemes that are meant to only suggest the sea.

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If you want teal to really stand out among softer colors, use a more neutral color scheme. You can also use a paler shade of teal to help cool down the contrast. This will make the teal paint stand out while maintaining a softer environment in the space.

Teal’s complimentary color is coral. Coral is its opposite on the color wheel. If you choose to pair them together, the result is dramatic and bold.

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The space will instantly be lively. It is also unconventional since both colors are a bit ‘offbeat’ and exotic. Sharper yellow and citrus colors can achieve a similar effect. Try pairing teal with lime green for a more tropical look with a zingy effect.

Teal makes a nice accent for a more elegant and balanced space. Repeat it in pillows, cases, and glassware. Combine it with earthy and gold tones for a vintage look.

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Teal and gray are a wonderfully soothing combination. It’s a bold contrast, especially if you use a vivid teal against a softer gray. For more bluish-gray walls, using teal accents like picture frames and wall art helps unify the room in interesting ways.

Teal and tan work together to balance a space nicely. Tan or cream bring in warmth, while teal adds an appealing coolness. Tan walls are neutral and you may not even need to paint your home’s existing walls.

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Just add in teal pillows or throws to bring in a refined vivid life. This will allow you to reap the benefits of teal while not overwhelming people’s eyes.

Teal and pink is a fun color palette. This color scheme adds in a lively feminine touch. It’s perfect for a little girl’s room. Teal has just enough green in it to make its pairing with pink complex and unexpected.

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The pink you use should be light, allowing the personality of the teal to stand out Add in a bit of gold here and there for a more vintage look.

Teal pairs nicely with dusty rose or rusty red. Duty rose and rusty reds are more subdued. They lend themselves to a distinct vintage, lived-in look that can be instantly homey and soothing. The rusty red- teal pairing is a much warmer look, while dusty rose-teal color schemes are just noticeably cooler.

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Teal and chartreuse come together to really pull out the blue undertones in teal. Chartreuse is a distinct yellow-green. This is very, very bold color combination. It will instantly liven up any space.


Teal can work for almost any room in your home. It can help balance out homey warmth or work together with bright tones to liven up a space.

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