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Colors That Go With Teal [30+ Photos]

Teal is a genuinely attractive color that will have a beautiful effect on your home. It’s a gorgeous rich color, and although it has some resemblances with blue, it’s a unique shade. It channels an ocean vibe and has such depth to it, but you might be wondering how to choose colors that go with teal.

Teal is a medium to deep green-blue color. It is made by combining blue and green into a white base. Teal combines blue’s calm strength with green’s positiveness, which gives the color a soothing balance. Before decorating with teal, understand how it may affect your mood and behavior.

Psychology of Teal

The color teal has an understated refinement. It gains its soothing effects from the tranquility of blue, while the green delivers an energizing sanguinity. Blue and green are two colors for which the eye needs little to no adjusting, translated as peaceful and serene. This unusual combination of blue and green gives teal its therapeutic quality. Teal is the color of restfulness, promoting a relaxed and contemplative mood. Similarly, teal provides mind and spiritual harmony.

It has different shades, including high-pigmented teal and lowers saturated teal. The lower saturated teal is mostly a combination of more blue and green with less white. It is a color close to aqua and soothing to the eyes. Teal has a soothing shade that brings out the feeling of dense jungles and tropical lagoons. It brings out a comfortable and calm oceanic feeling.

Best Ways to Use Colors That Go With Teal in Your Home

Teal is a great wall color in spaces where you want to rest and decompress, recovering balance. Try using it in living rooms or bedrooms. To avoid overpowering the room with darker shades of teal, paint a singular accent wall.

Photo Credit: McCann Design Group – Art hangs from a gold raffia wallpapered wall lined with wainscoting and is positioned over a white sofa trimmed with green piping complementing lime green and teal blue pillows. A lime green lamp sits on a tan end table, while a round yellow and green ottoman is placed in front of the sofa. A chic teal blue velvet chair sits beneath windows fixed above wainscot trim and covered in plantation shutters layered under a teal blue and green roman shade.

Add teal accents such as throws, pillows, table lamps, or art to balance more rich colors or to add a punch of color to a neutral room.

Use teal in the bathroom, especially as wall paint, to create a rejuvenating, spa-like atmosphere. Paint cabinetry or the inside of bookcases teal for a remarkable way to include the color into the space.

Using The Color Wheel To Find Colors That Go With Teal

To know how to blend color with others correctly, you should know where the color sits on the color wheel. For example, teal color is located between blue and green on the visible spectrum. Therefore, it is best to say neither blue nor green but a tinted shade of both colors.

If you paint your walls, you can create teal green by adding more green than blue or create blue teal by adding more blue to green. An easier option in color combination is adding cyan to the blue paint.

A color wheel is an artist’s tool that helps you know how to achieve color saturation. An artist uses colors yellow, red, and blue to create any hue they like. Then, when they mix these colors, they create various colors.

For example, you can find the teal color in both the modern and the traditional color wheel, as it is generally located between the colors blue and green. However, you will find teal between cyan and blue using a modern color wheel to mix colors.

Teal + White

Teal and white are subdued pairings that are simply perfect for one another. These two colors are excellent for spaces of relaxation or rejuvenation, such as a bedroom or bathroom. Likewise, use teal in a kitchen for an invigorating feel. Paint the walls teal or even shop for teal tile and backsplash.

Photo Credit: Andria Fromm – Clear acrylic counter stools sit at a teal tiled kitchen peninsula complementing teal geometric backsplash tiles in a beautifully designed contemporary white and teal kitchen.
Photo Credit: Jute Interior Design – Cottage style living room features a red and gray plaid sofa lit by teal green and black lamps, an oak block end table, a dark brown wooden coffee table and white shiplap walls.
Photo Credit: Alice Lane Interior Design – Teal leather t-back stools are placed at a granite countertop accenting a white kitchen peninsula wrapping around to built-in display shelves. A stainless steel double door refrigerator is recessed under white cabinets with brass knobs.

Teal + Yellow

Teal, with its blue undertones, is a complementary color to yellow. Since yellow isn’t as easy on the eyes, use teal as the foundation color and add yellow to your accessories. Throw blankets, pillows, a rug, or even table lamps in yellow add a bit of energy and visual interest as they contrast pleasingly with the tranquility of teal.

Photo Credit: Britany Simon – Yellow, teal, and orange stripes accent a white wall holding a yellow print above a white shelf fixed above a wall mount paper holder, as mini yellow molded plastic chairs flank a round white play table with wooden dowel legs.
Photo Credit: Alisha Gwen – Contemporary living room furnished with a set of canary yellow accent chairs facing a teal tufted ottoman. Colors make bold statements in every corner of this space- a white lacquer console table features styled decor with a pink statue of liberty wall art overhead. Dentil crown moldings accent the room along with a bright blue ceiling complimenting blue and green colorful curtains creating an aesthetically pleasing finish.
Photo Credit: Tobi Fairley – Chinoiserie dining room features a coffered ceiling with coffers painted violet, Sherwin Williams Wallflower, accented with an Oly Studio Muriel Chandelier illuminating an acrylic dining table, Plexi-Craft Elongated X Base Dining Table, lined with yellow dining chairs from Lee Industries atop a teal chevron rug. The back wall of the dining room boasts a teal wall painted Sherwin Williams Rookwood Sash Green lined with a white sideboard cabinet topped with gold buffet lamps, Shine by Sho Empire Table Lamps. A wall of windows is dressed in violet curtains facing an accent wall clad in de Gournay Earlham Wallpaper.

Teal + Orange

Teal counteracts the palpable and physical energy of orange. Teal and orange can be utilized together in variable amounts within a room. In a monochromatic space, add color without adding too much energy by mixing teal and orange accents, such as art and textiles.

Photo credit: Geoff Chick – Red trellis pillows on a gray sofa in a small living room paired with a round light wood coffee table and orange velvet French chairs. Ivory shiplap walls add depth and charm to the cottage living space.

There are lots of ways you can use teal and orange together. For example, you could go for a rich wallpaper featuring both colors. Or, you could opt for a teal sofa and add orange scatter cushions for a pop of color.  And if you paint your walls orange, a teal rug is the perfect thing to contrast with them.

Photo Credit: Grant Gibson – Blue and orange girl’s bedroom features a curved headboard upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Fabric on bed dressed in pink and blue bedding placed next to an orange nightstand and a teal triple gourd lamp as well as a Two’s Company Hanging Rattan Chair lined with orange pillows.
Photo Credit: Angie Hranowsky – Eclectic living room features teal tufted swivel chairs with a brown velvet couch and round wood and marble coffee table, a brown end table lit by a lamp with a teal pleated lamp shade a wicker chair with wicker ottoman, yellow curtains and Cole & Son palm jungle wallpaper with a teal framed window.

Related: 11 Colors That Go With Orange: How To Decorate With Orange 

Teal + Red

Teal and red are complementary colors. Teal supplies visual harmony to the vitality of red. Use teal as the primary color in the room, layering in a red accent or two. Try using a red rug under teal upholstered furniture. Also, add a teal throw pillow to red furniture or select teal art to really pop against a red wall.

Photo Credit: Andrew Howard – Two orange and red chevron stools sit at the foot of a turquoise blue bed dressed in red bedding topped with layered red pillows. A Gray Malin Two Llamas with Pink and Teal Balloons is framed and hung over the bed, while white bedside tables are styled and lit with Arteriors White Tassel Lamps. Large windows are covered in white and yellow curtains.

Both red and teal are intense colors. So, you’ll need to think carefully about how you pair them together. You’ll also need some neutral colors in your color scheme. Otherwise, it could become too bright and clash.

Photo Credit: Atlanta Homes – Amazing kids’ room features toy elephant head and toy giraffe head over high-back teal velvet sofa next to antique brass floor lamp. Chic kids’ room with tan fretwork valance with tan and red striped curtains paired with red velvet tufted chair and red clover ottoman over leopard print rug.

But if you love vibrant colors, a teal and red palette could be ideal. It creates a very eclectic, boho vibe. It also has a retro feel, as bold colors were often paired together in the past. But it can work just as well in a modern home, too.

Photo Credit: Angie Hranowsky – Eclectic living room features a round woven coffee table on a black and white zebra rug, a red chevron sofa with black and white stripe pillow, a rattan stool and teal palm jungle wallpaper.

Related: 14 Colors That Go With Red: How To Decorate With Red

Teal + Pink

Teal and pink are a well-balanced blend. Teal’s tranquility agreeably counterbalances the power of pink. Opt for lighter shades of both colors, mixing them with warm neutrals for a quieter room.

Photo Credit: Talbot Cooley – Colorful girl’s room features vaulted ceiling accented with feather chandelier over teal velvet headboard on full bed dressed in white and teal bedding, teal monogrammed shams, white and teal chevron duvet, hot pink bolster pillow and teal ruffled bedskirt flanked by hot pink ruffled benches tucked under matching lucite console tables used as nightstands topped with ivory gourd lamps under colorful abstract art alongside turquoise ruffled bench adorned with white, gray and teal striped bolster pillows placed at the foot of the bed atop pastel colored rug. An acrylic swivel bubble chair with hot pink and teal pillows stand in front of window dressed in white scalloped valance with teal trim paired with white curtains with teal ribbon trim.

For a bolder look, use brighter pink and varying shades of teal. Try painting the walls a pale shade of teal and using stronger tones of teal and pink in the accent furniture and accessories.

Photo Credit: Lisa Frantz – Gorgeous girl’s room features accent wall clad in teal damask wallpaper and the rest of the walls painted teal. Chocolate brown tufted velvet headboard on queen bed is dressed in white and pink, monogrammed bedding flanked by polished nickel, swing-arm sconces over single nightstand, white studded nightstand, to the left and pink chevron chair to the right.
Photo Credit: Black Lacquer Design – Contemporary bedroom features a blush pink velvet bed accented with teal pillows and black bolster pillows, a chunky white nightstand lit by a black and white block lamp, animal print wallpaper a black bench at the foot of the bed over a colorful rug.
Photo Credit: Zoe Feldman – Stylish pink and teal bedroom boasts pink and teal walls complemented with gold trim. A taupe nightstand lit by a gray triple gourd lamp sits beside a gray French linen headboard lined with brass nailhead trim. The headboard finishes a bed dressed in teal bedding topped with a brown sheepskin pillow layered in front of brown velvet pillows.

Related: 18 Colors that Go With Pink: How to Decorate with Pink

Teal + Purple

Teal and purple both have blue undertones therefore, they pair well, but purple can visually overpower teal, so it is best to use it as an accent color only.  For this reason, you will want to ensure you use the 60-30-10 rules. Start with neutral colors at 60%, then add teal at 30%, and finish with purple as your accent color at 10%.

Photo Credit: Laura U Interior – Purple accented bedroom features a purple bed valance with interiors lined in purple damask fabric over red velvet headboard with peacock blue velvet pillows as well as a purple, blue and white chevron lumber pillow flanked by Bungalow 5 Brigitte 1-Drawer Side Tables illuminated by swing-arm sconces. On the ceiling is a hot pink beaded chandelier, Currey and Co Serena Chandelier, accented on a barely there blue painted tray ceiling.

Pale lilac complements a deeper teal color. In this way, you can create a softer, more feminine look. But you can also use rich teals and purples to create a dramatic, jewel-colored room.

Photo Credit: Alisha Gwen – Pretty girl’s room with arched purple headboard layered with white bed linens topped with pastel colored pillows situated next to a Worlds Away Ava Nightstand topped with a teal double gourd lamp with framed kid’s art above over hardwood floors layered with a teal chevron rug, Jill Rosenwald by Surya Fallon Arrows Teal Hand Woven Flatweave Rug.

Just remember, it’s quality over quantity. Less is more – don’t overpower the room by filling it with color. You need to provide white space to let richer colors breathe.

Photo Credit: Alisha Gwen – Gorgeous girl’s bedroom with navy velvet headboard layered with white bedding topped with teal and blue suzani pillows and a teal bolster pillow flanked by a Bungalow 5 Jacqui 3 Drawer Side Table topped with framed kid’s art and a purple ceramic lamp over dark hardwood floors layered with a blue and white striped rug.

Teal + Brown

The rich tones of brown mix well with the coolness of teal. Teal adds a bit of curiosity and color without feeling too vibrant. Add a teal rug or paint the walls a light teal in rooms with brown furniture. The refreshing quality of teal will help lighten the heaviness of the furniture.

Photo Credit: Lewis Interiors – Amazing basement family room with taupe grasscloth wallpaper, white and brown Greek key rug, brown leather ottoman, chocolate brown velvet sofa with teal piping, horse triptych art, blue and brown striped pillows and tray ceiling painted dark brown.
Photo Credit: Alexandra Kaehler – A light beige tufted headboard is fitted in front of a white and brown floral wallpapered wall and accents a bed complemented with a light blue bolster pillow. At the foot of the bed, a teal velvet bench topped with teal velvet lumbar pillows sits on a beige rug, as brown antique nightstands lit by ivory twist lamps flank the bed.

Teal + Gold

To create a luxury feel to your home, teal and gold are powerful color palettes. It parallels a teal and mustard room but is much more entrancing. When you pair gold and teal, these colors will make your home feel refined and stylish.

Photo Credit: Greg Natale – Bedroom features a white channel tufted bed with teal and white bedding atop a cream flokati rug, a white and gold nightstand lit by a gold lamp and a gold and white art deco mirror mounted over a white and gold desk with teal velvet stool.

If you go for minimalist gold accessories, you’ll have a modern atmosphere. But you could opt for more ornate accent pieces like mirrors if that’s more your style. Then, your room may lean towards a Bohemian design. You can sweeten this look with rich fabrics, like teal velvet curtains or velvet throws and pillows.

Photo Credit: Suzann Kletzien – Jewel-toned room colors transform an ordinary room into a lovely eye-catching dwelling space. A long white and brass coffee table is centered atop alight gray rug between two teal velvet tufted accent chairs, a blue lucite stools and a blue velvet sofa with teal accent pillows. Blue and aqua wallpaper dress the walls neutralized by white window curtains and a black glass door panel.

Teal and gold are a complex combination to get wrong since they are both warm and alluring colors. Together they create lavish spaces. Use gold accented furniture next to teal upholstered pieces. In rooms with a teal-painted wall, hang gold mirrors or framed art for a refined look.

Photo Credit: House Beautiful – Turquoise door opens up to stunning tiny powder room featuring custom peacock feather wallpaper framing corner mirror, Georgian gold leaf mirror, over round corner sink.

Teal + Beige

If you think you can’t create a neutral space and still use teal, think again. Although most homeowners want to live with furnishings that are predominately neutral, the introduction of teal pillows enlivens any room. Pair with beige and gray for a classic, neutral look that will give your space a lot of life.

Photo Credit: DL Rhein – Between square windows covered in shades, an oil painting hangs over a beige upholstered bed dressed in white hotel bedding topped with a gold and teal body pillow and a camel colored throw blanket. The bed is flanked by black bamboo nightstands topped with silver fluted lamps accented with donning lamp shades lighting dark wood floors in this restful beige and black bedroom.

Beige is the ideal combination with teal to create a neutral design scheme. Start with a beige backdrop – walls, floors, even sofas if you like. Then, you can work in more little pops of teal. For example, you could add a teal throw or teal scatter cushions. Or, you could go for functional and decorative items, like a beautiful teal lamp.

Photo Credit: Tracy Hardenburg – Chic slumber party room with Moravian Star Pendants over light blue twin beds with storage drawers dressed in beige and blue bedding, teal monogrammed pillows and teal bolster pillows. Attic boys’ bedroom features faux bois wallpaper accent wall as well as white leather Moroccan poufs on sisal wall-to-wall carpeting.
Photo Credit: Brooke Wagner Design – Amazing shared bedroom features daybeds with teal velvet corner headboards accented with silver nailhead trim while 6-drawers built into the two-tone daybed creates extra storage. White and teal daybeds are dressed in white and gray bedding as well as teal and purple suzani pillows, teal fretwork pillow and teal striped pillows flanking glass doors dressed in aqua curtains.

Teal +Black

Lastly, a teal and black color scheme are impactful and modern. Either light or dark teal performs well when contrasted with black. Dark teal fits the bill if you prefer a moody and severe atmosphere. At the same time, a paler teal will brighten things up and make them feel more lively.

Photo Credit: Claire Zinnecker – Gorgeous sunroom features a beadboard sloped ceiling accented with a ceiling fan cooling a blue bamboo mirror, Bungalow 5 Chloe Mirror, placed over a white wicker sofa adorned with black and white cushions flanked by teal tray tables facing a Serena & Lily Blake Raffia Rectangular Coffee Table.

This color mix can work well in a living room or bedroom. But it’s best suited to a kitchen or bathroom, where the color scheme looks incredible—for example, black hardware and appliances against teal tiles.

You can also use teal to brighten up a monochrome room. While black and white are a classic color palette, you risk it looking boring if you don’t use any color. Introducing pops of teal could be just what the room needs.

Photo Credit: LLI Design – Chic dining room features large teal and black abstract art framing black and gold art deco chandelier over black and gold dining table surrounded by gray barrel back dining chairs over wood herringbone floor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Colors with a cool undertone, such as teal blue, will compliment grey well, particularly when paired with shades that have warmer undertones, such as sunshine yellow, burgundy, or terracotta – the contrast will bring a touch of coziness to the space.
Cream, chocolate, tan and beige are warm neutrals that work well with teal. Start with a rug to layer in a generous amount of warm neutrals that will counter the cooling effects of teal. Gray and gray-taupe are cool neutrals that remain true to teal’s cooling influence and work well in warm or cool exposures.
Regarding color, teal is one of the most soothing, popular hues in today’s design world. Once considered an outdated wall color, teal has made a big comeback.


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