Teal is one of those shades of blue that can feel daring and a little unexpected. A blend of green and blue, teal is a bold color that feels like a punchier, sassier version of blue. Though we think it can make any room shine, it can feel intimidating to introduce into your home. The good news? There are endless colors that work wonderfully with teal—you just have to take care to pair it right.
Before you start to pair colors with teal, it's important to understand exactly what the color teal is. Is it a blue? A green? Designer KimberleySeldon says it's a bit of both.
"When it comes to teal, we are evenly divided along pretty deep lines. One half the world sees teal as blue-green and the other insists it’s green-blue," she says. "The good news is, both sides are right because color is always subjective. What you see is what you get."
When in doubt, consider colors with similar undertones to your favorite shade of teal. Richer, deeper shades of teal pair perfectly with bold greens while bright, medium shades of teal are great with blues or cool neutrals.
Meet the Expert
- KimberleySeldon is a designer, writer, TV personality, and founder ofKimberleySeldon Design Group.
- Tracy Morris is a designer and the founder of Tracy Morris Design in McClean, Virginia.
If you're looking for a bit of inspiration to work teal into your home, here are 21 colors that are easy pairings and will create a rich, bold palette for any room.
Teal + Gold + White: Chic & Unexpected
A lighter shade of teal may seem too childlike to bring into your room, but the truth is that when paired with more sophisticated hues like gold and white, it becomes incredibly chic.
"Virtually any version of teal looks great with white as its backdrop," explains Seldon.
Teal + Brick: Contemporary & Loft-Like
If you have a lot of rich, natural tones like brick or walnut, teal can act as a great pop of color in the otherwise masculine room.
"Teal enjoyed feverish popularity during the 1950s and 60s, so it was a natural choice for this downtown loft with a mid-century vibe. I used a dark teal on the walls (Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray) and then paired it with Danish modern dining chairs and a dark walnut dining table," Sheldon says of this contemporary space.
Teal + Green: Monochromatic & Tasteful
When it comes to figuring out how much or how little teal to use, Tracy Morris of Tracy Morris Design says either go big or go small.
"Either lean completely into the color and really use it or use it sparingly," she suggests.
For a tasteful, classic look, "lean in withtealwalls, white and cream furnishings with pops of pale pink."
Teal + Gold: Modern & Eye-Catching
Teal is a chameleon color, and it can take on a whole new life in a variety of spaces.
"What I love most about teal is its ability to move seamlessly from rich, traditional design to vibrant, contemporary design," says Seldon.
Here, teal is the perfect complementary color for the fun pops of gold and help to create an eye-catching look in this small powder room.
Teal + Beige: Neutral & Subtle
Think you can't create a neutral space and still use teal? Think again.
"Although most clients want to live with furnishings that are predominately neutral, the introduction of teal pillows enlivens any room," says Sheldon.
Pair with beige and gray for a classic, neutral look that still has a lot of life.
Teal + Tangerine: Punchy & Fun
Teal is by nature a fun, happy color, but when you pair it with a shade like tangerine, it takes on an entirely different vibe. These two colors are fairly close together on the color wheel, so although they create a fun contrast, it won't be harsh or garish.
Teal + Navy: Sophisticated & Unique
Navy is one of those classic hues that can add endless sophistication to nearly any space. But if you want to avoid navy from feeling too dark or traditional, adding a pop of teal is a great way to brighten up a moody space.
Teal + White: Poppy & Bright
Morris says if all else fails, pairing white with teal is a sure bet. A few bold teal accessories are perfect for adding a pop of color to an all-white space, just be sure to tie in similar undertones throughout the other shades.
Teal + Yellow: Fun & Bold
Teal and yellow (especially darker shades like mustard), complement each other incredibly well. They are both bold colors, but together they can create an eye-catching palette that adds a lot of interest.
Teal + Wood: Rustic & Country Chic
If you're all about mixing and matching wood tones in your home, you may want to add a pop of color like teal to help ground the space and balance out the various shades of wood.
Teal, especially one with more blue undertones, is a great color for any rustic space to add just enough color.
Teal + Pink: Sweet & Creative
If eclectic is your theme, pink and teal make the perfect combo. The calming presence of teal helps to ground the pink shades without taking away from the warm energy it emits. Look for a shade of teal that reads green to pull in the cooler tones in the pink.
Teal + Purple: Feminine & Sophisticated
Purple and teal are perfect for creating a rich, jewel-toned room that is both lively and moody. Though two much of both colors together can feel oversaturated, layering them with a white or gray base is a great way to ensure they don't take over or dominate one another.
Teal + Black + White: Classic & Chic
Black and white is such a classic combo that it's hard to go wrong, but when you need to add a little color to this pairing, teal is a great choice. Opt for a richer, darker teal for a more modern feel or go for a punchier, light teal to really brighten up the space.
Teal + Gray: Unexpected & Chic
Though teal may not be the first color you gravitate to when decorating with a medium gray, it's perfect for bringing out the cool tones and ensuring the gray doesn't lack personality or liveliness.
Teal + Orange: Eclectic & Happy
Because teal is opposite to orange on the color wheel, they play so nicely together. Pick darker teal shades to help ground the bright orange colors for a punchy, bold look that is great in kitchens, bathrooms or dens.
Teal + Leather: Retro & Modern
We love pairing rich leather furniture with bold teal walls. The combo creates an eye-catching look that feels both sophisticated and a little fun.
Teal + Red: Cozy & Warm
A rich red clay tile can be a hard material to work with, but surprisingly teal is a great color to pair with a very warm red. The coolness of the teal helps to soften the warm undertones in the red tile.
Teal + Charcoal: Rich & Sophisticated
A rich, moody color like charcoal gray can make a huge statement in your room, but too much of it can overpower and feel dreary and dark. A pop of teal and yellow help brighten up this sophisticated space and keep it light, fun and unique.
Teal + Brown: Warm & Inviting
Brown is one of those colors that can feel a bit bland in the wrong settings. But pair it with a light greenish teal and it becomes fresh and energetic.
Teal + Powder Blue: Soft & Pretty
If you thought powder blue was just for little boys' rooms, think again. Consider mixing shades of blue and teal together for a beachy, breezy color palette that feels serene and relaxing.
Because teal can read either blue or green in certain settings, pick a teal with stronger blue undertones for a more monochromatic look and feel.
Teal + Griege: Calming & Cool
Whether decorating a simple, Scandi-inspired bedroom or renovating a more modern living room, greige is a great all-purpose color. To avoid a bland greige room, though, add a few pops of teal via throws or pillows to brighten up the space.
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What color looks pretty with teal? ›
The best colors to pair with teal in the home are gold, white, black, beige, navy blue, mustard yellow, and pink. Other colors that pair well with teal are orange, charcoal gray, red, rose gold, champagne, and purple. Teal is a beautiful color that can be very versatile when it comes to matching it with other colors.What neutral colors go with teal? ›
Beige is the perfect 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 smaller pops of teal.Do teal and blue go together? ›
Teal's richer, darker colors work beautifully with dramatic greens, while its brighter, medium shades pair well with blues and cool neutrals. You can always combine green walls with teal decor items, such as vases or dining room chairs.What color furniture goes with teal? ›
A teal sofa works well with a bright white and coral is its colour wheel match. It also sits beautifully alongside creams, navy, pinks, golds and browns.Does GREY go with teal? ›
Colours 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 cosiness to the space', says Kelly Collins, Swyft Home.What colors go best with turquoise? ›
The trick is to pair it with other natural colors—think neutral shades, wood tones, and darker shades of blue. You can also pair turquoise with one or two complementary colors (those colors opposite turquoise on a color wheel), like coral or tangerine.What color sofa goes with teal walls? ›
As far as your furniture is concerned, light-colored wooden furniture goes great with teal walls, and it will help to brighten up your room while still offering a modern look. In order to break up the dark walls, you could also add trinkets in white or silver for a splash of brightness.Does teal go with gold or silver? ›
Both gold and silver are dominant metallic hues that pair perfectly with teal, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to your ensemble.How do you combine teal and blue? ›
What colors go with teal? Sitting within the cooler sphere of the color wheel, teal is in its simplest form a combination of blue and green - which can be useful to note when considering what to combine it with. Blue's complementary color is orange, and teal works beautifully with earthy terracotta or warming paprika.What color compliments blue? ›
Light blue looks great with yellow and shades of pink. Royal blue looks great with bold colours such as red, white, pale pink and yellow. Baby blue looks great with complementary colours such as white, grey, peach, pink, and dark blue. Sky blue looks great when paired with jewel tones, cream, white and gold.
Is teal closer to blue or green? ›
Teal is usually more green than blue, but it depends on what shade of teal you're going for. Teal is actually a mix of green and cyan (also known as aqua), which is a lighter blue.