Some friends and I were talking about colour the other day and all of a sudden I realised that we weren’t necessarily talking about the same colour. Turquoise and teal seemed to be referred to interchangeably.
Since I’ve long loved both colours (though I hold a special kind of obsession for anything turquoise!), I thought it was a good excuse to dive into a turquoise & teal design world and so I began a little research to resolve the difference between the two hues. (Besides, the paper company GF Smith recently announced that Marrs Green, a very rich teal colour, is the ‘world’s favourite colour” after conducting an international online survey, so it’s good to know what everyone is loving so much!)
The Camgridge Dictionary defines teal as ‘a dark greenish-blue colour’, which, for any trivia buffs out there, I learned on wikipedia is named after the deep green-blue found around the eye of the common teal duck.
How gorgeous is this rich teal velvet sofa with that patterned wallpaper in the same hue? Hits of acid yellow and red punch up the colour scheme.
I love this classic entranceway in Paris with its dramatic teal door.
This is a beautiful teal wall colour paired with a more true-blue sofa, which helps create a layered feel. This pic also illustrates how teal can work with many other colours. And oooh that llama!
This floral print wallpaper with its warm teal background is the perfect way to add some life to a small powder room.
Colour Experts Pantone describe turquoise (Pantone 15-5519 colour of the year in 2010) as ‘combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green’. This colour is still going strong in its popularity. It’s named after the turquoise stone often worn as jewelry.
This is such a pretty turquoise and white kitchen, which looks amazing with those hexagonal terra cotta floor tiles. Turquoise with corals and reds is such a great, welcoming colour combination. The hint of industrial in the stools and cement countertops keeps it feeling modern.
I feel like this dining room is channeling a little design icon Dorothy Draper with the use of the ornate, oversized white mirror, the large leaves and the cheerful turquoise walls and seat cushions.
This is a happy little spot in a house with a turquoise cushion on the old rustic bench. This works particularly well because the turquoise is repeated in the artwork.
I’m in love with Kay’s pretty turquoise front door that she shares on her Instagram page @onceupona1912. It’s such a lovely colour to greet people with (Sherwin Williams Waterscape) and it looks great styled with the purple & pink flowers.
Teal appeared on the red carpet a few years ago, which is why we are seeing its increased popularity in decor. It seems to have some longevity in fashion though, perhaps because it is a universally flattering colour. I love this teal print dress that Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing. It is again paired with acid yellow, which really brightens it up.
This is a well put together outfit with the teal shirt dress and brown leather accessories.
This teal jacket & blouse look so fresh paired with white pants.
While I think this sweater comes more under the category of mint, it is in the turquoise family and the light shade looks so good paired with a pinky-beige jacket and white jeans.
I love this icy combination of the turquoise knit winter coat with the white pants & blouse. So pretty.
So are you a teal lover or a turquoise gal? I have to say I really love both and they are such versatile colours that will go with just about any other colour in the spectrum. Since they are flattering on every skin tone, I see their popularity lasting a long time. What about you?