Fresh Color Combinations: Colors that Go With Teal

What is teal color? Teal is a deep blue-green, another name for dark cyan. The color gets its name from the colored feathers around the eyes of the duck family’s common teal bird. Teal is a showstopper in any space it’s in, perhaps because of its inherently rich color, its saturation, and its warmth without being too energizing. Here is a look at some colors that go with teal to optimize the style and impact of teal in your space.

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Teal + Blonde Wood

As a rich, saturated color, teal tends to inherently draw the eye immediately. This makes blonde wood an excellent color pairing; it provides a softer pale neutral than white, which can appear stark against the richness of teal. The combination is balanced and chic.

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Teal + Golden Wood

Technically, “golden wood” isn’t a color per se, but it makes a lovely addition to a teal color scheme. Hovering between orange, brown, and golden yellow, this type of wood is warm, just like teal but from completely different color families. The color pairing of this gorgeous Boffi cupboard and a teal painted wall demonstrate the impact that’s possible with a simple, saturated color palette.

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Teal + Gold

The warmth and sophistication of metallic gold contrasts, in a beautiful way, with the warmth and dignity of the color teal. This combination feels worth its visual weight. One decorating tip is to keep shapes of color combination pieces similar to emphasize their connection in a space that is heavy on various neutrals.

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Teal + Mustard

Many people, when they think of the color mustard, are hard-pressed to keep from wrinkling their nose. Rich as it is, the color mustard yellow is sometimes seen as “gross,” “ugly,” or “too much.” Whether you feel that way or not, a little bit of ugly in a space might be just the thing it needs to be interesting, unique, and memorable. Along with other colors that go with teal, mustard is fully committed to its aesthetic; the pairing works particularly well with noncommitted, soft neutrals.

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Teal + Gray

In the “non-color” existence of gray, where utilitarianism and industrial vibes are the norm, it is both surprising and delighting to turn it into a color that goes with teal. The depth of teal’s bluey-greenness is a rich, warm juxtaposition to gray. With this modern neutral of choice and teal rising ever more in interior design popularity, this is a color combination that will likely increase in use over the next little while.

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Teal + Cobalt Blue

Joining two distinct colors of the tropical sea and the Mediterranean sky can only bring beauty, relaxation, and good vibrations. Both bold colors in and of themselves, teal and cobalt blue go beautifully together because of their similar undertones and saturation. The sharp (cooler) cobalt and smooth (warmer) teal are lovely and fresh as a sea breeze.

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Teal + Black + White

Where black and white are at opposite ends of the spectrum (technically, they’re not even on the spectrum…) and, therefore, are the ultimate contrast in color, teal likes to befriend all colors. It gives depth and substance to this classic color combination and bridges the visual gap to create an encompassing, undivided palette.

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Teal + Taupe

A sea of taupe would be soothing, of course, what with its blended greyish-brown (or is it brownish-grey?). But strategic pops of a saturated color like teal creates points of visual interest throughout the taupe space, without detracting from the beautiful neutral itself. Teal is a lovely color to consider in spaces that involve food, such as this dining room.

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Taupe, as gorgeous and serene a color as it is, tends to feel a little blah when left to fend for itself in design. With its lovely bluey-green aesthetic, the color teal brings in that element of water and life that immediately picks up the energy and the fresh appeal of a taupe-neutral space. Of course, interesting silhouettes such as this abstract golden branch pendant, will always raise the level of visual interest in any space, regardless of the color combination.

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Teal + Cream

Cream is the ultimate “warm” neutral, with its roots in the red and yellow color families. Softer and smoother than white, when cream is paired with teal, the visual impact is softened but still striking. This combination is bold, but in a slower and more careful method than, say, teal and stark white. It reminds us of vintage, of friendship, of life well lived.

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Teal + Copper

Two rich tones combine to make something stunning, and teal and copper are just such a formula for luxe aesthetic appeal. Likely because both hues are saturated, rich, and warm, their combination creates a space that is both cozy and inviting. This is a particularly palatable pairing for a kitchen.