One thing that everyone will agree on is that your house should feel like you. No matter what the decorating trends are at the moment, no matter what your last style was, no matter what your mother-in-law says, the decor decisions you make for your home should make you happy. It is your space after all. So when you need to paint your living space a color that isn’t cream or gray or anything even close to the neutral family, you have all the permission. As you’re looking around for that color, we would encourage you to try teal. This bluish-green color comes in dark shades, light shades, and everything in between. Scroll through these 15 living rooms that boast a teal color and you’ll be convinced that it is the tone for you and your home. We’ll also share with you some of our top tips for decorating with teal as well as some colors you can match teal within your living room.
Top Tips for Decorating Your Living Room with Teal
When decorating a living room with teal, one of the first decisions you need to make is how you are going to incorporate teal into your living room. For example, you may feel brave enough to paint your walls teal, in which case, you probably want a sofa in a more neutral color to offset the bold walls. On the other hand, if you fancy adding teal to your room with a new sofa or piece of furniture, opt for neutral walls in a gray or white shade. This will help to balance out the room and make the sofa the focal point of your living room.
The next decision is to pick the shade of teal you would like to add to your living room. If this is your first time adding a bold color to your living room, stick with a lighter shade instead of going too dark. The great thing about teal is that it comes in a wide range of shades, you can opt to go darker in the future if you really love the color. If you already have a dark living room, you might be able to just go straight for one of the darker colors we showcased above, as you will already be used to have a darker room.
What Color Goes with Teal?
Teal is a mixture of green and blue, but the shades can vary from a yellowish blue to a dark slate color. Complementary colors that you could opt to use in your living room include gray, brown, yellow, metallics, and black. Teal can go with most colors, but you’ll want to avoid putting too many bold colors together, so your living room doesn’t look too mismatched.
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. A fun color combination we enjoy for the living room is teal and mustard. While this is certainly a more daring duo, you can have neutral brown or gray walls and then add upholstery in these two colors to the room to finish it off. Even the most simple living rooms will look completely refreshed thanks to these two colors.
In our living rooms, we often add various accessories on bookshelves and the mantelpiece. One combination we really enjoy is bronze and teal. The rustic look of the copper goes really well with teal, and it adds a unique touch to any living room. You could also add a table in the center of the room with bronze accents for a splash of this color.
15 Inspirational Living Rooms Decorated in Teal
1. A Classic Teal Living Room
2. A Darker Shade of Teal to Go With Light Furniture
If you gravitate towards light furniture, try teal that’s a shade darker than the classic tone. Not only will it make your space seem cool and comforting, but it will also help you really show off your light furniture choices.
3. Opt for a Lighter Teal Shade
Or, if deep dark walls aren’t the solution for you, opt for teal in a lighter shade. It feels rather like an English country home so when you’re leaning towards traditional decorating, swathing your space in the comforting color will help.
4. A Scandinavian Teal Living Room
Yes, even the Scandinavian decorators can infuse their space with teal. When you go for the almost pastel shade, it will bring out the grays, whites, and woods that the style revolves around, making the minimal decor work harder for you.
5. Muted Teal Shades for a Less Intense Makeover
How do you add teal to your home without choosing pastel shades or inky tones? You add a bit of gray. The smokey side of teal will fit very well into a home full of muted tones or a space that already has an intense focal point.
6. An Eclectic Teal Living Room
There is such freedom in eclectic decorating. And chances are, you probably don’t have any teal in your thrifted and storied finds already. So painting your living room teal will help you go above and beyond the eclectic look to something unique and enviable.
7. A Traditional English Living Room Decorated in Teal
You know how traditional English decorating paints everything on the wall in the same color? Take that concept and cover your walls, trim, doors, and shelves in a soft teal. Your living room will look like it came straight out of a magazine.
8. Classic Teal Wallpaper
Get excited. They do make wallpaper in the classic teal shade! Not only are you getting a lovely dose of teal in your living area, but you are also adding the best pattern play you could ever hope for. In fact, you’ll probably be tempted to add it to other places in your home.
9. Add Teal Curtains and Accessories to Your Home
Once you’ve painted your walls, it’s time to think about your accessories. Find or make some matching teal curtains for your windows. Add some pillows that display your chosen teal shade. Hang a painting or photo that boasts the same tone. It will help you pull your teal living room together.
10. Paint Your Ceiling Teal Instead
So you’re into teal but don’t want to give up your white walls? That’s okay. Paint your ceiling teal instead. Especially in a room with high ceilings, it will bring the eyes down to all your coziness below and cast pleasing shadows around the room at the end of the day.
11. A Teal Fireplace
Most of the designs we’ve featured so far add teal all over the walls. If you aren’t brave enough to add teal everywhere in your living room just yet, consider adding a feature wall or area as demonstrated by Makes, Bakes and Decor. They’ve taken the inside of their fireplace and added a splash of bold teal to completely transform this part of the room. It’s a great way to test out a unique color such as teal without having to commit to the full makeover. If you find you really like the color, then you can continue the makeover from there by adding teal anywhere in the room.
12. Add Teal Seating to Your Living Room
Your sofa is one of the highlights of your living room décor, and it’s a purchase you won’t want to make in a hurry. The next time you are ready to replace your current living room chairs, consider choosing a bold statement color like teal. These beautiful chairs shown in this living room on Sarah Mailer Design go well with the gray walls and floor in the room. You’ll find that with a neutral-colored room as your backdrop, you can add teal or another fun color to almost any living room. We also love the texture of these chairs, which would be perfect for relaxing after a long day on your feet at work.
13. A Sofa Makeover
As you saw in the living room above, teal sofas look amazing against a gray or neutral backdrop. However, if you don’t have it in your budget to purchase new designer sofas, we completely understand. Instead, why not consider giving your sofa a makeover with new covers? Maxine Brady completely transformed her old sofa by making teal velvet covers, which give the whole room a new lease of life. This is ideal for anyone whose sofa is still in good enough condition to use but still fancies giving their living room a makeover and a colorful upgrade. You’ll also benefit from saving a lot of money in the process and not having to spend hours deliberating over which sofa would fit in your living room again.
14. A Bright and Airy Teal Living Room
Many of the teal living rooms we’ve shared so far feature quite dark backdrops and walls. If you have a dark house, you’ll want to try and lighten up your living room by opting for bright white walls. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little bit of teal into the mix still. This living room from Dans le Lakehouse adds teal and blue velvet to the sofa’s pillows and adds a lovely big rug to the floor to add more color. Teal can easily match with other shades of green and blue, so you can add a whole variety of shades within one room for more variety.
15. A Teal Sofa Centerpiece
If you’ve recently moved house or are planning your next living room makeover, your first consideration is usually your sofa. Take inspiration from Darlings of Chelsea, who share a wide selection of different ways you can add a teal sofa into your living room. You don’t have to paint your walls teal in order to benefit from this color, and instead, you can just make the sofa the focal point of your room. If you fancy a splash more color on top of the sofa, add various accessories such as lamps, rugs, or trinkets in a matching shade around the living room.
Teal is a fun color to add to any living room and will give your home a bold and vibrant makeover. As with adding any color to your house, you don’t always have to start off with the darkest shade or the boldest design. If it’s your first time adding a bright color to your living room, consider just starting with the sofa or a few accessories. In time, you may find that you are completely wowed over by your teal living room and will be ready to give your walls and room a complete makeover that will impress anyone who steps foot in your home.