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Get to Know the Real Teal: Defining + Decorating with this Popular Color

When it comes to refreshing, calming, happy-go-lucky colors, teal ranks pretty high on the list. Although there are many of us who love it, not everyone can easily define it, so we’re here to help you make sense of this hot hue and show you how to put it to good use in your space.

Part 1: Your Top Teal Questions Answered:

Q: Is teal blue or green?

A: Teal is actually a mix of both blue and green, but skews heavily blue. Fun fact: The name teal is believed to originate from a duck named the common teal, because the blue-green shade surrounds its eyes. Pretty cool, right?

Q: How is the color teal made?

A: The color teal can be made by mixing blue and green into a white base. To deepen the hue, it can also be mixed with a black or grey base.

Q: What colors go with teal?

A: Now, that is a long and exciting list! From teal and grey, to teal and brown, to teal and pink, to teal and gold, there are almost an infinite amount of colors you can pair with this versatile hue. We’ll even show you a few of our favorite teal color combos below.

Part 2: Decorating with Teal

Teal Accent Walls

If your love of teal knows no bounds, show your commitment with a bold teal accent wall. Teal gives off calming vibes, and who doesn’t want to feel at peace and at ease whenever they walk into their space? Those who like teal are said to be open-minded, creative and artistic, so if you want to bring out those qualities, then bring on the teal.

Teal Decor

If you prefer to sprinkle teal throughout your space, it makes for a great pop of color and even goes well with other shades of blue. In fact, you can create a serene sea-inspired space with teal accents - including lamps, pillows and throw blankets - plus a few coastal, beachy accessories.

Teal Furniture

Because teal goes with a variety of colors, you can use it on a variety of furniture pieces. From accent chairs, to dining chairs, to sofas, a design decked in teal adds just the right amount of flair to any room.

Take Teal Outside

You can make the outdoors even more enticing by adding outdoor teal decor to your backyard. Thanks to teal’s tranquil and spiritual nature, you can even use this color to create your own personal zen retreat.

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