Colour Psychology: Using Teal in Interiors

What is teal you might ask? The dictionary definition says:
1. A small freshwater duck, typically with a greenish band on the wing that is most prominent in flight.
2. A dark greenish-blue colour.”
Why are we interested in teal (the colour, not the duck) is because earlier this year paint giant Dulux names it as the “Colour of the Year for interiors 2014.”
Experts said that this colour tone represents balance, calm, and soothing whilst also being restorative and rejuvenating. Well, in these crazy times, creating a pool of tranquillity in a room in your house using teal sounds like a perfect way to forget about increased airport security checks, a struggling Health Service, and all the other tensions visited upon us as we try to live our lives! It is also supposed to be a colour which is good for contemplation, reflection and focus. It is also supposed to represent harmonious balance- yin and yang if you will, half-way between blue and green. Physically the colour’s light wavelengths require no adjustments for our eyes. The colour doesn’t grate on us.
Teal actually comes in a number of different shades and therefore there’s not one standard colour that you will see in everyone’s bedroom or living room because the glossy magazines have highlighted its colour of the year status. The best thing to do is to get some small quantities of each type of teal, such as Dulux’s “Sea Urchin 1”, one of the lighter shades of teal. That colour is good for rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light. A darker tone would better suit conservatories and light bedrooms and living rooms.
The teal colours combine well with mustard yellows, burnt oranges, ivories and earth-brown tones. Of course whichever colours you use in conjunction with teal, don’t overdo it and make a room fussy with hip multi-contrasts, or you’ll lose the teal’s recuperative properties! Some colours don’t go well with teal, such as bright acid yellows and dark greys.
Because teal is a great colour to use when you wish to relax and unwind and allow you to regain balance and equilibrium after a hectic busy day, use it in rooms such as the living areas, library space, bedrooms. Also think about using it in the bathroom to create that restorative, rejuvenating spa-like feel.
Whatever room you use it in, don’t “crowd out” the colour by having too much clutter around. You should not have too much of anything in a teal-coloured room. In the bathroom, put all those shampoos and shower gels in cupboards and not around the rim of the bath or wash basin. In a bedroom, don’t have loads of lampstands and clothes furniture, let the colour teal breathe and you’ll have a good night’s sleep! Consider some subtle semi-concealed lighting in the bedroom, even a coloured strip of LED’s around the skirting board can create a great ambience.
Avoid using teal in the kitchen- you want a kitchen to be busy and vibrant- a hive of culinary activity, not a place to be drifting off from the food preparation to commune with the music of the spheres or have a spiritual communing with teal!