Time for Teal…

Teal last featured heavily on the AW 2009 catwalks, paired with bright oranges and rich mustards, and I personally feel it’s time to drag those 09 teal pieces out of the wardrobe and mix them up with this season’s newer shades. Why? Because teal works amazingly next to this season’s pastel pinks and corals, and also sits well alongside the equally ‘trendy’ neon oranges. It looks great with yellow (another SS12 hit) and works fantastically as a pop of colour against any neutral and whites (and when did they ever go out of fashion?).

So I suggest that you follow my lead and inject some teal into your rooms this season. Whether it’s a pop of colour on some cushions or a lampshade (James Hare makes the most beautiful deep teal silks), a splash of teal on a wall (Paint & Paper Library’s ‘Teal’ is gorgeous) or some teal upholstery (John Lewis’s Ravel chair comes in teal and is a purse friendly £399 – check it out below) these are really simple ways to introduce this gorgeous colour into your home.

John Lewis's ravel chair is an economic way of bringing a real splash of teal into a room

As always, here are a few more of my favourite rooms and pieces displaying this gorgeously versatile colour, showing how it works in both casual and smart surroundings, as an accent or as a leading color in a scheme…

Here it looks wonderful with a splash of 'so on-trend' neon orange. I particularly love the dog tooth fabric on the cushions

 

...and speaking of dogtooth I absolutely adore this lampshade from Folksy. Hand-made in Briatin there are only 3 available - go check it out on their gorgeous little site now: http://www.folksy.com

 

This one shows how well teal can work in a contemporary setting - I love these egg-shaped chairs and this powder-soft version of teal is a softer. easier way to use the colour

 

Teal also works really well with a variety of wood finishes, especially rich oak and walnut finishes. I love the beige sheer behind this bed; so simple but so very effective

 

This room, styled by the talented Emma Thomas, (http://emma-thomas.com) balances the braveness of a bright teal wall with a softer, spring-inspired wall mural

 

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Tantalising Turquoise…

A colour that is far too under-used in UK interiors, turquoise evokes feelings of summer, relaxation, sunshine and fun; but just because the sun isn’t shining does not mean that you can’t make it work in interiors. It works just as well in contemporary settings as it does as an accent colour to add a pop of excitement to a more traditional space, and can work in both masculine and feminine areas of the home too. Here are just some of my favourite turquoise interiors and accents…