Want to add a bold touch to your home? Here are the best teal paint colors to add the ideal balance of vibrance and serenity!
I say it’s time to say goodbye (temporarily) to neutrals and hello to some color.
Then came the introduction of deep, moody colors that could act as neutrals, such as navy.
Recently, interior designers and homeowners have begun playing around with color a little more by dipping their toes into more colorful adaptations of neutrals such as blue-grays and muted greens.
No doubt about it, there are some interesting things happening in the world of interior design right now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Now, if you have a burning desire to be more daring with your color choices, you can add another moody color inspired by nature to your home – teal to be exact.
Teal is a medium-to-dark blend of blue and green that’s as vibrant as it is soothing. It’s a color that imbues a space with eye-catching moodiness that also feels calming and rejuvenating.
If you haven’t yet caught my series of paint posts, get ready to dive in head-first because they cover everything you need to know about giving your home that much-needed facelift you crave. From tips to picking the best shades in specific color families to detailed reviews of specific hues, you’ll find what you need to help you make confident choices you’ll love.
Today’s post is all about the incredible family of teal paint colors, and I’m going to show you the very best options on the market. From light to deep, there’s something for everyone – let’s dive in!
Best Teal Paint Colors FAQs
What is the most popular teal paint color?
Aegean Teal from Benjamin Moore is one of the most popular teal paint colors on the market. Although it’s a bold color, it often acts neutral, giving it versatility and enduring appeal.
Are turquoise and teal the same?
While both of these color groups are a blend of blue and green, turquoise is a lighter, almost pastel, version of teal. To oversimplify…take teal, add white to lighten it up, and voila! You have turquoise.
Where can I use teal paint colors?
Teal may not be (quite) as versatile as your favorite greige, but there are many places you can use it, including:
– Kids’ rooms
– Home offices
– Living rooms
– Cabinets (kitchens and vanities)
And it’s a color that makes a terrific statement when used on exterior front doors!
Bohemian, coastal, eclectic, traditional, glam, and contemporary-style homes will highlight teal paint colors the best.
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Undertones in Teal Paint Colors
What are undertones? What’s the mass tone (a.k.a., the overtone)? The “overtone” is the overall paint color that you notice (green, red, etc.), while undertones are those barely noticeable nuances that make one shade distinct from another.
To give a real-life example, the hint of purple you see when looking at blue paint is an undertone.
Most paint colors can have different possible undertones. However, since teal is already a blend of two colors, the only real undertone you may notice is a touch of gray in a muted version of teal.
Take advantage of my favorite method for thoroughly investigating any possible undertones: large paint swatches (peel-and-stick swatches are the BEST!). Paint swatches allow you to thoroughly test each shade to make sure you won’t get any surprisingly unpleasant undertones.
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Teal Paint Lighting Considerations
Are you wondering how lighting can possibly impact the way your paint appears? Let’s shine a little “light” (ha!) on the subject and see how lighting exposures will influence its appearance.
- North-facing light – north-facing rooms have cool and shadowy lighting that makes all shades look their darkest. Teal shades will lean into their blue tones in north-facing light.
- South-facing light – south-facing rooms have warm lighting throughout the day making teal shades appear softer, lighter, and more green.
- West-facing light – rooms with western lighting have shadowy exposure in the morning and warmer light later in the afternoon. Teals will look bluer in the morning and greener as the day goes on.
- East-facing light – these rooms face the opposite sequence of events. Pick your color based on how it looks at the time of day you plan to use the space!
More Colors To Consider
Although teal paint is a gorgeous head-turner, it may feel like too much in your home. Anyone who wants to add a bit of color that isn’t quite so vibrant may prefer these lovely alternatives.
- Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a medium-toned gray with green undertones
- Olympus White (Sherwin Williams) – a light off-white with gray and blue undertones
- Naval (Sherwin Williams) – a deep, rich, true navy blue
- First Light (Benjamin Moore) – a pale and cheery pink
- Evergreen Fog (Sherwin Williams) – a rich, medium-tone, muted green
- Lazy Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a medium-to-light gray with strong blue undertones
- Beach Glass (Benjamin Moore) – a muted mid-toned blue-green paint
- Favorite Purple Paint Colors – big on bold? Check out the most lovely lavenders & purple paint shades
- Best Yellow Paint Colors – you’ll love these happy, punchy, sunshiny shades!
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The 13 Top Teal Paint Colors
This list includes gorgeous teal paint colors that showcase the range of hues that are offered in the world of teal paint! Whether you want a shade that’s light, dark, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find what you want here.
You’ll notice each color includes a brief description and a real-life example of how it can appear. Colors that already have published paint color reviews are linked, so click through to find more information on those.
Alright, time to dig into the good part: all that eye candy! But first, a warning. Do NOT fall in love with one of these rooms, run out and buy 4 cans and start painting your space! Remember the cardinal rule of painting: sample before you swipe that paintbrush!!!
As far as sampling goes, I highly recommend these mess-free, re-usable, re-positionable peel and stick paint samples ⤵
1. Sherwin Williams Tame Teal
One look at this image from @red.nest.designs, and you’ll wonder if “Tame Teal” is code for “aquamarine.”
Sherwin Williams Tame Teal (SW 6757) is a gorgeous light teal with an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 73 that makes this shade a great way to add a sense of fresh playfulness to a room. Perfect for a playroom or girl’s bedroom!
House of Turquoise shows everything I absolutely love about Palladian Blue (HC-144).
With an LRV of 60.4, this shade is a popular choice and a gorgeous, versatile light-to-medium teal that has some flex but looks incredible anywhere. It’s one of the light teals on this list, and is also one of the best shades if you are on the hunt for more subtle color and creating a more neutral space.
3. Benjamin Moore Boca Raton Blue
How much fun is this teal door from @roomcrushblog against the background of greige and white?
Boca Raton Blue (711) has an LRV of 34.65, making it a bold medium-to-deep teal that really pops in the best way.
Aegean Teal (2136-40) is a popular shade for a reason.
As you can see from The Wicker House, this blue-green blend (LRV of 25.12) offers an interesting and refreshing pop of color while acting neutral, thanks to slight gray undertones.
5. Sherwin Williams Riverway
This teal is one of Sherwin Williams’s most popular teal paint colors because it’s calming yet lively.
SW Riverway 6222 has an LRV of 16 and offers rich depth with the perfect amount of rejuvenating character. Isn’t this dining room from Basic Blue House fun?
6. Sherwin Williams Refuge
Love Bohemian decor like this example from Design Improvised?
Teal paint is the perfect background to let the rest of your decor shine! Refuge (SW 6228) has an LRV of 19, which means it can hold its own in the brightest natural light exposures.
7. Benjamin Moore Florida Keys Blue
Can you imagine a color more playful than Florida Keys Blue (2050-40)?
As you see in this image from @kirbstergram, it’s the ideal teal color to “play” with almost any color! Its LRV of 35 may turn some away, but it isn’t too deep to use anywhere you want.
8. Sherwin Williams Cloudburst
Cloudburst (GS04) has just enough blue (and an LRV of 26) to be a perfect color choice on the lighter end of the teal color palette to pair with navy blue when you want to add a touch of playfulness.
9. Behr Teal Zeal
The only thing better than the name Teal Zeal (500D-5) is the shade.
Dream Green DIY uses deep saturation (LRV 34) as a gorgeous background color that effortlessly highlights the other decor colors.
10. Benjamin Moore Largo Teal
This deep shade of teal (LRV of 16.7) seems to beckon you into a room as surely as if you were in the Florida Keys.
Looking at the Largo Teal (#742) in this image from @thepatriciaclark makes you feel as though you’re outside with all that greenery.
11. Sherwin Williams Teal Stencil
Doesn’t this bedroom from @1915bloomfield just make you want to say, “aaaah?” The appeal of Teal Stencil (SW 0018) is that it’s both serene and rejuvenating. Even with a low LRV of 19, it looks rich and deep without being too dark.
Tip: if you feel that painting the entire room in such a deeply saturated shade would be too much, you can always opt to go smaller by using it on an accent wall!
12. Benjamin Moore Caribbean Blue Water
The first thing you’ll probably notice about Caribbean Blue Water (2055-30) is that this blue-green leans more toward the blue paint colors side of the color wheel than most of the teal paint colors on this list.
I love the tranquil sophistication this wall paint delivers in this kitchen from Lacquered Life. With an LRV of 18, this vibrant teal can work easily with different decor to make it look elegant, throw off playful vibes, or show up relaxed and chill, depending on the home.
13. Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green
Escape from the outside world! Jessica Brigham brilliantly uses this lovely, darker shade…Yorktowne Green (HC-133), to create a colorful and peaceful sanctuary that feels completely removed from the hustle and bustle of life.
It’s a moody teal, and the darkest shade (LRV 11) on this teal paint colors list, but the vibrant decor accents in this living room keep it balanced and beautiful.
That wraps up this collection of the best teal paint colors. I hope these bold colors may inspire you to get adventurous with your decor and add some refreshing, nature-inspired zeal to your home! The color teal may be the perfect choice to take your space to the next level!
And if any of these blue-green hues are ones you’re seriously considering, remember paint-sampling is better than ending up paint-sorry! Actual paint colors on your wall are always going to look differently than they do on a screen. So I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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