Colour school: Decorating with Teal & Tomato

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  • Add energy to a living space by teaming cool blue-green with punchy red

    For a look that’s bold yet calming, team a pale shade of teal with a calm palette of neutrals… steel, grey, crisp white and soothing stone. Add interest with geometric prints on blinds and cushions, then wake up the room with bright hits of fiery tomato. In a room with this kind of colour contrast, make sure the flooring and furniture is simple to keep things sophisticated.

    Smart upholstery with mid-century lines will balance out this confident colour pairing


    Neat idea

    Use to stow away clutter for a streamlined look

    Blue metal storage trunk, £50, Habitat

    Red alert

    Break up a neutral sofa with this punchy hue

    Nixon cushion, £25, Habitat

    Bowled over

    Introduce a splash of pattern

    Botanique bowl, £7, Tokyo Design Studio range, Amara

    Base notes

    A dimmable light will set the mood

    Laura touch lamp, £40, John Lewis

    Hot legs

    This stylish seat doubles up as a handy side table

    Fifties-style wooden stool, £29.55, Dotcomgiftshop

    Into the blue

    Fill with short-stemmed flowers for a tabletop display

    Embossed tumbler in Teal, £3, Matalan


    Build a lively scheme with contrasting hues

    GREY BLUE A soothing base tones for walls

    Blue Grass matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth

    SAFFRON Wake up cool blues with a fiery accent

    Charlotte’s Locks Modern Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

    PAPRIKA Use this deep colour to add warmth and interest to a scheme

    High Voltage walls
    & ceilings, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q


    Try with… YELLOW

    Give your scheme a fresh feel by teaming a teal backdrop with pale oak furniture and mustard accents

    Give mid-century style a sunny vibe by adding accessories in warm mustard

    Evelyn cushion (far left) £12, Habitat

    Bee’s knees

    A bright, nature inspired design

    Honeycomb Honey wallpaper, £20 per roll, Kath & Kath Studios range, Graham & Brown

    Pattern play

    Use on accessories to add interest

    Jazz Blue fabric, £35 per m, Spira range, The Swedish Fabric Company

    Feeling fruity

    Try a summery hue

    Crushed Pineapple Colour Vibe emulsion, £17.69 for 2.5ltr, Johnstones

    Try is with… WHITE

    Create a pared-back bedroom with teal walls and dark wooden flooring. Bed linen in crisp white will lift the scheme and give it a cool, modern look.

    Pair with white for a restful mood

    Tiny stripe double duvet cover, £70, Secret Linen Store

    Natural touch

    Upholster cushions in stone-coloured fabrics

    Isamu fabric, £37 per m, Wabi Sabi collection, Scion range, Wallpaperdirect

    Floor it

    Offset crisp white with deep-toned flooring

    Dolce Richmond dark oak-effect laminate, £15 per sq m, B&Q

    All white

    A calming base tone

    Silverflake water-based eggshell, £50 for 2.5ltr, Sanderson range, Designerpaint

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