Colour school: Decorating with Teal & Tomato

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.

living room with wooden flooring and storage shelves

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


large blue trunk

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Neat idea

Use to stow away clutter for a streamlined look

Blue metal storage trunk, £50, Habitat

red cushion

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Red alert

Break up a neutral sofa with this punchy hue

Nixon cushion, £25, Habitat

flower printed bowl

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Bowled over

Introduce a splash of pattern

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

johne lwis laura touch lamp

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Base notes

A dimmable light will set the mood

Laura touch lamp, £40, John Lewis

wooden bar stool

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Hot legs

This stylish seat doubles up as a handy side table

Fifties-style wooden stool, £29.55, Dotcomgiftshop

water glass

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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

grey blue paint

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

SAFFRON Wake up cool blues with a fiery accent

wall paint

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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

red wall paint

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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

living area with sofa set and wooden shelves

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

Evelyn cushion (far left) £12, Habitat


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Bee's knees

A bright, nature inspired design

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

blue and white wallpaper

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Pattern play

Use on accessories to add interest

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

crushed pineapple colour wall paint

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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.

bedroom with wooden flooring and double bed

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Pair with white for a restful mood

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

blue and white wallpaper

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Natural touch

Upholster cushions in stone-coloured fabrics

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

wooden laminate flooring

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Floor it

Offset crisp white with deep-toned flooring

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

white wall paint

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All white

A calming base tone

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


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.