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.

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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