Give your home teal appeal; it's the colour of the season

Each season Neptune announces a key colour of the season. Because they don't believe in following industry trends, timeless is what they seek to achieve, Neptune's design team choose a colour that feels current but remains true to its core look

According to Neptune we should be surrendering our homes to teal this autumn, its chosen shade of this season. Combing the serene of green and soothing nature of blue, this rich hue creates a mood-enhancing atmosphere that stirs the senses for a luxurious yet cosy look.

'The colour teal adds real depth, it creates a little drama when used on a large scale, but it equally understands how to create calmness.' explains John Sims-Hilditch, Co-Founder of Neptune, ' Teal is a colour that’s refined and handsome, that carries a sense of heritage, but also is appreciated when seen through a contemporary lens.'

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living room with blue wall and sofaset with cushions

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Buy now: Walls painted in Teal Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5L,  Grand Sofa in Isla Kingfisher, £2,680; Cushions, from £47, all Neptune

Be bold and embrace this evocative colour on walls to create an inviting sense of drama,or by investing in sumptuous velvet upholstered furniture pieces that can instantly transform a living space. This brooding shade, whether it be on walls or furniture, makes a real style statement perfect for creating atmosphere in the darker months. Introduce jewel coloured accents through cushions and throws, teaming teal with contrasting russet tones and brushed metallics for a warm and cosy home.

The design team at Neptune have also paired teal with key colours from seasons gone by, including the paint shade 'Chestnut', and textile 'Fox'. These colours were chosen because together they create a warmth that's akin to a roaring fireside  – the perfect place to hunker down and hibernate during the winter months.

living room with blue walls and sofaset with cushions

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Buy now: Walls painted in Teal Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5L,  Shoreditch Corner Sofa in Elliot Soft Teal, £4,930; Rupert Footstool in Isla Fox, £345; Cushions, from £47, all Neptune

It's definitely a colour that feels right for this time of year. Teal on walls is dark enough to create an on-trend moody look, that's gripping the interiors world of late, but retains enough warmth not to feel on the cold scale of some blue shades.

Although it's not been chosen to specially tie into key trends thanks to its versatility, Teal can adapt to many different looks for this season. Create a luxe 1920's vibe with the addition of art deco inspired accessories and touches of brass, or opt for a vibrant modern feel with the addition of peacock feathers and contrasting jewel bright accessories.

kitchen room with white tiled flooring and kitchen shelves on blue wall

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Buy now: Walls painted in Teal matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5L; Carter Extending Dining Table, £1,780; Carter Bench, £470; Carter Shelves, from £620; Tennyson Pendant,£94, all Neptune

Teal walls really come into their own in the kitchen, creating a strikingly bold look. The trend for darker shades in the kitchen is one that continues to grow as we become more confident with colour. The beauty of merely painting walls darker is that it's less of an expense and commitment for getting the look, without having to change your existing kitchen. Start with the walls and see how you feel about changing the units later down the line.

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It's safe to say Neptune has left us feeling inspired by this alluring and tranquil colour...will you be embracing teal in time for winter?


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.