According to the Dulux colour forecasters ‘Teal’ (aka 90GG19/151) is to trend as the colour of the year in our homes in 2014.  Irish homes can really make a statement with this bold yet tranquil favourite of the design world. Deeper and more sophisticated than it’s sibling turquoise, teal has a subdued richness, which is often used to describe tropical seas with shimmering bluish green.
A tertiary colour, teal is the result of a marriage of primary blue and secondary green. The Dulux Colour forecaster Louise Smith talks teal, “Teal has come to symbolize balance. For such a statement colour, teal is surprisingly versatile and works well in different colour combinations.” 
Louise continues, “While it’s a strong colour, it works to best effect when combined with neutral tones and shades of wood so as not to overwhelm a space. Team teal with delicate flesh tones and warm ochre yellow, but for a trend look it should be combined with other tones of teal, green and blue to create a tone-on-tone effect.  Layering teal with indigo, denim or navy provides an oceanic feeling, cool, dynamic and welcoming.” 
Louise talks about other combinations, “Combining teal with greens such as mint, duck egg, or emerald will give a fresh natural effect, or for a neutral combination choose a colour with a natural wood tone – You’ll be surprised!”
To clue into Dulux colour trends for 2014 and get inspired, go to