Vibrant and adaptable to any interior setting, teal is the standout colour of the season. Picture:

Teal is the colour for the upcoming season. Marchelle Abrahams finds out how to incorporate it into your home.

If you thought home decor was done with bold colours and decorated with soft florals, think again. Vibrant and adaptable to any interior setting, teal is the stand-out colour of the season.

Interior designer Liza Watermeyer, with more than 25 years experience in the industry, says based on your lifestyle and budget, teal is a versatile colour that can be dressed up and down.

“A look that many are going for is the relaxed coastal feel. Combining it with shades of wood and wooden texture gives and interesting and relaxed feel,” she says.

For an industrial luxe look, Watermeyer suggests combining various shades of teal with greys. “Add some glass, mirror and metal, and you have an industrial feel and look.”

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Global and tribal trends are big influencers on the interior landscape, adds Watermeyer. “Here, teal looks vibrant and eclectic when combined with maroon, coral and blush pink. Add patterns and textures which take their inspiration from Asian influence,” and the results can be breathtaking.

Here’s how to incorporate teal into your current decor style.

Living room

Ideal Home’s Jennifer Louis Ebert is an avid believer in introducing different shades as mood enhancers to a room. She suggests combining patterns with colour blocking such as going for a gorgeous teal patterned wallpaper and adding a modern, low-level sofa in a deep coral shade. Or shake things up a bit by investing in a teal coloured fabric sofa, and break the bold colour with geometric patterned scatter cushions.

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Tiled mosaics in teal are an inexpensive option, especially when adding a border, backsplash or focus wall. The colour is a great complement to light, honey coloured oak or darker mahogany, with mixed metallic accents in matte and glossy patinas.

Houzz’s Erin Carlyle even suggests going as far as teardrop-shaped teal and white tiles that evoke the bubbling top of a champagne glass to add some glamour to a mainly white kitchen. US-based interior design blogger Cambria Bold states that dark teal is a dramatic, yet workable choice for a kitchen too.

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The bedroom is your sanctuary, an escape after a hard day’s work. The key is to incorporate warm hues of teal and combine with reflective accessories like a mirrored nightstand or dramatic chandelier.