How exciting that one of our favorite hues, the color teal, is a hot color for Fall 2015. Pantone’s hot color picks for Fall 2015 are quite diverse and somewhat surprising but the color teal is a winner in our book; it coordinates well with most everything and flatters most everyone. We all have favorite colors that we gravitate to in clothes, home decor, and accessories and although we might not always be present to it, our emotions and state of mind are influenced by the colors we are surrounded by. Did you ever notice that certain places are especially comforting while other spaces can irritate you? There is a good reason for this as it is a known fact that color can influence a person’s state of mind.
The Meaning of the Color Teal
What do you feel when you think of the color teal? A sense of calm comes over us as sky and sea come to mind. Teal is positioned between blue and green and channels both of those colors’ attributes. The trending teal color promotes balance and relaxation and is meditative, generating restorative focus. Like the ebb and flow of the sea and the endless, wondrous sky, the color teal connotes both rhythmic motion and constancy.
People who love teal are thought to be sensitive, optimistic, creative, and trusting. Teal is thought of as an inviting color and signifies trustworthiness and reliability. It has uplifting and energizing qualities and can increase confidence and bring forth your compassionate nature. The Tibetan monks saw teal as a symbol of spiritual guidance, reflecting the teachings of the infinite nature of sea and sky. The Egyptians thought the color characterized truth and faith and Native Americans believed its earthy nature represented water and fertility.
What Colors Make Teal?
Teal is created by mixing blue with green into a white base and can be deepened by adding black or gray color. There is both teal blue where the medium tone of the teal is blue versus teal green where green is the stronger color and has a hint of gray. Teal has lush tones and is widely used in fashion, interiors, industrial, graphic and web design. Many view the color as a sophisticated variation of the color turquoise.
Colors that go with Teal
Teal is not a neutral color like white, gray, cream or black yet it goes well with so many other colors. Today’s most popular shades of teal are bright and rich, almost jewel toned and look great with others shades of blue and green, pink to purple and its complementary color on the color wheel, coral. It looks good with cream, pops against bright white and works really well with earth tones. Colors are categorized as warm or cool and teal is considered a cool color but clearly has a warm, luxurious quality to it. The Pantone teal color is called Biscay Bay, an elegant cool shade of teal blue. As of late, the color teal has become a popular wedding color; mixing it with luxe and festive blends of purple or yellow, pink or gold.
Fun Facts about Teal
- The color teal with orange is frequently used with digital color casting in movies to achieve a dynamic and contrast-rich image.
- Many awareness groups use the color teal.
- The name for the color comes from the colored area around the eyes of the common teal duck.
- Our eyes require little to no adjustment to the color.
- Teal was used a lot in heraldry to symbolize piety and sincerity.
- Teal is the most common color requested by photographers for logo designs.
- The color can add a sophisticated and dramatic touch to a home and works well with both warm and cool color palettes.
Flatter Yourself with Color
We enjoy creating fashionable necklaces in this popular color. As you know, our handcrafted jewelry is mostly one-of-a-kind so if a necklace calls to you, click the image before it goes with us to our largest holiday show on Nov. 7th. You may also browse our complete collection at Earth and Moon Design.
Here are the options currently available in shades of blue on our website:
Have fun with this universally flattering, trending and versatile color; wear it and pair it in a way that makes you look and feel your best.
I love your descriptions of what teal means and I too feel those feelings when I see that color. After purple, teal is my next favorite color. The pieces you have shown here are gorgeous!
Thanks Julie, I so enjoyed learning more about Teal too. And creating necklaces with teal beads and stones was very pleasing. WE have the same color favorites. And thanks for the compliment.
My earliest memory of Teal is the Johnson’s baby soap with which my mother bathed me when I was 4 years old, Roslyn and the color must have stayed in my Little Vatsala mind because I do possess a Teal colored saree and a dupatta (long stole) in that color. It is a soothing color and I am so glad to learn that it is back in fashion this Fall. Considering I am a maroon and purple person, I am captivated by the Chromis Matrix necklace. It is beautiful!
Vatsala Shukla, I can see you in Teal and in maroons. Great colors for your stunning features & hair color. Would love to see a photo of you in your saree.
I just love teal and have it in many shades. Didn’t know how it got its name; very cool. Love the Harmony necklace.
It is so much fun to unearth information for ourselves and our readers. Thanks for your comment and compliment Carol Rundle.
Roz if you could see my house you’d laugh! I have teal everywhere in different hues and depth of color. In my living room is have the smallest dash of purple in a couple of pillows and I love the way it works with the teal and gray Loving these necklaces too, especially the Chromis Matrix!!!
I love teal and purple together. They are my 2 favorite colors and I just ordered a velour pants suit where I had to choose between the two colors. Tough choice. I think the Chromis Matrix would look great on you Lisa Swanson. It needs a slim neck and is very flattering.
So happy teal is a hot color this fall. It is always one of my favorite colors. You have some gorgeous jewelry in that color. My favorite is Moon Magic
Thanks Karen Grosz for your comment and compliment. Moon Magic is magical. Great choice.
oh this post was written just for me!!!! Teal not only dominates my jewelry collection, but my clothing accessories and is my main brand colour for my creative business! I just make it a rule that if I’m wearing teal earrings, not to have a teal blouse/sweater on. Don’t want the earrings to get lost in colour 🙂
I’m a big fan of teal. The first car I bought was teal and probably it’s best feature 🙂 Interesting to learn the meaning behind the colour and why we are drawn (or not) to it.
Nothing could make me happier than to see teal being a favoured colour for fall! If you walked into my house, you would see I have many different shades of turquoise and teal in my home. It is perhaps my go to colour for almost everything…including jewelry, as you already know, Roslyn. I agree that teal can go with so many other colours, especially with black and earth tones (browns) where the two colours support and allow each individual colour to stand out. I prefer the cooler teals, with more blue in it and find generally I prefer cooler tints and shades of all colours.
I have always loved the colour teal Roslyn. I love the way you’ve likened it to the ebb and flow of the sea and the wondrous sky. Surely this is why it is such a relaxing colour and used by various groups for a feel good mood. That Harmony necklace is calling to me, 🙂
The color teal is all over my life – from my cell phone, to my artwork, to my website, and my clothing. I never understood why, but after reading the meaning behind it — it makes sense to me now.
I love, love, love the color teal. I have always gravitated toward the more teal greens and I love it with pinks and corals.
I love fall colors including teal and am glad that you included the meaning of the color. Teal is one of my new favorites and the color of my macbook color. Usually, I don’t gravitate to greens but it must be the blue which is a staple for me.
Great post! There’s lots of interesting facts about Teal that I didn’t know. I do prefer teal on websites. It does feel calming to me. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Sabrina Quairoli for your comment. Glad you liked the info about the color Teal.
I like the comment that teal has been used to symbolize piety and sincerity. I once heard that a person should wear green on job interviews – that the hire rate was better, supposedly because green was associated with honesty and forthrightness. Since then, teal with a lean towards the green has been a staple for me. I don’t want to wear John Deere green, but teal is a nice close second.
Welcome to our blog Joan Potter. I was in the employment field and never heard of or suggested green for an interview. But it makes sense in that green is the most popular and safe color. I prefer teal green myself. all colors have different shades which is nice. Gives you options.
I remember when it was Pink that was the in color. I love blue shades so I am delighted to hear it is Teal. I do not have much in this shade (I have always stayed away from greens) I will definitely pick some up!!!
Beautiful! So excited to see that teal is the color for the season. I find it so vibrant and energizing. I gravitate toward bold colors in general during the winter months to pick up my mood and fight the winter cold and darkness.
Welcome to our blog Tammy Olson. Glad it made you so happy to see teal is hot. Good idea to wear bold colors to keep spirit up. It does work.
Together with pink, teal is one of my favourite colors as well. I have clothes and jewelry and I often combine these two colors together for a great effect. I find the calm teal a wonderful friend for the more dazzling and stronger pink 🙂
Teal is one of my favorite colors. Like purple, dark red, emerald green. And even though it’s not a neutral, it goes so well with almost every other color (as you point out.)
I fell in love with Teal when I started buying wonderful teal Lampwork artisan blown glass beads. Really enjoy designing with it.
Ohhhhhhhh, pretty.. Moon Magic and I like Orion but the beads are too big for me… but love them both. I love teal and don’t often think of something specific but maybe what the ocean SHOULD look like or maybe what it looks like in beautiful beach places that I have never been but only seen on tv. lol Teal is a great color and not much a fan of color blocking, I guess I lack a lot in fashion, but stuff never fits or hadn’t in the past so clothes shopping has never been fun for that reason I guess. Love your designs and how you explain so much in your blogs… and really read into and explain things!
Ohhhh Kristen Wilson, Love how our blogs take you dow new paths, even if not that much into fashion or jewelry or color. Appreciate that you get so much out of the content, have fun with our content and we keep learning more and more about one another’s taste and interests.
I didn’t know the word “Teal” but now I can say “I love Teal colour!” I like both blue and green so if the colour has both colours that’s perfect! and I like its meanings as well! You just make very gorgeous jewelries! Thank you Roslyn!
Kaz, your comment had me smile. So love your openness to learning about jewelry, colors, fashion and all the content we publish. Your wife will be appreciating your new found knowledge.
Like so may others that have comment, teal is one of my favorite colors. I love all the combinations of your pieces! Thank you for sharing all of the information about the color teal. I always learn something new here, my friend!
Thanks, Robin for your comment. Yes, Teal is a favorite color of many and it goes with so many colors. Glad you find our content informative.
I LOVE teal! I even had one of my cars painted Teal (that was in the 1980s!). Teal goes with everything! It’s actually one of the very few colors everyone can wear (brides should think of this when they choose their bridesmaid’s gowns!). I’m glad you’re designing in Teal because your creations are STUNNING!
So nice to receive a comment from you Tina and a pleasant surprise. I have seen many pins using Teal as a wedding color. Seems we have same favorite colors, teal and purple althou I never had a teal car.
Awesome. Teal! My guess before reading your article would have been that teal is calming and soothing. It reminds me of the ocean, which I find soothing. It is like the waves lapping on the shore and seagulls chirping. I love teal in jewelry because it goes with every single neutral color perfectly! Love the pearl and crystal chandelier set!
Welcome to our blog Lisa and appreciate your comment. You are right about the properties of teal which is why it is a favorite color. We love designing with the color. Yes, the Starlet necklace is romantic, regal and quite a delicate statement piece.
Oh, Roz, your posts are always so awesome. I love the advice (color matching, and what size to wear with what outfit), as well as the background you give for the color or glass. Thank you again for making me drool over my keyboard for your beautiful jewelry! 🙂
Thanks Liz Benoit Cozby for really appreciating all the extras we put into our blogs. I think our jewelry is like the icing on the cake, wouldn’t you say, cupcake?
Those necklaces are simply divine. The colours are stunning.
Teal is a great color