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How to use blue-green, teal and turquoise in your home

Leading international coating company Behr Paint has unveiled its 2019 Colour of the Year, a mid-tone blue described as warmer than denim and softer than navy. The colour is named Blueprint and it serves as a foundational hue to a palette of 15 supporting colours forecasted to influence design in 2019. Amongst the complementary colours are a soft selection of pastels in shades of browns and lilacs, dark moss green, plum and warm greys.

This universally appealing hue provides a steady stream of positivity and is poised to be an instant classic for years to come,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative services at Behr.

In fact, a somewhat similar tone of teal has also been nominated as colour of the year by Akzonobel Dulux in 2014. Teal combines the natural harmony of green with the seemingly calming effect of blue to create a rich yet balanced hue. This transitory tone works really well when paired with other shades of blue or green, as well as both warm and cool neutrals. For example, a dash of electric blue or a majestic touch of emerald green makes stylish additions to a teal base palette. It comes as no surprise that this beautiful colour is making a comeback for a fresh 2019.

Blue-green can also be a tricky colour to use, especially on a larger scale. When used well, this rich tone can be extremely fun and fabulous — elevating your space from ordinary to the talk of the town. Here are ways to explore blue-green, teal and turquoise in your home.

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Just Monochrome

Embrace a full range of blue-green and teal by layering light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture and decor items to create impactful results. The colours overlapped add visual depth for a more sophisticated look. Don’t be afraid to use darker shades of blue-green for that elegant vibe. Brushes of metallic gold and copper add a touch of luxe. (Credit: Behr)

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One Direction

Accent the wall with a stripe of blue-green or dark teal for an extra edge to a plain wall. Set the focus right on eye-level to give interests to furniture pieces and decor pieces that are displayed along the feature wall. The different quality of lighting that bounces around the space also help ‘shade’ the same blue-green colour into several tones; some darker and some lighter.  (Credit: Dulux)

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Soft Pastels

Swatches of pastel tones in powder blue, blush peach and lilac create a relaxed and comfortable ambience in any room. Use these shades in a matte finish to emphasize on a soft and pleasant vibe. Pastels also go very well with a combination of oak or cherry wood for a warmer vibe. Add various textures using fabrics, rugs and soft furnishings for extra comfort. (Credit: Essential Home)

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Earthy Combo

Warmer tones in taupe and brown are on the rise at the moment. The combination of brown and blue gives an updated and grounded look. Add a blue-green touch through smaller pieces like a chair or drawer to effortlessly infuse colours into your otherwise neutral space. Otherwise, fresh leafy plants are also great to spruce up the interiors.(Credit: Behr)

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Jewel Tones

Jewel hues are cast with an earthy richness. Use them to give a lush appeal and enhance your personality in the interior space. Lustrous mauve, dark green and vibrant sapphire blue exude a quiet elegance. Use these deep rich colours with a dynamic, three-dimensional panel to add an additional texture to your walls — a minimalist approach with simple lines or ornate with classical elaborate trimmings. (Credit: Little Greene Paint Company)

Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.
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