How to Decorate With Red and Teal


Red is the energy blast you can't ignore in any room, and teal is a variant on red's energy complement, green. Together the two colors can bring any space to life -- red has enough tints and shades to mix with any version of teal. The exotic blue-green of teal takes on different personalities in pastels and deep hues, and showcases red's intensity. Try a subtle touch of each in accent pieces, or go for it with color saturation.

Bold and Beautiful

Don't be afraid to mix deep teals and assertive reds, such as cinnabar or Chinese red, in the same space. An Asian-themed room comes alive with a red-lacquered Chinese antique cabinet against a strong teal accent wall, lots of antique elm Ming pieces -- some with embroidered silk upholstery or cushions -- and a rich red and teal oriental carpet.

When the remaining walls in the room are sponged or textured parchment or ivory, gleaming ruby silk floor-length drapes lined in teal to match the accent wall are elegant and harmonious.

Soft Focus

A mix of pastels and intense accents creates a dynamic balance that banishes bland and boring. Pale teal matte walls are soothing in a bedroom or living room, but a barn-red dresser and red-and-cream striped curtains add a lively note that will keep you from yawning.

Go for something even more subtle but just as effective in the dining room. Ivory walls and an ivory-and-teal oriental rug highlight the gleam on a polished hardwood table and sideboard. Paint dining chairs with more gleam -- candy-apple-red lacquer to match a glass bowl of deep red apples on the table.

Frida Kahlo Cooked Here

Who says kitchens have to be all-white, subtle gray or country gingham? Kick your kitchen into high gear with wild color, juxtaposed in an intense mash-up in the style of the vibrant colorist, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Over red terra-cotta tile floors, layer honeyed wood cabinets with copper countertops, and a deep teal ceramic tile backsplash that merges into color-washed teal walls and ceiling. Set shiny crayon-red enamel pots on the brushed stainless stove, with glazed red dinnerware displayed on wood open upper shelving.

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