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Interior design ideas: adding a touch of teal to dining rooms

Bring a touch of vibrancy to your dining room by adding a touch of teal. This bright and cool colour is ideal for igniting the imagination and can be used as subtle accent or full-on depending how bright you want your dining room to be! Teal is a combination of blue and green, with the shades altering depending on how much of each is mixed together. The darker you want teal to be simply add more blue, while the brighter shades include more green. It's these differences in shades and tones which make teal the ideal colour for dining rooms.

For example, a more refined and elegant teal to suit traditionally styled homes lean towards the darker shades of teal and mid-brown which are the perfect match – coordinating with wooden dining tables and chairs impeccably; while modern and contemporary interiors can use lighter more vibrant tones to make a statement and real impact on a dining room or eating area. Teal and white offer a light and refreshing colour combination which is also relaxing and airy.

Teal curtains, coordinating cushion pads for chairs and wall accessories all add up to create a striking dining room with an almost Mediterranean feel, include teal blue dogs of Fu and oriental influences begin to emerge. If too much teal is a little OTT then simply use it as an accent. Swap teal to Nova white curtains with a matching pleated valance and include large rugs to help balance the colour within the room. You can always use teal tie-backs to add interest and a splash of colour to the plain white curtains. A more contemporary look could favour white décor and soft furnishings and use teal only for accessories to create an on-trend eye-catching interior which is vibrant and exciting.

As we're seeing a revival in the use of dining rooms for eating and entertaining, (don't forget the 'new going out is staying in'), giving your dining room a fresh new look is a great way to perk up your home. If your dining room has patio doors leading outside, using teal with green undertones will help merge the two areas into one large dining space giving you the feeling of alfresco eating whatever the weather. Teal and white can help to make dining rooms look larger but this will only work if you de-clutter! Get rid of anything that doesn't belong in the room, add new colours to walls and windows and without too much effort on your part you can begin entertaining in style!

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