My colour of the Year 2017… A deep teal blue was my pick for colour of the year 2017. Why? Because it embodies depth as well as warmth; cool with calm; it’s cosily enveloping, yet never overwhelming. Perfect qualities for any home, as well as qualities that felt very relevant for the state of the nation. It also has many shades, and uses, from darker, grey-toned moody hues to the Lapis Lazuli blue brights end of the spectrum. It’s one of those colours that has great presence; it really makes a statement, however is very easy to use. What to work it with? I think it sits beautifully alongside the green family, but my personal favourite combination… teal plus powder pinks and warm greys.
1 Perfect coordination. There are few colours that you can use throughout a whole interiors scheme and not feel utterly overwhelmed by it, teal is one of those. With such a breadth of tones it can cheerfully be employed from upholstery to prints, underfoot as rugs and on the walls as well, forming a backdrop to the whole lot.
2 Strong but never shouty. Teal is a strong colour, but being from the blue family of shades it is a rare combination of strength and quietness in one. Used in this kitchen on the lower units, it really anchors the scheme, and adds that requisite touch of individuality, without taking over.
3 A warm adjunct to navy. Many blues can be rather cold, albeit they are the nation’s favourite shade! But from midnight navy to denim hues, add in a pop of teal and the whole will be lifted.
4 Perfect accent colour. Even a single accessory in this wonderful shade can add a burst of life to any space, from living rooms to bedrooms. I absolutely love this ‘Dezra’ footstool, in teal blue velvet, £499, Marks & Spencer
‘Dezra’ footstool, in teal blue velvet, £499, Marks & Spencer