21 Jan Bathroom colour trend: teal
On Sunday during family brunch, I found myself in a conversation about colour in bathrooms …
My parents are currently renovating their home. High on the ‘must fix ASAP list’ is their en-suite. While their townhouse is no more than 15 years old, certain rooms have dated rapidly. Their en-suite being one of the main offenders. The previous owner decorated with a loaded palette of yellow, teal and navy blue. To paint (no pun intended) a picture in your mind, select one of the colours just mentioned, apply it to the skirting boards and door frames, take another across two walls, and the remaining colour, splash onto the other two walls. No matter where you applied yellow, teal and navy, your mental picture is undoubtedly a colour mess. Over brunch these colours became a talking point as my sister explained, “just stick to white, colour is never going to look as good as white”. My mum and dad agreed. One of our brunch guests explained, “colour is just difficult to work with”, another contributed, “it’s very hard to get bright, bold colour right”. All of these statements have merit, but as I explained to everyone at brunch, not all colour applications should be labelled colour crimes.
Anyone can work with colour, it’s just about understanding how to apply it and what colour/s to use. While teal may have been misused in my parents en-suite, it doesn’t make it a terrible colour (same goes for navy and yellow, but today is about teal). Teal is set to be one of this years biggest interior trends. I understand colour can be intimidating, and we all have stories like the one told above, but for anyone willing to give teal a chance and embrace new trends, here are some tips to avoid ever feeling colour is difficult or substandard to white.
Like all things in life, balance is essential. Employ contrast within interior composition to ensure teal (or any colour) will work. If you’re looking at teal tiles, be sure to select pale grout to define each tile. Teal has real presence within space, so don’t cover every surface, rather select one, two or three areas of application and leave the rest for a shade or tint, such as white.
If applying teal to your floor, consider vertical balance. Imagine your room has been cut into three equal horizontal segments, ground, middle and ceiling. Apply teal in at least two of these three segments to achieve vertical balance. Application does not have to be equal in each segment, in fact this design strategy works better if each third is not equal. For example, teal floor tiles in segment one, paired with teal towels in segment two, or teal tiles in segment one, paired with teal pendant lights in segment three.
2. Metallics over more colour
Teal is bold, adding other colours into your composition will be difficult. Add too many secondary colours and run the risk of re-creating my parents en-suite. If you want to add sass to your space, use metal as your secondary feature. While metal is also bold in it’s own right, it’s not flat like colour. Instead of competing with teal, it will compliment and enhance. Pair teal walls with a statement brass bath, or use shower roses, taps and other fittings in chrome or copper.
Wallpaper is perfect for introducing teal into bathroom space. Pattern and picture allow bold colours to appear more subdue, while still remaining bathroom features. Wallpaper is ideal for anyone who fears flat colour across floors and walls, because it posses depth and warmth.
Wallpaper will instantly theme your bathroom. Many teal wallpapers introduce Chinoiserie, Indian or Middle Eastern design aesthetic, which, when applied around vanity space, or vacant walls, will achieve beautiful interior composition.
4. Keep class with glass
Ensure teal remains contemporary, pair your colour application with a frameless glass shower screen. Frameless glass shower screens will allow teal to remain the focus. They also avoid clashes with secondary colours that may appear in curtains or framed shower screens. For a range of frameless glass hardware, ideal for this application, visit Pivotech.
5. Black is just as good as white
When selecting contrast colour, white is the obvious choice for most home-owners. Should you find yourself wanting to push the boundaries of teal, chose black as your contrast shade. Sultry and exotic, teal paired with black is guaranteed to make your bathroom a talking point at Sunday brunch for all the right reasons.
Black vanities, grout, lighting fixtures or other bathroom accessories, will have everyone believing colour application, especially teal, is contemporary and chic, not difficult and and dangerous.