Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Huesday- Tuesday / Tickled Teal

Robin Dodd Photography
Found on  Etsy

This month I am looking at Teal. I once had a living room painted in a dark teal and it was so dramatic at night.

What is Teal ... Teal is a low-saturated colour, a bluish-green to dark medium, similar to medium blue-green and dark cyan. It can be created by mixing green with blue into a white base, or deepened as needed with a little bit of black or gray colour. The complementary colour of teal is coral. It is also one of the initial group of 16 HTML/CSS web colours formulated in 1987. Its name is derived from the Middle English tele, a word akin to the Dutch taling and the Middle Low German telink. As a color, its name is believed to have been taken from the small freshwater Common Teal, a member of the duck family whose eyes are surrounded by this color.

 Teal is one of those shades that many people can confuse. I am often surprised to find people calling baby blue teal sometimes. I like to think of Teal as Aqua's dark brooding cousin. Where as Aqua and Turquoise are always ready for a party, Teal is much more likely to hit the streets late at night after the party is over. Teal is dark, rich and smoldering. Teal will not ask you questions that you can not answer and Teal is totally indifferent to your problems.
 Teal rhymes with steal and that is just what this hue will do when you combine it with warm golds, oranges or reds ... it will steal the show.

Later this month I will be creating some new teal backgrounds here at Art Paw and will post some new dog portraits that take advantage of Teal's drama.

I started a board over at Pinterest for teal that you can follow.

1 comment:

Flea said...

We once had a deep teal living room. It sucked up all the light. I hated it. So depressing. So I bought a quart of metallic silver and mixed it with a quart of flo-trol, then ragged it on the walls. Instant sheen to reflect light. Beautiful. Teal is a nice color. I love the photo of the dress you've got here.