Color Love: Teal

I've been working on my final project for my certificate program at the Boston Architectural College, which will feature lots and lots of jewel tones.  So I've been staring at some really gorgeous fabrics over the last week and am using that as my inspiration for this month's color post.  Teal is a color that I don't use a lot but that I'm warming up to more (and using as the major color in my living room scheme for the project).  For some reason it reminds me of the 90's which is not a decade I want to remember for clothing or decor, so I'm pushing myself to bring together a plan that really elevates this color (for me!)  Lately I've been seeing it used in lots of beautiful ways in the design world.  Here are some rooms that I think bring teal to a new level. Enjoy!

The teal on the celling balances the teal on the two chairs - very eye catching!  Image via  Real Simple

The teal on the celling balances the teal on the two chairs - very eye catching!

Image via Real Simple

This homeowner used it to update a brick fireplace - an unexpected but happy color for a fireplace.  Image via  Apartment Therapy

This homeowner used it to update a brick fireplace - an unexpected but happy color for a fireplace.

Image via Apartment Therapy

Here it's used on an accent wall in a bedroom. Without it, the room would feel much more muted (minus that bench at the end of the bed).  Not to mention I love this bed.  Image via  Ave Styles

Here it's used on an accent wall in a bedroom. Without it, the room would feel much more muted (minus that bench at the end of the bed).  Not to mention I love this bed.

Image via Ave Styles

I adore this cute little teal bed in a girl's bedroom.    Image via  Lonny

I adore this cute little teal bed in a girl's bedroom.  

Image via Lonny

Finally here it is paired with a mint green and chartreuse.  This color combo is super cool!  Image via  Domino

Finally here it is paired with a mint green and chartreuse.  This color combo is super cool!

Image via Domino

A Fireplace Facelift

I'm working on a family room with an e-design client right now.  The room has a fireplace, and she has asked for some ideas to give it a facelift.  It's an interesting wall because the fireplace and surround is pretty much flush with the wall minus the mantle.  There's some wood trim around the firebox opening, but it doesn't extend up to the mantle, giving it a strange gap.  The stone and brick on the hearth are mismatched and in general, it feels small.  Here is a photo of the before:

Certainly a challenge, but I have some ideas.

1. Paint the entire wall white, including the brick, stone, and wood trim around the fireplace while leaving the actual firebox black.  This wall would be a white accent wall, while the rest of the walls would be painted a coordinating neutral color.  Something like this:

Image via  House of Jade

Image via House of Jade

The second idea is to create a "faux" mantle by painting from the brick hearth all the way up to the bottom of the mantle.  Then I would paint the surrounding wall an accent color (leaning towards a navy or slate blue right now). 

The third idea is to just paint the wood trim, brick and stone around the firebox white, and then have the remaining wall painted an accent color (again likely a navy or slate blue).   The trim around my client's fireplace is wider so there would be more white than in the photo below.

Image via  Rachel Bishop

Image via Rachel Bishop

Decisions, decisions!