TBH, These Teal Kitchens Are Kind of Perfect

We've told you all about our love for green kitchens. Blue kitchens are high on our lists, too. If you're torn between these two hues, guess what? You can have the best of both worlds with a teal kitchen.

Categorized as neither blue or green, it's a shade that can stand on its own. It's praised for its ability to induce calm while also providing a vibrant pop of color, things that undoubtedly work well in any cook space. The color spectrum for teal can be pretty broad. In some instances, it can take on a dark, dramatic look, while other times it seems as if it's been pulled right from the ocean.

Either way, we are so here for teal, our new favorite color for kitchens.

1. Go with a darker, moodier shade of teal.

Although it may seem like a shade of green, we're going to put this paint color chosen by Emily Henderson into the teal family because it has undertones of blue. It's a more saturated version of teal, one that looks simultaneously classic and cool.

2. Pair with black and white for added drama.

Teal can pair nicely with a surprising amount of colors, but honestly, we're partial to black and white. For example, in this teal kitchen designed by the team at Gamble + Design, the black and white tile wall looks spot-on alongside blue-green cabinets and black fixtures.

3. Teal looks fab alongside wood.

If you're looking for a neutral to incorporate into your teal kitchen, why not consider a light wood finish? It's ideal for countertops and open shelving, a look that's witnessed in this cheerful, bohemian cook space belonging to Jess Ann Kirby.

4. Opt for a teal tile backsplash.

You don't always need to use paint to create the teal kitchen of your dreams. In fact, we fully support a different approach in the form of patterned tile flooring, lighting, decor, and our personal favorite a tile backsplash — which can be seen in the kitchen of this dreamy beach bungalow captured by Louise of Villa Styling.

5. Punch up teal cabinets with a statement backsplash.

We know that cabinets tend to steal the glory in a kitchen, but why should they get all of the fanfare? There's room in your cook space for more than one star of the show, as proven by this swanky teal kitchen. The eye-catching black and white tile backsplash pairs beautifully with the colorful built-ins, and the supporting cast made up of warm wood and black accents definitely pulls the entire look together.

6. Or, tone down with a neutral backsplash.

If a statement backsplash isn't really your thing, that's perfectly OK — you can still enjoy a teal kitchen. But don't take our word for it, just look at this gorg space belonging to Jen of The Effortless Chic. The teal cabinets are allowed to take center stage thanks to a neutral white backdrop. The result is striking.


Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.