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Teal: The Color Conundrum

Hey, Friend! As you may or may not know, I'm a bit of a color enthusiast. I love to play with color while knee deep in a furniture painting project, and I love to explore the different meanings and associations behind different hues. But there's one color that's been on my mind lately, and I can't seem to shake it: teal.

Coffee Table painted with Porch Nook "The Real Teal"

You see, I've been having a bit of a debate with some of my clients and friends as of late about whether teal is a blue or a green. And honestly, it's been driving me crazy. I mean, how can we not agree on something as seemingly simple as the color of teal? But the more I think about it, the more I realize that this debate is actually pretty complex.

Porch Nook "The Real Teal" Furniture Chalky Finish Paint

First of all, let's define teal. According to Merriam-Webster, teal is "a blue-green color." So right off the bat, we're already in a bit of a grey area. Blue and green are two distinct colors, and yet teal is described as both. But it's not just the dictionary that's causing confusion. If you take a look at different paint chips or color swatches, you'll see that teal can range from a deep, almost navy blue to a bright, almost neon green. So, which is it?

Tall Boy Dresser painted with Porch Nook "Kiddie Pool"

Well, as it turns out, the answer might not be so simple. Teal is actually a combination of blue and green pigments. So, depending on how much of each pigment is present, the color can appear more blue or more green. This is why some people might see teal as a blue, while others might see it as a green. It's all about perspective.

Porch Nook "Kiddie Pool" Furniture Chalky Finish Paint

And that's the thing about color - it's not always cut and dry. There's a lot of nuance and subjectivity involved. What one person sees as teal, another person might see as turquoise. And that's okay. The beauty of color is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways. It's all about how we see it and how we choose to use it.

Side table painted with Porch Nook "The Real Teal"

So, the next time you're in a debate about the color of teal, remember that there's no right or wrong answer. It's all about how you see it. And if you're still confused, just think of it as a magical blue-green unicorn that defies definition. Trust me, it'll make your life a lot easier.

Blended treatment using Porch Nook "Kiddie Pool" and "After Midnight"

At Porch Nook, 'The Real Teal' and 'Kiddie Pool,' are my go-tos to get my teal fix because they're so versatile and beautiful. I mean, they're stunning on their own, but when you blend them together, it's like a mesmerizing montage, am I right? But let's be real, there's no right or wrong answer when it comes to color. It's all about what makes you happy.

Thanks for reading and happy decorating!

Porch Nook | Teal: The Color Conundrum

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