What is the meaning and symbolism of the color teal, what associations and psychological influences does it have, and what does it say about your personality if it’s your favorite color, or if you like to wear teal?
What Color is Teal?
Teal is a tint variation of blue and green, similar to turquoise and cyan, however darker than both. Teal is most commonly considered a tint of blue.
Origins & History
Teal color gets its name from the common teal, which is part of the duck family. The common teal has a stripe around its eyes which reaches to the top of its head, this stripe is referred to as the color teal. The word teal was assigned to the color and was first used in the English language in 1917.
In America, teal had a spell of popularly in the 1990s as a choice color of uniforms for many sports teams. Teal is also one of the colors in the original 16 HTML Web Colors devised in the late 1980s.
Teal blue is simply a bluer version of the main color teal. Teal blue is created by increasing the amount of blue, in the blue green mixture. The first time the name teal blue was used as a color in English was 1927. Teal blue became a popular color that was regularly used in interior design in the mid 20th century.
Teal is reserved, intuitive and perhaps an introverted color, teal is different, yet it doesn’t look for attention. Teal is a somewhat unconventional color, someone who likes teal appreciates those things that are a little bit different. They value their uniqueness and they don’t wish to just fit in with the crowd. Teal is also a cautious color, not impulsive and doesn’t take unnecessary risks. Teal personality is to think before acting.
Those who like or wear teal are also probably open minded people, they like to keep their options open and they don’t judge situations and people quickly. They are also very likely to have creative, perhaps artist tendencies.
Teal Blue is a little more on the serious, conscientious and conservative side, however it still has some desire for being different, and a need for individuality.
Teal Color Combinations
Colors that combine well with teal, particularly with interior design. These include, tan, beige, black, gold or mustard, and other darker shades of yellow.
Influences – Teal encourages objective, analytical and perhaps deep thinking. It can promote introversion, reserved character traits, repression of emotions and feelings of empathy. The color can also discourage erratic and spontaneous behaviors. Like other cool colors, teal can have a calming or sedating influence.