What Color Walls Go With Teal & Brown?

Teal and brown are beautiful together and can be the foundation for a lovely and unusual color scheme.

Go Lighter

Teal and brown are a winning combination.Teal and brown are a winning combination.
Brown is a warm neutral; teal can be a bright or deep accent color and is a mix of warm and cool tones. There are options for a wall color to go with brown and teal.

One option is to use a lighter shade of either teal or brown -- the same color as the other objects in the room, but with white added. Lighter shades of brown include tan and beige; lighter shades of teal are turquoise and aqua. Any of these choices will flatter the other two colors.

White Goes with Everything

Clean, bright white will make the room brighter. You also might consider whites tinted with just a few drops of one of your other colors -- cream, which is white mixed with brown, or palest aqua, which is white mixed with teal.

Go Darker

Dark colors on walls make a room feel cozy.

Dark colors on walls can paradoxically make a room seem larger, as the boundaries recede into the shadows and become blurry. So consider dark brown or teal walls. Your room might become vibrant, like a jewel, or embracing, like a cave.

Other Choices

Orange or peach walls would flatter the brown and complement the teal. Blue or green walls would flatter the teal and complement the brown. In these cases, the complementary color should be used in smaller quantities, as an accent; otherwise, the room will have too much contrast.

About the Author

Emily Goodman is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist, writer and book editor. Also a trained gardener, Goodman's award-winning children's book, "Plant Secrets," was published by Charlesbridge in 2009.