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The meaning behind teal

Enrich your designs with the vital and natural vibes of green, and the deep serenity of blue.

About the color

Named after a little freshwater duck, teal is a hybrid color. The teal hex code is #008080.

The English word “teal” was first used to describe a color in 1917. Yes, teal is a pretty modern color, but it has history. The color was highly praised by the Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, and many other ancient civilizations. This is because it was similar to turquoise, which was highly valued.

Teal blue became a trendy color during the 1950s, and is still associated with Mid-Century Modern design.

Like other hybrid colors, teal has a complex “personality”.

Type Value
HEX #008080
RGB 0, 128, 128
CMYK 1, 0, 0, 0.5

Application in design

The ideal mix of green and blue made teal an iconic and ever-popular color. 

Teal hues make designs feel both innovative and luxurious. It is also less attention-grabbing than other jewel-toned colors.

In combination with warm complementary colors, teal intrigues and fascinates. Many big Hollywood movies are digitally color graded in a teal-orange palette. 

Add a bright orange or yellow headline against a teal background, and it will ‘pop’.

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