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My Dark Teal Living Room

Dark Teal Living Room
Well here it is, I’m happy to show off my new and improved dark teal living room. It all started at the beginning of the new year when I decided the living room needed a new look. I moved everything out and rearranged furniture bringing in a few new items like the ottomans from other parts of the house. It made such a difference!

I love the new layout, it’s about 1000 million times better than the old way, and I can’t believe I didn’t think to move the furniture around sooner. The space seems twice as big now, mainly because the view from the couch isn’t pointed in the direction of the entry way but into the dining room. The couch is also set farther back from the tv which is tucked away in the corner. Having the distance between the sofa, tv and the dining room makes everything seem so much less compact and condensed.

The new arrangement prompted us (me) to try out some new paint colors. This had been something I had considered doing for awhile. I’m not afraid of painting, I really enjoy it actually, plus I’m quick and efficient, so the thought of painting the room a few times and testing and living with different color options didn’t intimidate me. My living room was painted 5 different colors all at the same time, it was craziness. I was debating between bright white and 4 shades of dark teal blue.

As you know if you read the blog, the white looked good, and pretty, and light and airy, but I couldn’t get past how it looked against the dark wood work found throughout the main floor of our house. I just couldn’t pull it off without painting the trim white too. The biggest thing for us was the combination of woodwork and white walls and how it reminded us of apartment living, we just couldn’t get over it. So white is reluctantly out, too bad, I wish it could’ve worked.

Blue is in. After considering 4 different shades I went with the one that was the most similar to what we had only darker and more saturated, which is exactly what I had in mind. I think we made the right choice. We painted with Benjamin Moore’s “Dragonfly” and I love it mucho!

Typically dark colors enclose a room, but our room doesn’t feel that way, instead it feels cozy and open at the same time. We can sit in the living room, and see the snow and the neighborhood outside our decently sized windows. The gray winter colors from the overcast sky and the bright white snow outside our windows reflect light in a way that only feels like the midwest in winter. The light pours through the windows and illuminates the house. The contrast of the bright light against the dark walls is kind of amazing. We feel like we’re in our own little nest away from all that cold. There is something extremely comforting about the feel of a cool color like teal, against a world of white and gray. It’s kind of like absorbing your habitat. It effects me in a very real way and makes the icy cold not so icy and miserable.

Anyway, enough of that poetry. This room looks awesome and I love it. If you live somewhere dark and cold don’t be afraid of having a dark room in your house. You’d be surprised at how warm it can actually feel.

Dark Teal Living Room

Dark Teal Living Room

Dark Teal Living Room

Dark Teal Living Room

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24 comments… add one
  • Carrie January 28, 2013


  • Mieze January 29, 2013

    Gorgeous! It’s perfect.

  • Anya January 29, 2013

    I love it! I’m in love with this color now and I think I’m going to have to paint a room in ‘Dragonfly’. :)

  • Scoops January 30, 2013

    Thanks ladies! I really love it too!

  • jessica January 30, 2013

    nice choice!

    • Scoops February 1, 2013


    • Jane March 19, 2020

      I just painted our north-facing family room Dragonfly, based in part from seeing your pictures, and love it! Could you tell me where you got your white curtains? I love the pattern on them.

  • Emily @ Peck Life January 31, 2013

    This looks AMAZING. You are inspiring me to paint with a dark color – it really doesn’t feel “dark” at all, it goes perfectly with your furniture! Now, I just have to convince the husband… :)

    • Scoops February 1, 2013

      Do it, you’ll love it, I promise.

  • Meg@ourwaytoeat.com January 31, 2013

    The room looks great! Glad you are still liking the Franco Albini ottoman. :)

    • Scoops February 1, 2013

      I totally love it, I think they designed this thing just to make light look good :)

  • John Paleta February 10, 2013

    Just great. I think I’ll use some ideas on my living room. Specially the green color. Like it a lot. :D

    • Scoops February 11, 2013

      Thanks John!
      We really are loving the teal!

  • Mitch Davis September 27, 2013

    This is absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to be painting my kitchen in Benjamin Moore Dragonfly.The room has light coloured wood cabinetry and black appliances, which i think will make for a very warm atmosphere with just the right amount of contrast (especially with thick white window and door mouldings). I was already leaning towards Dragonfly but seeing it in your photos here gave me the last bit of convincing that I needed. I love this colour.

    • Scoops September 28, 2013

      Thanks Mitch! Your kitchen will look beautiful and you will love the color. I am so happy I painted my living room dragonfly, I love it more and more everyday (and I loved it a lot to begin with)!

  • millicent February 7, 2014

    Hi, Scoops! I was searching for dragonfly pictures and found you. Did you use Benjamin Moore paint? Or just match it in something else?

    • Scoops February 7, 2014

      I used Benjamin Moore paint, and I love Dragonfly!

  • Erinn March 9, 2014

    Hi! Love this paint color! Do you have the name of the color in the room to the left? They look great together :)

    • Scoops March 14, 2014

      Hey Erinn!

      The color is Anonymous by Behr.

  • Polly September 19, 2014

    I found your website by searching “teal living rooms”. Your teal apartment looks amazing! I am also painting my new small apartment with dark teal (not as dark as yours) but with Sherwin Williams “Cloudburst”. I really like how I feel when I am surrounded by the teal. It is so calming and beautiful. great choice!

  • Amy July 18, 2017

    Thank you for sharing, love the color! Which Benjamin Moore product did you us and what finish?

  • Randi December 14, 2017

    I am currently obsessed with this colour. I don’t know when it started but if I see anything in it, I want it. I just painted our dining room pretty much in this colour (walk me home by Behr), and I absolutely love it. We haven’t moved in yet so I was looking up some accent inspiration and loved how you have your room set up. It’s such a rich and luxurious colour. My style is a relaxed boho eclectic, and the colour totally works, but I was never expecting to want to bring in a sparkling chandelier. It’s just such a beautiful colour. Wow, can you tell I’m obsessed? It easily makes an acceptable, plain home into something with flavour and interest. I am so glad I went with this colour!!! Your room looks gorgeous. Ps I love the photo booth collages!!!!

  • Autumn Anderson March 25, 2018

    hi! i LOVE this color!! currently thinking of painting my kitchen cabinets in it. i tried a sample and for some reason it looks a lot brighter and a little more blue than it does in your living room. any advice?? did you paint more than two coats of it?

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