Colour and meaning - TEAL

Colour and meaning - TEAL

Since I’ve started geeking out on colours and their meaning and effects on behaviour, I've become more and more interested in how they can be applied to children's behaviour. There are so many examples and experiments out there over the years, links between colour and behaviour are becoming more recognised and theory has been applied in interior design for professional and medical environments for many years, but it is only now that it is being applied to home interiors products for kids.

Individual colours do have different effects on behaviour, due to both psychological and physiological factors - how the brain and eyes process the "colours" they see. Find out more in the colour science section on, but in the meantime, here are some interesting factoids about colour that I've learnt about that I thought you might find as interesting as I did!


Teal, a shade of green blue is apparently one of the top answers to the question “what is your favourite colour” I know a lot of my friends like it, I'm a big fan of teal, or any greeny blue shade to be honest, which was why it was the first colour I designed Little L’s bedding and accessories and why it's minimello's main brand colour. I don’t know why I love it so much, but research, by someone cleverer than me, has suggested that the colour is closest to that of the sea, when the blue of the sky is reflected onto the green algae toned water. Looking at the sea is regarded as one of the top things people say they do to relax, as discovered in a survey of past times. I grew up in the North East of Scotland, very near the sea and it was definitely one of the things I missed the most when I moved south. Interesting fact - apparently in the UK, it's impossible to be more that around 80 miles from the sea at any point. However, a day trip to the seaside is a bit of a luxury with the prospect of a 3 hour car journey each way, so I think I'll stick to splashing a bit of teal around the house instead.

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  • Joanna Dunn