The strong desire to connect with nature has led recent interior decor trends toward earth tones as well as water-inspired colors, textures, and designs. New blue-green hues have evolved from the biophilic palette to bring unique variations ranging from vibrant turquoise to mellow aqua, stylish teal, and regal peacock shades.
Colors in the Blue-Green Family
Blue-green shades belong to the cyan family of colors; cyan sits halfway between blue and green on the color wheel. To get a better idea, picture the classic blue-green mosaic tile used to line pools — that’s cyan!
The cyan family contains numerous blue-green shades. In general, blue-green tile pairs well with neutrals such as white and gray, is an ideal complement for reds and oranges, and can be used just about anywhere (although bathrooms seem to be a favorite).
To get an idea of the various moods the cyan family can create, let’s take a look at some of the most popular blue-green tile options.
Teal is perhaps the first color that comes to mind when you think of blue-green shades, and it’s also a current interior decor trend: Benjamin Moore named Aegean Teal 2136-40 its 2021 color of the year.
Teal tile is a great choice if you want to simultaneously instill your space with energy and optimism as well as a sense of calm. Sure to make your space both stylish and unique, teal tile is ideal for a feature wall or backsplash, such as the one above.
Turquoise is slightly lighter than teal and has more green in it.
Turquoise tile has the ability to create a bold or even exotic effect in interior design while also evoking the soothing effects of nature. We see a lot of turquoise tile in bathrooms and spaces with beachy decor.
Aqua is a light blue color with a hint of green and the most calming hue of the cyan family.
Aqua creates feelings of emotional healing and protection and conjures images of the ocean and the sky. What better place for aqua tile than somewhere you want to relax, such as the shower?
Peacock blue is another trending color in the blue-green family. Not to be confused with teal, peacock blue is darker and has slightly more blue in it, whereas teal is a bit brighter and greener.
The deep, rich jewel tone of peacock blue creates a regal effect. Peacock-colored tile is as striking as its namesake and makes a majestic feature wall or stately shower (see above).
Blue-Green Tile Ideas
Now that you’re familiar with the range of blue-green tile color options, here are some of our favorite blue-green tile installations from Instagram.
Teal Tile Backsplash
A subtle reptile look gives this teal tile backsplash exotic flair. Also, can we agree that gold hardware is a beautiful companion for teal tile bathrooms?
Teal Bathroom Tiles
Thanks to the rich teal color, there’s nothing boring about this rectangular tile grid. The simplicity and clean look of the design, paired with contemporary artwork and lighting, gives the bathroom a modern flair.
Teal Subway Tile
Everyone’s favorite tile pattern looks great in any color, including teal. Laying this teal subway tile vertically creates an even more unique look.
Turquoise Bathroom Tiles
Relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city — while still enjoying the skyline. Variegated turquoise tile combined with vintage-inspired gold hardware and a modern flooring pattern give this bathroom a retro-meets-contemporary vibe.
Turquoise Tile Backsplash
“V” is very, very extraordinary — at least that’s the case with this matte turquoise tile backsplash! We love the way the shape of the diamond tiles and the “V” design complement one another and, of course, we love the color.
Turquoise Subway Tile
A dip in the sea, anyone? That’s what this turquoise subway tile conjures; the glossy and uneven surface evokes the ripples of water.
[Related: 2021 Tile Trends: Biophilic Tile]
Aqua Tile Backsplash
We can’t imagine a more cheerful kitchen than this one, and it’s all thanks to the aqua tile backsplash. As this kitchen proves, white cabinetry and aqua tile make for a clean and cozy ambiance.
Aqua Bathroom Tiles
We can’t put it better than @carolecarrdesign: “Perfectly imperfect textural tiles in a monochromatic setting brings the right amount of laid back glam to this space.” What do you think of these aqua bathroom tiles?
[Related: 2021 Tile Trends: Green Tile]
Peacock Tile Flooring and Walls
This example takes a bold color and puts it on display in an even bolder location. After all, if you’re going to opt for peacock tile flooring and walls, why not surround your pool with them?
Peacock Subway Tile
We’ve seen subway tile in every other blue-green color, so it’s only fitting that we check out peacock subway tile as well. Unsurprisingly, this bathroom has only made the choice harder for us — which is your favorite blue-green subway tile option?
Peacock Tile Backsplash
Is it just us, or does this arabesque design remind you of a peacock’s feathers? Maybe it’s just the rich peacock blue playing tricks on us.
Either way — this tile creates a stunning backsplash!
[Related: Tile Trends We Love: Blue Backsplash Tile]
Blue-Green Tile Galore
Now you know what we mean when we say that there’s a perfect blue-green tile design for everyone.
If you’re still searching for yours, visit our Pinterest board for even more teal, turquoise, aqua, and peacock tile design inspiration.