The best blue and teal paint colors - free download from interior designer Lesley Myrick

If you’re like me, you LOVE blue and teal paint colors! But you’ve probably tried to choose a color before, only to find out that it was too bright, or too blue, or too…something.

Frustrating, right?

There are 8 blue and teal paint colors that are tried and true favorites of mine that I’ve used for myself and for clients with smashing success, and you can get them all right here in the Best Blue and Teal Paint Color Guide.

Here are a few of the best blue and teal paint colors, in action:

The best blue and teal paint colors - free download from interior designer Lesley Myrick

Sherwin-Williams Dark Night

If you’re a client of mine, I’ve probably tried to push Dark Night on you. #sorrynotsorry

I’m totally obsessed with this navy-meets-peacock shade. I love that it leans juuuuuust a little green instead of a true navy. I’ve used it in my former master bedroom and current dining room, plus you can check it out in this Design Kit Before and After.

The best blue and teal paint colors - free download from interior designer Lesley Myrick

Sherwin-Williams Cascades

Is it teal? Is it hunter green? I don’t know and I don’t care. But Cascades is a color I’ve used twice now and loved it both times, in my Texas kitchen (above) and in my Atlanta office.

The best blue and teal paint colors - free download from interior designer Lesley Myrick

Sherwin-Williams Rainwashed

Betcha never even noticed that my former office ceiling wasn’t white, did you? While the paneled walls looked crisp and fresh in Extra White, I painted the ceiling in Rainwashed, a soft green-blue. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it was definitely an unexpected surprise to have color on the ceiling.

The best blue and teal paint colors - free download from interior designer Lesley Myrick

Sherwin-Williams Deep Sea Dive

Deep Sea Dive is so much more of a bright, true teal than I’m usually drawn to, but I love how it looked in this funky farmhouse kitchen. It was just the pop of color that this island needed to create a focal point in the space.

Grab the complete “Best Blue and Teal Paint Colors Guide” right here, totally free. It has a bunch more of my most-loved Sherwin-Williams and Farrow & Ball paint colors – along with a super valuable tip about choosing paint colors.

Who doesn’t love a good before-and-after? Get ready, because all month long I’m sharing a tour of our Texas home, including the living room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, my office, my husband’s office, and the kitchen. Finally – the dark teal kitchen!

Before and After: A Dark Teal Kitchen with Funky Lighting

Disclosure: Some of the products in this before-and-after were sponsored by brands I use and love for myself and for my clients, including Sherwin-Williams, Metrie, Lamps Plus, House of Antique Hardware, and The Findery. Thanks for your support!

The 1950s were great.

Sure, they were great – like, 70 years ago. But kitchens do not usually stand the test of time, and our Waco kitchen from 1959 was no exception. While there was an attempt to update this space by a former homeowner in the 1990s, it wasn’t exactly a home run.

Here’s what the kitchen looked like the day we moved in:

Check out the before and after of this  Waco, Texas Mid-Century kitchen
You've gotta see the "after" of this  Waco, Texas Mid-Century kitchen!
You won't believe the "after" of this  Waco, Texas Mid-Century kitchen!

The cabinets were original to the home and had been painted white at some point, which certainly isn’t terrible, but they were definitely dingy. The flooring was awful ceramic tile made to look like slate, with grout lines a mile wide. (Ugghhh it got so dirty!) The wallpaper? Yeah, I could’ve lived without that. And that fluorescent faux-skylight light fixture? That needed to be ripped out, like, yesterday.

But the absolute worst part about this kitchen? The countertops. I’d have loved something as retro chic as Formica, but nope – these countertops were made of 4×4 white square tiles.

Tiles.

With grout.

As a countertop.

So. Gross.

So what improvements did we make to this kitchen?

Love this before-and-after of a dark teal kitchen!

As with the rest of the house, the flooring was the first major change. We ran the same vinyl plank through the entire house, which was such a needed update. The only flooring we kept as-is was the cool herringbone brick in the front entry, which you can see a snippet of in the photo above.

Lighting was next on the list, and boy did a couple of new fixtures update the look of this kitchen! We replaced the outdated fluorescent box with a cool industrial track light, and updated the chandelier in the dining area with a funky brass Sputnik-style pendant, thanks to Lamps Plus.

Love this kitchen cabinet dark teal paint color - Sherwin-Williams Cascades

After we added crown molding and new baseboards from Metrie, everything got a fresh coat of my favorite crisp white paint, Sherwin-Williams Extra White. Everything, that is, except the lower cabinets, which we painted DARK TEAL! I loved Sherwin-Williams Cascades so much in this kitchen that I used the same color in my new office.

A dark teal kitchen had been my dream like, forever, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Especially when we added this orange and fuschia wool runner which made the teal really pop.

Cool backsplash stickers in this before-and-after kitchen makeover

The boring white cabinet knobs were replaced with distressed antique brass knurled knobs, which brought a lot of texture and vintage character. And the backsplash was an awesomely easy DIY update – because it’s not tile. I tried out Quadrostyle Stickers because I’ve been so curious about peel-and-stick backsplashes, and this one was a smashing success. (Even my contractor didn’t realize it wasn’t tile until he looked closer.)

Since we kept the original cabinetry,

we were able to splurge on new countertops, and I have to tell you, concrete countertops are the bomb-diggity. Since our dining table was zinc and looked a little like natural concrete, we chose white concrete for the counters. Twisted Concrete in Texas totally made my countertop dreams come true. No more grout lines to clean!

 A modern dark teal kitchen by interior designer Lesley Myrick
A funky, eclectic dining room by interior designer Lesley Myrick

In the dining area of our dark teal kitchen,

we kept the mismatched chairs that we had collected over the years, and had a reclaimed zinc-top table custom made by The Findery in Waco, Texas. We loved the vintage iron bases, and were able to keep the same bases (but add a new, larger butcher block top) in our new home.

Love this modern kitchen before-and-after by interior designer Lesley Myrick

The oversize abstract art was made by me, inspired by Atlanta artist Britt Bass Turner. (Her paintings are waaaay better than mine, btw.) And the draperies are from World Market, but sadly, are no longer available.

Thanks so much for following along with the before-and-afters of my Texas home, including our dark teal kitchen. This was such a special house since it was the first home Nate and I bought, and the first house we were really able to put our stamp on. We were truly able to bust this home out of boring (and bust it out of ugly!) and I’d love to help you bust out of your boring home too. Let’s talk.

Who doesn’t love a good before-and-after? Get ready, because all month long I’m sharing a tour of our Texas home, including the living room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, my office, my husband’s office, and the kitchen. First up: our family-friendly living room with a teal sofa.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa by atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

Disclosure: Some of the products in this before-and-after were sponsored by brands I use and love for myself and for my clients, including Sherwin-Williams and Lamps Plus. Thanks for your support!

If this living room looks vaguely familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen it before. This is the second makeover of my Waco, Texas living room.

Here’s what the room looked like the day we moved in, way back in 2015.

So. Much. Peach. I couldn’t wait to bust this room out of boring and paint the walls one of my favorite neutrals, Sherwin-Williams Relaxed Khaki.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa

And after I got my designer hands on it, here’s what the space looked like for the first few years we lived in Texas. (You can see the full before-and-after here, if you’d like.)

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa and a gallery wall
Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa and Vintage Bar

She’s cute, right? Funky teal sofa, cute gallery wall, graphic area rug, eclectic furnishings. All is well and that’s the end of the story.

OH BUT WAIT.

After our beloved teal sofa died a slow death, it was time to replace it and give a whole new look to our living room. We did our homework and realized that re-upholstering the existing sofa in leather would be the same investment as buying a brand-new sectional, so we opted for the larger Briar sectional from Joybird to gain more seating.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with a Teal Sofa by interior designer Lesley Myrick

And while I still have a soft spot for a good gallery wall, I was looking forward to a change and making a big-ass statement above the new sectional.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa in Waco, Texas by interior designer Lesley Myrick

See that oversize framed photo?

No, that is not Elton John (although we’ve had quite a few people ask that!) – that is a picture of my husband Nate when he was about 5 years old. I’m obsessed with everything in this pic: the orange sunglasses, the acid-washed jeans, the stack of VHS tapes in the background, and alllll the 80s goodness. I borrowed the original 3×5 photo from my mother-in-law, scanned it, and blew it up to 60×40 inches. My favorite framer in Waco, Studio Gallery, did a killer job on this oversize brass floating frame.

Nate had no idea I was doing this, by the way. Imagine his shock when he came home to find a giant photo of himself in our living room.

With art, I always say “go big or go home”.

This is how you go big with major personality.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with Leather Accent Chairs by interior designer Lesley Myrick

We replaced our cute yellow wing chairs with these beautiful custom cognac leather high-backed accent chairs from Bassett. And I scored that cute footstool on a sourcing trip to Las Vegas. The pair of coffee tables, believe it or not, are from Target! I love to mix high and low in the same room – it gives a more eclectic, collected vibe than if everything came from the same kind of store.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with a Modern Gallery Wall by Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

I didn’t get rid of the gallery wall entirely –

– just moved it to the wall opposite the sectional. I love collecting original art, and I’m totally into these pieces by Josh Young Design House and Jessica Ruth Freedman.

And every reading nook needs a great lamp. I love the cherry wood and brass surveyor-style floor lamp from Lamps Plus.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with a Teal Sofa by Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

You’ve probably noticed some things have remained from before, including the wall color and the retro bar cabinet. But I’m psyched to have a new rug that’s actually big enough for the room! This pretty vintage-inspired area rug is from Loloi.

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour of my family-friendly living room with a teal sofa – like you expected anything other than teal in my house.

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds! Wall color is Sherwin-Williams Chatroom.

How fun is this colorful boy’s bedroom with bunk beds?

I designed this space for my 5-year-old son Ford, with the intention that his little sister can crash in here too when we have houseguests.

This is what the bedroom looked like before we moved in, from the home’s online listing photos:

Before and After: A Colorful Boy's Bedroom with Bunk Beds

You know I’m down with an accent wall, but I don’t love this blue. Neither did Ford.

Ford has a LOT of opinions about his bedroom decor – I guess that’s what happens when you’re the child of an interior designer! He wanted bright orange walls (!) but knowing that we wanted this to be a room for him to grow into and not have to repaint in a year, I stuck with one of my favorite gray-green neutrals, Sherwin-Williams Chatroom. Instead of orange walls, we chose to use bright pops of orange on the bedding and window treatments.

Of course, the after photos:

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds! Great decorating ideas for kids.

The bunk bed is new, as is the adorable metallic gold star bedding, but the other furnishings and decor were “recycled” from other spaces in our Texas home. The chevron loveseat was custom upholstered for our master bedroom; the curtains were in Ford’s previous bedroom; and the black and white area rug has been in pretty much every room in our home over the years. (Thank you, IKEA!)

Love this fun teal chevron sofa in a kids bedroom.

I love that Ford has added his own touches to the room,

including a Paw Patrol poster on the gallery wall. (I have to say, he did a pretty good job of placing it without my help.) While I like to get the foundation of the room in place, I love that he takes ownership and wants to help create a bedroom that’s unique to him.

Love this fun teal chevron sofa  and fur pillow in a kids bedroom.

I wanted him to have a bedroom that was colorful, comfortable, restful, and fun. We’ve used a lot of bold color – burnt orange, moss green, and teal – but it’s balanced with black, white, and neutral textures like rattan and galvanized metal.

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds and pops of orange, green, and teal.

In case you’re curious about storage,

Ford does have a dresser that fits inside the closet. We wanted to leave as much floor space open as possible since it’s a pretty modest-sized room, so we’ve maximized the closet storage space.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking the before and after of this colorful boy’s bedroom (with bunk beds!) and a couple of other rooms in our Atlanta home too. In case you missed it, here’s the dining room and my office.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE the teal ceiling.

I’m so excited to share the big reveal of our Atlanta interior design office! Let me tell you, I looooove working in this space. It’s not a huge room, but I’ve maximized it with plenty of storage and space to spread out and work.

Here’s what the office space looked like before.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! This boring room was totally transformed into an interior design studio.

When the home was on the market and we did our first walk-through, here’s what we saw. Trust me, it took a lot of imagination to envision this as the new headquarters for Lesley Myrick Art + Design. If you’ve ever thought that “bust out of boring” was just a cute catchphrase, think again – busting out of boring is what I live for. And this room was boring, baby.

And here’s the office, after.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE the teal ceiling.

I’m obsessed with the dark teal ceiling – it’s Sherwin-William Cascades, if you’re curious. I love teal – obviously – but in a north-facing room with its only window obscured by our wraparound porch, my office doesn’t get a lot of natural light. I wanted the punch of dark teal, but I knew it would be too gloomy in there (and terrible for choosing colors for clients!) so instead I opted for a teal ceiling that wraps down onto the walls. The lower portion of the walls are painted in my favorite crisp white, Sherwin-Williams Extra White.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE the teal ceiling.

Since I work with so much color every day (think: wallpaper, fabric, tile, paint swatches…) I prefer my workspace to be mainly neutral. But – when you’ve got a fabulous vintage yellow Chinoiserie bookcase you’ve gotta find a kickass home for it. And FINALLY, I GET TO ORGANIZE MY BOOKS IN RAINBOW ORDER AGAIN! My husband’s books have moved to his new office and I get to embrace all the rainbow goodness.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE this vintage yellow bookcase.
Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! Love this oversize chartreuse desk lamp.

This is my favorite little corner of the office where I pin up inspiring interiors, art, and notes from my 5-year-old son. I’d love to tell you that I sit here and actually use this chair, but let’s be real – it’s mostly used by my cat.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! Love this funky inspiration board.

I know you’re curious…

…about what’s in those cabinets. Since this room was just a blank rectangle with no closets, I built in a ton of storage. The cabinets on the window side (pictured below) are home to fabric books and hard samples (like tile, countertops, and flooring), as well as drawing and drafting supplies.

The opposite cabinets store office supplies and files, with a lot of open space for receiving small packages and fabrics for clients. I hate clutter, and nothing bothered me more in my former office than the boxes that would occasionally pile up beside my desk on the floor.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE all the fabric storage!

Thanks for taking a peek at our Atlanta interior design office after the makeover! I don’t just talk about busting out of boring, I live and breathe it. If you’d like help busting out of your boring home, here’s how to get started.

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.

While moving across the country brings plenty of logistical challenges (including moving a business, two young kids, and one brand new kitten!) it also brings A NEW ATLANTA INTERIOR DESIGN OFFICE for Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Cue alllll the angels singing.

You probably remember our office in Waco, Texas. It was a great space for me and my small team, but given that almost everything was built-in, there was nothing I could take with me to Atlanta.

I know, I know…how terrible for an interior designer to have to re-design a room! I can’t tell you how excited I was for a fresh start and a blank canvas.

My home office is just off of the main entry, with a pair of French doors dividing it from the rest of the house. I love the flexibility of working from home in a space that is connected but truly feels like a separate office space. I can shut the doors at night have clear boundaries between work and family.

Here’s the (underwhelming) space before:

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.

Yup, a total snooze. It’s basically a rectangular box with dirty grey carpet and a boob light on the ceiling. But thankfully, those barely-visible windows are almost 7′ tall and let in so much light, and a fresh coat of paint does wonders!

There’s no closet or storage of any kind in this room, and building in storage for material samples and catalogs, office supplies, and warehousing small items for clients was essential. Here’s my plan for the office layout:

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.  Here's the floor plan.

Definitely bigger than it looks in the photo, right? The plan is to create two workspaces (one for me, one for an in-person assistant); a large island with a generous work surface for spreading out samples and working on client projects; and building in wardrobes with customized storage for fabric books, tile and flooring samples, catalogs, and all the other design-related collateral that’s essential to have on-hand.

And here’s the plan for after:

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.

Aesthetically it’s all about black and white with a dramatic dose of teal on the ceiling and part of the walls. I fell in love with the inspiration image above by Jean Stoffer Design and wanted to re-create the vibe. The walls will mainly be my favorite crisp white, Sherwin-Williams Extra White, but the ceiling and a 2′ band at the top of the walls are gonna be Cascades, the prettiest dark teal. The tall marble-top desks, modern ceiling fan, and center island are what my podcast co-host and designer bestie Kate has in her home office, and I’ve been obsessed since I first saw her space.

The after photos are coming at ‘ya soon! (You can also sneak a peek of the completed Atlanta interior design office each Monday at 9amCT on the Bust Out Of Boring live show on Facebook and Instagram.)

A colorful and feminine teal, aqua, and coral living room moodboard by interior stylist Lesley Myrick

When your client tells you, “I love teal, aqua, and coral” you listen. Because you love those colors too. And then you create a dreamy living room moodboard that makes you want to move in and curl up on a peacock-blue wing chair with a fuzzy pillow and read a book and savor a cup of tea.

What’s funny about creating moodboards like these is that sometimes we follow the plan exactly and the final space ends up looking so much like the two-dimensional mockup it’s almost uncanny. (The chic and badass realtor’s office is a perfect example. You’ll get a kick out of how close the actual space looks to the moodboard now!) Other times, the client will pick and choose elements she loves – or that currently fit in budget – and move forward in phases with a few select pieces. In this case, the finished room won’t look exactly as pictured, but the moodboard helps guide decision-making for the space as it evolves.

If you’re curious where any of these pieces are from, I’ve got you covered right here. And if you’ve been wanting design guidance for your home, I’ve got flat-rate room design packages (that include a moodboard!) that you’ll totally dig. Get in touch for details and rates and we’re happy to hook you up.