When I was a 90s kid growing up in the gardeny part of New Jersey, teal-and-raspberry was the hot suburban decorating color combo plastered all over asymmetrical window valances, geometric ultrasuede sectionals, and so much formica. Once in a while I still wince thinking about this strong, unapologetic high-contrast motif revealed in jagged compositions — pitched to my unassuming parents by designers with complex hairstyles and shoulder pads.
Despite our rough start, I’ve grown to love teal, especially in its deepest variations just on the verge of being distinctly blue, green, and even black. It has a hidden richness that changes in different lighting throughout the day, and also depending on the materials with which it’s paired. Here are 10 gorgeous settings from the archives that boldly bring teal back into the 21st century. —