Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green Color Review

Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green paint in a paint can

Learn all about Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball in this paint color review. 

I recently started a series of Farrow & Ball paint color reviews, and this week I want to talk about Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green, No. 236.

This color was truly my gateway into Farrow & Ball paint colors. I first encountered it in a gorgeous bathroom at my client’s home when I came over for a paint color consultation and I instantly fell in love!

It’s no wonder that Teresa’s Green reviews are so wonderful – this color has so many of the properties of Farrow & Ball colors. It absolutely glows!

It’s very versatile too, looking just as beautiful with earthy finishes like wood and brick (like in my client’s Teresa’s Green bathroom) as it does with clean white colors and modern subway tile.

Farrow & Ball describes Teresa’s Green this way:

“Teresa’s Green owes its freshness to a rich blue base and its warmth to soft green undertones. In the middle of our range of aquas, Teresa’s Green has a calming and therapeutic effect…”

The calming qualities of Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball make it a beautiful option for bedrooms, bathrooms and just about any room in the house!

A paint swatch of Teresa's Green paint by Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green

What is the LRV of  Teresa’s Green?

The LRV (that’s light reflective value) of Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green is approximately 60. Farrow & Ball doesn’t actually give LRVs for their paint colors, but I estimated the LRV with color comparisons and other information on the internet.

This color is soft and muted, but still feels richer than the LRV shows. This is true of many Farrow & Ball paint colors, and probably one of the reasons this company doesn’t give LRV values to their paints. LRV simply doesn’t do justice to the way this color glows on the wall.

What color is Teresa’s Green?

Teresa’s Green is definitely an aqua color. It offers the perfect combination of blue and green. But unlike some darker teal colors that can feel overwhelming in some spaces, Teresa’s Green is a beautiful soft blue-green paint that adds a feeling of calm to the spaces it’s used in.

What undertones does Teresa’s Green have?

There’s a reason this paint is called Teresa’s Green. While it is very solidly an aqua or light teal color, it gets its warmth from soft green undertones. 

A bathroom with wooden trim, wooden ceiling and Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green paint on the walls
Photo by M. Marceny

Is Teresa’s Green warm or cool?

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green is one of those colors that is hard to read. It looks fairly cool thanks to its fresh, blue base. But it’s actually a warm color, with warmth provided by its soft green undertones.

Is Teresa’s Green lighter than Green Blue?

Yes, it is. Teresa’s Green is just a bit lighter in tone than Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue, and is also slightly warmer. If you’re looking for the rich aqua of Green Blue but want a softer color palette, then Teresa’s Green is a great option!

When should I use Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green paint?

One of the best things about Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball is that this gorgeous color can go with so many different colors and work in so many different spaces. It’s a truly special color and I think it has so many different uses throughout a home.

A Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green bathroom with white clawfoot tub and wooden ceiling
Photo by M. Marceny

Can I use Teresa’s Green for kitchen cabinets?

Teresa’s Green kitchen cabinets would look really beautiful! Green cabinets have been a trend for a few years now, and the look seems to be staying strong. The soft green-blue of this Farrow & Ball paint color is a great compromise between classic white kitchen cabinets and a more saturated green or blue kitchen cabinet. 

Teresa’s Green also looks really beautiful when paired with warm, natural wood, so it would look lovely in a kitchen with wood floors, wood beams or even a wood-block kitchen island.

Can I use Teresa’s Green for exteriors?

This color would look beautiful outdoors! While Farrow & Ball paint colors tend to be cost prohibitive to use as a full house exterior paint, I love the idea of a Farrow and Ball Teresa’s Green front door or shutters. This would be such a beautiful color to welcome people into your home!

Teresa’s Green also makes a great front porch ceiling color. This muted aqua adds a fun pop of color to a front porch without making the space feel dark or reflecting too much color into the windows of your home.

Can I use Teresa’s Green in an east-facing room?

Absolutely! Light in east-facing rooms is warmer in the mornings as the sun is rising and cooler in the afternoon. Using light green or blue paint in an east-facing room complements the cooler evening light to create a calming space – perfect for a bedroom or living room.

When you use a warm color like Teresa’s Green, you’ll also get the benefit of green undertones that help bring some warmth to a space even when the natural light is cool.

Is Teresa’s Green a good bathroom color?

Yes, it is! After all, it was this bathroom painted that first introduced me to Teresa’s Green (and started my love for all things Farrow & Ball!). This color is a wonderful bathroom color because of the calming effect it has. It makes a bathroom feel totally spa-like! 

A Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green bathroom with white wainscoting, white sink and wooden ceiling
Photo by M. Marceny

Teresa’s Green was the perfect color for this gorgeous cottage because it is so versatile. It looks beautiful next to the natural wood beams, wood ceiling, and red brick accents of this home, and looks just as good paired with white wainscoting and white trim. It also really brings this classic basketweave floor tile to life in this space.

When should I avoid Teresa’s Green?

I prefer not to use Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green as a whole house color because it is a bit too saturated. While it is a muted color, it has a strong aqua hue and is definitely not a neutral. This paint is better used as a beautiful, soft accent in a small room like a bedroom or bathroom or as a beautiful pop of color on kitchen cabinets, in the back of built-in shelving, etc.

I’d also avoid this paint color in a north-facing room, which tends to bring out the cooler tones within a color. With so much green in this paint, it may end up looking too blue or glowing a bit too brightly in northern light.

Which Colors Look Best with Teresa’s Green?

Because Teresa’s Green is such a muted color itself, it goes well with equally muted colors – including blues, greens, yellows, clean and off-whites, and even grays!

Does Teresa’s Green go with gray?

Teresa’s Green can look really beautiful with a soft, muted gray like Stonington Gray from Benjamin Moore. It’s a cool gray with blue undertones that complement the blue hues in Teresa’s Green. 

Farrow & Ball recommends pairing Teresa’s Green with another one of their paint colors: Pale Powder. While Pale Powder is technically a very soft aqua, it can look like more of a delicate gray with green undertones.

Does Teresa’s Green go with white?

Yes! Teresa’s Green can actually pair well with many different kinds of whites, including both clean whites and off-whites.

Farrow & Ball recommends pairing Teresa’s Green with School House White or White Tie. School House White is a soft off-white that looks really creamy when paired with Teresa’s Green. White Tie is a creamy, warm white deepened with a touch of black pigment. Both would look beautiful as neutral paint colors to use alongside Teresa’s Green.

A large space with wooden ceiling, brick accent wall and Teresa's Green paint on bathroom walls
Photo by M. Marceny

Does Teresa’s Green go with brick?

It absolutely does. In my client’s cottage, there is a lot of natural wood and brick accents inside the home, including this beautiful brick wall just outside the bathroom. These warm, rustic design elements are sometimes challenging to match with paint colors, but Teresa’s Green complements both really well thanks to its muted color and warm undertones.

What are the Best Trim and Ceiling Colors For Teresa’s Green? 

Because Teresa’s Green is a warm color, the best whites for ceiling and trim are also warm. Farrow & Ball’s All White or Wimbourne White are both beautiful choices. Benjamin Moore’s Oxford White or White Dove would also look really nice when paired with Teresa’s Green.

This muted aqua can also pair really well with clean whites, such as Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. Chantilly Lace is basically the cleanest white color there is because it has no warm or cool undertones. It works really well for trim and ceilings in most spaces – especially spaces with a lot of light.

Teresa's Green by Farrow & Ball with white paint trim
Photo by M. Marceny

What is the easiest way to sample Teresa’s Green?

You should always sample and test your paint colors – no matter how sure you are that you’ve chosen the right shade. The easiest way to sample Teresa’s Green (and any paint color for that matter) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color. With Samplize you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall.

Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

Are There Any Good Farrow and Ball Teresa’s Green Dupes?

While there’s no true comparison for Farrow & Ball paint colors (including Teresa’s Green) there are a number of colors that come very close. If you’re looking for a Teresa’s Green dupe, then you’ve come to the right place.

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green vs Sage Tint by Benjamin Moore

With an LRV of 64, Benjamin Moore’s Sage Tint is very similar to Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball but a little bit lighter. It’s also brighter than Farrow & Ball’s muted version of a pale aqua paint.

Paint swatches comparing Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green vs Sage Tint by Benjamin Moore

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green vs Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore

These two light aqua paint colors are very similar. Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue is a little bit lighter and brighter, with an LRV of 61 compared to Teresa Green’s 60.

Teresa's Greens vs Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore paint swatches

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green vs Slow Green by Sherwin-Williams

Slow Green by Sherwin-Williams is a pretty good Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green dupe. It has similar aqua undertones but it is a bit lighter and a brighter aqua than Teresa Green’s muted hue.

Paint swatches showing Teresa's Green vs Slow Green by Sherwin-Williams

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green vs Copen Blue by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams Copen Blue is darker than Teresa’s Green and is more of a blue with green undertones than a true aqua like Teresa’s Green.

Teresa's Green by Farrow & Ball vs Copen Blue by Sherwin-Williams

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green vs Antiquated Aqua by Behr

These colors are very similar, but Antiquated Aqua is a bit more muted than Teresa’s Green. Its LRV is also a little bit lower than Teresa’s Green, so it is a bit darker.

The Verdict

Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green is a truly beautiful paint color. It’s a soft, muted shade that still manages to glow on the wall. It is also versatile – pairing well with many other muted colors and a broad range of white paint colors. And it looks really nice paired with warm, rustic design elements like wood beams, wood floors, and brick accent walls. 

Teresa’s Green is also really calming, perfect for a bedroom, living room or spa-like bathroom.

No matter how you plan to use Teresa’s Green paint, don’t forget to test your paint colors. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE. And NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified.  The results are poor.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching Here.

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