The use of indigo dye can be traced several centuries back. The natural blue dye from flowering Indigofera plant was mostly popular in the textile industry. As a matter of fact, blue jean will come to mind whenever you think of indigo. But this color is quickly becoming popular in interior designing. Its versatility is what makes it possible to be applied in different areas even small accents like switch-plate covers, soap dishes and drawer pulls among others.
In interior designing, indigo is finding a wide application, especially as paint. It’s a fact that white hue is attractive to many, but Indigo can provide magical finishes that are seeking for when incorporated. The hue can also bring out the best design out of an accent wall. If the wall gets Indigo papered textured design, it adds an amazing color and also a texture that can be built on throughout the interiors.
Many interior design experts have observed the psychological effects of indigo color. According to Dalara Holm proprietor of Dalara Design, the hue opens the third eye. According to her, indigo stimulates deep concentration during meditation and introspection times that achieves deeper levels of consciousness. She also goes ahead to point out that indigo stimulates right brain, creativity, and spatial skills. But to enjoy the benefits of this magical hue, you must learn how to use it correctly.
Here are tips on how to use Indigo color effectively in interior design.
Room by Room
According to Holm, Indigo is an alluring and beautiful accents color for interior designs. To get the best out of it, you can try integrating it in kitchen tile, accent pillow (on the chairs) or breakfast bench. Holm also brings out the aspect of combination to improve effects of indigo. She notes that purple, deep blue or a mustardy yellow will bring out an excellent combination in your place. As an interior designer, Holm advises its use in powder rooms and accent wall, bedrooms and on bed sheets in large spaces.
Shades and textures
Eric Ross, Eric Ross Interiors proprietor, has his perception and ideas about the indigo application in interior designs. According to him, grayed dark blue paint is more pleasing especially with texture. For an indigo wall, I will go to a grasscloth color since it has more variable shades, he says. He also notes that an indigo fabric can be used to produce a more dimensional look. Ross also offers a great tip: Don’t overlook art – it can change the whole perception of your living space.
Complimentary color improves the quality of the original color, and this goes to Indigo. Ross suggests that a purple shades and indigo combo can have a greater serene effect. Turquoise is another great option that would produce amazing energy, he says. For Indigo kitchen equipment such as tea kettle, ovens, and other cookware, Ross suggests the addition of orange or turquoise color to soften their masculine look. To prove the flexibility of indigo to color complementary, Eric is designing a master bedroom using tan and indigo as the primary colors. If you play smart with complementary colors, then you will significantly improve the serenity effect of indigo.
The bottom line is that Indigo is a great color for interior designs. The hue can be both exciting and calming depending on its placement in a space and its tone. It’s a color that works for all genders, races, design styles and ages.