Blue Dreams- Interiors Inspired by the Color Indigo

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Not just for denim anymore….the color Indigo is popping up all over the place these days. I like to think of Indigo as Blue’s “moody brother.” Its deep rich hue can feel both classic and modern depending on how it’s used. And although dark, this shade can give off warm and inviting vibes.

So what does Indigo and its color family of Blue do to our senses? Why is it so popular?

Leatrice Eisman, American color specialist and Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute gives us the scoop from her blog post “Retreat into a Place of Quiet Blue Calm #TBT”

“The color blue is strongly associated with sky and water, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. In the presence of a blue environment, we feel calm. Humans are soothed and replenished when they view blue and there is some evidence that when blue enters our line of vision, the brain sends out chemical signals that work as a tranquilizer. Blue is an excellent choice for areas demanding mental concentration or for products and environments that invite concentration or relaxing, meditative moods.”

[Leatrice Eisman- https://eisemancolorblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/retreat-into-a-place-of-quiet]

Let’s take a look at some beautiful examples of how Indigo was used in a number of different applications.

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Dont wanna commit to painting a wall or buying a sofa? Try incorporating indigo accessories or textiles into your home!

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Fifty-ONE Shades of Gray

Who says you need bright colors to create a warm and inviting space? Often times, the color gray is equated to a contemporary or cold feel…however, I disagree. Softer shades of gray can provide a beautiful, calming environment for any style while deep, bold shades of gray can create a dramatic effect and sophistication. However you’re using it, this neutral palette is a timeless classic!

Here are some examples of non-contemporary rooms using different shades of gray. Hopefully they will inspire you to use them in your own home!

bedroom 1

living room 1

bedroom 2

Living room 2

bedroom 3

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bedroom 5

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bedroom 6

living room 5

 

bedroom 7

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Here are some great gray accent pieces to incorporate into your room.

accent table

chair

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rug 1

 

accent table'

accent stool

nightstand

 

If you absolutely NEED to have color, another advantage to utilizing an all gray palette is that you can incorporate just about any accent color. Adding pops of color with throw pillows, accessories or flowers provides a quick update to your room.

The one floral pillow on the bed adds just the right amount of accent to the otherwise monochromatic palette.

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Recommended Accent Colors

Yellow

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pop of yellow

Mineral Blue

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mineral 2

 

mineral

Coral

pop of coral

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coral