Both a timeless color and a trending color: decorating with indigo

Indigo is a timeless color that elicits feelings of majesty and spiritual depth. These associations are no coincidence. Back before it was possible to make synthetic dyes, the plant, indigofera tinctoria, used to extract indigo dye was rare and thus, expensive. Wearing indigo colored clothing was a symbol of status and in the era of Elizabeth I, even regulated by law. Soon the Christian Church also adopted the color as a divine symbol of heavenly grace–the Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing the color. Today, some people say indigo activates the right, creative side of the brain or use indigo in chromotherapy to reduce stress and increase compassion. Upon seeing indigo for the first time, neuroscientist Oliver Sacks was filled with rapture. Whatever you believe, it is certain that indigo has the magical power to make your home look and feel amazing.

Just a splash of indigo can make a powerful statement and add so much feeling to a room. When a space is decorated in neutrals, as this one is, indigo is the perfect color to add to the equation.

Add indigo in an intricate design, like the one on these chairs. Patterned, glazed pottery is another great way to add the color to your space.

Have a room that feels a little too cutesy for your taste? Painting the walls a deep shade of indigo matures soft design.

Not only is indigo a timeless color, but it also makes anything painted in it feel timeless. The indigo trimming on this modern house makes the design feel more classic.

Indigo has the opposite effect in this old world, Spanish style kitchen–the indigo brings the design into the 21st century by adding excitement to the room.

Not a fan of the traditional navy and white seaside decor or just want to break the mold? Decorate with indigo to get a beachy feel without the cliche. Indigo also looks stunning against white.

Indigo looks great against white, but I love the way this room also combines indigo with other colors. Sure, indigo is complex, but with hints of red and blue, it works exceedingly well with almost any color in the wheel! Add golden fixtures or even upholstery for an even classier look.

Place blue gray next to indigo to add a feel of elegance to your room.

Placing a color next to a reddish wood can be a challenge, especially if you want to introduce a color on the warm end of the spectrum. Cool colors can often feel cartoonish. The red hints in indigo pick up the tones in the wood without clashing or contrasting too intensely.

To add intrigue, try decorating the same room with both light and deep indigo.

When used to decorate a bedroom, indigo relaxes the space and makes it feel like a sanctuary.

Want to make a small room feel more exciting? Give it a good dose of indigo. Many people are afraid to go bold in small spaces for fear of making the room feel cave-like. I think the opposite is true of a small room doused in indigo–it feels majestic not stuffy! To break up the indigo add some other colors as this designer did with the peach velvet couch (which feels so luxe) and the fabulously unique white chair.

 

How to add a Hampton summer flair to your home?

When going for a Hampton style in your home you want your design to feel fresh. Mixing traditional Hampton style and new looks from the 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse, we’ll show you how to get that summery, beachy look in your home.

White, white, white! When going for a Hampton look, try choosing two or more large surfaces–walls, countertops, shelving, or cabinets–to do all in white.

Accent your white theme with a blue piece. For a more contemporary feel pick a shocking shade of blue for your accent.

Stripes always echo of the seaside. To quickly stripe your space, find a striped rug in a blue or black to add to your wood floor.

Hampton homes are (understandably) designed to embrace nature. If you’re remodeling, add large windows that let sunshine stream into your space.

Get inspired by driftwood–add natural wood beams, floors, ceilings, doors, or furniture.

You can never go wrong with a jute rug, which has become a Hampton signature decoration piece.

Add an earthy mood to a blue and white room with industrial styled furniture and fixtures in elemental materials. Pick iron, dark woods and glass. It’s all about balance!

For a summer getaway–weather willing–outside spaces are as (if not more) important than indoor rooms. Design in space for a table and comfy seating into your porch, and you’ll be able to enjoy long summer meals while listening to the crickets and the waves and enjoying the warm breeze!

No, we’re not in Andalusia. But it only makes sense that the flowy curtains, ornate fixtures, and patterned fabrics of Mediterranean style find a place in the Hamptons.

Bold patterns look fabulously fresh against traditional white Hampton walls. Be brave. Mix patterns and colors.

Wallpaper is a gaining popularity in the Hamptons. Black and white animal patterned wallpaper is fun and chic.

Metallic is trending now. Put up some silverly wallpaper to adds an elemental feel. It contrasts flawlessly with natural wood!

Sick of white? Coral, chartreuse, and hot pink are all in this year, so go for it! Paint a wall!

Want to embrace the color without going all out? Pick a bright accessory, like these coral sconces.

The varying shades of chartreuse mixed with organic wood touches seamlessly fuses old Hampton with new Hampton style.

This year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse featured two pink rooms. This strong color is finally getting the respect it deserves. Put a pop of pink in one…or two of your spaces!