Blue is one of the most versatile colors you can incorporate in a home design theme, and as summer edges closer to fall, our favorite shade of this hue right now is indigo. This saturated blue tone evokes a feeling of relaxed luxury and ushers a sense of serenity into your home. Here are some great indigo pieces to inspire your modern home design as well as some tips for decorating with indigo:
Indigo Contrasted with White
We love the bold look of indigo accents against a crisp white or cream backdrop. Here we see patterned indigo throw pillows resting against a tufted, midcentury modern sofa for an updated take on what is typically a nautical color duo. An indigo coffee table adds its own jewel-tone pop while a stylized side table pulls white back in again. We recommend introducing a third color to this classic blue-white pairing — a neutral tone like gray or even a pastel to keep the color scheme from becoming overly masculine.
Canvas art can be the perfect means of anchoring indigo in a space. We love how this piece includes splashes of violet, indigo’s partner color in the color wheel. Teal, light blue and the slightest hint of olive make cameo appearances, but indigo is the color that engages the eye most in this piece.
Large Indigo Furnishings
The aesthetic of many modern homeowners doesn’t typically allow for bold primary colors in large furnishings. But when you take basic blue and deepen it into a jewel tone like indigo or royal blue, you have a notable exception. Unlike yellow and red, blue has a tendency to make a statement while also blending in seamlessly with neutral colors. The midcentury modern sofa above exemplifies a deep-toned piece that would easily be a focal point without looking juvenile or clownish.
The ikat trend has gained momentum in the last few years, but the patterns are often too bohemian for modern home owners seeking simplicity in home design. The rug above provides both an eclectic touch and the simplicity many modern homeowners look for. When searching for ikat pieces in indigo hues, look for a flat weave rug rather than a hand-tufted rug for a sleek, modern look.
If you are using indigo more as an accent color than the main color in your home design, look for accessory pieces in which indigo is the secondary color. The lamp above features a dewdrop-shaped base that exudes modernity with swirls of indigo for visual interest.