Green seems to be having a moment for interiors everywhere (based on traffic to posts like this one) but blue can certainly hold its own! Today’s topic spotlights accents in cool blue. If you’re feeling blue about world events as so many of do, maybe a diversion from the gloom is good medicine. Indigo Blue Paint Colors, Decor & Interiors revisits: the rich, the dramatic, the cool and the deep.
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Indigo Blue Paint Colors, Interiors & Accents
What is the Psychological Meaning of Indigo Blue?
Where Does Indigo Pigment Come From?
Indigo is from the leaves of the plant Indigofera tinctoria and grows best in the tropics.
What is the origin of Indigo Blue?
While indigo may be an India import, it was used as a pigment for paint by the Romans who also used it for cosmetic purposes and medicine.
Is Indigo Still Used For Medicine?
Yes. It is used for medicines to treat scorpion bites as well as diseases such as stomach and ovarian cancers.
Was Indigo Expensive?
Yes indeed. Arab merchants brought this luxurious pigment to the Mediterranean from India, and it remained a rarity in Europe though the Middle Ages.
Indigo Blue Paint Colors
Would you, could you, go big and bold on an accent wall or a whole room? Here are some indigo blue paint color sample ideas for a place to start.
Always Indigo – BEHR
By the way, I sort of know the difference between indigo blue and navy blue, and it does seem easier to find navy for apparel.
Here’s what my eye is spying as I: sit at my desk shivering (even wrapped in a French terry Hatha jacket), watch the leaves fly from trees outside the window, and plan my trip to the flea market tomorrow…
Here’s a lovely something I wouldn’t automatically pair with the vest but find brilliant:
Right? I love a puff at the shoulder, but can I pull it off as chicly as this foxy model?
It will take magic, a few prayers, and perhaps these indigo-galoshies:
Where were we!?!
Oh yeah. Only the dopest paint color name of the whole bunch:
Indi Go-Go – BENJAMIN MOORE
Yeah, baby yeah! Don’t forget it is tough to discern the nuances of each of these indigo blues with photography and varying screens. Sample these options at home and have fun with them.
Daring Indigo – BEHR
Indigo Batik – SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
This is getting more dramatic, and wait til you see the “stair runner” with it!!!
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Cognac and indigo? Yum.
I bet fans of coastal style will love this look for an exterior:
Have an old wood cabinet that may need refreshing? This next inspiration may be the nudge you need.
Mood Indigo – BEHR
If you’re drawn to periwinkles and meadow-like blues, I wonder if you’ll favor this option:
Waterloo – Sherwin-Williams
I feel like Waterloo is sophisticated and just moody enough (but not too moody) to work in a range of different spaces. I’lll show you what I mean.
It’s so elegant in a very tonal, bedroom…
Yet also feels very classic and unfussy in a mudroom area here:
For a shiplap accent wall in an executive’s home office, it strikes this handsome balance between comfortable and chic:
And below we see how the hue can read much darker depending on the light a room receives:
Here is Waterloo on an exterior, and you can see how the natural light’s yellow brings the blue over into the teal range.
Interiors & Exteriors With Purply-Blue Indigo Hues to Inspire
I’m crazy about the barefoot elegance in the room above with its ginger jars and barrel chairs!
Did you know? The word indigo comes from the Latin for “Indian.”
Though my passion is for white interiors, I’m inspired by beautiful color in daily life every single day. Blue is so gorgeous in nature, and how can you not fall for the indigo blue on a butterfly with whom I spent time in a conservatory?
One of her pretty blue friends followed me too.
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A Favorite Blue & White Decor Find
I have a crush on this classic blue and white table lamp and think it could work in so many interiors!
Indigo May Be Named Something Else
When you’re shopping for indigo blue decor accents, you are bound to run into a host of names describing this color running the gamut from navy blues to royal blues to peacock blues to denim.
I love the look of the deep blue upholstery:
More Indigo Blue Paint Color Tips
Here’s a smart tip I have learned along the way to decorating many spaces: when you’re out in the marketplace shopping and find a small object whose color speaks to you in a powerful way, BUY IT (unless we’re talkin’ a blue diamond!) as a reference point for paint colors and decor. You can use it to color match the ingredients for your design.
Even though there are a million shades of blue out there, the “just right” one that pleases your eye is not always easy to find.
When you find it, seize the moment.
Which orange do you suppose for the door?
Anchor it With Indigo
Find wonderful options for area rugs in this magical hue RIGHT HERE.
Kitchen & Dining Blue Decor Ideas
I have these in the stone color, and they are fabulous!
Artwork Graced With Deep Blue
Charming Blue Gingham Pillow
Blue Decor Ideas for the Bath
Cozy Beautiful Blue for Fall
Bedrooms Blooming With Blue
Find shopping resources for my bedroom RIGHT HERE.
Pretty Blue Bedding in My Room
When I feel like changing it up and living with blue in our bedroom at home, here’s how easy it is: a blue moon quilt (vintage Garnet Hill no longer available I’m afraid) and shams on top of the white!
I adore how Lisa Furey used indigo blue as an accent in her coastal South Carolina great room HERE.
Please someone tell me why we needed reassurance with this color in 2018? (I’m thinking every frackin color pick 2020-2022 should have a synonym of “reassuring” or “consoling” in the name!
Enjoy a Minute of Peaceful Blue
Nobody sings it like Linda, but since I have posted that one a million times, enjoy Allison and do not miss her last totally on fleek note!
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Peace to you right where you are.
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Love, love, loved your post! Thank you
It’s lovely having you here, Vickie – thanks for reading. 🙂
We were just looking at a past post of ours about blues….guess we are all looking for something cool during this heatwave!
That’s awesome! Thanks for reading. 🙂
Beautiful blue changes in your peaceful bedroom
Thanks, Kathy – you are welcome to be my guest here sharing masterful looks with blue anytime! 🙂
The Morris & Co Thief Wallpaper… Hum-m-m… I’m finding that I’m craving color more and more. It almost seems like I’ve been been in a time when I longed to be medicated into ethereal tranquility, rather than jarred into the recognition, acceptance and use of my strength and creativity. Hum-m-m…
That is rich indigo food for thought for sure! Color has such energy and mysterious mood altering magic that I’m not surprised you are making room for more. I hear you about pale ethereal palettes being sleepy. For me, they pair nicely with all the spicy, stimulating, saturated energy and imagination percolating under my skin. Change can be invigorating and powerfully good. 🙂
What a lovely, inspirational post! I’m an indigo addict for sure! Our kitchen’s base cabinets and our garage are painted in Sherwin Williams Inkwell. It’s a REALLY deep, gorgeous inky black/blue. SW hit it out of the park with this color! I also have some shiplap accent walls with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy – such a classic color. And THEN, I have an accent wall in our laundry room with Benjamin Moore’s Polo blue. I can’t get enough of the dramatic, inky colors!
You can check out my kitchen here: https://mysanctuarystyle.com/portfolio/8078/
and my laundry room here: https://mysanctuarystyle.com/portfolio/laundry-room/
Can’t wait to see your next post – they always brighten up my days!
Hi Michelle! So happy you are directing us to your beautiful blog – can’t wait to explore it and all those liberal doses of indigo when I have a second. Just painted all of the cabinetry in our son’s new home a dark charcoal that also has an inky blue element as well! I’ll be sharing it in an upcoming before/after if all goes well. We are at the painting stage and then we’re installing flooring. Blue is simply white’s best friend, and if you read this blog, you know I’m slightly obsessed. I’m ready to move to Naples with you. Lord have mercy – the leaves are falling here, and I am freaking a little about the cold on its way. Thanks so much for taking the time to add to the beauty of this post. 🙂
Michele, I have missed you, sweet friend!! I love this post! Not only that, we have very similar bedroom quilts! So peaceful, white and blue in the bedroom. I’m now in love with that Berh very Navy!! I’m going to have to find a piece to bring that in my house. I’m so glad you shared that video! I never saw it before and I love that song! That beautiful young lady’s voice is incredible! I hope you are well. Sending prayers and peace.
So happy to hear from you, Theresa! Thanks so much for visiting and playing along. I have had lots of extra cares in my personal life and have not been able to join my girlfriends at TFT so I miss you too. My health took a bad turn in July just before our son became very ill with a life threatening blood disorder and we lost a family member to Covid. Our son’s illness is complex and requires chemo and months of recovery so we are caring for him here at home. He bought a condo just before the illness so we are slowly renovating it, and it will be exciting for him to move into his first home. What a blessing it is not far from our home. Needless to say, lots of grief, suffering, and hard work happening during the pandemic. Thank you for the prayers. xox
This is such a fun post. I’ve always been a fan of all variations of indigo-navy blue. It’s so classic and I think if I didn’t have this fixation with having a white house someday, that navy house with the petite white shutters would be a close second. I’ve been thinking of you a lot and but when i check your posts I haven’t seen any updates about your sweet boy. Last I heard you were fixing his place up for when he came home. I detect a lightness behind your words, I hope I’m right and it’s relief. Sending love,
Hi Leslie! The photo of the blue house with orange door totally reminded me of that image of yours with the pumpkins against the dark blue! I totally thought of you when I saw it. I haven’t written a personal update since things are the same (he is on chemo to turn immune system off) and they are hard. It’s a serious illness that doesn’t involve incremental improvement. He is miserable. My illness (muscular valve of pancreas not functioning properly and causes pancreatitis) is touch and go and this week is good. We are slowly and happily renovating the condo he bought – working on weekends and a few weeknights. I painted all the cabinetry last week and tonight put a coat of light grey on the master bath’s wall. We’re doing all new floors, and my husband remodeled the kitchen. It feels so good to see the transformation taking shape. He is recovering here in our home. I continue to surrender all my cares to my Father. Thanks for all of the kindness and encouragement, friend.
I need to know what color that orange door is!! Just painted the exterior of my house BM Hale Navy and I need that door!!!
I hear you – I just added an image in the paint color section of the post with oranges from Behr – expand the image and take a look at Poppy Glow! Seems pretty close.