Rich, dark, and full of drama, indigo blue is a color that spans time periods and styles. A dark blue that’s more robust than navy (thanks to touches of purple), indigo has been in favor for centuries.
The power of indigo varies wildly depending on how it’s used. As a wall color, it can contribute to a dark and moody atmosphere; as an accent color, it can be light and uplifting. This versatility has made it one of the most popular colors in home décor for hundreds of years.
Indigo Blue Dos and Don’ts
Follow these tips to successfully incorporate indigo into your home design.
- Don’t be afraid to try something bold! As a wall color, indigo is rich and comforting. To add depth to the walls, add some applied molding and paint it the same color.
- Do use indigo on the walls in a room that’s meant to be cozy such as a library, den, or media room.
- Do use it as an accent color in coastal interiors.
- Do mix it with bold, bright colors (think hot pink and orange) to create an energetic atmosphere.
- Don’t be limited to paint, upholstery, and accessories. An indigo blue side table or chest of drawers can add a fun pop of color.
- Do decorate with indigo blue and white porcelain pieces (vases, plates, etc.) to add a classic touch to any space.
- Don’t get caught up in the idea that blue is a cool color. Indigo can be warm and rich.
- Do mix indigo with soft colors for a classic look and bright colors for a modern look.
- Don’t limit yourself. Indigo blue is one of those rare colors that can work anywhere and with pretty much any other color. It’s very difficult to go wrong so experiment and have fun with it.
Colors That Go Well With Indigo Blue
- White: There’s nothing more classic than a dark blue and white color palette—and it can be taken in a million different directions. Blue and white rooms can be traditional, coastal, global, serious, silly, and a million other things. Indigo and white are always safe.
- Red: Indigo and red go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re both great on their own, but when you put them together, something magical happens! While they tend to make people think of classic Americana and the 4th of July, these colors work at any time of year and in any combination.
- Brown: For a calming effect, try mixing indigo with brown. Think dark, warm wood and rattan furniture combined with indigo upholstery and accessories. There’s an earthiness to this combination that is inherently relaxing.
- Chartreuse: Chartreuse is a lime-y color that’s a mix between yellow and green. When put together with indigo, it really pops. Try some chartreuse pillows on an indigo sofa or a piece of chartreuse art against an indigo wall. The combination is quite striking.
- Yellow: Pairing indigo with soft yellow is great for French country interiors (particularly when used together in a toile pattern); however, combining bright yellow with indigo blue creates a striking and energetic look. Either way, dark blue and yellow is a terrific combination.
- Orange: Complementary colors orange and blue are great when used together. When it comes to indigo blue, try mixing it with a bright and bold orange. The combination is striking and modern.
- Blue: Indigo blue works incredibly well with every other shade of blue. Don’t be afraid to mix and match various shades in the same room.
Where to Incorporate Indigo Blue
There's no reason to limit the use of indigo to one room. Make it work throughout your home with these suggestions.
- Kitchen: Painting your cabinets indigo blue is a great way to modernize your kitchen. Choose a backsplash and lighting fixtures that complement the color. If you have a kitchen island, an indigo paint job would be a nice pop of color to make your kitchen shine.
- Bedroom: Don't be shy to use a lot of indigo blue in the bedroom. The dark color will make the room feel cozy and inviting. You can paint the walls indigo or use the color for bed sheets and comforters. An indigo dresser would make a nice contrast in a room of muted neutrals.
- Living Room: Consider an indigo accent wall for open spaces like dining rooms and living areas. It will add boldness to a space without overwhelming the room. If you're not ready to make that jump, try indigo touches like area rugs, throw pillows, or vases.
- Bathroom: Indigo wallpaper is a simple way to freshen up a bathroom while keeping it classic.
- Office: Indigo adds sophistication to a study and looks beautifully placed next to a collection of hardbound books and solid wood furnishings. The color is ideal for workspaces as it's believed to bolster concentration.