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What colour is indigo and how can you introduce it in your home?

One of the seven colours of the rainbow, indigo is a rich and warming shade that sits in between blue and violet. It was actually named after the indigo dye derived from plants. You may also recognise its popularity with the upper class Victorians and eventually its mass production in the textile industry that brought it into the mainstream.

Indigo has a hint of purple to it, for a brooding, inky colour that has roots in the past but still feels very modern. Think blueberries, Victorian apothecary bottles and the rich bluey purple dusks that you’d find in a cold Winter. Different variants of the colour include a more washed out tone similar to denim or shades with violet undertones.  

Indigo can be introduced into the home and tailored to fit any look. A key trend earlier in the year, it’s a colour that’s set to last as an interior staple. Its recent use has given it a contemporary edge, often being painted on all four walls of a room for a statement look or paired against white in period properties. Add it to any space for elegant, luxurious style that has a bit of character. 

Find an alternative to monochrome by pairing indigo with white.

Love the monochrome trend but don’t want to commit to black? Opt for indigo instead for a striking, luxurious look that suits a modern build as much as it does a Victorian property. Clean white furniture propped against a deep indigo wall is a look that never gets old. Or if you’d rather add indigo to a white background, opt for bold print and block colour blinds. 

Pictured: Arcata Fixed Dining Table in white - £135, Matalan Handloom Pouffe - £50, Electra Roman Blind in indigo - from £102.80. 

Contrast indigo with orange

Try something different to the ever popular grey and yellow colour clash trend with this warmer alternative. Indigo looks wonderful when paired with warm orange, creating a playful tone that’s not too harsh on the eye. It also gives a stylish hint to the 70s. Play up the retro look by investing in mid-century and plastic designs in bold shades of orange, or keep things simple with a zingy blind.

Pictured: Scuba Ready Made Blackout Roller Blind in orange - from £16, Robin Day Polo Sled Chair in orange - £89, Matalan Stoneware Reactive Glaze Mug - £3. 

Keep things classic and complement neutrals with indigo.

Introduce indigo into your home with subtlety, for a chic overhaul that can be updated over and over again. Perhaps paint a tired table? Or you could emphasise a calming cream room with pops of indigo in the form of soft furnishings and accessories. Add a floral touch to keep things pretty.

Pictured: Genevieve Lamp Stand - £45, Oyster Ready Made Blackout Blind - from £9, Matalan Floral Embroidered Cushion - £10Straw Storage Box - £4.

*Prices correct at time of publishing. Prices subject to change.

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