Indigo. It’s a color that’s been making a splash for centuries, yet it still feels decidedly fresh and modern. Whether you’re looking for a deeply saturated hue to anchor a room or a vibrant pop to lend visual interest, indigo delivers. It’s also known as blue gold, and it has a history as rich as its hue. Whether you want to use indigo as a baseline neutral or in an eye-catching shibori textile, it can help you take any room to the next level. Here are four reasons why you should incorporate indigo in your next room design.

It has history

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Indigo has staying power, so you can safely use it in your largest pieces.

People groups have relied on indigo to bring color to their art and textiles for over 4,000 years. It’s been a hit from the beginning – even when European civilizations had to rely on less potent flowers than the Indigofera tinctoria, they still found ways to dye textiles blue. If you’re looking for a color with staying power, indigo is a great bet. Use it in investment pieces – like this Decker 2-Piece Velvet Sectional – for a look you’ll love long-term.

There’s a reason we’ve kept this color in our design repertoires for generations upon generations. The beautiful thing about indigo is that it’s simultaneously traditional and modern. The deep blue screams heritage but also evokes decidedly fresh images like the evening sky or open ocean. When hunting for a color that will help a room feel established without getting tired over time, turn to indigo.

It’s boho for adults

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Add playfulness to your space while keeping it adult with shibori.

If you’re a free spirit, a child at heart or a world traveler, you probably like to add a sense of play to your space. Bringing boho style home gives you that feeling of creative openness, but it does present a challenge. How much is too much? How do you create a boho space without falling over the line into messy or unrefined? Nailing the boho space is all about choosing pieces that can comfortably balance on that razor’s edge. And shibori is a slam-dunk addition – and an easy DIY. You can see it in action in the Shibori Framed Prints above.

Shibori is a dyeing technique that traces its roots back to 8th century Japan. By leaning into such a traditional style, you help your indigo accents feel distinguished – all while tipping your cap to tie-dye. Tie-dye was a favorite of early boho style, but it can make a room feel a little dorm-esque. Shibori is like its grown up, well-established sibling. Layer different shibori patterns in a space for major style points.

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