Happy Friday everyone! Do you remember when at the beginning of the year I shared with you first Trend shake post, which was focused on different shades of blue that will be trending in 2014? Well, back then when I was writing about indigo color, I didn't expect it to be such a big hit! Do you also see it everywhere these days?
Blue is the color of peace and tranquility which is why it's so widely used in interior design as it calms mind and helps with relaxation. The very saturated and deep version of blue is mainly associated with handcrafted fabrics, Navy, Oriental and Mediterranean places. Whether on walls, furnitures, fabrics or ceramics it definitely is a statement color thanks to it's rich hue.
I've done some research on some interesting ways to apply it, and made a list of my favorite examples. Let's see!
1. Indigo ombre walls - Ombre which is a French name for gradation, isn't showing any signs of slowing down when it comes to interior trends. Flowing from dark deep blue into lighter hues, eventually transforming into white, can give you a beautiful feature wall in your home. It doesn't have to be vertical, it can also move horizontally depending on what result you want to achieve.
2. Indigo and white pottery - whether it's popular Dutch Delftware or other tin-glazed pottery, they are back! So very popular folk ceramics associated mainly with countrysides are more stylish than ever right now. They can be used to dress up your table, or decorate your wall, in both cases the floral or patriotic pattern will definitely add character to your decor.
3. Indigo watercolor tiles - created by Deborah Osburn from Clé, whose recent obsession with Delft and Ombre objects led to making this beautiful watercolor handmade collection. Each tile is placed in the pool of dye and left to absorb the color in it's own way, each time resulting in different smudges. Aren't they spectacular?
4. Indigo dyed fabrics - the most popular use of indigo dye is for yarn wool which is used to produce jeans however there is plenty of other interesting ways and techniques to color fabrics and use them at home. One of them is called Shibori dying which is dying fabrics with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting or compressing leaving certain areas undyed. If you want to learn more, my favorite trend observer - Gudy from Eclectic trends posted a great article about it including Shibori tutorial. Once dyed, the fabrics can be used as tablecloths, cushion covers, blinds or blankets.
5. Natural Indigo dyes - They seem to be back in rug production. One of the most ancient dyes which is extracted from the vegetable plant - Indigofera tinctoria is appreciated again. Today most dye are synthetic but this natural indigo dye is still available and believed to be much better quality. Why? Because they produce wonderfully saturated colors, soft and harmonized that you can't obtain using artificial dyes (keep in mind that the cost is about 30% more!)
Hope you enjoyed this blue moment! I showed you five of my favorite ways to invite indigo color to your home. I love all these examples but I think my favorite would the watercolor tiles. They are absolutely gorgeous! What do you think of these five ways? Do you have a personal favorite?
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Have a great weekend!