Island Home: The Indigo Effect

The boldly beautiful color of Indigo is a natural blue dye made from the flowering Indigofera plant and has been used for centuries in textiles and fashion. This truly authentic hue is popular in interior design due to its ability to create a serene atmosphere that’s reminiscent of the depths of the ocean. Indigo is often used in place blacks and charcoals as a variation on a dark neutral tones, particularly in conjunction with softer hues.

Its fresh and timeless appeal means indigo lends itself to braver interior choices, such as paint or wallpaper, creating a striking feature in any space. An accent wall papered in a textured indigo design, such as raw linen, adds not only amazing color, but layers that you can build on throughout your interiors. The gentler approach to using indigo is to incorporate the colour in soft furnishing finishes such as curtains, cushions, bedspreads and throws.

For generations, the Japanese have used Indigo in both textile design and hand painted ceramics. Dating back to the 8th century, the Japanese have used a textile dyeing technique called ‘Shibori’, traditionally using indigo in contrast on a white or cream cloth. The range of patterns, designs and prints developed by binding, twisting and resisting the fabric while dyeing has stood the test of time as a popular design choice.

Also making a come back are indigo, hand painted bowls, pots and vases, also renowned in the Japanese culture as a traditionally fine art. Potters and artists around the world have also picked up on the stunning intensity of the colour, incorporating it in monochrome pieces that add striking features to any space.
Tableware detail pieces such as napkins, serving plates and cutlery are also on trend in the homewares sector in 2017, with their detailed designs making a big impact in home styling.