We’ve previously discussed our love affair with purple on the blog. An ode to royalty and luxury, we waxed on the physics that differentiate purple from violet, which has its own spot on the color spectrum and is at the tail end of an ideal rainbow. It got us thinking, what of the most mysterious entity of the visible light spectrum, often only given credit in the ROYGBIV? We are talking about indigo.
Because indigo has a storied history, we are here to give you a crash course. The entomology of indigo is traced to the dye found in Indigofera. Indigofera is a genus of flowers with more than 750 individual species spread across the tropical regions of the world. Indigo’s use among human populations dates back over 6000 years, as archaeologists have found indigoid dye amongst Peruvian artifacts. Undoubtedly, the allure of indigoid dye has transcended time impacting trading from the ancient era through to the Renaissance and the rise of New World colonies.
The color psychology of indigo is aptly mythical given the illusive perception of the shade. Indigo is linked to meditation and developing a higher level of consciousness. It is also associated with New Age spiritual practices. In addition, the magical hue is the color of the Third Eye Chakra. Meant to bridge the gap between us and the spiritual realm, the Third Eye Chakra is the center of intuition.
Is it really a color?
Because of disputes over the legitimacy of indigo as a color-wheel entity, definitions of the color may vary from person to person. The color is commonly accepted as a deep midnight blue and approaching a shade of ultramarine. Since it’s a combination of blue and purple, indigo has a richness and depth that appeals to men and women. As an added bonus, this is one color that complements almost every other color in the spectrum.
As with all colors, there is a range of hues for this week’s color crush. Indigo is the color of blueberries, denim, and the night sky. A free-for-all has taken place in the naming these dark blue tints with funky fun variations like “electric indigo” and “tropical indigo”. Regardless of what shades you lean towards, the diffusive blends of indigo enrich both our natural and material world.
As an Accent Color
(Left) Probably one of our favorite colors in the bathroom or kitchen, via Studio McGee. (Middle) Because I love mixing different hues, via Traditional Home. (Right) Lastly, it is beautiful in a rustic setting, via Pinterest.
First pic, lacquered walls in a powder room, via Pinterest. Since I love a Chinoiserie wallpaper – de Gournay, via ElleDecor. Of course, we had to feature a little blue and white porcelain, via LuxeSource.
For the Fashionista
Because Cartier is amazing. Next, shibori by Issey Miyake, via Pinterest. Finally, a croc bag from Hermes.
Another round! via Pinterest
And last, eight of our favorite paint colors and a mood board.
Finally, if you would like to check out a few more color stories, hop over here!