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Shades of Blue - Sophisticated Navy and Casual Indigo Denim

Posted by Leslie Burk on

Blue colorways in home design have garnered lots of attention these days from social media outlets, interior designers, and home decor enthusiasts. One might think that creating blue centric living spaces is a new trend, but decorating with blue is really about it's timeless appeal which younger generations are now discovering its merits as a versatile design tool.

Case in point. My mother loves to decorate her home with french provincial styles and a broad mix of blue colorways mixed with white and yellow. Over the years, my parents have moved and renovated several homes. And, every house has included living spaces with blue shades. Whether wallpaper, tile work, decorative pillows, bedding, or upholstered furniture, my mother is compelled to design with blue, namely, in her favorite toile patterns. Sometimes, treasured items are carryovers from one house to the other, but usually, she incorporates a new twist on her favorite patterns. Her timeless design sensibility includes lots of antiques, her beloved flow blue porcelain collection and oriental ginger jars. While I grew up with blues and whites, my appreciation for this classic color combination has grown over the last several years, and now, I use indigo and cobalt blue accents scattered throughout my home for a pop of color and pattern. My increasing awareness of blue home decor as an elevated design choice is notably augmented by the wide plethora of beautiful home wares, textiles, and furnishings currently available on the market.



My mother's living room incorporates a lively mix of blues and pale yellows and creams. The room is made stunning with the addition of an antique Persian rug with magenta and the maroon red colorway stripe and print patterned side chairs. While the living room is more formal, the sunroom is meant for relaxing. Notice the denim blue slipcover on the couch and denim blue rag rug which creates a casual vibe to the room.

If you just discovering the beauty of blue shades, keep in mind that various shades can speak volumes about your design style. For ease, we separate blue hues into two groups - sophisticated and casual. Think navy, royal and cobalt shades as sophisticated choices and indigo and denim as more casual ones. In other words, a navy pin stripe suit versus your favorite jeans.

Navy and Saturated Blues

  • More formal and crisp when mixed with white and black
  • Stunning with red, green, orange and yellow
  • Lend a sophisticated vibe to any room
  • Classic nautical and resort styles in stripes and lattice patterns
  • Oriental schemes, traditional french patterns, and British Colonial designs

Denim and indigo

  • The boho blue look
  • More casual, quieter tones
  • Great for beach theme looks with whites, tans, and creams
  • Lends a comfortable and calming look and feel to a room
  • Usually more textural dimension in textiles

We could list our top editor's picks for blue home accents and textiles, but instead see what favorites our customer's are loving below:

Overcast Decorative Pillows

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These pillows are one of our best selling decorative accents. The washed denim and indigo designs have a vintage bohemian sensibility and they are tremendously versatile for mixing with other calming hues.

Alba Solid Navy Quilt

Our solid silk blend quilted coverlet speaks for itself. A sophisticated look for any bedroom by itself or a gorgeous bedding layer option.

 Navy Ikat Vase


Blue and white ceramics and porcelain accents are favorite finds for collectors. Our ikat version offers a fresh pattern update with its large scale design.

Vienna Medallion Rug

This navy blue and cream rug is inspired by traditional folk art and global patterns. The contrast between light and dark sets off the intricate pattern.

Navy Stripe Outdoor Pillows

Blue stripes are pure classic patterns, and somehow, always seem like fresh design. You can never go wrong with this decorating staple.

Blue Watercolor Throw Blanket

Both in our physical boutique and online, this throw gets lots of attention from our customers. The blanket is super soft cotton and shoppers love the abstract stripe variations in low key denim, light blue, and indigo.

Ready to freshen up your home with shades of blue? Shop all things blue for sophisticated and casual decorative pillows, area rugs, ceramics, bedding, and accents. Get for inspiration for decorating your home in blues by following our board on Pinterest.

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