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Indigo and Brown

Along with the natural fibres, the mood here sees an abundance of wood in different hues and forms, along with leather in similar shades.

Indigo and Green

The theme is wrapped up using the more raw elements of nature, like potted plants and palm leaf fibres.

Indigo and Natural White

The combination of Indigo with White has always been a statement throughout the years, and cultures, be it India, Turkey or Morocco.

Indigo and Mustard

The contrasting hues fall into perfect chemistry as they each bring out the richness of the other.

Indigo and Madder Red

Bordering towards the royal, this moodboard takes on an operatic emphasis on two affluent shades – Indigo and Madder Red.

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Showcase 11 Dec 2017

Tales of Indigo: Indigo as the centrepiece for an all-natural, inherently Indian home

Through the year of 2017, we took our readers on a journey with Tales of Indigo. As with the year, our quest for Indigo also draws to its culmination. As a finale to Tales of Indigo, CQ uncovered five different, colour-material-texture moodboards, each completely original, much like the dye of Indigo. Each one weaves its own story of design, elements, patterns and textures.

Be it the sublime scent of wood and fresh earth in forests, or the sound of the ocean captive inside seashells, we find ourselves ceaselessly drawn towards nature and its glory. Although submerged in a world of technology, we still choose to include as much of nature as we can into our lives, sometimes in the form of vacations trekking across mountains, sometimes just as greens in our balconies. In such an attempt to bring an eclectic yet grounded array of nature’s finest elements to adorn your spaces, Asian Paints merged modern, simple aesthetics with raw ingredients to curate five moodboards. As an ode to Indigo, each of the material palettes was crafted around the fundamentals of the colour, a beautiful and singular element of focus.

Indigo and Brown

Brown – of earth, trees, jute and metal. A colour that pops into our heads at the very mention of natural decor. Following its earthys tones and textures, this palette pairs Indigo with black Cutch or Kattha, the natural brown dye. Along with the natural fibres, the mood here sees an abundance of wood in different hues and forms, along with leather in similar shades. A few pops of a metal like brass, concludes the composition, adding a striking contrast in texture and a necessary luster. 

Indigo and Brown

Along with the natural fibres, the mood here sees an abundance of wood in different hues and forms, along with leather in similar shades.

Indigo and Green

What better a representation of nature than the colour green? The theme is an amalgamation of Indigo along with tones of pastel or olive green. This particular tinge of green, although not found in its natural form, is created by the combination of two different, natural dyes – Indigo, mixed with Mustard. The composition devises a sense of harmonious balance by combining Indigo patterns – in the form of Jaipur tiles and Chevron prints – with green in a calmer, solid state. The palette also introduces a rustic appeal with accents of distressed metal. The theme is wrapped up using the more raw elements of nature, like potted plants and palm leaf fibres. 

Indigo and Green

The theme is wrapped up using the more raw elements of nature, like potted plants and palm leaf fibres.

Indigo and Natural White

The combination of Indigo with White has always been a statement throughout the years, and cultures, be it India, Turkey or Morocco. Taking the same concept forward, a theme of classic Moroccan royalty is shaped. The palette here sees Indigo wavering in its tones and hues, exploring the colour through different mediums and materials. The theme brings forward the notion of a Baroque background – of Moroccan tiles – along with intricate accents, such as blue pottery door knobs equalised with solids and stripes in shades of Indigo. 

Indigo and Natural White

The combination of Indigo with White has always been a statement throughout the years, and cultures, be it India, Turkey or Morocco.

Indigo and Mustard

This combination is abright concoction of two intense, individualistic colours – Indigo with the mordant of Mustard. The contrasting hues fall into perfect chemistry as they each bring out the richness of the other. Mustard, again, is left at its natural, slightly dim tone. Creating a picture set by the play of a variety of prints and textures – chevrons, modulating stripes, mandala patterns – the composition though busy, doesn’t crowd the eyes. At rare intervals, solid colours and textures of wood are used to mellow down and anchor a theme that is otherwise vibrant. 

Indigo and Mustard

The contrasting hues fall into perfect chemistry as they each bring out the richness of the other.

Indigo and Madder Red

Bordering towards the royal, this moodboard takes on an operatic emphasis on two affluent shades – Indigo and Madder Red. This combination is derived from a blend of the traditional Indian – in the form of Ajrakh block prints – with the complementary, contemporary Ikat prints. In this alloy of prints, all the other elements are left bold and solid, strengthening the aesthetics. The regality of the entire visual would have been left incomplete, if not for the accents of bright metal in shades of gold and brass. 

Indigo and Madder Red

Bordering towards the royal, this moodboard takes on an operatic emphasis on two affluent shades – Indigo and Madder Red.

Bidding Adieu to Tales of Indigo

Composed of materials, colours, finishes and textures, each of these moodboards is a well balanced ensemble in itself.

Through the year we saw the making of the “living” dye of Indigo, we saw its craft, and what Indigo, not only a colour but a means to earn a living, meant to people – especially as the colour is engraved so deep into our roots. But like every journey, this too must come to an end. With this lookbook for arrangements of Indigo into our habitable spaces, we wrap up our Tales of Indigo, in light of more such tales to come.

If you haven’t done so yet, check out the Tales of Indigo series, initiated by Colour Journey’s pursuit to uncover the secrets of Indigo.