Interior decorating with Indigo blues

If only it were as simple to change your interior decoration as it is your clothes. If it were, exploring the depths of Indigo blues would be high on my decorating agenda this summer. The trend for Indigo blues has been simmering away for a few years in the UK. For holiday homes in the Hamptons, Scandinavia and in parts of the Greek Islands, it never really disappears. Blues are sometimes accused of being cold, but there is nothing icy or ‘blue’ about Indigo. It is velvety warm at its deepest hue and can be as smart, boho or as classically pretty as you wish it to be.

Singing the blues

British designer William Yeoward  – a master of creating luxurious classic style with a twist – has been in the vanguard of reminding us about decorating with blue. He has produced an extensive collection of delightfully quirky blue coordinating fabrics, wallpapers, rugs and furniture and combines them in unexpected upholstery combinations.

Willliam Yeoward Showroom, Kings Road. Photo: Charis White

Paint companies such as Little Greene have dedicated blue colour charts and there are some simply ‘to dye-for’ hand block printed wallpapers and fabrics available from around the world which makes it very much the right time for me to talk about.

Indigo moodboard

Top left: Windmill Wood inky sky on White, B-WWISLB, Zoe Glencross; underneath: Lan Fish, F3141001 Marine, Pierre Frey; Top Right: Yuan Dyue F3160001 Indigo; Xia F3157001 Indigo; Middle: Liao F3147001 Azur, bottom Middle right: Slade Stripe A-SSISN, Inky sky on natural, Zoe Glencross; left: Fleurs de Chine F3163001 Indigo; all Maoming collection, Pierre Frey; Wallpaper: Broadwick St, Balsam, London Wallpapers IV, Little Greene; Suzdal Alyosha/Prussian blue A90D0HA02, Volga Linen. Photo and styling: Charis White

Boho beach blue

I have been known to style a tent or two with wafting fabric on Mediterranean beaches for summer issues of magazines. This isn’t one of mine but I really love this version. It has a desert film-like quality … English Patient … David Lean …  Don’t get me started … as I will have the *carnet done and several suitcases in the hold before you can say … errrr ….!

*temporary import/export document

Dara Artisans by Aboubakar Fofana. Photo by Francois Goudier/Pinterest

Dip dye styling tip

Dip dying fabric is surprisingly easy – all you need is somewhere to hang it from – such as a rail – then you put an elastic band at the place you want to stop the dye and dip it in a bucket of dye (Dylon’s Navy Blue), take it out and once dry remove the elastic band. Muslins and sheers would give you this wafty, summery effect. Perfect for four poster beds, garden rooms, as a contemporary alternative to nets and for creating your own summer beach or garden tent.

Dara Artisans by Aboubakar Fofana. Photo by Francois Goudier/Pinterest

Get the boho beach look

‘Mother Theresa’ sari curtain panel, £38.95, Pale and Interesting; 


(Left: Pembridge Stripe scatter cushion, £35; Right: Aubrey Outdoor mattress, £160, The White Company; 

Vintage indigo textiles

Look out for specialists who source vintage Indigo textiles such as Noel Chapman Bleu Anglais (Instagram account @bleuanglais) who will be at The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair on Sunday 21st May. Other retailers such as OKA, Nushka and Pale and Interesting have also picked up on this Indigo vintage trend with cushions and curtains:

Japanese Asa (linen)/Pinterest. For Indigo Vintage textiles contact: Noel Chapman at

Copious cushions

Cushions and paint are one of the most cost-effective way of changing the look of your room without breaking the bank. As you may remember, from an earlier post about Age of Reason Studios that I am a strong advocate for the benefits of accessorizing with copious amounts of cushions! Here are vintage-style Indigo versions.

Paisley cushion cover, hand blocked in India, £22.95, Pale and Interesting 

Left: Chalai bolster cushion, 90 x 35 cm, £68; Middle: Hellas cushion cover, 46 cm sq, £66; Right: Ikaria cushion cover, 35 x 60, £84; OKA (Worth noting that OKA have outlet stores in Oxon and Surrey as well as online).

Wallpaper blues

Not only does dark wood work well with blue – but it’s back … Prices are rock bottom in auction sale rooms – so get along soon before everyone else works this out! Or just maybe, quite sensibly, you don’t notice the vagaries of interior fashion and can thank your forebears for their good taste! Either way, here is more glamorous, classical styling and floral wallpaper from Soane and a smart geometric from Walter G Textiles.


Wallpaper:, Australia; available in UK via 

Painting true blues

Be playful and paint a section in a room such as an outline of a door way or be bold and go all the way and paint all walls and woodwork and ceiling in the same shade.


Paint: Stiffkey Blue No. 281, Farrow and Ball

Pretty bedroom blues

Fabrics and furniture, William Yeoward.

Styling tips for the perfect bed

Three style notes from this William Yeoward bedroom above: 1. See how well a long oblong boudoir cushion works to hide the ‘difficult’ gap you get with four pillows (believe me, this is a First World daily battle stylists have on bedlinen shoots!) 2. All the best dressed beds have summer weight quilts! This box pleat edged version finishes the bed beautifully. Contact The Dormy House or Counting Lambs for bespoke bedcovers and eiderdowns. 3. Note the blue floral print fabric used on the divan under the mattress.  Adorable!

Pots of blue

Lisa Firer porcelain tealight holders and vases, from £35, Heals
Bowls and plates by MB Art Studios on Etsy from article written by the
Handthrown ceramic candle pot, scented with pelargonium, citrus and rose oil. Made to order: Fiona Adam

Living blue

Clever upholstery ideas from William Yeoward showing how you can mix and match different patterns.

William Yeoward Alberesque collection
William Yeoward

Textile blues

To recreate these beautiful curtain drops of linen I would be tempted to get the Dylon packet out again (although I haven’t tried mixing them, it’s just a thought that Navy Blue with a bit of Black might achieve this more thunderous shade). I reckon IKEA’s very affordable Aina linen curtains  (£45/pair, 145 cm x 250 cm) would be pretty perfect to recreate this look. Alternatively, look out for some vintage linen sheets on Ebay – to get a more vintage finish.

Curtains, $299 by
Textiles by Walter G, Australia; available in UK via Alice Lilly Interiors

Thank you so much for reading and making it all the way to the end! I hope you will dive in to Part Two of the blockbuster trend that is Indigo blue – please look out for the next post – to be published bright and early on Friday 2nd June …

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Charis White, interior stylist
Charis White – interior stylist/blogger

7 thoughts on “Interior decorating with Indigo blues

  1. I do love this colour to wear, crockery, conservatories and bathrooms. I am not a blue bedroom girl at all but love the Yeoward collection.


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