The Egyptians and Chinese prized the color and worked to create blue pigments, mixing various mined elements such as copper, lead and limestone. The Mesoamericans made their own version of blue using resins and plant extracts. Egyptian blue, Han blue and Mayan blue were some of the first incarnations.
In the bathroom, use blue mosaic tiles to emulate not only an ocean effect, but to reference the color’s ancient past.
The wall shown here is upholstered in ultramarine wool felt — an exquisite touch that seems entirely in keeping with this color’s royal history.
Indigo is now a common part of our daily life, appearing in everything from jeans to textiles. It’s a bit exotic, a bit true American, dressy and casual at the same time. It works well in a multifunction room such as a family room, where you might host a cocktail party one night and a game night another.
No matter how you use your favorite shade of blue, take a moment to think about why you like it and how it will affect your space. You might just learn something new — not only about the color, but about yourself.
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