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Blue is the new black

TNSAn oversized piece of art with a deep blue background serves as a visual anchor in this dining room.
TNSAn oversized piece of art with a deep blue background serves as a visual anchor in this dining room. TNS

Black remains a staple in home decor. It blends well with other colors and can add elegance to a space. The same can also be said of blue, especially indigo. Yes, blue is the new black.

Deep blue has become a favorite for designers, especially those looking to use a dark, rich color without the harshness black can provide. For many homeowners and those in the design community, blue is a preferred choice to black, and it's gaining popularity.

When it comes to using deep blue or indigo, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Do ...

Mix deep blue with soft neutrals such as white and taupe. The blue can help make these colors stand out.

Mix rich shades of blue with sharp contrast colors such as yellow or chartreuse.

Map your pops of blue throughout a space. Color mapping is a technique in which one can repeat a color throughout a room. For example, introduce a blue piece of art and then use a rug with blue accents, then add a blue toss pillow.

Don't ...

Be afraid to mix blue with black. Once considered to be taboo, from fashion to home decor realms, dark blue and black are colors that are being displayed together.

Paint a wall a deep blue unless it is an accent wall. Deep blue will likely overly darken a room if used as an overall color.

Dismiss opportunities to introduce blue into your space in interesting ways, such as ocean- or water-inspired art or photography.

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