Today, we’re giving you an exclusive sneak peek of our Spring Collection for 2014. Follow Pottery Barn on Pinterest, and take a look at our Spring Preview Pinterest board. Click on each photo on the board, and you’ll be able to shop the collection before anyone else.
Here on the blog, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our new color story: Indigo. We spoke to one of our expert textile designers, who filled us in on what it was like working with such a refined hue.
Blue (and indigo in particular) is a refreshing color. In psychological studies, blue has a calming, tranquil affect — the same feeling we get when we look at a clear lake or the ocean. It’s a natural color to gravitate to after months of cold weather and dark skies.
But for whatever reason, some of us still get nervous about using it in our homes. “Blue shouldn’t be scary to introduce into your house,” says Pottery Barn textile designer Sandra. “It’s just like wearing a pair of jeans. It’s very pretty, classic and easy to work with.”
Indigo’s rich, deep hue allowed Pottery Barn designers to treat it like a neutral when creating this collection. “Indigo evolved into a neutral for us. Gray and blue is gorgeous,” says Sandra. “You can also introduce red into indigo for more of an Americana feel. There’s really not a lot you can’t pair with it.”
The collection mixes textures, colors and patterns with its signature indigo hue. “Flax linens and ivories look fresh with indigo, like a white t-shirt and jeans,” says Sandra. Many of the textiles also combine patterns with influences from Japan, India and traditional America.
Just like it does on a good pair of jeans, indigo offers a gradation of colors as it’s washed and worn down. “We played a lot with tonalities of blues,” says Sandra. “Indigo blooms when it’s washed.”
During the photo shoots, the designers found that adding a touch of black — through wood, iron or finishes — provided a complementary focal point to the indigo. It’s a simple but impactful decision that’s easy to implement in anyone’s home.
“You don’t have to change very much when using blue in your home,” says Sandra. “It’s not that hard to infuse with existing wood, leathers and fabrics.”
Don’t forget to check out our new indigo collection and much more of our Spring 2014 Collection Preview exclusively on Pinterest!