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Through the process of researching our September Color of the Month and compiling inspiring interiors and decor in this shade, I came across some pretty interesting online debates that verged on hostile. Apparently, defining this color can stir up some heat. Surprising for such a peaceful color. (You’d think we’d picked fire engine red.) Is it possible that a greater internal struggle surfaces not when asking “To be or not to be” but rather…

…what is the difference between “indigo” and “navy”? And which blue is a true indigo blue? Various shelter magazines and home decor stores have called all of these blues…indigo…

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blog

(clockwise) House Beautiful, Ralph Lauren Home, Real Simple, Elle Decor

Since indigo is such a contemplative color, here are a few quotes from members of our color team followed by our favorite indigo-infused designs…all for you to ponder.

Indigo is an intriguing alternative to black; this inky color calls forth fall and has a soothing, global style. Kelley Walters, Executive Editor

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blogWest Elm

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blogDiesel Home Collection by Moroso

Indigo is nautical navy’s sexy, mysterious cousin.Liz Gray, Senior Editor

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blog Designer Paola Navone’s Milan apartment via Interieurs

There is a spiritual quality to indigo that makes it so enticing. Anna Millman, Online Manager

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blogFrench by Design via Style Files

From me to you color of the month design blog indigoFrom Me To You :: Hudson Merchant House, NY

Indigo reminds me of brand new blue jeans on the first day of school, when the weather just starts to turn cooler. — Marianne Canada, HGTV Home Studio

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blogDesigner Tom Scheerer

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blogDesigner Bunny Williams

This shade of blue is so fresh that it makes me want to redo everything I have (even my wish-list items) in this color. Indigo feels very organic. I think of the natural dyes used all over the world and am nostalgic for ink-stained hands. I want more, more, more. — Lili Zarghami, Managing Editor

Indigo – Blue - HGTV Color of the Month – September 2011 – design blog

Anthropologie (left) + John Robshaw Textiles (right)

After reflecting on these indigo designs, will you decorate with this inky, mysterious, organic color?

Tell us in the comments below.

91 Responses

  1. CITS says:

    I did a small bathroom in a relaxing blue and used some leftover paint on 3 sides of my galley kitchen with the 'end' being a bright yellow. Never thought of blue in a kitchen but it worked well and my river bed looking, sandy swirly gray granite counters look great with the blue.

  2. Pam says:

    Love blue and yellow together!

  3. Lore cassavant says:

    I saw a set of tall white mugs with beautiful blue peacocks in a series of kitchen cousins, program "illusions of grandeur. Help,lore c.

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