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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.

97 Responses

  1. Steve Bez says:

    "Inky" is such a great way to describe it. Good choice!

  2. Kristy says:

    We painted our new house a tropical blue with lots and lots of white accents, large shaped windows trimmed in white, white quartz for porch walls. It's stunning, makes us feel happy and also makes us feel like we are on vacation every time we pull up to our home. We have a few more months of work to do before we move in, but we know we took a huge risk painting the hardy board a tropical blue color, but we are so thrilled with the results. We are now going to do our master bathroom a cool Blue glass tile. Can't wait to get into our new home. Blue is an awesome color. So many strangers drive by or walk by our house and comment how much they love the color, its not something you see in Nesconset, New York on Long Island.

  3. Kristy says:

    Candice, your work is incredible, please come help us with new home.

  4. virginia says:

    As we have our house up for sale and our kitchen counter tops are navy blue we have been told by our realtor that we must change our counter tops that buyers would not like blue so much for that

  5. Lisa E says:

    So glad to see beige and blue together! I am true lover of blues of all shades, and have been thinking about adding some beige into my living room walls to off set the blue trim and accents I already have.. I wasn't sure how it'd look, but now that I see it in Tom's living room shots, I am sold! Looks like I'm heading to the paint store…

  6. Lisa E says:

    So glad to see beige and blue together! I am true lover of blues of all shades, and have been thinking about adding some beige into my living room walls to off set the blue trim and accents I already have.. I wasn't sure how it'd look, but now that I see it in Tom's living room shots, I am sold! Looks like I'm heading to the paint store…

  7. Love, love love this blue! I have it in my bedroom.

  8. Jeanne says:

    My favorite colors are blue, blue and blue. Any and all shades of blue are great……

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