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After spending the last few months obsessing over pastel hues — Grapefruit in February, Orchid in March and Magnolia in April — our color team was ready for something new. Something…blue! Four of our team’s six color pitches for May were shades of blue. For the final decision, we turned to our new guest editor (and star of HGTV’s new show Fixer Upper) Joanna Gaines.

Her pick? Farima’s deep blue-purple pick. “My pick is indigo,” Joanna says. “Maybe I’m biased to the indigo because it’s the color that is currently blooming in my garden!” ‘Tis the season for deep blue hydrangeas, irises and more spring blooms. Check out these gorgeous cornflowers, plus 19 other true-blue plants, over on HGTVGardens.

Cornflowers on HGTV Gardens.com

Somewhere between blue and violet, this color gets its name from the deep blue natural dye made from the indigo plant. Though most commercial blue dyes are now synthetic, you can make your own natural indigo dyes the old-fashioned way, or buy instant indigo powder or an indigo tie-dye kit.  The natural version creates colors that are brighter and more fade-resistant than the synthetic stuff.


Once you have the dye in hand, spend a warm May weekend experimenting with the trendy shibori tie-dye technique.  Or, buy a big or small piece — like this stunning shibori-dyed sofa or indigo-dipped throw pillow — to embrace the hand-dyed look the easy way.

Shibori Dyes on HGTV's Design Happens

“This color is somewhat of an oxymoron: It can be soothing as it blends well with many color palettes, because it is a more natural blue,” says guest editor Joanna Gaines. “On the other hand it can be striking and bold and will for sure make a statement in any space. In my book, it’s a win win!”  See how the color is both cool and bold in this wall hue and painting in this living room designed by Emily Henderson?

Emily Henderson Living Room Design Featured on HGTV's Design Happens

A new twist on classic summer navy, try darker shades of indigo to add life to your late-spring sofa. Pair your favorite one with softer shades of blue, pastels, or even neon brights.


Indigo Pillows Featured on HGTV's Design HappensClockwise from top-left: West Elm, Pottery Barn, Ashley Furniture, John Robshaw

And don’t forget your tabletop! A splash of indigo, like these tie-dyed napkins featured in HGTV’s Spring House, lends an unexpected touch to traditional spring florals and vintage china.

Spring Table Setting Idea Featured on HGTV's Design Happens Blog

What do you think of our color choice? Will you use indigo this spring? Tell us in the comments below.


Color of the Month

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Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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