Indigo is Having a Moment (And We Love It!)

Color is king at High Point Market, and everyone has the blues.

By: Rani Robinson
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If you don’t like indigo, jump on board because the ship has left the port. Indigo can be the color of your favorite pair of blue jeans, the softer side of the ocean's deepest blue and the dusky shadows of a tropical twilight. Indigo is a calming color and looks great on nearly everything and that's a fact.

At the world's largest home decor trade show, High Point Market, designers and manufacturers represent what the world is thinking about color. It came as a pleasant surprise to see nearly every single manufacturer include shades of indigo blue — dark and light — in its showroom.

This elegant chaise by Bunakara is outlined in ultramarine blue. It finds its inspiration from Portugal's rich heritage and seaside vibe.

Loving this. Ultramarine blue chaise longue by Bunakara

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A sisal and indigo-dyed cotton rug is handcrafted in India by the socially sustainable Imagine Home design house.

Yesterday's goody from #hpmkt #hpmkt2016 Indigo dyed rug made in Indian.

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Continuing on our India adventure, John Robshaw (for Duralee) infuses the essence of India into its paisley pattern to pair a lush daybed with layered textures of cotton and velvet.

Gorgeous colors layered together with different fabrics and patters on this daybed. #indiainspired @duralee #hpmkt

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Emerson Bentley’s royal-blue velvet couch is exactly that — royal. Plush cushions are outlined with white piping for a classic contrast.

Emerson Bentley Royal blue velvet couch

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Next to indigo, gold is certainly an accent and sometimes dominant color everywhere you turn. What says royal more than gold and indigo?

A blue grasscloth sideboard with an intricate geometric pattern in gold nail-head trim says “high life” over at Bungalow 5.

Blue grass cloth sideboard from Bungalow5

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Who doesn’t love a plush, cotton throw pillow? Nothing says nautical like Barclay Butera’s choice of navy against white.

Cozy and warm like a baby! #hpmkt #hpmkt2016

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Last but not least is the classic Thibaut. Suitable for the outdoors, this dining chair is covered in shades of indigo Sunbrella fabric, which allows it to withstand harsh sunrays and repel rain.

Have a seat! Gorgeous shade of blue from #thibaut

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New Ways to Decorate With Shades of Blue

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Blue-Gray: Wall Mural

Designer Meg Caswell brings contemporary flair to a turn-of-the-century dining room while still honoring the past. She keeps the original tin ceiling and adds classic elements, like wainscoting. The true showpiece of the space is a breathtaking monochromatic, blue-gray landscape mural.

Blue-Gray: Spa-Style Bathroom

Designer Patty Malone used a Caesarstone tub surround, custom laminate tub facing by Terri Robison Design and a custom area rug to create a spa-like bathroom with a blue-gray backdrop.

Blue-Gray: Cool Cabinetry

Designer Meg Caswell continues the blue-gray cabinetry fronts on the refrigerator for a seamless look, while beautiful trim work and molding finish off the updated farmhouse look.

Blue-Gray: Bedroom Walls

Natural fibers on the footstools and butterflies by an Etsy artist bring nature into this calm, transitional bedroom. The blue walls add a cohesive element by echoing the blue tones in the John Robshaw bedding and Pottery Barn lamps. Design by Courtney Blanton

Sky Blue: Coastal Bathroom

A blue and white color palette brings a calm, coastal feel to this traditional bathroom. White wainscoting protects the sheetrock from daily family use and also adds character to the small space. Design by Courtney Blanton

Sky Blue: Cabana-Style Cushions

Cabana stripe and solid blue fabrics were laminated before they were made into cushions in this family dining spot featured in HGTV Magazine, so they’re easy to wipe down.

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Sky Blue: Vintage-Style Kitchen Island

Sky blue and buttery yellow create a vintage vibe in this kitchen designed by Sarah Richardson. The pale blue island hue creates a striking-yet-soothing focal point.

Sky Blue: Stylish Slipcovers

Airy linen slipcovers create a beachy feel in this room full of natural textures, white and warm neutrals, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Sky Blue: Color-Coordinated Gallery Wall

The composition of art on this gallery wall is balanced, yet feels collected over time. Choose pieces in similar hues with organic shapes to make it seem cohesive without being too matchy-matchy. Design by Emily Henderson

Sky Blue: Cabinet Pulls

Designer Sarah Richardson dressed up plain white Ikea cabinets with vintage blue pulls that play off the fun floor stripe and backsplash palettes. See more of this kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Robin's Egg Blue: Mod Wallpaper

Equal parts glamorous and retro, warm robin's egg blue is the perfect backdrop for the metallic wallpaper design in this contemporary guest bedroom designed by Jamie Herzlinger

Robin's Egg Blue: Traditional Mantel With a Twist

Robin's Egg Blue: A Perfect Match for Orange

Just like the sky itself, this shade of aqua has a serene, calming presence. Pair it with soft orange accessories for a combination that will look just as at home by the shore as it does in the city. Design by Tobi Fairley

Robin's Egg Blue: Subtle Cabinet Color

Lacquered blue cabinets and a mirrored backsplash make this an elegant spot to do laundry. This hue is subtle enough to fill a whole room without being too overpowering. Design by Jamie Herzlinger

Robin's Egg Blue: Modern Tile

Designer Anastasia Faiella used triangular tiles in brown, white and robin's egg blue to add interest to a modern kitchen.

Steel Blue: French Glamour

Paired with soft gray grasscloth, creamy white bedding and a sparkling chandelier, this French-inspired bedroom looks like a high-end hotel suite. Design by Rebecca Driggs

Steel Blue: Kids' Room Glamour

Paired with white and pink, steel blue looks more grown-up and sophisticated than traditional purple in this kids' homework space designed by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Steel Blue: Mixed Patterns

Using one color for all of the patterned pillows makes it simple to mix sizes and shapes without making this bedroom too busy, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Steel Blue: Soothing and Rustic

A palette of cool grays, blues and wood tones helps create a soothing space for resting in this master bedroom. Design by Design Development

Photo By: Trevor Tondro ©All images copyright 2012 Trevor Tondro all rights reserved

Caribbean Blue: Playful Kids' Room

This bright blue wall hue is playful enough for a kids' space, but sophisticated enough to grow along with the child. Design by TerraCotta Properties

Caribbean Blue: Cool and Modern

Cheerful blue walls create a relaxing canvas for this modern loft living room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Caribbean Blue: Bright Nightstand

A brown demilune table, too tall for the pint-size space, was trimmed down and spray-painted a vivid shade of blue. Design from the 2012 HGTV Green Home.

Aqua: Hip Tween Space

Using a black glass chandelier instead of a more traditional style adds funkiness to this hip tween's room. Silver, aqua and white accents balance out the heaviness of the black. Design by Sarah Macklem

Aqua: Adaptable Sofa

Designer Emily Henderson gave classic navy-and-white a modern twist by adding gold accent pieces, bold magenta and a low-slung aqua sofa DesignLoveFest blogger Bri Emery's living room.

©Emily Henderson

Aqua: Beachy Elegance

Turquoise: Color-Filled Kids' Room

Interior designer Linda Woodrum's ode to sea glass, the twin suite bedroom celebrates the home's coastal location. Design from the 2013 HGTV Dream Home.

Turquoise: Midcentury Mecca

A turquoise accent wall with an oversized sunburst mirror is the focal point of this tropical, midcentury apartment. Design by Gacek Design Group

Turquoise: Trending Traditional

Although we typically think of turquoise and navy blue as beachy hues, this elegant dining room papered in a scrolling pattern from French company Mauny is far from appearing coastal.

From: Sallie Giordano

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Turquoise: Blue on Blue

The patchwork style of the overdyed rug mimics the graphic shapes of the turquoise accent wall in this colorful living room. Design by Gacek Design Group

Turquoise: Eclectic Bedding Mix

The master bedroom from HGTV Green Home 2012 features an eclectic mix of blue hues and suzani-inspired patterns.

Turquoise: Contemporary Meets Traditional

Turquoise paint used to accent the corner of the room and a luxurious maize-colored curtain helps bridge the gap between the contemporary space and the traditional furnishings. Design by Gacek Design Group

Teal: High-End Headboard

This watery bedroom proves that a high-end look can be had on the cheap. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn turned 6 yards of bargain fabric into a custom 7-foot-tall teal headboard, then matched the wall hue for a subtle, textured look.

Teal: Plays Well With Pink

An oversized, tufted teal headboard is the backdrop of this fun, eclectic kids' room, filled with DIY decorations and handmade touches. Design by Rachel Faucett

Photo By: Rachel Faucett

Azure: Kids' Room Artwork

A child's treasured belonging is turned into eye-catching artwork in a saturated, true-blue azure hue to add a personal touch to this kid's room. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Azure: New American Entryway

Designer Tobi Fairley is known for combining colors and patterns in playful, new ways. For this living room, she mixes soft cerulean blue with navy and red for a look that's both fresh and timeless.

Azure: Summer-Perfect Plaid Shade

For an unexpected touch in this kids' bedroom, an airy plaid featuring different shades of azure and navy picks up on the blues used throughout the space. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Royal Blue: Transferware Wall Art

A darker take on azure blue, this traditional hue evokes royalty. A collection of blue-and-white transferware dishes make a pretty blue focal point. Design by Charles Faudree Interiors

From: Charles Faudree

Photo By: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan © Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer)

Royal Blue: One Little Accent

A Moroccan pouf adds a touch of royal blue to this pink-and-purple girls' room, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Royal Blue: Classic Blue and White

Rows of blue-and-white wares are mirrored in the classic blue walls just outside this traditional dining room. Design by RMS user Tetbury

Denim Blue: Nailhead-Embellished Table

Denim blue goes global in the Ikat draperies and Moroccan-inspired side table that designer Linda Woodrum chose for the 2014 HGTV Smart Home great room.

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Denim Blue: Not-So-Quiet Library

This library is a relaxing haven for two. Designers Lauren Jacobsen and Kathy Hartz of Style in 5 created a cozy environment large, soft English occasional armchairs. Denim blue accents add interest without being too bold. Photo by Terrance Williams

Denim Blue: Art Inspires Life

This space was created to feel welcoming, luxurious and ready for entertaining. The large-scale ocean scene unites the room's eclectic elements.

Denim Blue: Spring for Slipcovers

For these stylish homeowners will spill-prone pets and kids, designer Brian Patrick Flynn slipcovered classic sofas with a handsome shade of denim blue linen.

Electric Blue: Bold Kitchen Island

The vibrant blue island adds a dramatic pop of color. The intensity of the color is softened by the stainless steel appliances and the soft gray granite countertop. Design by Terry Kenney

From: Drury Design

Electric Blue: Vibrant Boys' Room

The shared boys' bedroom features a bright blue color palette, bunk beds and a double work stations for doing homework. Design by Robert and Cortney Novogratz

Ultramarine Blue: A Little Shine

High-gloss, bright blue walls lend instant sophistication to this eclectic, pattern-filled living room. Design by Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design and photography by Angie Seckinger

Ultramarine Blue: Blue on Blue

Using the same bright blue shade on the walls and in the shag rug makes this small dining space appear more spacious. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Navy Blue: Go Classic With Blue + White

Navy and white — few colors go together so well and, literally, never go out of the style. Image courtesy of Thibaut

Navy Blue: Bold Built-Ins

Bold accents of yellow and lime green are the perfect contrast to the deep navy built-ins. Design by Meg Caswell

Navy Blue: Classic Stripes

Bold horizontal navy-and-white stripes wake up this bedroom that's tight on square footage but big on style. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Navy Blue: Modern Classic

Classic color meets midcentury edge with these 1960s-inspired chairs upholstered with navy blue velvet. Design by Shirry Dolgin

Navy Blue: Stripes on Stripes

This formal entryway doesn't take itself too seriously with a classic menswear-inspired striped wallpaper complemented by a handwoven stair runner in the same palette but with a reversed pattern (white on navy, instead of navy on white). Design by John Lyle and Mark Umbach.

From: John Lyle

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Navy Blue: Playful Kids' Room

Not only does navy blue pair well with most colors, it's the perfect choice for gender-neutral spaces, like this sunny kids' room designed by Lauren Leonard.

Navy Blue: Go High-Gloss

A door painted in high-gloss navy (Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy) adds a nautical nod to this spacious vaulted attic that has been converted into a ship-shape guest room.

Navy Blue: Moody Lounging

Paired with charcoal gray and white, this low-slung navy setee takes on a moody, nightclub vibe. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Deep Teal: Floor-to-Ceiling Blue

Deep teal walls are a bold backdrop for a whimsical floor-to-ceiling gallery wall featuring 3-D objects, family photos, kids' artwork and flea market art pieces.

Deep Teal: Creative Kids' Space

Aqua, navy and orange paired with saturated greens and reds create a visually-stimulating kids' space in this room designed by Emily Henderson.

Deep Teal: Relaxing Den

The living room's blue walls are complemented by throw pillows, the armoire and the Roman shades, creating a cozy space perfect for relaxation. Design by Patty Malone

Deep Teal: Furniture Imitates Art

The deep teal artwork is the first thing you notice in this living room by Emily Henderson; chairs, throws, pillows and poufs coordinate with the moody palette, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Deep Teal: One Continuous Stripe

The stripe in the center of the custom-made teal-and-black shades is echoed in the folded throw blanket tucked in the wingback chair. Design by Jennifer Reiner and Robert White

Deep Teal: Americana Style

Swapping deep teal for traditional blue and incorporating bold wallpaper and artwork adds a designer touch to this Americana-inspired space. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Indigo: Just Add Pillows

A sexy, mysterious relative of the summer favorite navy blue, this deep color goes with almost anything and is a fresh alternative to black. Think of it as black that's been kissed by another color, like these deep blue throw pillows. Photo courtesy of Stacy Garcia

Indigo: Moody Bachelor Bedroom

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn wanted the wet-look paint finish to be the room's signature feature, and it shines in contrast to the white trey ceiling.

Indigo: Go Eclectic

The indigo walls in this living space highlight the unique shape of the leather Restoration Hardware chair and curved design of the side table. Keeping patterns and color subtle in the furniture allows the bold wall color to make a statement without overwhelming the room. Design by Nile Johnson

Midnight Blue: Pair With Pink

Hot pink is a great way to add a feminine touch to more masculine hues, like this bedroom's blue-black wall hue.

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