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COLOR OF THE MONTH | Traveling far with Japanese Blue, aka Indigo – part 1

As we wave hello to 2021 – we welcome our new Colour of the Month to start the year. Get ready to travel with imagination with the intriguing Indigo Blue – also known as Japanese Blue. 


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Indigo is a rich, dark purplish-blue colour between blue and violet on the visible spectrum.

The colour of intuition, perception and the higher mind. See it in the deep blue of the night sky and “superfood” blueberries, although rarely does the colour occur in nature; its symbolism is shrouded in intrigue.

Psychologists tell us that Indigo affects us by putting us in a concentration mindset.  It promotes deep concentration during times of introspection and meditation, helping you to achieve deeper levels of consciousness. 


Hand dyed Indigo Ombre Linen Shibori  Source  

Source – Stepped cloth saturation of Indigo dye pigment.


Indigo dye, with its distinctive blue colour, was historically a natural dye extracted from the leaves of the Indigofera plant. Indigo’s name gives its origin away; it simply means “the Indian” or “from India.”



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Take inspiration from Japandi style – a delicate fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian (or Nordic) design elements. A hybrid of both styles – Japandi brings together the best of both worlds. Traditional and timeless Japanese design in splendid interplay with rustic and modern scandi design.  Japandi builds on the Japanese expression “wabi-sabi” which is about finding beauty in the incomplete and imperfect.

Japandi is more than just a style; it is a philosophy of life. Japandi is characterised by the use of muted, dark colours interacting with bright, natural tones, which together create a warm and cosy ambience. A rapidly growing interior design trend which has only just emerged and becoming more popular. Japandi colour schemes need not be bland or boring, simply by introducing a contrasting colour or add richness with a darker accent colour such as charcoal or indigo. Deeper tones can add interest to minimalistic décor and are often seen in Japanese interiors.


Source Japandi Palettes


As a paint colour,

indigo adds a surprising, elegant strength. Indigo amazes us. It instils a sense of wonder, even in adults. The fact that our access to blue this deep and rich in the natural world is limited gives it a magical quality. Karen Haller 




Go to the darker depths of the colour palette for home decorating. Whilst dark blues can be dramatic, strong blues can aid focused thought. Sophisticated and timeless, dark hues offer a moody ambience that enhances creativity, promotes relaxation and pushes the boundaries of contemporary design.



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Dark-coloured ramen restaurant by Carpenter + Mason via Dezeen 



Pair indigo with soft scandi shades such as pale pink, naturals or mauve. Another perfect match? Indigo with natural wood. 



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