Take a deep dive into ink blue, a rich, vibrant indigo that’s as mysterious as it is versatile. Appearing directly between blue and violet on the color wheel, this shade has been used since at least 4000 BC and has been traced to modern-day Peru. Indigo dyes were named after India, where they were derived and then distributed through the Silk Road. While blue ink was once derived from the indigo plant, today it is usually synthetic. The historic legacy of ink blue lends it both a classic appearance that make this shade a welcome addition to any home palette. When used in design, this deep blue has a crisp, elegant feel, that becomes especially traditional when used with gold, chocolate brown, and deep forest green. To harness ink blue’s calming, meditative effect, pair it with jewel tones for a relaxing boudoir inspired by your go-to yoga studio. The loyal, trustworthy symbolism of blue makes it a popular choice in branding and product design. When added to your wardrobe, ink blue is a striking alternative to black that’s neutral but not quite. Think of it as a modern spin on navy and use it for a sleek, tailored pantsuit. For an energized look, pair deep, inky cobalt with pure white and a pop of color like citron or hot pink.