Summer is full of colours we want to capture by adding flowers to our interiors or gardens, or making jams and pickles for autumn.
My thinking about colours in interiors (and I’m a fan of colours – even of bold, contrastive combinations, as you might have seen in my post titled Presence), was inspired by the Summer Olympic Games that start this Friday in Brazil.
Trivia: The Olympic rings were designed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1912. Their colours (blue, black, red, yellow, green and white [colour of the background]) represent the colours on the flags of the countries which participated in the Olympics at the time.
One of my fondest childhood memories is connected with the Olympic games – the opening of the Calgary Winter Olympics (1988) which I watched on TV with my grandmother. I think it was my first conscious watching of a TV broadcast. And how festive and colourful it was!
Another association which hit me instantly was with a movie that has one of the most recognizable instrumental music themes of all time (composed by Vangelis) – Hugh Hudson’s Chariots of Fire (1981).
The movie, based on facts, tells a story of two athletes – Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams – during the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Liddell was a Scottish Christian who competed in the event “for the Glory of God”. Abrahams was an English Jew who wanted to fight against the wave of persecution.
Trivia: The title of the movie comes from a poem known now as Jerusalem by William Blake: “Bring me my Bow of burning gold;/Bring me my Arrows of desire:/Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!/Bring me my Chariot of fire!”
Ideally, the Olympic games are a feast of international sport community, of fair play competition without prejudice; the time when all the wars and conflicts should stop. I wish it happened this summer.
This is what I’ve prepared for you today – inspired by these rich Olympic references, I’ve chosen top 6 colour trends in interiors.
1. Lavender and gold
2. Rose pink and dove grey3. Teal and mustard yellow
4. Mint and copper5. Navy blue and white grey
6. Yellow and grey
And which colour duo is your favourite? Do you have any of these combinations at home? I’d love to know what you think. Drop me a line in a comment box or in my social media.
Have a wonderful week.
PS. My bedroom is lavender and gold…