Celebrating the Colors of the Summer Games at Home

After all the buildup (good, bad and otherwise), the Rio 2016 Summer Games are finally upon us.  And everyone is buzzing, from which athletes are participating and which countries have a shot of winning to how the beautiful host city of Rio is handling the pressure of serving as a host city.

As the entire world turns its attention to Rio August 5-21, we decided to get in on the fun ourselves by celebrating it the way we do best – by incorporating fun and spirited homes into the mix.

In honor of the festivities, we’re taking a look at the most notable symbol of the games: the Olympic rings.

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The rings were designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a co-founder of the modern Summer Games.

Coubertin explained his color choices as: “A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red … is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.”

The ring shape expresses the activity of the Olympic Movements and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

The symbol made its debut at the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp, Belgium in 1920 and since then, no Olympic Game could be complete without displaying the popular image.

Inspired by the color of the rings, here are five gold medal worthy rooms, each representing one of the rings.

Blue:

Country Club

With bright blue walls and calm, serene furniture and accessories, this stunning Salt Lake City home’s unique bedroom is any competitive swimmer’s dream. We love how the pop of color transforms this room into a fun and hip space.

Yellow:

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The mellow hue of this gorgeous Upper Aves bedroom might not be the bright yellow color we imagine when we picture the Summer Games’ rings, but we most definitely prefer the subtle and calm version of the color way more in our interior spaces. The spectacular home is all about playing up neutral colors in its overall design.

Black:

Granite

This is exactly how you incorporate black into a living space without making it look gloomy. This modern dining room perfectly complements this elegant Sandy home by using touches of the dark color in its furniture and decorations and even takes it a step further by having soft black walls that bring a sense of elegance and class into the space.

Green: 

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Who would’ve thought a green room could look this good? Perfectly fitting in with this prestigious urban home’s cool and sophisticated look, the home office offers dark wood floors and furniture, a white trim, and a cool olive green wall color, adding its own twist to the term “green room.”

Red:

Hickory

Painting a room red doesn’t mean you have to go overboard with the color. This dining room located inside a beautiful hickory home in Draper shows us how you can use a strong color like red and still maintain a light look by incorporating white trim and finishes.

Which Olympic rings-inspired room is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

By |2018-11-15T12:42:18+00:00August 5, 2016|

About the Author:

Michelle Quintero is a passionate writer who enjoys documenting and learning about the world through different forms of communication. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University who specialized in Broadcast Communication Arts. Along with her knowledge of broadcasting, she is also specialized in conveying messages through other platforms, such as social media, blogs, and news writing. Michelle has always had a fascination with real estate and is looking forward to writing for Coldwell Banker.

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