June is Pride Month, and here at Modsy, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate. Traditionally, Pride celebrations are a time for LGBTQIA people to gather in the spirit of love and diversity, look back at their shared history, and plan for a better future. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pride gatherings have been canceled nationwide.
Because people are still stuck at home, the folks here at Modsy thought it might be fun to find a way to bring Pride home to our LGBTQIA followers and team. With this in mind, we decided to focus on the most iconic aspect of Pride, the RAINBOW FLAG. Below you will find a bevy of designs that celebrate the different Pride colors and their unique meanings. But before we take that stroll down the rainbow road, let’s dive into a little bit of history on the fabulous flag.
History of the Pride Flag
Inspired by the Wizard of Oz song “Over the Rainbow,” the first Pride flag was designed by veteran Gilbert Baker in 1977. Interestingly enough, the flag made its debut after Baker’s friend Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, challenged him to create a symbol for the gay community.
Baker’s original design was hand-sewn and featured eight colors, each representing a different aspect of LGBT+ culture But demand for the flag soon grew too large, and Baker couldn’t continue to create each flag by hand. Instead, he began using a rainbow fabric that was only available in six colors, as a way to create more flags in a quicker way. The new consolidated version of the flag was the one primarily used during LGBT+ Pride parades. That is, until 2017 when black and brown were introduced as additional colors to the flag in order to represent and include BIPOC members of the LGBTQIA community. The following year, three additional colors, light blue, pink, and white, were added to the flag to represent transgender men, women, and non-binary people.
Before we go full technicolor on you, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of some fellow interior designers within the LGBTQIA community. Each of these individuals is skilled at their craft and represents a small fraction of the queer-BIPOC and trans communities working in the interior design field.
Widely known for his starring role in the Netflix reality TV series, Styling Hollywood, Adair Curtis is an interior designer and husband of famed stylist Jason Boldin. Curtis began his career working for Def Jam Enterprises as a brand manager in the mid-00’s and after meeting his husband he embarked on a path into interior design. He has designed homes for many Hollywood elites, creating designs for the likes of “Bring it On” star Gabrielle Union.
Explore more of Adair Curtis’ work here!
Sawyer DeVuyst is a New York and Los Angeles based model, actor, and furniture designer. DeVuyst’s acting work has helped bring wider visibility to the trans and gender non-conforming communities. Meanwhile, his design work has also developed an impressive following. DeVuyst has made beautiful pieces for the Wythe Hotel, Etsy Headquarters, and his work has even been sold in West Elm.
Explore more of Sawyer Devuyst’ work here!
Now without further ado… Here are our rainbow rooms to bring a little pride inspiration to your space.
Red means many things to many people. It can symbolize passion, lust, rage, and caution, but in the Pride flag, red means life. Perhaps Baker chose red to represent life because it is the color of the human heart. At Modsy,our customers are at the center of our work and we always strive to lead with the heart which is why we chose this lovely office space to represent life.
Speaking of heart, this design has tons of it. The attractive terracotta color of the walls is soothing and not aggressive (as red walls often are). The sweet red butterfly print adds a touch of soulfulness to space. Finally, the Eames desk chair is equal parts iconic and comfortable, making it perfect for a long (and impassioned) day at the home office.
Orange represents healing on the Pride flag, which makes sense when you think about it. Orange recalls sunsets, the warm glow of candlelight, and healthful foods like carrots and, well, oranges. And what space do we do more healing in than the bedroom? After all, the bedroom is where we repair ourselves after a long day with a good night’s rest.
Like red, orange can often feel a little intense in the world of home decor. That’s why we chose subdued earth tone hues for the walls and balanced them with some crisp whites and neutrals. To keep things from feeling too “beige,” we incorporated a vibrant tangerine color side chair in sumptuous velvet. We also added some decorative pillows with a lively sense of geometry. The lovely orange oasis like this has you feeling refreshed and repaired in no time!
Yellow is the symbol of sunlight on the pride flag, and we don’t think that requires much explanation. When choosing a space to represent this concept, we knew as surely as the sunrise in the east that there was no better space than a breakfast nook! After all, it’s the ideal spot to start the day with a delicious meal (we’ll take our eggs sunny side up, thank you) while perusing the news (like this historical Supreme Court ruling) or chatting with loved ones.
To really play-up the sunny disposition of this space, we chose an inviting butter yellow for the walls. Then we picked some statement-making wall decor like the starburst mirror, which really lets the sunshine in!
If you think the meaning of yellow on the Pride flag is a no brainer, we’re sure you can come to a NATURAL conclusion about the meaning of green. That’s right, the green stripe symbolizes nature! From the leaves of trees to the grass on the ground, green dominates the lion’s share of color in the natural world. With this in mind, we thought there would be no better way to celebrate the diversity of nature than with a stunning green entryway complete with a nature-inspired gallery wall.
For this space, we really wanted to highlight all that mother nature has to offer, so we brought together an assortment of pieces to represent its variety. We selected images from the sea, the earth, and even the stratosphere to really showcase nature’s bounty. However, because our entryway isn’t the size of the planet, we wanted to keep this collection feeling curated, so we chose wall art that felt slightly antique and vintage.
Blue is the symbol of harmony on the Pride flag, and we understand why. In visual language, harmony is defined as being pleasing to the eye. Harmony between people means a shared experience and a sense of alignment. What better way to represent these concepts than with a beautiful blue nursery. One of the iconic examples of harmony in human relationships is between a loving parent and their child.
For this soothing nursery space, we selected a rich assortment of blue hues in dark tones. The effect is restful and calming, making it the perfect place for a quiet read while your baby is down for their afternoon nap.
Purple is best known for being the color of royalty, but in the context of the Pride flag purple is symbolic of spirit. For us, the two meanings go hand-in-hand because if spirit is the essence of who we are as people, aren’t we all deserving of a little royal treatment? That’s why we decided that the living-room was the perfect spot for our purple paradise. It is the center (or soul) of most homes and the place where we want to showcase our style like the royalty (hey queens) we all are.
When bringing this space together, we chose classic and soothing hues of purple in luxurious fabrics like velvet and faux-fur. We went with strong silhouettes that are both bold and spirited. For the wall decor, we chose ethereal artwork to add a touch of lightness and whimsy to this regal and soulful space.
We hope this post put a little pep in your step and brought some joy to your hearts. Before we bid you ado, we wanted to share some links to some LGBTQIA organizations near and dear to us that work to raise awareness for LGBTQIA rights and equality.
Thanks for taking this little journey with us over the rainbow. Happy PRIDE!
Find your place over the rainbow.