What Colors Work Best for the Interior of a Church?

When choosing interior colours for a church, it is best to think of the colours you see in stained-glass patterns. These colours usually represent liturgical traditions and Christian doctrines and are widely available in church carpets, upholstery and accent pieces.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colours such as grey, gold, or pale yellow work best for sanctuary walls and trimming. They are likely to please most of your congregation and flatter bright accent colours that are common in church furnishings. Keep your look modern with white trim.


Violet represents royalty and reminds worshippers of the kingly office of Christ. Choose this colour for church pews and carpeting and accent it with shades of grey.


Blue is an alternative colour to violet and growing more common among Protestants. Ranging from grey shades to royal and bright shades, blue easily doubles as a brand colour for your church.


Red shades look luxurious in furniture upholstery and carpeting. Be sure to keep other accent colours minimal--red is bright enough to stand alone. Red represents the presence of the Holy Spirit and is the most traditional colour of the Church.


Green is a tasteful accent colour for church interiors. Use it in wall art and as a complement to blue accents. Bright green represents new life while olive green is neutral.

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