How to design a church interior

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How to design a church interior
Many factors go into the interior design of a church. (church image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com)

Designing a church interior is a long and involved process that will likely require the input and approval of many people, but you can begin the conversation by providing a clear draft of the design. Attracting new visitors and providing a comfortable space for the congregation are your primary goals. Common sense and your church's denomination will help determine the most appropriate design.

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    Consider the target audience and preaching style of the church before deciding on a final design. The interior appearance of a church should appeal to its congregation. A traditional church might have stained-glass windows, long pews and muted colours. A more modern church design might have clear glass windows, brighter colours and chairs rather than pews. The denomination of the church will also determine the design style. A Catholic church should include altars and kneeling benches, while a Protestant church might contain a simple pulpit and pews. A church of nonspecific denomination might contain symbols of several different sects.

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    Choose colours and flooring types that suit the denomination and the function of each interior space. The sanctuary typically uses carpeting, though many churches also use hard flooring. Classrooms can use carpet or hard flooring.

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    Choose wall colours based on the building's architecture and the function of each interior space. Classrooms for children can use vivid colours and designs. The sanctuary should probably use neutral colours such as taupe or cream. Hallways should use cheery or light colours so they look welcoming.

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    Choose furniture based on the function of each room. The sanctuary can use either chairs or pews. Stacking chairs can be particularly useful, but traditional pews often seat more people than a line of chairs and look more traditional. Classrooms should contain sturdy chairs and tables.

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    Choose decorations based on the denomination of your church. A Catholic church could include images of the stations of the cross, for example. If your church does a lot of missionary work, you could decorate with different countries' flags. Symbols of crosses and doves are appropriate in churches of most denominations.

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