Yet another important consideration in an attractive interior church design is what to do with the walls. These surfaces obviously account for a significant portion of visual space, and choosing the right options can greatly impact the overall ambiance of a church building. Let’s explore various options for covering church walls, including paint, wall coverings, and specialty finishes, along with some examples to help guide you in making informed interior design decisions.
The Versatility of Paint
Paint stands out as the most flexible, common, and cost-effective way to cover walls. With an array of colors and sheens available, paint offers unparalleled versatility in enhancing a space and reflecting the church’s vision for ministry. The cost-effectiveness and ease of application make paint a practical choice for churches of all sizes, allowing for creativity and customization.
Beyond Paint: Wall Coverings and Specialty Finishes
While paint is a design staple, other options, like vinyl wall coverings, present themselves as visual and protective alternatives. However, caution is advised, as vinyl wall coverings become costly and time-consuming to replace 10 to 20 years down the road. Eventually, they will have to be replaced or removed, and the wall repaired, so paint can be applied.
There are other options in addition to paint and vinyl coverings. Specialty finishes, such as stone, wood, and acoustical tiles, can also be included in the interior design, as they add character and uniqueness to church interiors, offering alternative ways to create an inviting atmosphere.
Wall Finishes in Action
Here are some examples from which to draw inspiration. In the first picture, a contrasting green color has been used to create interest and draw attention to a seating area. Also, notice how the chairs match the color of the outer walls to add more contrast. Another nice element in this space is the feature wall that narrates the history of the church, fostering a sense of connection with all who enter.
The next image also makes use of some contrasting wall paint to accent the space and includes some specialty finishes. First, stone is used in the fireplace to create rustic charm and an outdoorsy feel. In addition, high ceilings, where the top section of the walls look like corrugated metal, add to the effect. These high walls are actually acoustical tiles that help to control sound bounce in the area.
When it comes to finishing the walls in your church building, considering these options and inspiring examples can help church leaders make informed decisions that contribute to a welcoming and meaningful church design. Another way to gain knowledge and inspiration is through our free i3 webinars. These webinars offer a deeper dive into various aspects of church design, providing valuable insights and practical tips. Visit our website to see upcoming topics and to sign up.