Don't do it yet. But after reading this first paragraph, close your eyes for a moment. Imagine a stressful time in your recent past. If you could escape anywhere in the world to help reduce your anxiety, where would you go?
Just like your home decor gives people clues about who you are—your style and taste—so do church interiors. People can quickly identify who you are as a church, what you value, and who you're trying to reach based on the furnishings, finishes, and equipment you have throughout your building. While it's not practical to stay on-trend with every interior design fad, incorporating some current design details will help keep your building fresh and relevant. Here's a quick snapshot of five interior design trends we've been integrating into churches, which will stay fresh for some time to come:
Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.
Creating a vibrant and functional children’s ministry space, while communicating your church’s vision and DNA through it, is no small task. Use these four tips to help you as you start to envision your new design.
It’s one of the least thought about spaces in the church. No one wants to spend money to update it. As a matter of fact, no one even really wants to talk about it. Know what it is? It’s not the storage closet or the coat rack. It’s the church office!
A few years back, I was at a trade show exploring the latest contract furniture designs. I stepped into the Steelcase showroom toward the end of the day and was immediately drawn to their new workspaces.
For many churches, attracting and retaining families is a high priority. One way to do this is by creating a dynamic, stimulating environment for kids—one where kids are captivated by the features of the room and where parents feel confident their children will be safe and have fun while they worship in an age-appropriate space.
In the landmark Barna/CKN study, Making Space for Millennials there are some strong, big-picture ideas for making your physical space more Millennial-friendly. But when it’s time to make those ideas a practical reality, are you equipped to make the design choices that will bring your principles to life?
Last week in this space, we outlined how you and your team can take your church from outdated to updated in three easy steps. This week, we’ll cover how we followed those same tips in working with two churches on their renovations.
It happens every time you enter your church building. You walk up to the front entryway, swing the door open, and step right into the time machine that is your church—designed and decorated the exact same way it was back in 1985, or 1998, or 2003, or maybe even 1970.
Churches are always looking for new, creative ways to engage with the local community and get them in the doors of their building. Some hold weekly open gym nights, welcoming in people from all ages to rub shoulders (literally) with staff and members. Others keep their café open throughout the week and regularly invite the community to come, sit, and sip awhile.