Cosmetic surgery can be extreme or minor; like a facelift… if a true facelift is done well, people might say: Wow! You look great…what is different? How are you looking so young and radiant? But, if a facelift is done poorly or is extreme, people could say: Wow..ummm…what happened? (Or just act like nothing has changed because they don’t want to embarrass you or themselves).
Well the same thing can be true of Interior Facelifts for your Church. They can be done well, or done poorly, and a lot of the time it comes down to the simple things…like paint. The biggest request I get from Churches, friends, and family is to help them select paints. Sometimes this is a daunting task for people. And it is a serious decision.
Most people say “The good thing about paint is that…you can always paint over it”. Well of course this is true, but you do always want to try and get it right the first time (especially if you are paying someone to do it for you!). I believe that paint colors and even paint finishes can make or break a Church space. (And I will let you in on a little secret….the men and women at the paint counter at your local home improvement store don’t always know what they are talking about).
Painting your Church, whether for the first time or for the 20th time is a bigger deal than some people make it out to be. Yes, off-white is nice, but sometimes a punch of color, a mural, an accent wall, or just something warmer can drastically change the way a space is perceived, the way it makes you feel when you walk into it, and can even effect your mood.
When it comes to churches, they often fall into a “safe” category when it comes to paint. They are too uncomfortable to step out of their safety boundary and try something new. They stick to pastels in the nursery areas, off-white in the hallways and maybe still even have that mint green from 1960’s in their offices. Today, there are so many different colors and types of paint that is can become very overwhelming very quickly. Paint is amazing in the fact that many different looks, textures, and even multiple-uses can be achieved. Paint is the biggest and most cost effective way to give your church a facelift. It only takes some volunteers, multiple rollers and a few gallons of paint.
BUT…before you take that step make sure that you are making the most impact for your money. It always looks good to have a fresh coat of paint…even if it is the same color that use to be there. But if you are going to go through the trouble of painting that hallway, classroom, or even the Worship Center again…don’t you want to make sure it is something that will get noticed? Something that when people walk in and say “Wow! This looks amazing! What a difference!”
This is where hiring a church interiors professional can really be worth its weight in gold. It brings in a fresh set of eyes. It allows someone who is not tied to the space to come in, see where improvements, color accents and changes can be made. These changes can not only enhance the space but create church environments that can be inviting, fresh and up-to-date. New paint can also help in creating a cohesive look throughout a church that has been added onto on numerous occasions or can unify a space that has recently been changed.
Let me know if I can assist you in making your space as inviting and warm as possible.