As a decorator in the modern age I find it most challenging to bring my faith into the home, visually, and still maintain its modern edge. Thankfully, there is a visual haven for all things home: Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, which can help just about any decorating-challenged wife and mom to make her home into something beautiful.
I know! I have been inspired in soo, soo many countless ways. Really, I come across a lot of great designer Christian blogs whose home tours look a lot like the picture below. I am a sucker for a good quote especially when displayed on the trendy chalkboard background.
Here’s my but… but I think we can do a little better than a quote here and there. Just like pictures of our children and family bring us special thoughts, memories, and reminders, I think the same can be said with upping our visual display capabilities to complete the Christian home.
But… (yes, another one) this doesn’t hit the mark either. Both these home altars win at bringing Christ into the home with beautiful objects, but they fail by containing cramming them all onto one table and with little creative appeal.
Be encouraged that a home altar (this one in particular) is practical and a beautiful thing but if done wrong can feel overwhelmingly stuffy, harsh, and forceful. To be blunt, this home altar looks like a place for an exorcism. Doesn’t it?
So in an effort to up our faith decorating game, I compiled a few decorating inspirations from around the web for you to help bring about a peaceable faith inspiring home for you. Faith decorating doesn’t have to be so harsh or so simplistic. Just take a look starting here with a few vignettes from our house:
This is our dining room where I had lots of wall space to create a gallery wall of faith. This one is obviously decorated for Christmas but you get the sense that Jesus is truly the reason for the season, right? It says to anyone dining with us that Christ is our everything and we invite you to partake in His goodness too.
Tip: Have you ever thought about tearing out sacred art (which we can’t afford) from your church calendar or kids’ old religion book and simply placing them in frames? It’s a big impact for just pennies!
Another for Christmas display I made. This one is The Divine Armory of Holy Scripture and a vintage Missal that I put under glass for all to see but not touch since they are vintage and fragile. This is a display on our built-in buffet near our kitchen table where parties gather. It shows our faith in yet another corner of the house.
Another vignette in the home to glance upon and reflect the faith.
This is our library where the left side is filled with books of faith. I decided to put our picture of Mary front and center there to show how important she is to us and to add a softness to the rigid nature of hard books. It also adds a lot of style and visual interest as is the trend in the modern day home library.
Enough from my house… how about these lovely faith decorating pictures from around the web to get you inspired!!! Please click the picture for source and link!!
Ah, St. Therese! Love her!
Love how the colors are all in harmony. So perfect!
Great vintage niche! All the elements of style and grace
Statues for Christmas! Crushing on St. Joseph with baby Jesus!
Big difference from that home altar above right? This one is inviting and takes your breath away. It beckons you into contemplation and admiration doesn’t it?
That art! Must have it!!!!!!
The picture of Jesus in the background is the one my grandma had in her hallway…memories! The rosary hanging from the lid top is a creative touch too.
Love this DIY wood quote sign.
My aim is to have a display of our faith in every room in unique and unexpected ways and I do love the quote trend, I just like to go beyond that to include crosses, crucifixes, sacred art, quotes, statues, relics, and books!!! It’s the fullness of the faith afterall!!!
Great for a homeschool room!!!
Super contemporary and looks DIY easy!!!
Another unexpected art piece that looks super DIY easy and fun!
Graceful, especially by a bedside. Pretty, pretty!
Vintage, retro meets the memory of a Holy Communion! Who would have thought?
Why hide all those vintage Bibles tucked away in a bookcase or your grandfather’s trunk when you can display them? They have such appeal.
Love the extra large rosary on display with the icon underneath.
I would love to start a series on faith decorating to see what you guys do too! What do you think?