If new friends walked into your home, would they be able to tell whether you are a Christian or not? Look around your living room, kitchen, hallways, and bathroom walls and shelves. Are you using every opportunity to inspire your guests and encourage your family? Do your family members know your favorite verses? Decorating your home with an inspirational decor theme gives testimony of your faith and confidence to your family members.
Adding accents to your walls is one of the easiest ways to start a decor theme on faith. Metal decorative crosses will fit the decor in most rooms of the house and may accentuate small or large areas for emphasis. Some decorators have covered entire walls or unusually shaped spaces with their collection of many types of crosses. Designer crosses can also be used to pick up an accent color while ornate crosses give contrast to straight lines. One of a kind, original cross art pieces serve as a focal point of interest and make comfortable conversation starters; artwork such as stained glass crosses, crosses as a sconce, or the very large crosses with a clock centerpiece. Although some do, most decor crosses do not have any inscription on them. The cross itself is symbolic of the Christian faith and has its own powerful nonverbal message.
Another way to emphasize a faith decor theme is to hang or display Christian framed art. Popular Christian framed art usually includes an encouraging scripture that is visually illustrated, matted and beautifully framed. Traditional art enthusiasts favor calligraphy of the Ten Commandments, Psalms 23 or an awe inspiring landscape with an ornate European frame. Contemporary decorators enjoy the cleaner black frame lines and neutral or pastel mats, soft photographs, and 3-D shadowboxes with a cluster of wallpaper floral patterns. Scripture verses are in the forefront, not overpowering, but compatible to the art presentation. One word plaques, such as LOVE or HOPE, balanced with an ivy plant and a tall decorative candle make a warm table top or ledge display. One can find or create a variety of inspirational artwork groupings that will match personal décor style and needs.
For your family, the benefits of having faith decor are tremendous. If you say that you are a Christian home, but your home is like any other, what is the difference? Your young child can learn the Ten Commandments and the Fruits of the Spirit because he sees these verses often on the colorful picture posters on his wall. The middle school child gains confidence that God loves her when she reads her name personalized with verses of God’s promises by each letter. Teenagers are reminded to put on the Armor of God before facing the world when they see these Ephesians verses posted above the car keys. You will even think twice before gossiping if a small calligraphy art piece is by the phone reminding you that the words of your mouth should be honorable. In the foyer or living room, your children are secure in knowing from a metal plaque, “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.” The fact that you add Christian art to your home decor at all, speaks volumes as to where your family stands on matters of faith.
With the purpose of inspiration, your faith decor may be an instrument in sharing God’s love with others and a tool in strengthening your family’s faith in God. Christian art decor does not make the Christian, but it will heighten the awareness of the value that is placed on internalizing scriptures as a part of a daily Christian walk.