Are you thinking of giving your church a fresh new look? This article will explore the top five church design trends to help churches attract more people, strengthen their image and standing in the community, and keep their congregation happy and engaged. From painting exterior brick to replacing church pews with stackable church chairs, these ideas will help you create a welcoming and versatile space for your congregation.

1. Paint Exterior Brick

One of the hottest trends in church design right now is painting the exterior brick of church buildings. This simple yet effective update can completely transform the look of your church. Painting your church’s brick exterior is a great way to give your church a fresh new look, and it is much less expensive than other exterior renovations. Popular paint choices for churches are classic white for a clean and modern look, pale yellow or blue to symbolize joy or serenity, black for boldness and solemnity, and bright, vivid colors like red, purple, orange, or green to make a fun, impactful statement.

Image of bricks being painted white with a roller brush

2. Replace Church Pews with Stackable Church Chairs

Another popular trend in church design is replacing traditional church pews with stackable church chairs. Not only do stackable chairs provide more flexibility in seating arrangement, but they also allow churches to host a variety of events and use the sanctuary as a multipurpose room. This trend is perfect for churches that want to create a more dynamic and inclusive worship space.

There’s a lot of talk about why churches are replacing pews with church chairs, with most citing flexibility as the main incentive. However, this is only part of the answer. Church chairs are more comfortable than pews and give people clearly defined personal space (which is particularly important to younger generations). Chairs are also less expensive than traditional wooden pews — church chairs are up to 16 times less expensive than pews because pews need to be custom-built to fit a church space.

before and after of a church renovation

3. Incorporate Natural Elements

Bringing the outdoors inside is a trend that is gaining popularity in church design. Incorporating natural elements such as wood, stone, and plants into your church’s decor can create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your congregation. From wooden accents in the sanctuary to a living wall in the foyer, adding natural elements to your church’s design can help create a sense of peace and tranquility. The age-old tradition of decorating the sanctuary with fresh flower arrangements is definitely on-trend; fresh flowers can add visual interest and a sense of calm and spiritual awakening to church meetings.

church chairs seated near fall decor

4. Embrace Technology

In today’s digital age, incorporating technology into church design is essential. From state-of-the-art sound systems to interactive projection screens, churches are finding new and creative ways to engage their congregation through technology. Whether you choose to live stream services or use virtual reality for immersive worship experiences, embracing technology in church design can help you reach a wider audience and create a more dynamic worship experience.

Technology used outside the house of worship should reflect the same branding and professionalism that is appropriate for use inside your church buildings. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to design your website and social media profiles and write your posts so that these aspects of your branding will complement (rather than clash with) your church’s brand and message. When designed carefully, your website and social media posts can be used to extend your church’s presence into people’s everyday lives and make a meaningful impact.

employees working the AV booth for church services

5. Create Flexible Spaces

Gone are the days of rigid church layouts. Flexibility is key in modern church design, with many churches opting for movable walls, modular furniture, and multipurpose rooms. Purchasing furniture that can be moved around easily creates flexible spaces that can be used to host a variety of events, from worship services to community events and everything in between. By designing spaces that can easily adapt to the needs of your congregation, you can create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who enter your church.

Flexible spaces benefit all age groups, from youth groups to the elderly. Try clearing out the church chairs in the sanctuary and rolling in some folding tables and plastic chairs for a church bazaar or a children’s fair. For social events, modular couches can be rolled in from the foyer or entry areas and positioned around the edge of the room to make room for a dance floor or serving coffee.

church chairs arranged around tables

Let’s Get Started!

These five trends in church design are revolutionizing the way churches approach decor and layout. By painting exterior brick, replacing church pews with stackable chairs, incorporating natural elements, embracing technology, and creating flexible spaces, you can create a vibrant and versatile worship space for your congregation. So why wait? Start planning your first project today and watch as your congregation’s experience is transformed.

If you’re interested in adding comfortable church chairs to your church sanctuary, foyer, or office area, contact Bertolini today. Our chairs are available in hundreds of fabrics to add impact and beauty to your house of worship. 

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