At one time the phrase Christian décor meant either a crucifix on the wall or a picture of the Lord’s Supper and not much else. These are still popular home accessories, but they are far from the complete definition of Christian décor today. Expressing your faith in the way you decorate your home has never had more options.
The cross is the most obvious and universally recognized symbol of Christianity. If you have a cross visible in your home it says right away that you are a follower of Jesus. But unless you want to hang your cross like a bumper sticker in a place where only others can see it, where you place a cross can have great significance.
- If you place a cross in the kitchen near the table you will be reminded that Jesus is the unseen guest at every meal and the silent attendant in every conversation.
- If you hang the cross in the bedroom where it can be viewed while tucked under the covers it can be a reminder to pray morning and evening or a symbol of His comforting presence when troubling thoughts disturb peaceful sleep.
- Placed in the home’s entryway it symbolizes that Christ is your first and most important identity
Bible verses are another way to fill your rooms with thoughts of God. It can be almost as much fun choosing scriptures as it is to put them in place. Here are a few suggestions:
- On or over the front door – Joshua 24:15 …as for me and my household we will serve the Lord
- On or over the bedroom door – Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety
- In the bathroom – I Peter 3:4 Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
- At the back door – Psalm 121:8 …the Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.
Never before have Christians had so much faith-based artwork from which to choose. Today you can buy truly beautiful artwork often with the words of scripture embossed at the bottom. Ancient artwork depicting saints can be mixed with rustic crosses to create a meaningful expression of the faith handed down through the ages.
Christian books and faith-centered figurines can also be key elements in Christian décor. Stack several hardbound Christian classics to create a pedestal for your favorite Jim Shore or Willow Tree angel. Or place a small garden stone engraved with words of faith on the mantle. You might like to display a collection of rosaries or cross necklaces on the wall in a guest bedroom. There are so many ways to incorporate your faith into the way you beautify your home.
The Printery House is a ministry of Conception Abbey. Every dollar you spend there on items to decorate your home (or your inner life) goes toward supporting the training of future priests and ministers of the gospel. So fill your home with Christian décor and the world with the knowledge of His amazing grace!