When I think of designing a church space, I immediately picture alters, pews, stained glass windows, and marble floors (as many of us do!). But when Amanda Steiner Design and I were contacted by a small community church to design a space they were moving into, we quickly realized this was not going to be the classically traditional church.
In our first meetings, the congregation members brought us images of eclectic coffee shops, industrial restaurants, and mid-century modern rooms as their inspiration! We knew this was going to be something special!
This faith-filled group was moving into a new-to-them space that hadn't seen a design refresh for probably three decades! What had previously been a beauty salon filled with acidic colors and checker board floor tiles, needed to become a soothing, serene space where members could pray, reflect, study, and find spiritual solace.
Take a look at the before pictures to get a perspective of just how much of a dramatic over-haul was required:
The space was in need of multiple repairs, lots of TLC, and a whole new kitchenette, which did not leave much room in the budget for furnishings or decorative elements. But we are beyond thrilled with the transformation! What was a debilitated and extremely outdated hodgepodge of rooms became a cozy, calming, tranquil, and unified spiritual home!
After removing a wall separating the entrance & kitchenette, the lobby/bookstore now has room for a trio of bookshelves & a welcoming ottoman.
The entrance and retails space opens to an all new kitchenette featuring walnut stained butcher block counter tops and custom shaker cabinets painted Sherwin Williams Greek Villa.
The black and white checkerboard floors were not in the budget to change, so we worked in design elements that would help calm their graphic nature including the timeless kitchenette and layers of neutrals and textures throughout. The majority of the walls in the space were painted Sherwin Williams Logia; a soothing, crisp, and clean neutral.
We created a cozy sitting area with a family room feel providing members an area to read, study, reflect, and relax. We brought in an eclectic assortment of furnishings and decorative elements that fits perfectly with the congregation's style and requested design.
We were so honored to be a part of this project! We are thrilled with the transformation & hope that the congregation enjoys their spiritual home for many years to come!
Project done in collaboration with Amanda Steiner Design.