July 15, 2021

How to Choose Church Paint Colors

How to Choose Church Paint Colors

It may seem easy to choose a paint color for the interior of your church in Hawaii, but in reality, this can be a difficult task. The interior of your church sets the mood and can impact how churchgoers experience your space.

Factors to consider when choosing a church paint color include the amount of light, the quality of light, how large the space is, the architecture, and more. Be sure to carefully consider your paint color options to select a color that is welcoming, calming, and relaxing.

Choose your church interior paint colors using the following tips.

Choosing the Right Church Interior Design Colors

Maybe you already have some church interior design colors in mind, or maybe you’re starting the process from scratch. Regardless of where you are in the process, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.

Tip #1: Make Sure It Appeals to the Masses

Choosing the Right Church Interior Design Colors

While you want to consult with other church employees before choosing a paint color, be careful not to get too many people involved. The more opinions you have when trying to decide on a paint color, the more difficult it is to narrow down your choices and make a decision.

If you’re looking for a church sanctuary wall color, beige is typically one of the most inviting colors for churches, but that doesn’t mean it is the best choice. Consider choosing a group of three or four people to be in charge of choosing the final paint color.

This makes it easier to make a decision faster, and these people can easily interact with the architect or professional painting company. Feel free to bounce ideas off of one another to get a feel for how the paint color will impact the church’s overall aesthetic.

Tip #2: Consider the Church’s Interior Design

Before rushing into the right church wall color, be sure to spend time walking around your church’s interior. Making a note of any architectural structures, light fixtures, tile work, brick, or trim that will impact the paint color.

Being mindful of the amount of light the church gets and how this light changes throughout the day is also beneficial. Features like stained glass windows may let light in early in the morning but gradually become darker as the day goes on. It is these differences that will ultimately guide you toward the ideal interior church paint color.

The design of the church itself will also impact what paint color is best. Is the church narrow and rectangular? Or maybe it is circular and open. Consider choosing darker shades for shorter walls and lighter shades for longer walls to create a balance.

Ideally, you will capture any quirks or noteworthy architectural features with your camera to help you decide on paint colors.

Tip #3: Factor In the Psychology of Color

Church interior design colors

Did you know that different colors are scientifically proven to have certain effects on the brain? Choosing colors strategically can help facilitate different atmospheres and moods within your church.

For example:

  • Red is often associated with strength, passion, energy, and love. This is the most intense color you can choose, and it is beautifully used as an accent color in churches to help raise energy.
  • Pastel colors like pink, orange, lilac, and yellow can have an uplifting impact on the mood and create an optimistic, lighthearted space.
  • Bright yellow can evoke feelings of joy, happiness, and intellect. Make sure to choose the right shade of yellow for the optimal effect.
  • Green is often associated with nature, and it can bring calmness to your church. This color is also associated with freshness, harmony, and fertility. Consider a green accent wall to bring positive energy into the building.
  • Purple is associated with creativity and drama. Even light purple is a great color to add a peaceful and calming quality to your space.

Tip #4: Ask Yourself the Mood You Want to Create

Now that you are aware of the significant impact that color can have on psychological feelings, use this to guide your color choice. Natural light will also factor in, as you don’t want to create a space that is too dark.

In addition to asking yourself the type of feelings you want to facilitate, you can also ask:

  • What is the congregation’s worship style, and how can color lend a hand in this?
  • Is there a significant amount of natural light?
  • What is the quality of lighting like?
  • Are warm colors or cool colors better for space?

Tip #5: Keep It Simple

Before choosing random, bold colors that don’t work well together, take a step back and keep things simple. Sometimes the most impactful church wall colors are the simplest. When putting together your color scheme, choose a few main colors that work well together. This will make it easier to choose which elements should be in which colors. 

Not only are simple color schemes more visually appealing but they can help churchgoers focus on the overall message instead of being distracted.

Tip #6: Explore Various Color Schemes 

Be mindful of the overall color scheme that you’re creating when choosing paint colors. Each color needs to work well with one another to cultivate an inviting and welcoming space. Even if you think you have a color scheme in mind, make sure to test different options before committing. 

Neutral Surroundings

Places of worship often work well with neutral color schemes as they create a relaxing and welcoming environment for churchgoers. Consider choosing a combination of light grey, pale yellow, beige, creams, and whites to modernize the space and create a clean, airy appearance. Wall trimmings are most impactful when they are simple colors such as white or beige.

With such a neutral base, it’s easier to incorporate other colorful details without them becoming too overwhelming. The last thing you want is to distract your guests with bright, bold colors. 

Pops of Color

Not every square inch of the church needs to be monotone and boring. Incorporate different colors subtly and strategically throughout your space that reflect your church’s practices and values. 

If you don’t know where to begin in terms of color, consider shades of purple or violet. These colors are very popular in churches because they reflect the color of royalty and are often associated with Christ. Purples bring a luxe feel and texture to your church and can be utilized in carpeting or other small details. 

Red is another common choice for church colors as it is associated with the Holy Spirit, and it is used for church upholstery. If you choose red, let this be your only pop of color since it is such a bold choice. 

Subtle Color Schemes

If purple or red is too bold of a color, consider a subtler option such as green or blue. These are less stark and often represent new life or remind people of relaxing natural elements. From bright greens to hints of olives, you can’t go wrong with green.

Blues, especially if they have grey hues, are suitable for larger spaces in the church. For example, as a church interior color idea, consider painting the walls a greyish-blue while using wall art that has rich green tones.

Tip#7: Use Color Swatches First

Church paint colors

Once the painting process begins, the last thing you’ll want to deal with is deciding you don’t like it and starting from square one. To avoid this common painting frustration, gather a variety of paint swatches and paint them on the wall to see what suits the space best.

This will allow you to envision different tones and shades in your church to help you choose the best option. It’s highly recommended to allow a professional painting team to do this process, as they know the proper way to place the paint to give you the best idea of what the transformation will be like.

As soon as the color options are on the wall, use your small committee to determine the most popular paint option.


When it comes to church paint colors, the options are seemingly endless. One of the most important steps in this process is choosing the right commercial painting company to assist you every step of the way.

Oahu Pro Painters is one of the best professional painting companies in Hawaii. We are passionate about transforming residential and commercial spaces in the area. For a free estimate, please get in touch with us!

Sign up for a free estimate online today, or call us at 808-468-5604

How to Choose Church Paint Colors
Written By:
Karl Van Zadnt

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