Decorating a home can be an expensive proposition but with a little imagination, there are ways to turn your home into something warm and inviting. However, if you have a particular type of décor in mind, cost will almost always be relative to that. When it comes to decorating a Catholic home, there are ways to save money while highlighting those elements of your faith that you would like to stand out. Of course, the easiest way to do that is to start at the beginning so let’s start there.
De-Cluttering Is the First Step
You may not be going for a total makeover, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t start in the very same way as you would when redecorating or remodeling a home. Some people say that the first thing to do is draw up plans on how you would like a room to be but that should come after getting rid of all that clutter that’s built up over time.
There really is no way to envision what a room will look like when all you see are stacks of paper and books, photos that you can’t even remember taking, and all sorts of odds and ends that you once thought cute. Only after you’ve rid yourself of clutter enough to see how big the room actually looks can you draw up a basic plan for how you’d like to see it decorated.
Pick Only a Few Symbols of Your Catholic Faith
Unless you are ready for clutter to get out of control again, it is only necessary to pick a few items that are symbolic of your Catholic faith. One might be a crucifix because Catholics show the body of the Lord on the cross whereas the Protestant denominations show only a cross. Perhaps when you search online for religious products you might find a hand-painted Romanian icon or a small statue of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Each of these can be placed where they are visible, but not overpowering. For example, many Catholic homes have the crucifix depicting the body of Jesus over a doorway to the exterior of the home while they have religious statues on a fireplace mantle or side table in the living room. The point is that you only need a few religious items to make a statement of faith and if you want them to be seen, keep décor to a minimum. Don’t get overly ambitious.
Adhering to a Minimalist Tradition
Being on a limited budget can actually work in your favor when you are trying to decorate a Catholic home. With little money to spend on high-priced items of décor, you will literally be forced to choose a few that express what faith means to you. This means that you will be spending less to accomplish more and that is in keeping with a minimalist approach to interior design.
You also may wish to take the family Bible off the shelf, dust it off, and set it on a side table in the living room, family room, or in a foyer where everyone who enters your house will get a clear view of God’s word and they will know exactly what you are trying to say with these little hints of Christian décor throughout the home. You don’t need to ‘say’ much to make a statement, so choose those Catholic symbols of faith wisely.