I’ve long adored decorating with antique religious objects d’art, especially when they have a french origin. No one decorates with sacred pieces better than the French, and these spiritual pieces can bring such a sense of serenity to a space, as well as create instant history in your home.
Antique religious art reflects my interests from a spiritual perspective, but they are also beautiful works of art in their own right. They can evoke an impression of peace in the home, and they reinforce my belief that your home is your sanctuary.
One of my most treasured pieces is a 19th century attendance board from a French Catholic orphanage. It still retains the name at the top, Enfants de Mary (Mary’s Children) with little slips of paper inserted into the slats with the children’s names written in beautiful script by the nuns.
It’s the centerpiece in our family room, and every time I look at it, I wonder at the stories it could tell.
Have you noticed any homes where the focal point of a room is a religious piece of art?
I personally find that these lovely old pieces have a tranquil effect while also being decorative.
Incorporating spiritual objects into your home can bring a touch of warmth, and many people collect for the aesthetic, not religious reasons.
These sacred pieces should be looked upon as art, which can give your home dimension and texture.
In my own home I use religious pieces to bring in depth with the rich colors.
Devotional objects such as religious art, crosses, and statues can have profound visual power.
Some of my favorite interior designers have decorated homes with work inspired by religious traditions.
I adore religious artifacts, and the more timeworn and faded they are, the better.
They are historical and beautiful pieces of the past, and some of the best art ever commissioned came from the churches.
The undeniable beauty and inspiration of antique crucifixes, religious statues, and art tell a story and they usually evoke a story about how they were found.
They can be enjoyed by believers and non-believers alike.
And most have survived decades, if not centuries, of use and neglect, reflecting the craftsmanship of their original creators.
Several years ago, hubby and I attended an auction in a very rural farm town. There was absolutely nothing at the auction that we were interested in except……this large plaster angel. It stood out like a sore thumb among all the old farm implements.
We stayed at the auction for hours waiting for her to come up on the auction block because I was determined that she was coming home with me….and she did.
Before we left, I was fortunate enough to be able to speak to the property owner about the angel, and he told me that she came out of a closed Catholic church in St. Louis.
Somewhere along the way, she lost her wings, but I was able to find a pair of metal wings that fit into the slots in her back perfectly. She is one of my most cherished pieces, and she stands watch in our foyer. One never knows where these old sacred beauties will pop up.
My husband purchased this antique French Madonna bust many years ago, and had it shipped here from France for my Christmas gift.
I treasure her timeworn beauty. She shows much of her century old age, making her the perfect addition to our home.
I don’t believe that there’s one room in our home that doesn’t have some kind of religious artifact added. It may be small and subtle, or the centerpiece of the room.
Adding these touches of religious design elements can be easily incorporated for a humble touch of calm and quietude, and using religious art pieces outside can even bring a focal point to a garden or patio.
I hope I have inspired you in a new way!