Painting a small church interior may seem like a relatively easy task, but there is a lot to consider before buying your paint, organizing a team, and getting started. You'll want your color choices to not only enlarge the space, but also enhance and coordinate with pre-existing architectural structures. It is also important to select colors that will play off the lighting in the room at various times of the day, and of course, the space itself must be relaxing and calm for the church goers. With a bit of pre-planning and careful planning, you can select paint colors that will accomplish all of these things.
Examine the church interior closely. Take particular note of all architectural structures and fixed features. If there is red brick, for instance, you must choose a color that coordinates with red; if there is detailed tile work, take those colors into consideration. Wood trim is less of a problem, as you can always stain it another color or paint it completely. Still, it must be considered.
Take pictures of any fixed colors or features so you have a reference when you shop for paint colors.
Closely look at the design of the church. Most small churches are rather narrow or rectangular in shape, so consider using two different paint colors. A darker shade on the shorter walls and a lighter shade on the longer walls can help accentuate the space that you do have, and make it seem larger.
Pay attention to the ceiling. A lighter color on the ceiling can help pull the eye up, which is another way to make the whole room appear bigger.
Factor in window treatments. Light will change the color of the room at different times during the day, or stained window treatments can dramatically alter the colors you choose.
Request paint samples in a variety of different shades. Create palates in various schemes. Good colors to start with are light blues, light greens, light yellows, shades of white and cream.
Paint colored swatches on the walls and on the ceiling. Ideally, your swatch should be several brush widths big. This will help you to get an idea of which colors work best with the original architecture and lighting. Paints often look a lot different on the wall than they do on sample cards.
Look at the paint swatches at different times during the day, in different lights. This will help you determine which will be set the right tone and fit the best in your space.