Tabernacles, Altars and Lecterns: Choosing the Right Marble Colour and Design for Your Church
January 12, 2017
With the technological advances in numerous designing options, trying to determine the right marble colour for your church is never an easy task. Not only are there several shades to choose from but there are various designs. But the many possibilities make it much easier to select the most fitting and appropriate marble for your church.
The Main Areas
When deciding on a colour and design you want to consider the four main areas of your church – the entryway, alter, aisles and under the seating. You can design each area separately or treat the areas as a whole. Most designers would agree that treating the areas as a whole is the best option and most prolific.
When you walk into a church, the entryway is the first thing that is noticed. It is also an area that has high traffic and collects debris, dirt, sand, leaves, salt and dampness. What is most needed is a durable rug such as a recovery mat. The mat needs to be long enough to catch a person’s feet two times. Generally the mat is about 10 feet long.
The aisles can be many different types of material to accent the marble altar such as wood, carpet or tile. Carpet is the most cost effective material and holds up well. Wood offers beauty and warmth. Tile can add different textures and colours to highlight your marble altar.
Under the Seating
A variety of materials can be used for under the seating. For many years, churches used hard surfaces like tile and wood so that clean-up was easier. However, it is found that carper under the pews is simple to maintain and offers more support for peoples legs. As well, carpet is a great sound absorber and stifles all the unwanted noises like shuffling feet and books dropping to the floor.
Tabernacles, Altars and Lecterns
Tabernacles and altars are the main focal point in the church. Oftentimes the tabernacle or altar are comprised of sacred objects and is the connecting element of the church. The altar can be constructed of wood or other materials. As well, it can vary is shape and size.
The most common and traditional material used is marble. In fact, many ‘Old World’ Episcopal and Catholic churches often included marble in their outstanding designs. As well, there were a wide range of styles used. Actually, the many coloured variations of marble were used to create magnificent alters and tabernacles for both aesthetic purposes and to help protect valuable ritual items from damage. Marble is also used for its sturdiness and solid nature so that the structure does not topple easily.
It’s Beauty – regardless if it is aged or new, marble has an unmatched beauty. Moreover, it adds warmth and all-encompassing aesthetics to your place of worship.
Spiritual Value – over the centuries marble has remained a spiritual icon. It is said offer strength and increase faith. It is also believed that marble helps one focus on prayerful thoughts.
Marble comes in more colours than what can be found on a colour wheel for artists and painters. As well, there are numerous styles. Some of the many colours include:
- Noble White
- Spanish Gold
- Crème Marfil
- Blue Damasco
- Dynasty Brown
- Ultra Calcutta
- And Many More
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