Some of the best architecture around can be found in churches and, with their hauntingly beautiful, serene atmospheres, they can also be turned into stunning, unique homes full of character. Here are ten divine church conversions.
This converted bedroom makes full use of existing elements, particularly the stained-glass window. The bed and carpet both share a similar colour scheme, making their design a natural continuation of the window’s – as is the quatrefoil pattern on the bed cover. All these features come together to bring cosiness to what is otherwise a large, open space.
High church ceilings can seem rather imposing, but this living room has cleverly incorporated it into the design. The notable addition here are the chandeliers, which are hung at just the right level to enhance the ceiling whilst also adding to the room below.
If done well, a church conversion will work with the original features and not against them. This bathroom, with its stunning floor-to-ceiling stained-glass window, illustrates this point perfectly.
Converted churches are all about the vertical space, and it can be used in all manner of imaginative ways. Many add a mezzanine level, but the owners of this conversion have opted for something a bit more fun, installing a swing instead.
This church conversion has an unrefined quality, with the original layout and construction hardly altered at all. Instead, the furniture, fixtures and fittings have been designed to integrate into the space just as it is. The result is an organic interior that offers an open and airy feel.
This ingenious design takes the classic layout of a church and gives it a thoroughly modern makeover, yet its original inspirations are still very much on show. The window makes a stunning centrepiece around which the modern furnishings have been carefully arranged, and the whole image is beautifully framed by the support beams.
This church has been converted into a wonderfully quirky and modern penthouse, but it is perhaps the living room that makes the best use of the original design. The windows and white frames are absolutely stunning, and are enhanced by the surrounding brickwork. The modern furnishings add some vibrant colour, which both contrasts and complements the room.
What began life as a gothic church has been transformed into a modern, minimalist home – the use of white combined with the old-fashioned church windows lends it a divine feeling of purity. The brown sofas stand out all the more in contrast but they also integrate well into the overall design.
One of the biggest strengths of this design is that a lot of the original church interior has been held on to and the home furnishings arranged around it. The result is a beautifully rustic modern home that has retained its more old-fashioned qualities. The stone floor, vaulted ceiling and the overall colour scheme are particular highlights.
Those who favour a wooden interior will be particularly impressed by this conversion. The floor-to-ceiling beams are simple in their design, but dramatic nonetheless as they envelop the entire room. The space also captures the natural light from the window perfectly.