Home is where you spend your days dreaming of the future, doing mundane chores, and everything in between.
Including inspirational quotes for the home in your interior decorating can be a beautiful, visible reminder to stay present and give gratitude during each season of life. I’m highlighting a few of my favorite ways I like to go about choosing and decorating my home with inspirational quotes.
An easy little acronym to help you remember what you should take into consideration when decorating with quotes is “S.A.L.T.” Your decorations and quotes should be Seasonal, Aspirational, Loving, and Tasteful.
Changing out the signs, quotes, and artwork throughout your home as each season comes and goes is a fun way to spice up your home or a room according to the season. This can be the weather season, the liturgical or religious season, or just the season of life you’re in.
What do you want to inspire people to do in that space? Your interior decorating may just seem like a material possession, but if you use it correctly, it can have a serious impact on the guests you welcome into your home. Placing a Bible quote about love and patience in the living room may act as a reminder to a parent to be patient with their child. It may remind a spouse to hold their breath before responding with impatience. Your decorations can be more than just objects on a wall: empower and equip your family and friends with wisdom through your decorations.
Consider the guests and people who spend time in your home. Will these signs and art work touch them in a loving way. Will they make them feel welcome and loved Deuteronomy 6:5-6
says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” I wrote about how this verse inspired my work in a previous blog post, but I will continue coming back to it because it resonates with me so deeply. I love that it even mentions teaching it to your children, because having the word of God on signs in your house does get read by the children and it sinks in.
Don’t overdo it. While you may be tempted to get several signs or artwork for a room, consider the space available and what you truly want the focus to be. You don’t want to make a room feel cluttered. Instead, try to narrow in on what idea you want to focus the room on. Let that sign or frame be the centerpiece. Scatter one or two more pieces of artwork throughout to support or complement that main piece.
John Piper, one of my favorite preachers, has shared how signs in his home shaped his spiritual conviction. At his childhood home, his mother had a sign that read “Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Seeing these words every day had a huge impact on his life.
I hope this little acronym and story inspire you to fill your home with the wisdom of the Word and empowering quotes!