What Does Your Front Door Say?
I don’t know about you, but I agonized and fretted quite a bit over this decision when I last had my home painted. I knew whatever color I chose, I’d be living with it for a long time. In the end, I chose a bold color and so far, I still love it. :-)
Did you know many cultures associate rather complex meanings to the colors we choose for our home, especially the color we choose to paint our front door? The front door is thought to be the “mouth” of the home, the entry point where energy, abundance and opportunities may find us. Wow...that’s a pretty big responsibility to hang on a front door!
I thought it would be fun to explore some of the symbolism and beliefs associated with the colors we sometimes choose for our front doors.
So, what color did I choose for my front door? I chose Benjamin Moore, "Heritage Red." Why that color? Simply because, I just loved the way it looked...no other reason. :-) I especially like a red door when it's sporting a white wicker basket overflowing with daises during the spring and summer months. So, what is your favorite color for a front door? Attach a photo of your door with your comment, if you can. I'd love to see the color you chose!
Think red is a little too traditional for your taste...this door just might change your mind. :-)
Of course, it's well known that red doors often hold tremendous symbolism for many faiths/religions. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red to signify they have paid off their mortgage.
In Feng Shui, a red front door means “welcome.” Interestingly, in early American tradition, it meant the very same thing. In fact, if a home had a red front door, tired travelers who might be traveling by horse and buggy would know the home was a place where they would be welcomed to stop and spend the night or rest.
White is a classic color for doors, especially on a cottage style home. Throughout history, white has come to represent purity, serenity, and virtue.
There is only one exception with purple, and that is the northwest-facing front door. Better to paint this door gold, white, silver, or gray.
Some folks even believe you can improve your opportunities...or whatever aspect of your life that relates to the doors direction, or the direction it faces, simply by painting your front door purple. Whether you're hoping for a better career or better health, some say purple will help.
Surprisingly, purple is a pretty popular color for front doors. It's symbolizes energy and is thought to invite many opportunities into your home.
How about a green door? Green is always a great choice for the front door since it's a color that is said to represent balance, peace, compassion, growth, renewal, and harmony.
Yellow is a color that evokes mental clarity, perception, understanding, wisdom, confidence, curiosity, humor and merriment. Wow, I'd like some of that coming into my home...wouldn't you?
Dark blue doors are believed to create calm and peace for your home...in turn, bringing those feelings to your guest and family who enter through and into your home. Additionally, blue is thought to bring lots of positive energy into a space.
Throughout history, blue has often represented sky, water and abundance. Blue is also considered a great Feng Shui color. If you want your home’s curb appeal to suggest a feeling of abundance and prosperity, consider painting your front door a beautiful blue.