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!
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.