April 14, 2020
When we were thinking of what to do for our topic this week, we debated on the topic. Then it came to us. The front door! This is usually the first impression of a home and you would be surprised how often we are asked to help a client select the color of their entrance. So, how do we go about choosing the color to paint it? Usually it starts with the rest of the home’s exterior. What color is the house? What is the landscaping like? Then, we think about the homeowner. Are they a bold and fun family? Or, a quiet and classically elegant couple? A home has to create an over all impression as well. Think about where a home is located and what the homes are around you. If you are someplace where color is the key (think Charleston or Key West) than I say do it up! However, if your neighborhood is more subtle in style, say all brick homes that look similar, better to stick to a pallet that makes sense.
However, did you know many cultures associate rather complex meanings to the colors 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! Whether or not you believe in such things, we thought it would be fun to explore some of the symbolism and beliefs associated with the colors we sometimes choose for our front doors.
If you want your home’s curb appeal to suggest a feeling of abundance, calm and peaceful feelings, and prosperity, consider painting your front door a beautiful blue.
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.
A Green Front Door is Cheerful on a White House Surrounded by Greenery
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?
Surprisingly, purple is a pretty popular color for front doors in some areas. It symbolizes energy and is thought to invite many opportunities into your home.
As we said above, purple is is a tricky one… Think of a bright purple door on a red brick home… not so good, right?
White is a classic color for doors, especially on a cottage style home. Throughout history, white has come to represent purity, serenity, and virtue. It is also a very clean look. White pairs well with gray, blue, stone, yellow or green siding choices among others.
If your front door is near your home office, paint it black. It is said to be helpful for your career. For some this doesn’t seem like a “welcoming” type look while others love the idea. There are very few homes that we don’t recommend black as an option on.. Brick, Stone, White or gray siding all look great with black accents.
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. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red to signify they have paid off their mortgage.
Bottom line, whatever the motivation, your front door is the first impression of your home. Make it a positive one!
Andrea and Kimberly
We have a pastel yellow door with a grey blue house and I love it! Having a pop of color especially on your front door can really change the way your house looks.
I fully agree. I also think that the location of your house makes a difference. For instance, if you live in Charleston, bright doors are expected.
Red doors are so elegant. I also like white and gray and turquoise too.
I actually love a black front door, too!
This is such a fun blog post! Where I live, colored front doors are sort of a “thing” it was one of the first things we noticed when we moved here. I LOVE it! Our door is a pale yellow right now, but we plan on re-painting it green soon 🙂
Oh ! post a picture! I love seeing these things!
Such a great read. We always love finding colourful doors to photograph when travelling.
That is a great idea! I would love to see! If you share, tag us @suttonplacedesign !
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That sounds great! Thank you!