Front Door Color – A Window Into Your Life

Believe it or not, your front door says a lot about you! Often it’s the first thing that is noticed and it sets the tone for your home’s overall appearance. The front door is an important feature so what color you paint it tells visitors what they can expect when entering your home.

Here’s what color psychologists say your front door color says about you:

Blue: Rest Stop – Behind the blue door is an owner who thinks first of the home as a refuge: calm, serene, and relaxing, the perfect retreat from an often harsh and demanding world.
Green: Peace Conservatory. Green connotes health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.
Black: Power Center. A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even passersby that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person of substance.
White: White is a classic color for doors, especially on a cottage style home. Throughout history, white has come to represent purity, serenity, and virtue.
Red: A color with punch, red is vibrant, full of life, energy and excitement. Here’s an exciting place to live. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red to signify they have paid off their mortgage.
Purple: Purple is a pretty popular color for front doors. It’s symbolizes energy and is thought to invite many opportunities into your home. Purple is universally known as the most spiritual and versatile color in the spectrum.
Yellow: This color fosters mental sharpness and creates a sense of happiness and well-being. In Western cultures, yellow has contradicting meanings. On one hand, it denotes joy, happiness, imagination and hope. On the other hand, it symbolizes cowardice, jealousy and dishonesty. Depending on where you live, use yellow as a door color with caution.
Brown: Painted or stained brown says “natural” and “organic” and feels warm, stable and reliable. However, darker shades can be foreboding, signaling a desire for privacy or isolation.

Colors get people in a certain frame of mind according to Paint Quality Institute’s Debbie Zimmer. The ideal situation is to use colors in harmony with the surroundings. It’s best to chose a color that contrasts with the rest of the house but draws the eye in and still works with the surrounding colors. What do you think, does the color of your front door express your individuality or the feel of the household?

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