Oh, The Things Front Door Colors Convey
by Broderick Perkins
Your home's front door is the portal to your domain.
What color you give it says a lot about what visitors can expect, from a warm welcome to a cold rejection.
Paint Quality Institute color cop Debbie Zimmer just won't let it go.
Use hues right and it can be love at first sight. Use them wrong and you could be headed for a fight.
She's not alone in her advice.
Spiritual artist Yohanna Jessup of Painting Sacred Spaces, works with the essence of paint as a liquid that becomes a solid and bonds with the surface of living spaces and, through color, texture and design, radiates energy that effects the quality of life.
"It opens doors to a greater sense of passion and purpose," writes Jessup, who explains the use of color and design in a " target="_blank">YouTube video with Mira Brey, interior designer, feng shui consultant, and owner of Present Moment Designs.
Speaking of doors, Zimmer is now knocking at yours with a bucket of fresh advice about what five popular door colors could mean to you and your guests.
"Whether or not we realize it, the colors with which we surround ourselves - in our clothes, cars, and homes - reveal a lot about us. For example, bright colors often indicate an outgoing personality, while subdued colors imply a more low-key persona," Zimmer says.
Color, explains Zimmer, has a psychological component through which people often communicate their moods, feelings, emotions, and personality, even if they aren't always aware of what they are saying.
While the entire exterior color scheme has meaning, the color of paint on the front door is key.
"Like a necktie, which is the focal point of an outfit, the front door is the focal point of the home. The color there sends a strong message," Zimmer says.
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.
Red: Passion Palace - A color with punch, red is vibrant, full of life, energy and excitement. Here's an exciting place to live.
Brown: Holistic Home or Dark Dungeon - 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.
If you've chosen the color for your front door, perhaps that's the way you want it and you viewed. If you inherited the color, maybe it's not sending the right message.
Repainting your portal is a quick and easy task that can change minds.
Published: June 14, 2012