Red front doors call attention to your home's exterior, and make a bright, confident and cheerful statement to passersby. Turns out there's a huge reason why the color is popular around the world. What are you telling the world when you paint your door red?
Well, it depends:
- In Scotland, people painted their front door to celebrate that they had paid off their mortgages and now owned their homes outright.
- If you believe in Feng Shui, the color red has a positive energy. By painting the front door red, you are drawing that force into your home.
- For weary travelers moving through the United States, a red door signified a welcome refuge from the road where they could find shelter and food.
- Catholic churches used a red door to symbolize blood and to ward off disease and death from within their holy walls.
- Red doors were signals to escaped slaves that the house was part of the Underground Railroad.
- It's rumored that Albert Einstein painted his house door red because it was bright and he could easily tell which one was his.
- Red is considered really good luck by the Chinese, and many paint their doors red around the New Year, as a way to invite all that happiness and cheer into the household.
- Elizabeth Arden has a series of retreats called Red Door Spas which are well-known for peace and relaxation.