9/04/2013

Front Door Colors and What They Say

   As with everything in life, there is no clear or ultimate rule. When dealing with color it is important to remember that its potency comes from how it is interpreted. Because everyone is individual, colors may mean something different to you.  You are the best judge of your own spaces and know your own preferences best. Be aware of what you want when designing your home, but when in doubt, refer to some tips and tricks like these to make the decisions easier!




Reds:
   A red front door is a popular idea. Though most people stick to browns and taupe, red is the most popular color in America beyond the mundane. It is probably so popular because red is the color of passion and impulse, and is closely associated with bravery, love, and money. Red also demands attention, so home owners often opt for a red door because like that it says, "hey look at me, I'm brave and comfortable with that." They aren't off base, red certainly says many things, and that is one of them.




Blues:
   There are a myriad of blues which can all be strikingly different from each other, even when they seem similar!  Blue may be mixed with small amounts of red, or green, which will determine if you have a "warm" blue or a "cool" blue.
   Blues can be pastel, deep, bright, or pale and associated with intuition, empathy, sensitivity, calmness, success, and trust. These are powerfully positive things.  Blue comes off as a very strong and stable color. For this reason most government agencies (state and federal ) use blue in their logos. Many offices rely on blue for decor because it promotes order.




Yellows:
   Yellow promotes feelings of positivity, happiness, warmth, amusement, and mental stimulation. However, your personal tastes and judgements will affect this.  I have a yellow kitchen (my third yellow kitchen) as homage to growing up with one. However, I chose a pale, warm yellow only slightly beyond the realm of white. For me that color yellow promotes happiness, cheerfulness, positivity.




Black:
   You may be surprised to find that black is a diverse color with many applications.  Black is actually very closely linked with order, cleanliness, sophistication, respect, tradition, and equality in terms of design.  A black front door can be an elegant touch.
   Black front doors make a beautiful statement about tradition and sophistication, and modern, contemporary design, giving a feeling of respectable, clean, order. Though you may think black is a common color for utilitarian objects like doors and trimming, take a look and you will find that having a black door will actually set you far apart from the norm.




White:
   White symbolizes cleanliness, purity, simplicity, and clarity.  A white front door says that those who reside beyond it value order, organization, cleanliness, and control. It also says that they understand simplicity, and respect mental clarity.
    If you choose to opt for a white door, considering deviating from stark white, and choosing an egg shell or muted gray. In this way the feelings this powerful color portrays will be dulled down. Keep in mind that the entrance to your home is one of the chiefly important areas of it. Your door will give people their first impression of you and your family.


In Conclusion:
   Start by imagining how you want your entrance to look on the outside, and inside of the home. The porch and your foyer space are connected to one another so make sure they reflect this. Once you have that in mind, choose a color that will go with your design. Be it yellow, purple, green, blue, black, or orange, make sure that you consider every hue and shade before making a selection. You do not have to choose a textbook standard when dealing with colors.
   The color you choose will mean something personal to you. But make sure it does not misrepresent you to others who will venture to your threshold. The front door of your home is a first impression area, and the energy guests and visitors pick up from it will affect how they see the rest of your home, and those who live within it.


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