Friday, March 7, 2014

Shut The Front Door {Colour Psychology}

It has been said for a long time that the colours you choose for a room can establish a definite mood, which is predominantly determined through your paint choice. This is what is referred to as "colour psychology"; in short, colour psychology is the direct /indirect effect that colour can have on your mood.

You may have already been aware that your colour choices in your home establish a mood and set the tone for your home, but did you know that the same thing can be said for your front door?

That's right folks; the colour that you choose to paint your front door can immediately set the tone for the mood of your home before any one even sees the interior.

According to Intracoastal Realty's blog says regarding the colour choices you make for your front door, and what they say about you and what people can expect if your home based on your colour choice:

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. 

Growing up in my parents' home, we had a mahogany painted front door (mahogany is a mixture of red and purple); if you read the descriptions for these colours red is energizing and exciting, while purple is spiritual and energizing. These characteristics are amazingly spot on for my parents home and also perfectly reflected both of their personalities. Now whether they realized these things at the time or not will remain a mystery to me, however, it's quite interesting how something as simple a s a front door paint colour can not only set a tone for your home, but can also reflect who the homeowners are as well.

What is your front door colour, and do you think it represents you and your home accurately? If not, maybe it's time for a change!

Take Care,


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