Colour of your front door

Colour of your front door.

First of all, I would like to thank you for all the feedback I have received from so many of you! It’s very humbling and also uplifting that my column is liked by many. The ones that gave me some constructive criticism- thank you and I will consider your suggestions.

My intention is simply to deliver some valuable information for the readers of the Discovery Islander.

I love my local Quadra Island community and would like to figure out how I can serve better, long term.

Recently I read an interesting article claiming that the colour of your front door reveals more about you than you might think. In my former education as a graphic designer I studied the theory and application of colour for advertising campaign communication, for example. I do understand that our non verbal communication is much more important than the actual words.

I’m curious if this article was correct or if it’s just a fashion or design piece that missed the mark. It claims that if the front door of your house are painted certain colour, subconsciously you are trying to communicate to the world and more specifically to the neighbours some hidden messages.

RED- Feng Shui considers red door to be a lucky colour when facing south or southwest. Red is associated with action, making people feel like they are “real go-getters”.

According to Feng Shui:

  • The best color for your south-facing front door is red, as this enhances the Fire element of this direction.
  • The best color for a north-facing front door is blue, as north is the element of water.
  • If your door faces west, the most auspicious color is white because the element that governs this direction is metal.
  • The best color for an east-facing door is green because the element that corresponds to this direction is wood.

BLACK- represents seriousness and glamor. It may appear safe and well protected. People choosing this colour appreciate order, control and elegance.  

Shades of VIOLET are “linked to sophistication”, according to the article.

YELLOW- is linked to optimism and extraversion as long as it is not overused all over the house because that could be interpreted as “irrationality and anxiety”. You are logical, positive and creative.

ORANGE- just like any colour, it really depends on the style of your home. If your home is a high end modern home, orange screams “one of a kind”. You like to entertain and enjoy a good challenge.

GREEN- it is believed this colour indicates prosperity, wealth and peacefulness. You value tradition and ambition.

WHITE- although a Scandinavian design of pastel white could communicate simplicity and cleanliness, it may be also communicating that the home owner is obsessed with keeping the house clean; making some visitors nervous about making a mess.

BROWN/ wood color- natural wood browns convey more relaxed atmosphere. This one is definitely my personal favourite. I love vertical grain fir doors with some darker shades of browns. Gorgeous! Warm, reliable, and stable.

BLUE is linked to calmness and trust. From my graphic design school, I remember this one the most because it is used in the corporate logo design world a lot: Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, HP, Intel, Boeing, Ford, just to name a few. You enjoy peace and value truth.

Is it possible that this article is on to something? I know Quadra has a lot of great local artists which innately understand the importance of colour. It is the poetry of artists.  
“One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well”- Vincent van Gogh

Every house has a unique appearance which is typically a reflection of the family that lives there. Whatever you like may not be what your neighbour likes and it may not appeal to the potential buyers if you’re thinking of selling. Is there a logical strategy to paining your door before selling your home? Maybe. Studies show that careful staging of your home will typically bring a higher price.

If you want to make your home look modern and sleek, designers recommend these front door colors for non-traditional homes:

  • Black
  • Lime
  • Turquoise
  • Eggplant
  • Taxi Yellow
  • Bright Orange

 Best colours for traditional homes:

  • Jet Black
  • Classic Red
  • Slate Blue
  • Emerald Green
  • Dark Gray
  • Pure White

What color is your door? Let me know what you think about this idea of color in comments on my website  or text me to 604-787-4594

Roman Krzaczek



When is the best time to buy Real Estate?

Many of you have heard the way-too-often overused cliché “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”.

I believe “TIMING, TIMING, TIMING” is much more important for any investment and very strongly in Real Estate.

Yes, you can find a great location but if your timing is off, then maybe you’re not getting the best deal. What constitutes a “good deal” depends on individual perception of value received. Most investors will calculate what a property is worth by the amount of money they can rent it out for and costs to run the property such as maintenance, insurance, taxes and vacancy rate.

When someone is buying a property where they want to live sometimes these basic principles go out the window. You get excited about the property and you’ll do whatever it takes to get it. I believe in the power of attraction and how important it is to dream big, but I also understand that home ownership can come with unexpected costs and as a buyer you must consider them.

Based on statistical patterns best time of the year to buy a home is in January. Typically, there are not many buyers actively looking to buy a home. I want to emphasize “typically”, because the health crisis has caused some abnormalities in the usual statistical patters. This year in January for example we saw a huge surge in sales. A lot of listings available in January are homes that didn’t sell before Christmas and the sellers might be more motivated and flexible with the price.

February onward usually sees more active listings before the spring market madness starts. The logic behind buying a home during the spring is to get possession during the summer months when kids are on summer vacation.

Spring markets are busiest, most competitive and most expensive time to buy. It’s also easier for sellers to make their home look more presentable; with curb appeal and more natural light outside some homes are just more appealing.

Prices normally peak in June and July when the demand is the most active, with lots of active listings and lots of buyers. As the school year approaches, in August and September, the number of active listings is reduced.

Into the winter months there is a higher probability of prices dropping because not many buyers are looking. In a normal year December is very slow for sales and in my opinion it’s the best time to be a buyer.

Buy a home when demand is low. If at all possible, buying a home in a “buyer’s market” is your best strategy. Prices are low and there are lots of homes for sale. 

A “seller’s market” is the opposite, where the inventory is low but the demand is high. This is the current market with multiple offers being so prevalent and the skyrocketing prices, it’s very frustrating to be a buyer.

Every person has a different situation, finances and circumstances, that’s why timing the market could proof to be a difficult task. During the most disruptive times there are people that make enough money to go to space for a few minutes while others lose everything. It’s a matter of timing and planning ahead of time.

Planning to purchase a home? I would love to help you, starting with getting you connected with a financial planner and a mortgage broker. Take your time, plan, prepare your finances and don’t allow your emotions to control you. Hire me and I’ll guide you through the process.

If you have any suggestions or feedback…or have any topics you would like me to cover, please let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Roman Krzaczek Realtor

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