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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

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