Have you ever considered having a red front door at home? Why not? Although black and other neutral darker colors are the most-chosen, why not be unique? Still, before you decide, let’s have a look at the brief history behind this idea.
The History and Origin of The Red Front Door
In Feng Shui, red is an attractive color to invite energy. Having a red front door at home or your store building means to “welcome” visitors. The meaning is the same thing with the early, old American traditions to welcome travelers for a night over.
In Biblical times, the red doors were from the smeared blood of a lamb. The Hebrew slaves sacrificed lambs and smeared their blood on the door to protect their firstborns from death. Blood also represented the blood of Christ for the Christians.
Scotlands used red doors for a different meaning. If the homeowners painted their front doors red, that means they had paid off their mortgage.
The Examples of Red Front Door Designs
Either for your home or store, here are some of the examples to inspire you:
1. The Georgian-Style Front Door
Famous in the middle of the 18th century, the Georgian-style front door combines between the orange red front door with an off-white exterior. There is symmetry in the design of the door, windows, and the chimney.
The ornaments on the exterior (especially on the panels between the door) are inspired by classical motifs. They are all well-proportioned.
2. The Bold Red Front Door for A Bold Entryway
This is how you get to combine the past and the future. For starters, the home exterior is made of bare, red bricks. They give an industrial background to the house, which makes it look perfect for both the city life and the suburbia.
Then, there is the bold red front door with the matching panels on each side. The door and the panels also have the same window transoms. The white frames around the door make the door stand out even more.
3. The Christmas-Themed Red Front Door
What do we mostly see during winter in The US and some parts of Europe? The combination of red, white, green, and brown. Whether you have already got yourself a red front door or not, this is how you decorate your entrance for Christmas.
With the bright red door and white shutters on each side, hang a green wreath on the center of the door. For the brown element, add a brown mat by the door. A pair of matching plants on each side of the door will make the entryway look well-decked.
4. The Fairytale-Like Red Front Door
For this theme, you can choose whether to have a bold or darker red front door. Either way, the fairytale-like theme fits anyway. Beside the window transform, the word “Welcome” engraved in the center of the door makes it look more classic.
Another nice touch to the entryway is to have a soft brown mat and a stone step at least. If you worry about peeping toms by the front door, drape a curtain from the inside. That will get your home interior covered. You will have more privacy too.
5. The Dark Red Double Doors
Since red is the color to attract more positive energy in Feng Shui, this design is also recommended. Instead of one, you can have double doors to welcome your guests. The dark red door can be combined with the ivory, yellow frame.
If not ivory, the frame can be painted with off-white as the color. The beautiful brass hardware adds an ancient-like appearance on this entryway. To make the doors look less bland, add some carvings, plus another carved detail on the pediment above.
6. The Monochromatic Frame For The Red Front Door
Having a red front door definitely makes your house stand out from the rest. Whether to have a cold or warm impression, you can combine this with other hues. The monochromatic shade (black, brown, or grey) is the best for ‘toning it down’.
If the white frame makes the red door look bright, then the black one tones it down a notch. This makes the entryway still look welcoming, but not so intimidating. Add some bright flowers on the porch for bright decoration.
7. The Red Front Door for The Peach Exterior
For a slight Mediterranean influence, a red front door will look beautiful combined with the peach exterior. The peach stucco house will be toned down a notch, so it will not look too pink or super bright. It will remind you of a fancy beach house.
The door does not have to be fully-covered with red-painted wood. Well-carved glass windows will make the house look more elegant and unique. Add some lighting and urns with potato vines – and you will have the neat, inviting entryway.
There are many ways to make your red front door stand out without appearing weird. All it takes is the right combination of colors with other elements of the exterior.
More gallery of red doors:
Georgian Style Front Door
Gray House with Red Front Door
Red Front Door for the Holidays
Dark Red Double Doors
Red Door and Black Frame
Red Doors on Peach House
Brick Home with Red Front Door
Rustic Red Door