DIY

Shut the Front Door!

The front entrance to your home creates a first impression and a home that is clean and well cared for leaves a lasting, positive impression. The front door is quite literally the first thing that welcomes guests into your home and yet exterior doors are the most ignored but paintable surface in a home. There are plenty of ways to spruce up the entrance to your home, but one of the most dramatic ways is to add a new coat of paint to the front door.

Color is entirely personal, but I find contrast is key.  I prefer a punch of bold paint color that stands out from the rest of the home.  Don’t forget to accessorize -how you dress your front door has a major impact on how it looks; a shiny brass kick plate, handle, door knocker, mailbox, and a fresh doormat all work to complement your front door. Whether you lean toward bright and bold or subtle and subdued, the color of your front door is a statement in itself and should reflect the taste and personality of the owner.

One thing that should go: an outdated screen door. Get rid of it or replace it with a storm door with full-length glass that you can switch out for a screened panel.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that provides us with tools to help arrange the spaces in which we live welcoming to positive energy or “chi,” into our homes and lives. The front door, or the main door of a house, is very important in feng shui. The stronger, healthier, and more balanced the front door is, the better the quality of energy available for those who live in the house. Chi enters our homes through all of the windows and doors, but the formal front door is the primary “mouth of chi.” It is the most important gateway to our spaces. Adding strength to your front door can be as simple as providing a clear path to the door or repainting it a more auspicious color. As a general goal, your front door should be as inviting, welcoming, and attractive as possible. A welcoming and attractive front door will ease the flow of energy, people, money and opportunities into your life.

Auspicious Colors

  • Red is a lucky color in many cultures.  A red door meant “welcome” to weary travelers in early America, and on churches it represents painta safe haven.
  • Orange and yellow are associated with joy and warmth.
  • Blue signals feelings of calmness, serenity, and relaxation- the perfect retreat from the harsh and demanding world.
  • Green connotes health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.
  • A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority.

A few of my favorite colors right now:

 

Misty Green ~A weathered shade of sea foam green

Dusty Pink {Image: Pompeli}

 

Benjamin Moore ~ Wythe Blue

Gorgeous Salmon

Benjamin Moore ~ Yosemite Yellow

Cornflower blue Dutch door