The science behind coloured doors

I took the dog for a walk down the street yesterday. Now a walk with our boy Maxie is far from world record pace, stopping to sniff every tree and telegraph pole in sight.

Whilst it may not be the most intense workout, it does give me time to stop and take in the view.

Yesterday something literally stopped me in my tracks - the most gorgeous pink front door that instantly made me smile. It was the sweetest little weatherboard cottage with a soft pink door and a front garden filled with flowers.

It got me thinking about the science behind colour and how they make you feel when used in your home.

For thousands of years people have used colour in their homes to evoke feeling and emotions. And depending on where you live, people may also have different thoughts and beliefs on how colour can have an even greater effect on their homes and lives.

Your front door is literally the face that you show to the rest of the world, so the colour you paint your front door represents your energy, the tone you want to set for your visitors and even the opportunities that you may welcome from the outside world.

Feng Shui and colour

In Feng Shui, the study of Chinese philosophy of space and energy flow, the colour and the aspect of your front door is one of the most important aspects of your home.

A red door is traditionally the most favoured for those home owners following feng shui. Representing good luck and protection, a red door is said to ignite feelings of inspiration, passion, power and positive energy.

Now if fire engine red is not going to work with your house exterior, then consider a more subtle tone. Earthy reds like Duluz Jules or Red Terra are the perfect way to create a powerful vibe with your front door.

If you are looking for wealth and prosperity, then purple may just be the trick! Again, purple may not be your first choice, but check out Dulux Lavender Meadow or Hailstorm for a more subtle but still lux vibe to attract that abundance and wealth into your home.

Vastu Shastra and colour

If you follow the traditions of Indian architecture and principals of Vastu Shastra you may also opt to paint your door a particular colour based on the orientation of the door.
Similar to Feng Shui, the Vastu Shastra principals pay close attention to the direction your door faces. For example if your house faces to the north, then a green door is recommended, while homes with an eastern facing aspect should look to white or light blue for their front door.

Black door – Power or Lies?

In some countries, a black door is a sign of power and authority whilst others believe a black door is something to avoid at all costs, as it is associated with lies and secrets.

The science of colour

We are literally just touching the sides of the subject here and if you are keen to learn more about the energy surrounding your front door then a simple online search will have you diving deep into the theories and how to incorporate within your space. You could literally loose a good day or two reading about the science of colour in your home.

The front door is the first thing you see when you arrive home and the last thing you see when you head off into the big wide world, so the feeling and energy it evokes can make or break your home’s entrance. And we all know you only get one chance at a first impression so it is important ensure our front door is creating that warm welcome we all aspire to.

At the end of the day, your home should be a reflection of you and your family, so if you want to know what I think - ask yourself what colour would make you smile each day and run with it! If you love your home it will show through in every welcoming knock it receives.

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