Red is for...

Published on October 30th, 2015

“Eyes are the window to the soul”.

If this is the case, then “front doors are the eyes to your home’s soul”. The color of your door is one of the first impressions that guests have about your home. If your front door happens to be red, what does that say about you?

Different parts of the world, during different periods of time, have different answers:

Welcome – To horse and buggy travelers in early American history, a red door is a sign of relief and a safe place to rest and stay.

Protection – The Old Testament account of the Jewish Passover discusses God’s command to the Israelites to cover their doors in the blood of a lamb as a sign to the Angel of Death to pass over their homes and not harm their family. Other churches, such as Episcopalian, have red doors as a symbol of the protection from evil spirits within.

In the U.S. during the time of the civil war, “safe homes” of the Underground Railroad were marked with a red door.

Good Luck – In the Chinese culture, red is considered to be a lucky color. On their New Year celebration, many Chinese put a fresh coat of red paint on their front doors.

Energy – If you’re in to Feng Shui, bold colors like red = positive energy, inviting opportunities and abundance.

And a special, super quick fun fact: Albert Einstein (with his genius IQ) painted his front door red because he couldn’t remember which house was his without it!

Taking a look in to home history, it seems that red has the “thumbs up”.  Do you have any questions about color symbolism in your home or homeownership in general? Feel free to chat with one of our mortgage advisors today.  If you’re ready to start the mortgage process, get a free rate quote using our multi-step calculator.



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