I love to travel and when I do, I enjoy taking photos of doors. Each color makes a statement, and the color of our door says a lot.
BLUE exudes serenity, stability, and trust. It’s associated with knowledge, relaxation, and health.
YELLOW exudes community; someone who’s social. It’s associated with awareness, wisdom, and clarity.
ORANGE exudes warmth and wisdom. It’s associated happiness, independence, and confidence.
RED exudes welcome and hospitality. It’s associated with vitality, energy, and courage.
GREEN exudes ambition and growth. It’s associated with love, peace, and inner balance.
“Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” —Chinese proverb
What does your front door say about you?
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Not sure. My door is teal of course, the color of the ocean, calming, constant, inviting and welcoming. Just recently moved the flower pots and added a nearby cozy chair to enhance the energy. Small effort but made a big change.
Lisa — It sounds beautiful and inviting!
Some fabulous doors, in particular I’ve never seen anything like the Nova Scotian one. 🙂 I think you might like Norm’s blog, he takes loads of photos of doors, including running Thursday doors, a weekly photo challenger.
As for our front door, I think the only thing it says about us that this is the front door we inherited from the previous owners of the house!!! (How sad and uninspirational is that?)
Arwen1968 — I’ll have to check out Norm’s blog, thank you for the tip.
(Pssst, maybe there’s a can of paint and a brush in your near future waiting for you at your local hardware store) 🎨
Lived here ten years and never thought about repainting the door!… Or replacing the door knocker!
Here’s the link to Norm’s doors:
Arwen — I just followed the link (thank you) and started following Norm 🙂
Well then I’ve done my daily good deed today. 🙂
My front door is glass. 😆 Yes there are some lovely old doors around Cambridge, especially the universities ! ♡
Sassy Brit — Glass? That says you’re authentic! 🙂
My current front door is dark stained wood, standard in our development, but I’ve always been partial to red doors leading into sunny, lemon ice colored rooms. The yellow door you picture intrigues me. Hinges on the OUTSIDE? Nova Scotia must be a safe place!
Nova Scotia is a safe place Sharon but in much of Canada it is not uncommon to leave doors unlocked, especially during the day so it wouldn’t matter too much which side the hinges were on 😉
We lock one of our five doors at night just so someone doesn’t startle us if they happen to come in while we are sleeping as we wouldn’t hear them from that room before they were standing right abouve us.
Common practice is that if you know the person, you knock, yell hello and come in. If it is an emergency (wildfire, bad windstorm, earthquake, car broke down on winter roads), even if you don’t know the person, you do the same thing if no one comes to the door when you knock. Doors were and sometimes still are left open to provide access to your neighbours or others in need.
In very rural settings, my grandparents left canned food and staples in the hunting cabins at the end of the season just in case it was needed by another traveler. In the summer, when we would come with them to get the cabins ready again, there would often be money or some other exchange of value and a note on the table saying what had been used. Everything would be in good order with the wood box full of split wood and kindling for the next arrival.
Love the spirit of hospitality. My mom and dad grew up in Chicago so even though most in the country area all the children grew up in, doors were always locked.
Sharon — I love the word picture you painted of the red door leading into a sunny, lemon-ice colored room. Wow!
And yes, no matter how you slice it, Nova Scotia is wonderful! 🙂
LOL, this is all new to me I must say. My door is dark brown. 🙂
ReadInPleasure — Dark brown is warm and inviting. It says come in on and enjoy a cup of coffee ☕
LOL. Guests are always welcome in my home, anyway.
Mine would be a rainbow.
Fatima — Yes, it would! 🎨
It’s white. I hope it says “Welcome to our home,” but I never thought about it much. I hope it doesn’t mean “boring.” 😉 My wife has toyed with the idea of painting it a bright color someday, but inertia keeps getting in the way.
Chris — Boring? Not at all! White doors typically lead into homes that are thoughtful, clean, and organized. They say, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
My front door is unpainted steel, pale gray in color. I want a bold door that would convey meaning and intent, but can’t decide which color. And, I worry that the dogs would soon have the paint looking scratched and undone. The attributes you assign to each color help immensely. Thanks!
Cindy — One of the things that many bright-colored door owners do is have them sealed with a clear coat (somewhat like the seal on automobile paint) to protect them.
My white front door says I live in a neighborhood with HOA rules that don’t let me paint my door in a distinct color 😉
Jeri — You just made me laugh out loud. Thank you 🤣
Oh Laurie, almost scared to answer this one because we have so many doors. We have five outside doors on a 1,000 square foot home. Four of those would be considered yellow due to the natural wood though they have glass in the middled. These four were hand-crafted. But the front entrance door is a warm, soft, slightly muted, carmine red with natural slab sandstone steps leading up to it. One of the other four doors is a double French door but I only counted it as one. 😉 The reason we have so many doors is that each door provides access to an outside deck. We have as much outside covered area as we do inside space.
This home has the biggest most confident, strong, and open welcoming heart of anyplace I have ever lived. The woman builder said it was a home that loved you back… so true!
Note: There are pictures of our straw-bale timberframe home and some of the doors on Creative Potager on the la casa de inspiracion page if anyone wants to see.
Terrill — And I just made it super easy for people to see because here’s a link to photographs of your beautiful home: https://creativepotager.com/la-casa-de-inspiracion/ 🙂
Thanks Laurie! 🙂
My door is like everyone else’s along the hall, battle ship green-gray! Some people have wreaths, or objects hanging.
You have created a wondrous selection of doors and chakra colors to express, states of being and or feeling.
Jeff — And while I couldn’t find the meaning for “battleship green-gray,” I did see find that a gray door typically means “a dignified home with a modern twist” 🙂
Laurie, well that is finding the silver lining in a dull grey – green door, it is what is behind the door that is important! (((Hugs)))
My door is a solid steel, painted white. And, I normally have a seasonal welcoming wreath. And, the thought just occurred,I could hang a triangle swag of a colored material to invite good energy in. Thanks Laurie, I love the door photos!
I meant rectangle material.
Audrey — I love your idea of hanging a triangle swag of colored material to invite good energy in! 🙂
All my doors are white. I often think about painting one or all three of them, but have not decided on a color that would work with the rosy tan exterior and the winey red trim.
Carol — How about using the same “winey red” trim color? I think it would be gorgeous!
We just helped one daughter paint her first house She is contemplating her front door color right now. It is crisp white next to Ash-violet house paint (purple in morning sunshine then more of a grey blue the rest of the day) big decision for our introvert
Patricia — Ohhhh, how cool is that?! Keep us posted on what she decides 🙂
Thank you for this post, Laurie. I especially like the photo of the orange doors.
Right now there’s a sign on my front door. So it literally says, Puppies in training. Please, no talk, no touch, no eye contact. Thank you. We appreciate your support.
Leanne — Clearly you’re a great dog mom! 🐾
: ) Thank you, Laurie. It’s my goal–and these puppies make it so easy.
My front door is white, Laurie. Before I turn that key, I exhale–all of work stays outside–and then enter the calm of my living room: cream, beige and celadon green. I like to think of the white door as the preview…although I do love that yellow door you posted.
LoisaJay — Ohhh, I just love your mindful, pre-entry practice! 🙂
Jolma — I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
My front door is grey with distinguished green trim. Some would say boring? To me it feels comfortable and welcoming to all.
Arlene — I think it sounds beautiful 🙂
Laurie, I enjoyed your color-filled post. There are some similarities and differences with your explanations and my Brain Color Theory. However, they all are a lovely “Brainbow” of welcoming people into our homes.
Sheila — “A lovely BRAINBOW of welcoming people into our homes. Well said my colorful friend. Well said 🙂
What beautiful doors!
Lucinda — I’m glad you enjoyed them 🙂
The door photos are intriguing and lovely. I’m enjoying the process of thinking about the color of the front door, which is a warm red. I’ve always thought about the doorway as being most important: the place where we welcome people across a threshold from the busyness of life to what is hopefully a space where each is welcome to bring her or his whole self. I’m hoping the warmth of the red signals love and safety.
Kathleen — Welcoming red doors are among my favorite 🙂
If you knocked on my brown oak door, you’d find a large oval window with a hook above where an autumn leaf wreath will soon replace hanging hydrangeas. Of course I’d welcome you inside for tea or coffee, your choice!
Marian — I’d arrive with bells on to enjoy a cuppa with you 🙂
Beautiful doors… and loved reading about Colors… You once mentioned you love Blue, Am I right?!… well… It is one of my favorite colors too… and my favorite female singer, Lana del Rey, has a sort of fixation with it as well… It appears many times in her songs, and it is even the last word in her last album…. Love this post 😀
Aquileana — I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, blue and green are my favorite colors. I’m going to have to check out Lana del Rey’s music 🙂
Dear Laurie… I am quite sure you´ll like this song by Lana (it is the one I was making reference to above, the last one in her last album) 🐬🌊💙”Out of the black into the Blue”. Lana Del Rey – Get Free https://youtu.be/ykkkFLcoQWk Sending love! Good night 😉
Aquileana — Ohhh, that was beautiful. And I especially loved the surprise ending (John & Yoko). Thank you for sharing the link 🙂
So glad that you liked it 😉 ❤ Thank you!
Lovely photos, Laurie. I’ve always wanted a red door. Alas, I’ve had mostly wooden ones until last month when we painted our front door yellow. Now I know why. How fun. Thanks.
Janet — I love that you have a YELLOW door! How cool is that?!
Better even: it’s called Lily.
Laurie, we have a double front door – which is never used. I’ve been here over a year and have never stepped through it. As a matter of fact, I never see it until the UPS man leaves something there. Now, the back door is another story all together, it is where the flow of Life moves in and out of our dwelling and although it is also made of wood, I usually have a seasonal wreath hung on the window portion to add some color and to say “Welcome!”.
Sandi — You know what? Now that you say that, it reminds me that when I visited your home, I, too, came through the gate and then the back door!
happy, Happy, HAPPY birthday to YOU! 🙂
Laurie, thank you for the Birthday wishes, it was a very happy day – I am now the at the lovely age of 65 years. For me that means I have made to the threshold of a Golden Age of Maturity (or something fairly similar). Yep, your memory serves you well, I would have let you in the front door had you knocked! Instead I got one of the best surprises of my life when your smiling face appeared around the gate.
Sandi — You’re welcome for the birthday wishes. I’m glad you had a grand day 🙂
Duh ! Late as usual sorry . My door is clear glass with an oak frame but we are having a Welsh porch on the front soon and that will be buttery cream …I dread to think what that says about me . Hey what’s the colour of your door Laurie ? Haven’t read any other comment as yet , if you have already told someone, I like to read them after .
Cherry — Perfect fit; glass means your authentic.
Our front door is sage green (love, peace, & inner balance) 🙂
What color is YOUR door? Ours is warm brown wood decorated with a rose wreath. I’d love to invite you in for a cup of coffee or or tea (I have 8 different varieties) and a homemade 🍪. 🙏💗
Pam — Put on the kettle, I’m on my way! 🙂
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Ha, our front door is certainly unpretentious, and but it also advertises that we need to stay on top of house refinements!!! 🙂
Sam — Your comment made me laugh 😂
Oooh, I love your doors! My front door is the same as everybody’s in our condominium, sadly. Except a bit more dirty because our Bestia likes to help himself in opening it. Welcome to take part in Thursday Doors this week too, I’m hosting. 🙂
Manja Mexi Move — I’m glad you enjoyed these doors; thank you for letting me know.