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Painting Your Door and the Meanings Behind Colors 2-Part Series

The front door usually is the focal point of the house which means the color sets the tone for what the style and decor will be on the inside. But the front door also should represent the personality of the homeowners. To determine which color is best for your front door, you can look at the “meaning” of colors as well as the feng shui of certain colors. What is Feng Shui? It is the study of the relationship between environment and human life. Discovered by the Chinese, feng shui has been practiced for centuries to design environments that enhance conditions for success in life.

So welcome to Part I: Feng Shui of Colors

In feng shui, the front door is where the type of energy of the house is established (it’s the ‘chi’); the quality of the energy here determines the quality of the energy throughout your home.

The most auspicious colors for a front door are based on which direction your front door faces (N, S, E, or W). Each of the compass points has a corresponding feng shui element and harmonious colors linked to that element. For example, the east direction is wood, and the colors of wood are green and brown.

(To determine the compass direction of your front door, use a compass app on your Smart phone. Totally easy!)

EAST: As we said, east-facing is wood so if you’re front door faces this direction, colors such as greens, browns and other wood colors are great to use.

SOUTHEAST: The color choices for your southeast front door share the same feng shui element of wood and its harmonious colors:

  • Green
  • Brown
  • Wood tones

The elements of water and earth also bring good energy to this area, and it’s associated with the money and wealth energy, which is nourished by water. Therefore, other colors for southeast-facing doors are:

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Very light yellow
  • Earthy/sandy colors

NORTHEAST: This is an opening to the energy of spiritual growth and cultivation, and its feng shui element is earth:

  • Light yellow
  • Beige
  • Clay
  • Other earthy/sandy colors

Apart from all tones and shades of earthy colors, you can also use the colors of fire:

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Orange
  • Magenta
  • Coral

NORTH: It is the only direction of the feng shui element of water, so the best choices for a north-facing door are the water element colors:

  • Black
  • Blue

Because water is generated by metal, the colors of metal are also good choices:

  • White
  • Gray
  • Metallic colors

SOUTH: This is the only direction with the feng shui element of fire, so the best feng shui color is red, natch! Other fire element colors that work well include:

  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Magenta
  • Coral

For additional colors for a south-facing door related to wood, try:

  • Green
  • Brown
  • Wood tones

SOUTHWEST: The feng shui energy associated with a southwest door is maternal energy, as well as the energy of marriage and love. These are related to earth elements and its colors:

  • Light yellow
  • Beige
  • Clay
  • Other earthy/sandy colors

WEST: Go for the colors of the feng shui element metal:

  • White
  • Gray
  • Metallic colors

Producing or nourishing colors for metal come from earth:

  • Light yellow
  • Beige
  • Clay
  • Other earthy/sandy colors

NORTHWEST: it has the same best color choices as the west-facing door because both directions share the same element of metal:

  • White
  • Gray
  • Metallic colors

Likewise, northwest-facing doors are supported by colors of earth:

  • Light yellow
  • Beige
  • Clay
  • Other earthy/sandy colors
So this is one way you can use to pick the perfect color for your front door and next time we’ll go behind the psychology of color and look at which colors mean what! Until then, let us know if we can provide you a quote or answer any of your painting questions at all.

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