I have always been obsessed with the red door. Five years ago when we trekked up north and bought our home the first thing I said was, “I must have a red door.” Not long after our door was taken off its hinges and we painted my first red door.
Driving home from work today, I paid attention to all the homes I passed. I was surprised at all the red doors I saw. We all know that a red front door adds instant curb appeal, but what does a red front door symbolize? After some research, I found the red door symbolizes a lot actually.
It’s hard to pin down a specific origin of the red front door, but the tradition does trace back to Biblical times. History states Hebrew slaves were instructed to paint their doors red to protect their first born from the angel of death. Yikes! Many churches also painted their doors red, with the belief that once you passed through it you were protected from evil. And in early American times, if a family had a red front door, travelers passing through by horse and buggy would know that a home was a safe place to stop and stay.
Perhaps more importantly than its historical meaning, though, is the fact that, according to the principles of Feng Shui, a red door is supposed to create a welcoming energy in your home.
And the most exciting meaning: In Scotland, a red door means “mortgage-free,” since homeowners used to paint their front doors to announce to the world that they’d paid off their home.
Although my house isn’t mortgage-free, I most certainly accept the welcoming energy and protection from evil.