With over twenty combined years in the real estate business we’ve learned a few interesting tidbits about home ownership along the way. One such fun fact is about the cross-cultural significance behind having a red front door. Now you’ve probably assumed that those confident homeowners just happen to love the color red, but there actually is a deeper meaning to this dramatic home statement. Below are a few of the most common reasons why people paint their front doors red.

A Feng Shui Tradition

In Feng Shui, a red front door simply means “welcome.” Think of it like an intense welcome mat. How appropriate for the very first touchpoint with visitors! One of the best qualities that a house can possess is to be welcoming. Just looking at the color red emits those very feelings. It is warm, comfortable and inviting.

An Early American Tradition

Following this same idea of hospitality, in early American tradition, a red front door was a sign to weary travelers that the home was a safe and welcoming place to rest. It would cut out the guessing game because travelers knew they could potentially stay the night there. They could park their horse and buggy outside and enjoy a safe and warm night of rest.

A Scottish Tradition

More recently, some homeowners, particularly in Scotland, paint their front door red in order to signify that they have paid off their mortgage. This mortgage-free announcement is of course exciting to homeowners and worthy of proclamation!

Do you consider your home a welcoming place? Maybe painting your front door red should be your next weekend project. Not quite that brave yet? Email or call us and we can give you some other — less bold — tips on how to make your home more welcoming.

The decision to paint a door any sort of color out of the ordinary has a deliberate meaning. What color door is your favorite?