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The Meaning of a Red Door



I have always loved red doors. They have somehow always appealed to me as something stately and dignified. They make a statement and I love the flash of color! Throughout history, and in several cultures, red doors have special significance.


The earliest historical reference to a door being covered in red is found in the Old Testament account of the Jewish Passover. Some churches still paint their doors red to symbolize Jesus’ shed blood and that the area beyond the doors is sacred and holy.  Other churches paint their doors red with the idea that protection from evil spirits is offered within the walls of the church. 


In early American tradition, a red door symbolized to tired horse and buggy travelers that a home was a safe place to rest and stay. 


During the civil war, “safe homes” that were part of the Underground Railroad supposedly painted their doors red to guide escaped slaves to places of refuge and safety. 


Scottish tradition holds that homeowners paint their front door red to signify that they had paid off their mortgage. 


Chinese consider red to be a lucky color and therefore many Chinese put a fresh coat of red paint on their front doors as part of their New Year celebration. 


The principles of Feng Shui state that bold colors invite positive energy and that bold colors like red invite opportunities and abundance. 


Although many claim Albert Einstein to be one of the most brilliant minds ever, he had his blind spots.  Apparently, Einstein painted his front door red because he couldn’t remember which house was his without the red door.

Brass Doorknobs

Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves. The ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs, eliminating infections within eight hours.


House Warming

While there may be many customs worldwide associated with housewarming, the most familiar one is that of bringing three items: salt to ensure that life in the new home will always have flavor; bread, so that the homeowners will never go hungry; and wine, so that joy and prosperity will reign forever.


Feng Shui Tips to Sell

  • Put fresh yellow flowers in the living room, hall or dining room.
  • Turn a light on each empty room for at least 3 hours a day.
  • Hang a small brass bell on a red ribbon outside the front door.
  • In the south and southwest areas of the home, place yellow and fiery colored square or oblong rugs.
  • In the west area of the home, use lots of metal, brass or copper accents  and white, cream and grey tones to symbolically add strength and new opportunities.
  • Place TVs, stereos and other electrical items in the northeast part of your home.
  • Make sure you match either side of the bed – including side tables and reading lamps.
  • Don’t forget the importance of mirrors in feng shui. Mirrors work best in the east, southeast and the north areas of the home.
  • Make sure you put potted flowering plants outside of your entrance.


Old Wives Tales to Buy or Sell

  • Plant a staue of Saint Josph in your yard. Once the home sells, be sure to dig up poor St. Joseph and put him in a place of honor in the garden.
  • Buy a broom. Never bring an old broom into your home.
  • When entering a home, enter and exit using the same door you entered.
  • When selling a home, everyone may be familiar with the “baking chocolate chip cookies” trick to make the house smell good. Try cutting lemons or dabbing vanilla on light bulbs instead.
  • You should never move in on a Friday, or when the moon is waxing. Wednesdays or Saturdays are the best days for moving.
  • Placing a comb under your bed will bring you prosperity and luck – this works whether you’re buying or selling.
  • Put fennel over the door jams to keep out negativity.