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Old 03-18-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Nashua
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Default Red front doors in New England

One thing I have noticed here in N.H. and Ma. is that it seems that a lot of homes have red painted front doors regardless of the homes exterior color scheme. Is this some kind of tradition with an origin in Colonial times?
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Monadnock region
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someone once told me that a red front door meant that it was still under mortgage. when the loan was paid off, you painted the door another color (green?).
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: S. New Hampshire
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Our house has a bright red front door. I thought it was kinda weird at first (our house is white with black trim) until our realtor told us in NE a red door is a sign of welcome. Course that got us wondering what a black door means. Stay away?
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Add me to the "Red Front Door" club. Painted our door "Victorian Red", just last fall. It's beautiful and I just love it

1st coat = pink
2nd coat= BRIGHT pink
3rd coat= wonderful beautiful Victorian Red



Regarding the meaning, I've always been told that red door means "welcome". However, now that I'm getting into a bit of staging, I've learned that there are many meanings to a red front door:

In Feng Shui, a red door symbolizes the mouth of the home. By painting our door red (or any bright color that stands out) chi (positive energy) is drawn to the house. It is the entry point in which abundance and opportunities find us.

The Chinese consider red to be the lucky or sacred color. Many doors are painted with a fresh coat of red just before Chinese New Year to invite good luck and happiness. (when I was involved w/ a kung fu school that performed Lion Dance, we saw this to be true, many homes/businesses had a fresh coat of red paint)

In Ireland, a red door is supposed to ward off ghosts and evil spirits.

In Catholicism, a red door represents that the blood of Christ has been smeared on it and that the area beyond the door is holy and sacred.

Also, according to the Old Testament, the Jewish slaves in Egypt smeared their doors with lambs blood as a sign that the required sacrifice had already been made, and those homes would be passed over by the Angel of Vengence.

Supposedly red doors were used as part of the Underground Railroad, and homes with red doors were "safe houses".

Albert Einstein painted his door red because he couldn't recognize his house without it.

And for homeowners, a red door announces that the house is paid for, free and clear.


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Old 03-18-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Beautiful door ValerieC!! Thanks for the recipe (and the history lesson!)
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Oceania
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Yes, beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
The best part: I am sure that you didn't have to submit your external paint sample to the homeowner's association for approval so your house would blend into your 'hood's color scheme!
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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Yes, beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
The best part: I am sure that you didn't have to submit your external paint sample to the homeowner's association for approval so your house would blend into your 'hood's color scheme!
This is required in some zoned historic acreas in NH though. Something to be aware of/look into if you're buying an antique home. I'll also say that the typical range of "historic" colors are very broad and sometimes whimsical- compared to the drab requirements of some strict HOAs (though some HOAs don't care as long as you don't paint your house Zebra or something).

+1 to the red door club here...and our house is a contemporary.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Southern NH
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We have a white house with black shutters and a red door. It is a traditional colonial look...

Barns are usually red in New England. That is because in colonial days, the red paint was the cheapest...
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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We have a white house with black shutters and a red door. It is a traditional colonial look...
We have a white colonial with black shutters and a white door ... but after reading Valerie C's post and seeing the picture of her door, I think we'll be going with a red door. It just looks so darned good!
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Monadnock region
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it is a lovely door.. but the hobbit in me just insists on having a green door (eventually)!
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