Q&A Sunday: What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?

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How do you know which color to paint your front door? 

Teri G., New York, NY

Hi Teri,

This is a question that comes up a lot! And I'm going to throw that question right back at you, because it really depends...on you. There is no magic perfect color, but I’ll go through some guidelines and ways to approach this decision.

First thought, best thought

What is the color you want to paint the front door? What’s the first color that arises right now? Remember: first thought, best thought. Don’t overthink it. It may just be the color that works best for you. 

Mundane matters too

Now think about the color that popped into your consciousness for your door color. Let’s look at this practically. Does it fit with the rest of the house? Colors have countless variations that can probably work with your home, and that’s where a designer can help you to find the option that works best. 

Have fun with it!

But it’s also okay if the color is maybe a little out of place. First of all, it’s just paint - you can always repaint the front door. Second, I'd like to share a story my teachers have told about Professor Lin Yun (founder of BTB Feng Shui). He told one of his clients to paint their whole house exterior purple! Now this is pretty extreme, and this person ended up becoming the talk of the neighborhood, which in turn created a huge business boom. I’m not suggesting you should paint your whole house fluorescent yellow, but you can have fun with the door and remember that painting a front door is not a huge commitment. You can always repaint it!

Try red or black

Red and black painted doors are good basic go-to’s for front door colors in feng shui. Red is auspicious and can attract life energy. Black also absorbs and also brings in positive qi. But this is the “Barnes and Noble” answer!

The mouth of Qi

With all of the above considerations, remember that your front door represents the mouth of qi. This is where energy from the world can enter your home and life. Maybe you do want a door that blends into the rest of your home and looks dignified and subtle. Or maybe you want to attract some energy, in which case a bright red door could look great and do wonders for your opportunities. Now we've come full circle to the first thing I mentioned, which is that the color really depends on you and your life circumstances!

In some areas of the home, there are certainly colors you might want to avoid. All black in any room can make a space feel smaller, and red in a bathroom can make relaxation difficult. But when it comes to the front door, anything is fair game. It's such a small area it can easily be repainted. Put some thought on your decision, and be willing to take a chance on trying a new color!

by Anjie Cho 

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What are three words that describe your design philosophy at home?

Simple, bright, calm.

What was the first room you tackled when you moved in?

Definitely the bedroom. We needed a place to sleep, and in feng shui the bedroom is thought to be the most important room in the house since it represents who you are. Since I have a home office, we split the bedroom up with some white fabric panels to create separate spaces. My husband loves how soft and tent-like these feel.

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Over the past few years, wallpaper has made quite a comeback. If you're looking for the old style, though, you may not find it so easily. Instead, modern wallpaper features bold colors, quirky designs and natural themes that are perfect compliments to home feng shui. I've curated wallpaper designs for each of the five elements to help you balance your holistic space!


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In feng shui, these shades invoke the Wood element, welcoming new beginnings and working to lift your qi. This pattern is perfect for nurseries, offices, bathrooms and any number of holistic spaces!

Available at: Calico

Marble Wallpaper in Clay-Blue

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It's worth noting that colors this dark often do best as accent walls rather than full rooms, as darker shades can make a room full dreary when used in excess. 

Available at: Rebecca Atwood

Striation Wallpaper

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Available at: Anthropologie

Petal Pusher

For more Metal in your holistic space, this combination of silver and circular shapes can complete and refine things in your life with beauty and precision. 

Metallic colors are symbolic of the Metal element, and this pattern is a great way to ease into using those shades in your space. 

Available at: Hygge & West

Apex Grand

I love this wallpaper for adding the Fire element without using the color red. Red can be somewhat overwhelming and can easily be used in excess.

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Available at: Cole & Son

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