• December 10, 2014

Painting the Door Red

Style icon or symbolism? Red doors command attention and the history books tells stories of many interesting meanings defining this colour. With holidays around the corner, perhaps you will consider not just painting the town red but adding a flamboyant fresh coat of paint to your entrance. While it is commonly known that a front red door symbolises several things including welcome, sanctuary, status and positive vibes, here are a few more interesting meanings:

1. A red door is thought to signify the safety of a house along the Underground Railroad, a route for African slaves escaping captivity and travelling north during the 19th century.

2. In Scotland, a red door signifies the status of a paid mortgage. You make your last payment and buy yourself a bucket of red paint.

3. Albert Einstein painted his front door red so that he could find his house. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to find it.

4. Tracing back to the 1930′s, Fuller Brush practically invented “door-to-door” sales with their vacuum salesmen. At some point there was this whole Federal Court case about whether or not door-to-door sales should be allowed. In the meantime, home owners started painting their front doors red as symbol for a “no sales” stop sign.

5. Feng Shui plays a popular role in Chinese cultural and according to experts the front door represents the mouth of a home or “the mouth of Chi.” A good feng shui door will attract the highest energy to nourish the home you live in.

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

7. A red door provides protection. In Biblical times, the Hebrew slaves were instructed to smear blood of a lamb on their front doors to protect their first born from the angel of death.

Two sleek new townhouses currently listed for sale at 1/1 & 2/1 Adelaide Street, Footscray feature red doors.

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