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04:26 pm - So I think I want a red front door
After a weekend full of work, I've had to spend an hour doing home maintenance. (Installing new fluorescent light tubes in a very old fixture in my utility room: a festival of my borderline incompetence. But they're in, I think.) The unhappy side-effect of new lights would be that now I realize I have to paint that room, la la la.

But I have promised myself that I will do something decorative this season. I'm thinking a red door.

According to a quick google, red doors are positive signs in many many cultures and design systems. That's a great start, but now the question is, WHICH red?

High-gloss candy-apple red is what I'm craving. (This door is at a MUCH grander house than mine.) This red is also acceptable, although not as enticing.

And this door is wicked cool, but the color is far too tomato. I want a strong blue edge to my red, not brown.

What color of door do you have, or would you like?

Cheers on this winter day, and good thoughts for brave colors.

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From:stevie_carroll
Date:December 8th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I like that first red. I also like dark green for doors, although currently I'd settle for anything other than my mainly-glass front door.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 8th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear, a mainly glass front door can be problematic -- although it can be cool, too.

Cheers and privacy and a dark green door to you, Stevie!
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From:gwynnega
Date:December 8th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I like the first red the best.

If I could paint my door, I would like purple or olive green. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 8th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
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You would like a purple or green door??? I am so very Not Surprised. :)

And I love a purple door myself!

Hugs, Gwynne!
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From:janus_74
Date:December 8th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I like the second one because it's a little bit darker. We're looking to paint ours too, but don't know what colour. I saw a really neat Art Deco design that was almost all glass, but I don't know how that will hold up in the winter :)
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
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Yes, I can imagine that your winter would pose a challenge! I hope you find an Art Deco one that works with all your cold weather. :)

Cheers! Happy evening!
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From:paratti
Date:December 8th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Red is awesome:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
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It's really odd, because I have red as an accent all through my house even though I don't wear the color. But it IS awesome! :)

Hugs!
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From:cindergal
Date:December 9th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
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I love a red door, especially on a white house. I like the first red best, too. My door is natural wood, which I love. I have a very Northwest style house, so it is quite fitting.

Once I got to choose the color of the door on a new house and I picked one that I thought would be "butterscotch," but turned out to be more like "baby poop." Not a good color. After that, I repainted it white. :-D
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
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Natural wood doors on Arts and Crafts homes or Mid-century Modern houses look fabulous! My friends who have a showpiece 60s Moderne home just put in a gorgeous natural wood door. :)

And yes, browns and yellows can be TRICKY. :))

Hugs!
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From:chase820
Date:December 9th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
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You must consider the feng shui! Which way does your front door face? I have an east facing front door, which calls for brown or green. Happily, my apartment complex painted all the doors brown, regardless of direction.

The color you paint depends upon which way your door faces.

More details here:

http://fengshui.about.com/od/Feng-Shui-Color-Tips/tp/Best-Feng-Shui-Front-Door-Color.htm
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
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Aaaand... my house faces south, so red is the choice for feng shui!

Thank you very much, Chase, for the link which confirms me in my decision. Perfect!

And good thoughts that our work madness ends soon. :)
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From:roguedemon
Date:December 9th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
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That sounds lovely. For me, I would have a dark spruce green, or a rich plum color. We haven't gotten around to doing anything like that, maybe we will someday.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
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Either spruce green or plum would look so lovely in the light where you live!

Hugs, pal. :)
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From:stateless82
Date:December 9th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
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Despite having lived here since the dawn of time, I could not tell you what color the door is. I'm 100% sure it's ugly, but what shade of ugly?

I remember back in the 60's one of my cousins (who was probably 16 or so at the time) repainted my great-grandmother's bright, white, kitchen and decided to do all the edgings and highlights in cherry-red. It came out really nice, but I swear, half the village came by to marvel at it when it was done.

And after thinking about it, I might be inclined toward a teal color door, but it would depend on the color of house.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 9th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
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Hee, I understand JUST how it is in terms of not knowing the specifics of things like the color of a front door. (My own right now is Bermudan blue, but it's not as nice as I'd hoped.)

I can imagine indeed the marveling at such a high-contrast color choice as your great-grandmother's repainted kitchen, but how cool!

[hugs]

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