Red Doors: What’s the Meaning of a Red Front Door?

A red front door is a striking and evocative addition to any home’s exterior aesthetic. Choosing a red door can be for reasons as simple as creative license, or it may be that you’re painting your door red in order to go for a feng shui look. Whatever the reason, houses with red front doors are some of the most interesting in Australia – and we think it’s worth knowing why.

What is the significance of a red front door?

It may surprise you to learn that the presence of a red front door actually carries with it a whole host of potential meanings and significance that go far beyond a mere DIY decision. Depending on where you are in the world, a red door can send a clear message about your home, habits and even your religion. But why are doors painted red, and what is the meaning of a red front door in the modern world?

The question of red door meaning can be answered differently depending on the context you’re looking at. On a very simple level, a red door can simply mean that the occupier of the home is bold and creative: choosing an eye-catching colour like this is a great way to draw positive attention to a property, which is useful both in the short term while it’s occupied – and in the long term for resale value.

But there is also a meaning of red door in feng shui, which is the habit of organising an environment along the lines of nature and energy. In this context, red means “south” – and that, just like all of the points of the compass, has a loaded meaning.

South is the direction of fame, which is of course desirable – especially for anyone who is ambitious. Across Asia and in some Buddhist cultures, it’s possible to find red doors on important buildings, with only the most prominent people permitted to have a red door – and so it’s easy to see why it’s so desirable for a modern door. Red is, after all, the colour of fire, and it’s also used to signify that something is sacred.

Are red doors out of style?

It’s certainly true to say that the colour is associated in the minds of some with the 1980s and 1990s. Everything from cars to album covers made the most of this hue several decades ago, and it’s perhaps true that some people equate red paint with English phone boxes and other quaint street life.

But the reality is that red doors are still in style. Across Australia, there are lots of red doors on the fronts of homes, and it’s in some ways chicer than ever. Paired with a modern doorframe which is new, sturdy and long-lasting, and then paint it red from there, you’ll be ahead of the curve without having to worry about whether you’re out of fashion.

Painting your door red

If you’re considering painting your door red, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to do it. We’ve spoken to a number of customers here at DoorsPlus who have let us know that the doors they bought from us were easily transformed into a striking shade of red, and we’ve shared some images submitted by happy clients here on this page.

Once you order a door from Doors Plus, we’ll get this sent out to you as soon as we can. Our team of expert professionals will come to your home and install the door, along with the frame & surrounding dressing timber required to support it if necessary. The team will bring their own hardware, so you won’t have to lift a finger.

Here at Doors Plus, we’re well aware that there are plenty of different shades of red to go for. Not everyone will be satisfied with the same type of red, and the exact bitcoin Australia hue you pick can vary based on anything from the size and frontage of your house to the way your garden is laid out.

Our doors

That’s why we offer customers the chance to have their doors stained in our Signature Dark Maple stain before they are delivered. This colour has a twist of deep red embedded into it, and gives any door a unique look.

four doors side by side showing rich dark maple stain with red tones

If you’re keen to go for a different shade of red, you can hire a professional who can come along and paint the door after we’ve installed it for you. If you’re feeling confident enough, it’s also possible to colour your own door in your preferred shade of red. This will help to keep down costs, but it’s also a good way to build a connection with your home and achieve a project that you’re proud of.

The DIY approach will need to entail buying some items, including a bristle brush or two. A knife blade is also helpful for this purpose, as it will help you to remove the Paint’n’Peel film that we apply to the glass, which makes painting a door easy. No need to mask up the glass, simply Paint, Trim and Peel.

It is best to discuss with your local paint store or a paint professional on a red paint that has a good LVR rating to ensure the door doesn’t crack or warp under the harsh Australian climate.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our doors and how we can help you get the exterior aesthetic of your dreams, Visit a Doors Plus showroom near you.