As part of the house fix-up, we’re having everything painted, inside and out. The house exterior has always been light greenish-gray with white trim, the interior varying shades of white on both walls and trim. I feel little urge for change. Except.
I want to paint my front door a completely different color. Right now it’s white. White, old, and all banged up. Shall we share a few ugly photos?
Ever so attractive. Don’t fret about that concrete. Potted plants to the eventual rescue.
All you lovers of mid-century, this is what a real 1954 doorknob looks like. Turns out some 1950s builders preferred Medieval Dungeon to Mies van der Rohe.
How to choose the new shade? I know my instinctual preferences. High WASPs believe, for reasons mysterious even to us, that our front doors should be painted black, white, red, or green. Or left unpainted in the original wood or metal. That’s it. Why we don’t like navy blue, our favorite and almost canonical color for clothing, I simply cannot parse out. And we’re not even going to talk about chartreuse. I guess we’ll let the Cotswolds keep on with aquamarine, if they must.
So, wood is out. My front door turns out to be dark and splotchy under its white paint, from previous staining. Black would be too severe with my particular gray, white’s out, green too matchy. Red then. All set? These pictures are pretty compelling.
But I still doubt my house decor instincts, I want a constraining framework. High WASPs in California often follow the woo woo, as we call it, using irony in its time-honored role as a mask for anxiety. In this case, I thought, “Why not Feng Shui? What does the old Chinese real estate quasi-magic say?”
Feng shui recommends front door colors based on your entry’s orientation. My house looks Northeast. And the best feng shui colours for a Northeast-facing front door are (in order of their auspiciousness): earthy/sandy colors, yellow, burgundy red, purple, deep orange, and rich pink. I can do burgundy, which I will not call cabernet, despite my fealty to California.
Finally, there are some indications that, WASP and feng shui tradition aside, red is a very popular color, and probably good for resale.
Time to choose.
My painter says that although Kelly Moore hasn’t let him down in 30 years, as far as exteriors and standard interiors go, their saturated colors are substandard. OK then. He likes Home Depot’s Marquee line, with one coat coverage, or Benjamin Moore. So after lining up swatches on the doorway,
I’m considering the Marquee Reddest Red,
or Benjamin Moore’s Dinner Party.
What is the final compass reading for my decision? You, my inestimable and skilled readers, you. Do you have a favorite red? On the blueish side, but not too blue, nicely bright but not too-too, deep but not, well, you get the drill? Do tell.
(Of course, there’s a board for that.)