The article linked below has recently been passed around on Pinterest. It mentions eight great red exterior paint colors. Some of the paint suggestions are intended for siding and not doors, but I think they are all great suggestions for doors as well.
I know a lot of people read my red front door posts (here, here, and here) so this will be a red front door extravaganza.
If you are in the market for a red front door, enjoy!
On this blog, I rarely depart from the topic of Real Estate. After all, it is the reason this blog exists.
That said, given that it’s the holiday season, I want to take a moment to put the spotlight on a company that “gets it”.
For the sheer joy of it [and perhaps earning some good viral marketing in the process], an airline called WestJets surprised their passengers by buying them the exact Christmas presents they requested before boarding their flight and presenting them as the same passengers deplaned at their destination.
As a Mom, I applaud their ability to be so organized as to pull this whole thing off. My holiday shopping is not going nearly as well!
As a 22-year veteran of the advertising industry, I doff my “marketing hat” at the sheer genius of this [WestJets, you should consider giving your advertising agency a bonus this year if they are responsible for this idea!]
As a human being, this warms my heart beyond belief.
It’s a 5-minute video, but well worth the time!
Tomorrow we will return to the topic of Real Estate…
As the year winds down, I find myself constantly thinking about how to make next year better. Better at home, better at work, better everything. I went into 2013 with great hopes and dreams and, in retrospect, it was a fine year but it in no way measured up to my expectations.
What can I do right now to set myself up to have the best possible 2014?
Well, I believe a person’s home is their home base or their safe haven. The place you go to shield yourself from the world. It’s where you regroup and plan and recharge. As a result, I feel there are things I should do in my home to best set myself up for success and happiness when I leave it and go out into the world.
I recently got to thinking after having a discussion with a client about Feng Shui. I have MANY clients that firmly believe the principals of feng shui play a huge role in this process of setting oneself up for happiness and success. I know relatively little about the concept and am trying to get a better handle on it, but could the principles of feng shui set me up for a far better 2014?
Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that I am completely besotted by all things having to do with front doors and entryways. So, I thought that might be the place to start my feng shui journey. Is my front door the proper color to invite happiness and prosperity?
Well determining that starts with a compass…which direction does my front face? In my estimation, my door faced somewhere North. That, however, was not specific enough to determine proper color. To what degree from the northern angle, did my door face? I had no clue so, with a camping compass I had from some long ago project firmly in hand, I hopped onto YouTube for a quick tutorial on compass reading.
After watching the above tutorial, I have ascertained that my front door, does in fact, point North. BUT, more importantly, at 341°. Knowing that number lets me know that my door faces true North and not Northwest. An important determination in the principles of feng shui.
According to everything I’ve read, my front door should be colored to reflect water elements, the best would be blue, but black would be okay too. The worst possible colors for my front door would be the following: green, brown, yellow, red, purple, orange, and deep pink. Below is a picture of my front door…
Cue the game show disappointment sound…wah, wah, wahhhhh
Curses, my brown front door was responsible for my lackluster 2013!
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said, “It’s a little different, it’s a little off the beaten path, and it’s not a primary color,” she explains. “It’s an invitation to innovation. The purple family offers (an) opportunity to do creative things.” Eiseman went on to say that’s what pop culture wants right now, “People associate purple with creativity and originality – and those are very valued today. We see words like that being used to describe technologies and products that are seen as innovative and with an approach you haven’t tried before.”
I never knew so much thought and decision went into it!
We put up our Christmas decorations last weekend. Every year my husband and I have the exact same discussion:
On the day after Thanksgiving…
Me: Let’s get the tree next weekend.
My Husband: It will be a dried out tinderbox by Christmas.
Me: Christmas only comes once a year and I want to enjoy as many moments of it as I can.
My Husband: It will be a dried out tinderbox by Christmas.
Me: Okay, I’ll make sure our calendar is clear so we can get it next weekend.
The only year we did not have that discussion was the year we were selling our house in Fairfield. We listed the house two days before Thanksgiving and our agent advised us to keep the decorating to a minimum so as not be polarizing to those who do not celebrate. I grudgingly complied as she was the expert.
Now that I am a Realtor, I am not sure I agree. Certainly decorating your house like the Griswolds in the movie Christmas Vacation is not recommended, but, that said, I rather like a tastefully done holiday-scape. Not unlike displaying family pictures, I think holiday decorations can make a home seem happy, and to me, that is a good sales tool.
It’s easy to look at a picture of an already painted front door and decide if you like it or not for your home. It’s completely another thing to actually start from scratch and decide what your door color should be.
Today’s post is for those front door trailblazers who aren’t going to copy a picture but who what to select their own colors for their own reasons.
A much harder and trickier undertaking if you ask me!
Better Homes & Gardens wrote a great piece on what to consider BEFORE selecting a door color. I thought the questions posed where good to consider before embarking on a front door color quest.
If you are one of those trailblazers hats off to you and good luck!
If you are thinking of listing your house this spring, you might want to consider experimenting with door color now so you are ready when the first buyers appear.
I always admire not only the creativity of some people, but their pluck and tenacity. Who the heck would have the energy to film an entire kitchen renovation while living through that same renovation? Not me, that for sure! I can tell you, I have renovated several kitchens and the last thing on my mind was making a fun video to show the progress…I’m far too crabby for that
Kudos to these people for being creative and not crabby!