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What does your door say about you?

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: May 31, 2012

I've been asked the color of my eyes, my mood and even my parachute. But no one's ever asked the color of my front door.

Red, for the record. Apparently that means I'm passionate, according to Debbie Zimmer of the Paint Quality Institute.

Zimmer says in a news release that the colors we choose for our doors often communicate our emotions and personalities. A front door is the focal point of a home, she says, much like a necktie is the focal point of a suit.

Here's what a color psychologist might say about the most common front door colors:

Blue: Studies often show blue is the most popular color. A blue front door indicates the homowner sees his or her home as a place of refuge.

Green: This color connotes health, safety, tranquility and harmony.

Black: A black front door projects strength, sophisication, power and authority.

Red: This powerful color says a home is viibrant and exciting.

Brown: A brown front door conveys warmth, stability and reliability, but some darker shades of brown signal a desire for privacy, even isolation.

 

 

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