The formal front door is the most important part of the exterior of your home. It’s the mouth of chi energy—the place where energy enters your home. That’s the case whether or not you use that door frequently or not. While I don’t recommend painting over nice natural wood, if you’re bold enough to paint your front door red, you’re doing yourself a gigantic favor because that color will attract good energy into your home. If you can’t bring yourself to paint it brilliant red, use whatever shade of red appeals to you. An example of a deep rich red is “Fabulous Red” from Valspar—it’s verging on an oxblood red.
It can be difficult to get a saturated red color without visible brushstrokes. Using a brown primer will make it so that fewer red coats are needed. Only the outside of the door should be red. White or a dark color (grey or black) is more appropriate for that area inside the home.
I sometimes like to browse the Houzz website for example photos. I found several red doors, some of which present some interesting situations. The photo below shows a front door behind a screened-in porch. Remember, it is the official front door that should be red. In this case, it’s even more important that the front door have that vivid red, since it is somewhat hidden by the screens. (I would note, though, that the house address number should NOT read downward; it brings energy down. I have extended information on this situation in Feng Shui for Hawaii.)
Here’s another Houzz photo find, to the right. I love the simple elegance of the door and the eye-catching red. This entry looks as if it’s a bit tucked away, so it’s important for it to attract the eye. The red flowers in the planter near the door are also a nice touch. That doorknob, though, I simply cannot endorse. It should be on the same side as the lock. A doorknob needs to scream LOGICAL. It’s the first thing that is touched when opening the door, and first things are most important.
The one drawback to having a red (on the outside) front door is that if the door is open a lot for air circulation, the red is in the wrong place in the bagua of the house. This situation happens a lot in Hawaii. An easy fix is to paint the solid parts of the screen door red, as this client of mine did. Notice that they have also added a jade plant (it symbolizes abundance, and has rounded leaves—good friendly greeting energy), and the shoes outside the door are neatly pointed in the same direction for less chaos.