The Red Door

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ANOTHER RED DOOR! That was my first thought when I saw a recent post on Rural Intelligence, the home/food/culture blog of the Hudson Valley, about staging the 1760 Colonial, above, for sale.

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Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

The post features the provocative James Mane, a Greene County real estate agent/hands-on stager, who prefers the term “editing” and who’ll take a project only with the understanding that he can do as he pleases. He really strips a place down to showcase “the house, not the furnishings” — which makes perfect sense when you have historic houses of enormous charm and character to sell (and clients with boring stuff).

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Tivoli, Dutchess County, NY

Why the cliché red door on Mane’s latest project? “To warm it up,” of course (the paint is Benjamin Moore’s “Warm Comfort,” something close to persimmon).

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Philadelphia

Red doors seem to be everywhere lately, used as a quick and easy pick-me-up for a house, especially one on the market. A red door says ‘Welcome, please come in and love me — better yet, buy me.’

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Park Slope, Brooklyn

Actually, I love red doors, though I’ve usually painted my own some version of turquoise, because an Israeli friend once told me it keeps evil spirits away.

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Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY

Any thoughts on the meaning of the red door?

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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5 Responses to The Red Door

  1. Astor C. says:

    Just reminds me of the red dress Bette Davis worn in “Jezebel” (her consolation prize for not landing GWTW) — defiance.

  2. Quinn says:

    I like red doors though so many of them seem a little off – like the first picture. The color seems insulting to the house. Love the third one!

  3. Coppermaven says:

    I agree with Quinn. That staged red door looks out of place to me with the color of the shutters. However, I do like the other red doors you showcased.

  4. Astor C. says:

    Actually the red front door is a Feng Shui thing. Presumably red is the color associated with Prosperity & Abundance, Fame & Reputation, Love & Relationships, all good things for a welcoming front door.

  5. Coppermaven says:

    maybe Astor C., aka…, but feng shui or no feng shui it needs to e harmonious with the rest of the house.

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