Red painted front entry door means different things in different traditions. Scotland tradition is the most interesting one……..
1.) The Feng Shui Tradition
In Feng Shui, a red front door simply means “welcome.” How appropriate for the very first touchpoint with visitors! I can’t think of a better message to broadcast, which has the potential to speak louder than an actual “welcome” mat. One of the best qualities that a house can possess is to be welcoming — to make guests feel at home and like there is no deadline for their departure. Just looking at the color red emits those very feelings; it is warm, comfortable and inviting.
2.) The Early American Tradition
Following this same train of hospitality, in an early American tradition, a door painted red was a sign to weary travelers that the home was a safe and welcoming place to rest. It would cut out the guessing game and knocking marathon because they knew they could potentially stay the night there. They could park their horse and buggy in the driveway (or maybe it was called a rideway then) and enjoy a safe and warm night of rest.
3.) The Scottish Tradition
More recently, some homeowners — particularly in Scotland — paint their front door red in order to signify that they have paid off their mortgage. This mortgage-free announcement is of course exciting to homeowners and we think it’s worth proclaiming! Even if the public doesn’t know about this hidden meaning, at least it will make the homeowners smile whenever they see their front door.