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Purple Front Door Meaning (with purple door examples)
So, you love the idea of having a purple front door? Me too! Adding a purple splash of color to your home has some beautiful and unique meanings behind it, too. Perhaps some of these meanings will inspire you to give purple try. If that’s the case, my photo gallery of purple front doors will give you some more ideas.
A purple front door is a sign of creativity and open-mindedness. Purple doors can also promote good health and success in your career. In many cultures, purple is associated with royalty, wealth and honor. It’s also a spiritual color, worn by pastors and priests. In feng shui, it’s said that a purple door will invite opportunities into your home. A purple door can also mark the homestead of a witch or practitioner of magic who knows how to live a prosperous life beyond monetary gain.
When I bought my new home, I was excited to paint the front door purple since I first pulled up, way before I made an offer. Pretty crazy right? Purple felt like the perfect color to set apart my plain white house with plain black trim.
My mind spun with ideas.
My house needed TLC, love, personality. A front door color should make a statement, but also shouldn’t offend anyone… or be too weird to fit into the neighborhood. This is where painting your front door purple can get a bit challenging. It is a little bit unconventional. But, if you read through this post and my purple color suggestions, you’ll find the perfect shade of purple for your situation. So lets dive in and find out if a purple door is right for you!
I guess you can say that I’m sold on the idea of a purple front door. Not only is a purple front door unique, but I love the message and meaning behind it. The exact color I chose for my front door is “Purple Energy” — a new Clark & Kensington color you can get at Ace Hardware.
Quick Tip: Check out my purple front door color suggestions if you’re looking for some color ideas and pictures
What Does a Purple Front Door Mean?
Here are some other little-known representations of purple:
A purple front door represents wealth, honor and royalty.
Having a purple front door lets others know that you are living a prosperous life. It does not necessarily mean that you are wealthy, but you are rich in your quality of life and well-being. You are also honorable.
A purple front door can show your open mindedness.
The color purple also is not a common front door color depending on where you live. So when you paint your front door purple, you are telling people that you are open minded and versatile to life’s possibilities. You think outside the box.
A purple front door can bring a sense of calm.
If the shade of purple you choose for your door has some blue hues in it as well, this can bring a sense of calm and have a peaceful affect on your front door space. There is a lot of good energy surrounding the color purple. Think about how you’ll feel if you come home to a front door that is painted purple.
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A purple front door can mean a witch lives in the home.
This is a really weird one. Depending on your superstition level this could be a deal breaker. Personally, I still think it’s positive and kind of neat!
A purple door is the door to open mindedness, intuition and awakening of the subconsciousness. It often represents the homestead of a Witch or practitioner of magic who understands higher levels of consciousness and how to live a prosperous life beyond monetary gain.
Purple front door – feng shui meaning
Looking for the right door color to optimize energy flow and good fortune? Well you’re in luck because the color purple in the practice of feng shui is the only color that you can use, pretty much no matter what direction your house faces. There’s one exception, which I’ll talk about in a bit.
In feng shui, purple invites opportunities to your home, activates the energy of the entry way and can also improve your opportunities.
You can instantly improve the chi of your home simply by painting your front door… you guessed it… purple. That’s because purple invites opportunities to your home and activates the energy of the entry way – which is where chi enters your home. In addition to increased opportunities, a purple door will also improve whatever aspect of your life that relates to the direction that your door faces.
Want a better career? Paint your door purple. Want to improve your health? Purple can help with that. Wish you had more friends and recognition? Purple saves the day.
Purple doors for homes facing Northwest
There is only one exception for using purple and that front doors that face northwest. Northwest facing front doors support the element of metal expressed through the colors of white and gray/silver and colors of fire and water are known to weaken and corrupt metal.
Because of this it’s recommended to avoid blue, black, red, purple, orange and deep pink with a northwest-facing door. Most say that it’s best to paint your northwest facing door gold, white, silver, or gray. But, perhaps you can choose a purple that’s got a lot of grey undertones? Maybe we are pushing it a little too far with this one!
I think I’ve made my point that the color purple is extremely versatile and just plain awesome in almost every case. 🙂 But, if you’re interested in learning more about feng shui and front door positioning, check out the video below. I’m not an expert in feng shui so I don’t want to give any misinformation on this topic.
When to paint your front door purple
There are many options of purple to choose from. In this great article about when to paint a purple front door, author Jennifer Ott gives some reasons when purple makes sense.
What shade of purple should I use?
- If the exterior of your home has a light, neutral hue, a deep dark purple will call attention to your front entrance.
- If your home has a medium gray exterior, pretty much any color will work. Ott suggests a saturated purple with a bit of red to warm it up.
- If your exterior is an olive green or light taupe, choose a cooler bluish purple front door color to create a welcoming entrance.
- If you want to go more “neutral” with your color palette but still like the idea of a purple front door, try an inky purple color (with some blue undertones). This color purple can almost read navy or black, making it a more neutral purple.
- You can also use purple or different shades of purple to emphasize the architectural elements of your homes exterior like the moldings and window trim. This is a great way to add a touch of whimsy to your curb appeal.
- A very bright purple front door color on a plain white home can be a really exciting idea to try. It will also create a more modern look and freshen things up.
- Pairing lavender purple with a bold yellow hue against a neutral backdrop to add a huge punch of color and style to your home.
- Check out these purple front door color suggestions if you are ready to start painting!
What do you think? Are you brave enough? My philosophy is that a coat of paint is easily changed, so it’s very non-committal to give it a try.
Quick Tip: If you’re ready to get painting, check out my post on how to prep your front door for painting and ensure that you have a finish that will last for years to come.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the meaning behind purple front doors. If you liked this post, definitely check out purple front door color suggestions to find the exact color match of your future purple front door.
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I don’t have my house built yet or even designed, I do know it will be a ranch.I’ve been looking @ colorsI believe my front door color need to make a statement! I’ve seen the color plum @ would love that to be my front door color but how do I pick out color for my vinyl siding & shutters? I do not like black or white wold like a sage greeen siding but again I’m lost on other colors to us?
Why don’t you check out some ideas on Pinterest? Just search for purple or plum doors and pin any photos that you like to a board. Then when you look at the board you’ll probably see a pattern. That’s what I do anyway.
Another thing I do is go to the hardware store and steal all the free paint color books so I can get some ideas 🙂
Hi there! We’re re painting our house an all over gray (with brown undertones to match the grout) & black trim. We’re happy with those 2 colors that we’ve picked but, like everyone want our front door to “pop”. We have a deep porch that is set back into the house. We’ve been looking at a turquoise that my husband (and now my mom) really likes, but I can’t get my mind off of the purple scheme. I feel like the turquoise is becoming overdone like the red doors and that turquoise is becoming the “new red/black”. Am I completely off in my thinking? Honestly, I’m a fairly small town girl from Oklahoma! I have no idea ? Or will everyone just know for sure I’ve lost my mind when I paint my door orchid? Haha!
Sorry for the length, I’m just so curious to get someone else’s perspective. Also, we’re doing black shutter & windowbox around the only picture window in front of the house and it’s quite big. Would those also be black like the trim? Could I get away with some highlighting on them in the orchid or turquoise? Or maybe just do the windowbox in the color?
You opinions and advice is very much appreciated and valued! I thank you in advance for responding.
Hi Randilyn, Sorry that I’m just getting to this comment. Lol, too funny. Maybe try this quiz? I think turquoise is beautiful and as long as you pick a bright version of it, you can really make the door stand out. I’m not big on the trendiness of colors, I think you should go with whatever makes you happy and fits with your home. As far as the windowboxes, it’s really again a personal preference. Use the bright color where you want people to focus their attention. So — if you want people to look at the windowboxes you can paint them a bright color. Using black is also an option if you want the flowers to take center stage instead of the box itself. I made a href=”//www.prettypurpledoor.com/cool-diy-projects-drawer-planter/”>cool planter in a bright purple you may want to check out.
If you have another door (for example a door leading to the garage – but not a garage door – a regular door), would that one need to be painted purple as well? i want the front door to stand out from the rest of the house so was thinking I would keep the other door the same as the shutters (green) or try to match the tan color of the siding. What do you think?
Hi Janet, I believe you answered your own question. If you want your front door to stand out, that’s the ONLY thing that should be painted purple. To make the other door NOT stand out, paint it the same color as your trim. Hope that helps!
I know that I am behind on this, seeing as the comments are all years old, however I am still hoping for a reply. My house is a white brick with red mortar and everything else, all the trim, eaves, garage door, etc., is white as well. Currently the front door is the natural wood color just varnished. I want to paint the front wood door a deep royal purple, there is also a glass screen storm door that is sandstone collared. 1. Would this clash with the red mortar of the bricks? 2. Would it look better with the garage door also painted purple or left white? 3. Should I also paint the storm/screen door?
If you paint the door purple, I would pick something on the warmer side because you have the red mortar. Purple is a combination of both red and blue, so a warmer purple would have more RED than blue. This would help it to mesh with the red mortar. Check out Farrow & Ball Brinjal 222 for an example of a deep warm purple (I’m not saying to paint it this color, but its an example). Re: Garage door — Unless you want your garage door to stand out (like… REALLY STAND OUT) I would avoid painting it purple. The white color that you use for trim would probably work better. A photo of your house would be helpful so I can see what it actually looks like. Hope that helps!
Thank so much for the help and inspiration! If you tell me how or where to send a photo of my my house I would be happy to send pics to you.
That’s funny that you suggested a that color of purple because I happen to have the Behr version of that color left over from another project! ? It is the color that I was thinking of painting the door. I am thankful to you for your help and idea So! I reall appreciate it!
I live in the South. I have a new home with rugged looking stone on the front & beige siding on the sides & a white covered front porch. I would like a deep plum front door that is right now currently white.. Does the front door need to also match the inside in my foyer when I leave it open or just the outside?
Hi Debby! I think that would be a personal choice. It may look nice to paint the entire door, but that may depend on the decor of your home in that particular room as well. I only painted the outside of my door.
Hi, I really want to paint my front door a nice, dark purple. My house is a beigy tan. Currently the shutters are a dark cranberry red. What do you suggest for the shutters? Black perhaps?
Hi Karen, without really seeing the color of your house, I would think that a black shutter would probably be a little too harsh for your house. I would recommend maybe a charcoal color? Or take some of the purple paint you’ll use for your door, and mix that with black and a little bit of white… that will give you a grey with the undertones of the purple in the door. I’d only do this if you are 100% certain on your front door color, otherwise you’ll have to paint your shutters if you switch the door color 🙂 Send me pictures and maybe I can help more!
Love the purple and paint is easily changed so everyone should paint it up! I chose purple energy for a dresser and I’m going to trim in a yellow tinted off white color named first love. Both Clark and kensington paint.
I’d love to see your dresser! Do you have a picture? I just painted my back door in purple energy, too. Love it.
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