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Are Red Doors Really Good Luck?

Are red doors really good luck? 

Somewhere along the way in my real estate career, I heard that red front doors were supposed to be good luck when a house was for sale, and I recently decided to check it out. 

One of my old Feng Shui books had something about the front door being like the “mouth” of the house.  So putting a little lipstick on the door couldn’t hurt in attracting good chi, which mean fortune, opportunity and perhaps buyers who will pay top dollar for the place.  

Then there are the Irish, a superstitious bunch if there ever was one.  They are also fond of red doors.  believing that a red door will ward off evil spirits – cranky ghosts and goblins.  A red door might have the same impact ont bad buyers who will bring you a great offer and then flake out.

Red doors?  I like them. 

But a red door will not compensate for an unrealistic price, a stinky kitty litter box, or showing instructions that could make it very difficult for agents and their buyers to walk through your pretty red door.   Nor will they substitute for a great agent who can help you to negotiate a great offer with buyers who will complete the transaction.  

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Comment balloon 27 commentsPatricia Kennedy • May 17 2013 08:07PM


I lke red doors too. My front door is a dark red to match my brick. It makes a nice backdrop for my door wreaths.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 7 years ago

Dear Pat -

The red door is often seen on churches in Atlanta.
Maybe there is a religious significance also.

Hope that you are feeling great and strong.
Have a happy day -


Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 7 years ago

I had a wonderful conversation this evening with a Chinese client who explained that red is very important in the Chinese culture too - all the good things are associated with red - like weddings. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 7 years ago
Hi Pat, The area I live in would not allow me to have a red doors. So I added large brass kick plates with beautiful brass hardware and I can live with it. Would I still paint red? In a heartbeat! Love Red doors and I don't actually know if they are lucky but they look so good on the right home, especially accented in shiny brass.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 7 years ago

Pat, lots of great stories about homes with red doors.  But I wonder if sometime sooner or later a buyer will say something like... "Gee Pat... what's wrong with all these homes with red doors?  They're all for sale?"  That would be funny.

Hope you are well!  <3

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago


I love red doors.  I love the red door at Elizabeth Arden's when they were around, and the red door red nail polish. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 7 years ago
I do not care for red so luck or no luck the door always stays white!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 7 years ago
Received a picture of my childhood home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Love the photo and put it on my bedroom dresser mirror. The home is still painted grey, however, the 2 front doors are painted RED. The home looks fantastic!!
Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) over 7 years ago

Interesting trivia, Pat.  I did not realize that. And, good points that the door will only take you so far.  Once you are through that door, the rest of the house and experience matters.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago
I've read there are other colors that can be beneficial, depending on the direction the home faces.
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 7 years ago

Pat, I enjoyed reading about how the different cultures feel about red doors.  Personally I just like them and think they make a great statement.  

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 7 years ago

I love red doors but our association won't allow them so we are stuck with beige. There is still part of me that goes "wow" when I see a red door. Hope your doing well today, Pat.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

Pat, I agree a Red door won't compensate unrealistic seller or crappy home. Hope you are feeling well.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 7 years ago

Patricia, I love the red door.  And, it can be lucky.  But, like you say, it won't sell the house by itself.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 7 years ago

Being Irish understandably my front door is barn red, lol, and I didn't even know that about the Irish:)  I may have to tell a few of my listings to get the paint out:) could explain the crazy offers they have gotten in the hot market.  Great Post!  Hope you are recuperating and healling as well

Posted by Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert (Long & Foster) over 7 years ago

I have heard some of those, but not all....either way I too like red doors, in fact I am writing on one right now

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 7 years ago

Maybe having a red door attracts a better breed of realtor.  It's the little things that add up to "luck"!

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) over 7 years ago

I love red doors. I forget what nationality also think they bring good luck as you say. My sister painted her door 'orangy red' which was horrible - don't make that mistake at the paint store!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

Pat- I love the way a red door can make it pop and bring life to the house. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

I love a red door. I think I remember it means welcome. But I do like what the Irish believe. Maybe it's time to paint my door red, LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago


                 Great blog, I love it! I too like red doors and since I saw you in April all I can think of is Paris! LOL you gave me the "French Bug" I hope you recooperation is going well!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 7 years ago

Chinese,  Japanese and others tie red ribbons on babies carriages.  They also recommend placing a red object in the house to bring in the positive energy.  Different cultures use the red color for different reasons such as warding off the evil eye.  As long as the red goes well with the rest of the house and there are no community restrictions, I would certainly vote for a red door and expect good results; if the house looks great and the price is right. 

Posted by Simone Bercu, Not state specific Real Estate - GRI, e-PRO, AB (Metro Referral) over 7 years ago

Pat, that door in your photo looks like the Georgian doors of Dublin.  Red is a powerful color and can look striking on a house!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 7 years ago

Pat - I once had a red front door and never tired of it.  It added a nice pop of color to my slate blue house.  Come to think of it, I sold that house in under a week.   :)  Maybe it works.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 7 years ago

I have a red door on my home.  I painted it several years ago.  And you're right, when the home is for sale the rest of the house better be in shape too!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 7 years ago

I think red doors are great.  Have one myself.  They really give the curb appeal some pizzazz.  But as you point out, there's got to be more to it than a beautiful front door.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 7 years ago

I did a little research on this about a year ago when our home was being built. What I found was that it depends on the direction the home is facing, East is good for Red. My front door faces South and I think that has something to do w/ the Earth in Feung Shui so I went with the recommended Brown...well, that and because it's what went best w/ our color scheme ;-)

But you're right Pat, NOTHING makes up for a listing not properly presented to the market.

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) over 7 years ago