Friday, 10 February 2012

HELLO Doors of Perception

BTW, this has nothing to do with Huxley. Well, not quite nothing.

We wanted to get a new front door. At the moment we have a very weathered, brown, wooden door that leaks through when it rains heavy. 

We decided to get a white uPVC door to match the windows, but what about the style? Did we want glass in the panelling? Did we want floral or geometric inserts? Colour? House number? Spyhole? 

Hubby wanted glass in the top vertical panels and the top horizontal, with diamond patterns. I felt that was okay, but preferred a curved panel at the top with swirl designs. We reached a compromise: he got the lines and I got the curves.

It got me thinking about the psychology of doors. Is there really one? I don't think so, but there is psychology behind shape and colour. What choices did we have? Most doors are rectangular, and the uPVC ones are usually white, so that was out of our hands.  However, if we had gone for a wooden door, what would the colour choice have said about us?

BLUE  calm, peace.

BLACK  mystery, power.

BROWN solidity, security.

GREEN harmony, growth.

RED welcoming.

WHITE purity, serenity.

YELLOW mental clarity, humour.

CIRCULAR tenderness, love, support,  protection.

SQUARE/RECTANGLE/PYRAMID stability, strength, power.

VERTICAL masculine, strength, power.

HORIZONTAL feminine, tranquility, calm.

CURVES energy, youth, dynamic, movement.

Maybe, in choosing a white door, with vertical shapes and an arch, we were subconsciously creating a home  of strength, protection, and serenity.

Are doors important to us? Of course, they are an access point through which we cross over, from the security of our world -the home- to the outside world.. As the windows represent the soul, so the door represents the mouth, where energy enters the home-according to Feng Shui.

The door has been celebrated, over the years, in a variety of forms. Here are a few examples that come to mind.

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan.
I Hear you Knocking by Dave Edmunds.
Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich.
Green Door by Shakin Stevens.

Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Doors (biopic).
Monsters Inc.


Let's not forget the wonderful Mr Benn (love him). What adventures he had through the magic door in the back of the changing room.

And fiction:
Green Door by Me.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley.



  1. Our front door is green, not the Granny Smith green mentioned in one of your earlier posts, but evergreen - like the trees that grace the Pacific Northwest. (We also have trouble keeping the heavy rains out of our eighty-three-year old home! ^_^)

  2. Oh wow - who knew shopping for new doors could be so much fun!!!
    Glad you got the door of your dreams now!

    p.s actually the word "door" looks very strange to me now. Door. Strange!

    Take care

  3. Thanks Old Kitty.

    Now that we're using the front and not the back, poor Barney (my cat) is rather confused.

  4. I loved this post - very original. I've always wanted a red front door - always, always. It's not yet happened as I've not yet had my own place, but hopefully one day. I was very fond of Mr Benn. I now have the theme tune in my head. I like the idea of stepping through a door and being someone entirely different for a day.

    1. Thanks Jayne.

      Just been catching up with blog posts after a few days decorating. I enjoyed your last post about the Churchill War Rooms. It seems you already have a Mr Benn door.

  5. Isn't Mr Benn fabulous?! I saw a TV programme recently where when the chap changed into his new uniform they played the Mr Benn music.

    HORIZONTAL feminine, that made me chuckle!
    Choosing doors sounds quite exhausting and I thought buying sofas was hard!

    1. Thanks Madeleine.

      Choosing the wallpaper was just as hard. Couldn't live with Hubby's suggestion of horizontal stripes. It made me think of Bridget Riley and migraines. Eek!

    2. Oops. I meant vertical stripes.

  6. Wow, I'm feeling a little dizzy there. lol

  7. Awesome. I'd never have considered all those door things when looking at a replacement. Love it.

    1. Thanks Donna.

      Me neither, but now we know what's behind the green door.