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What Does Your Front Door Say About You?

After completing my Feng Shui consultation along the upper East Side of Manhattan yesterday, I decided to treat myself to the Metropolitan Museum. During my walk there, I noticed a great contrast with two neighboring front doors.

In Feng Shui, the principle for any front door is to do your best in creating a welcoming presentation. The front door is known as the "mouth of ch'i," where all opportunities, people, and energy metaphorically and sometimes literally, step into your life. Now for each person, a "welcoming entrance" can be perceived very differently as you will see below. 

Which front entrace would you prefer?

 

Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 

 

Comment balloon 48 commentsLaura Cerrano • September 06 2015 06:53AM

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  The top door looks less than welcoming to me...a little bit "Halloween" and scary !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

If I was running a school for wizards and such, one of those doors is a must have

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 3 years ago

I think my front entrance says, wow...they must have an interest in gardening and looks like maybe some dogs live here!  That's okay for now though, at least it is in good repair and kept fairly clean.  It would be completely different if the house was for sale.  Any listing counseling session spends a good bit of time on the front door.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 3 years ago

The first front door would be more of a conversation piece this gives me something to think about I'm going to look at my front door. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a Happy Labor Day weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 3 years ago

Laura Cerrano - Well done. We have a print hanging in our office, The Doors of Connecticut. Quite intriguing to look at the differences.

Cheers,

Tom

Posted by Thomas F. Scanlon, CPA, CFP (Borgida & Company P. C., CPA's) about 3 years ago

Laura- I'm all about front doors and yes, the first one is intimidating.  I also see front doors that are too small for the home too.  The proportions don't seem to work. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

Maybe if I were a wicken, I would like the first one. LOL. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 3 years ago

I always like a freshly painted door with new hardware. That dragon one is crazy.

Posted by John Manuwal, Kalispell Montana Agent and Photographer (Keller Williams Northwest Montana) about 3 years ago

LOL no contest on this one.  What were they thinking on the top door?

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 3 years ago

First door and mat speak very much about what they are going to see inside,

 

How many of you clean your front door?

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 3 years ago

Hi, Laura. This is a very interesting post. Every Manhattan NY home buyer really have very different tastes when it comes to their front doors. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 3 years ago

I'd have to say that the first one was part of the whole design of the house and maybe even staged by the Feng Shui consultant!

Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) about 3 years ago

Laura, I'd certainly pick door #2, but there must be someone out there who likes #1. You should have posted a door #3 and really made this hard! But I will add that I think door #2 is somewhat "overwhelmed" by the overly-large planters on each side. It feels like you have to squeeze through them into the home.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) about 3 years ago

I agree with Richie if I was running a wizardry school the first door is perfect.  The second says come on in.  I just painted our front doors (2) a redish as they face direct south and the back doors (3) black as they face direct north.  Makes a world of difference.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) about 3 years ago

Hi Laura Cerrano I guess this could fit into curb appeal as well. Yes have your main entrance inviting. We decorate or front door for different seasons and holidays, like Halloween and Christmas when our front gets a Christmas wreath.

Cheers, how about Colour and water fountains?

PS: I like the second one and Congratulations on your feature.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 3 years ago

I prefer the second one but I like them both. I would trim back or replace the plants as they seem to crowd the entryway.

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) about 3 years ago

Laura I like to think I don't look at things like this but I do. I would be more incline not to pass judgment on Door  #2 before entering. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 3 years ago

I like door #2. The first door looks scary and uninviting to me.

Posted by Jill Moog, Carlsbad, CA Homes for Sale (Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc.) about 3 years ago

Laura, actually I would not pick either door for my home! Unless I  had a school for wizards then I'd think about 1. The 2nd door feels blah to me, no color and out of proportion on the plants. It's ok but just doesn't have any personality.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 3 years ago

I believe the overall consensus is door number 2.  In the South, we tend to have wreaths up on the door that change seasonally.  It all depends on tastes and of course, the overall setting.

Posted by Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel (Harry Norman Realtors) about 3 years ago

Laura

I would go with door number 2.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 3 years ago

This is a very interesting comparison. Door one would create the most conversation but I would prefer door two.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 3 years ago

I have had sellers paint and re-do landscaping to the front door often.  It is very important to have a good first impression and create interest from the curb

Posted by Amy Gutschow, Professional Real Estate (RE/MAX) about 3 years ago

I prefer the second door. Keep the front entrance clean and the front door maintained, and no sticking locks! 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 3 years ago

Laura, I want to know what is behind door number one! Door number two is  lovely.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 3 years ago

Not sure, number one needs a good cleaning for sure but otherwise the dragon doesn't disturb me. The second door needs to have the plants trimmed that are hanging down. Imagine that touching you in the face when you approach the door at night.  Could be just as spooky as door number one! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 3 years ago

I like, ours, a simple light blue door with a very big Welcome mat in front of it.  That first door is more like the portals of doom

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 3 years ago

Congrats Laura on your featured blog, hopefully you can keep them coming, topics that are featured take blogging talent!

Posted by Vick The Broker . (Olympus Executive Realty INC.) about 3 years ago

I would prefer the one without the dragon, even if I do have to dodge a few plants on the way in.

 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 3 years ago

Hi Laura...Definitely #2.

My front door is telling the world that I need to paint it. I keep telling it to be quiet. I'll get around to it one of these days but right now there are too many soccer and field hockey games that I don't want to miss.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Hi Laura, not a fan of dragons, so definitely Door #2 but that annoying vine would be immediately trimmed and the plants moved away a bit or smaller ones take their place.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 3 years ago

I actually like both of them, and know that there is a definate statement from #1. I'm betting the folks that know them and visit love #1. 

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) about 3 years ago

If I had to pick one, it would definitely be #2.  The first one doesn't welcome me.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 3 years ago

Both are nice but Door #1 may creep some people out.  Door #2 looks elegant.  The front door (as well as front yard landscaping) are very telling to buyers.  What you see on the outside is usually what you see on the inside!

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) about 3 years ago

I'll take Number 2, Please..

 

 

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) about 3 years ago

Thanks Laura:

The front door is where all opportunities, people, and energy metaphorically and sometimes literally, step into your life. Now for each person, a "welcoming entrance" can be perceived very differently.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 3 years ago

There are so many great doors in NYC and when I visit I see some of the most interesting doors.  The overall feel of Door #2 is more inviting but i'm sure there is a reason that #1 presents a more unwelcoming feel.  However I would imagine that #1 is actually an entry into a courtyard and there is a secondary door that goes to the residence which is either set back or entry to the upper floor.  #2 appears to be set closer to the street and entry into the home.  Based on this and knowing the area I would go with Door #1.  

Posted by Teri Pacitto, Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty (Compass) about 3 years ago

I love the first door, it actually goes alot with my personality and curiosity is struck to see what is behind it.

 

On a professional level, door 2 is way more inviting

Posted by Amanda Brown, I treat all my clients like million dollar clients (Exit Realty Ascendancy) about 3 years ago

I would pick door number 2... beautiful warm wood is more welcoming and heartwarming than the gothic dragon.... but it might depend on where you live and who you are trying to attract...  if your target audience is wizards door number 1 might be a real hit!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) about 3 years ago

It is important to have a welcoming entrance.  I think I'll go with door #2.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 3 years ago

Good point Laura. I've been thinking about my own front door for a while. Not only because it's a tad old, but to let more light in, more inviting, more connecetd to the world. 

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group) about 3 years ago

Door number 2 looks more inviting but lacks personality. It is just like every other door. The plant trailing down let me think of spider webs for some reason.

 

Posted by Anthony Saunchez, How can we be of service (Campa Properties) about 3 years ago

Interesting contrast between these two doors. The first is more unique but the lower one is more classic. My preference is the classic look, but that's just me.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 3 years ago

I prefer door number 2 but it is hard to say based off of the limited size of the photos. Door number 1 is way cooler but not as saleable.  Trim the shrubbery around #2 though...and sweep up the fern leaves...

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) about 3 years ago

Laura Cerrano very good point - the door is the image of your 'face' when it comes to welcoming the guests.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 3 years ago

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Posted by Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours! (Empire Network Realty INC.) about 3 years ago

Laura Cerrano I'll go with Door Number 2 please.  Door Number 1 would be good for Halloween!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 3 years ago

Laura, definitely the bottom option. We just painted our house and our accent color is sort of charcoal. It compliments the body and the trim very nicely but makes for a dark entrance. We've brightened it up with a wreath and colorful welcome mat, plus we have our carved wooden bear out front to "say hello"!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 2 years ago

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