We are used to see different style residences in our every day life and if you happen to pay attention to entry doors in your neighbourhood, you will notice that the majority of them are painted in one solid quite reserved colour, some have doorlites, some - stain glass or even wrought iron inserts, but probably very few (if any) would catch your attention from the artistic point of view where colour expression would be the main focus. However, there are many places in the world where homeowners choose to have entry doors with a special coloured flavour and turn them into something which can easily be called a true artwork!
Let’s take a virtual trip to different places on the planet and see what “colour me pretty” exterior doors from around the world look like.
- Chefchaouen, Morocco
Our first stop will be in a small town of Chefchaouen, Morocco. This town is famous for having almost all its architecture painted blue - blue homes, blue doors, blue sidewalks, blue stairs…. everything seems to be painted this colour. The history of this dates back to 1930s when many Jewish refugees settled there in escape from Hitler’s power. It was these refugee people who decided to paint the town in this beautiful and inspiring colour of blue. Traditionally, in Judaism blue is considered to be a celestial and spiritual colour which reminds people of the Heaven. Even though most Jewish families left Morocco for Israel after the end of the Second World War, the tradition is being preserved and nowadays residents of Chefchaouen every year spend time applying a new coat of blue paint to their entry doors, walls and streets.
- Burano & Sicily, Italy
The island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, famous for its lacemaking and fishermen’s houses painted in bright, vivid colours is another deserving attention destination. There is no certainty as to how exactly bright house painting tradition started, but since 1600’s there has been developed a special colouring system. If someone wants to paint their house, they cannot just randomly pick any colour they want – they should first obtain a permission from the city council with a list of allowed colours for that location.
This beautiful green door (image on the left) with panels painted with fruits and angels was found in one of the houses of a small Italian town Taormina, situated in the island of Sicily.
3. Arnis and Darss peninsula, Germany.
Arnis is known as Germany’s smallest town as well as the place where houses have absolutely beautiful ornamental wooden doors with carved fine details. These doors are painted in prettiest multi colours and look like they have just come off the pages of some fairy-tale book.
Another German destination where we found similar picturesque front entrances is Darss peninsula of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region.
- Madeira, Portugal
Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island Madeira, has been hosting a project called “The Art of Open Doors”. It has been several years since the local artists transformed the doors of old and abandoned homes and shops in Rua Santa Maria and turned the area into one of the most visited and beautiful places, full of cafés and tourists. While most of the doors have paintings, some artists managed to use other media, such as metal, clay, tiles etc. and expressed themselves and create whatever they wanted. Both professional and amateur artists participated in this outstanding door makeover project.
- London, England
- San Diego, California, USA
In California one of the San Diego city’s neighborhoods called Ocean Beach has an international hostel. Its walls and doors are painted in pretty multi colour floral design.
We have been through several different places around the globe to discover that many residential and public building turn their entrances into fabulous art masterpieces. Perhaps, not every residence would be suitable for such transformations, but at the same time out-of-box approach in designing your house can be beneficial. Do not hesitate to experiment and always try to consult professional designers who can help make your entrance stand out in the most attractive way.