In Feng Shui, the front door is one of the most important features of your home. It is through the front doors that a house absorbs its Chi, the universal energy that complements the positive energy inside our bodies and contributes to our well-being. When space has a smooth Chi flow, people who live in the house experience a better quality of life. Think of an entrance as the vibe you get when you first meet someone; you want to make a pleasant first impression and create a welcoming atmosphere.
We often block the flow of energy in the entryway with piles of shoes, jackets, bags, and all kinds of clutter. The chaos and mess is the first thing we encounter when we walk into our home, and it reminds us how unorganised we are. What kind of mood are we bringing in?
Your home should be a sanctuary, a peaceful haven that evokes feelings of ease and wellbeing. If certain parts of your home cause feelings of frustration, there is a big possibility this sector is connected with an area of your personal or professional life that needs to be addressed.
The Main Door - The Mouth of Chi
Before it enters through the door, Chi is drawn to inviting and uncluttered entryways. Make sure the pathway to your front door is attractive, well maintained, and well lit. If your mat is dated, invest in a beautiful, new mat to welcome in good energy and opportunities.
The front door (as well as all the other doors in the house) should open into space, allowing Chi to flow in freely. If the entry hall is small and cramped, install bright lights, and use a large mirror to visually enlarge the space, but make sure the mirror doesn’t reflect the door. Placing the mirror opposite the main door will reflect the Chi right back and prevent it from entering. Instead hang the mirror on the wall along the hallway, especially if the hall is long and narrow; it will visually open up space and slow the Chi from rushing through. Beautiful lighting fixtures and fresh flowers or a potted plant will lend to a balanced Yin & Yang, creating an inviting mood that will reflect in other areas of the house as well.
The main door should always be the largest in the house, this will support your visions and ambitions. The more people who use the door the more Chi will be encouraged to flow in. Keep in mind these rules especially if you have a habit of using back or garage doors to enter your home more frequently.
Depending on the direction your house is facing and the element associated with that direction, you can paint the front door a corresponding colour to activate additional benefits of that direction. However, unless it is bright red, colour is a weak form of an element in Feng Shui and you should only use this method if the particular colour complements and enhances the visual impression of the house.
South is linked to Fire elements, and colours that activate that sector are Reds, Oranges, and Purples, while North is ruled by the Water element which is activated with blue and black shades, mirrors or water features. West and Northwest are governed by Metal, hence all silver, greys, whites and metallic shades will complement the door facing these directions. East and Southeast belong to Wood which enjoys leafy greens and light blue shades and, of course, all wooden finishes. If your entry is facing South-West or North-East, these are Earth’s directions and relate to rich yellow and orange tones, terracotta shades, and browns.
It is important to point out that the Feng Shui approaches and “cures” greatly depend on the individual situation and its surroundings, and especially the Flying Stars conditions for that year.