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Feng Shui and Your Front Door

Updated on September 18, 2013
Front entryway lacks lighting
Front entryway lacks lighting | Source

Though the path to this front door is clear, the entryway lacks lighting, and the door is indistinct. Both of these factors reduce the attraction of positive energy to the home. The entryway would also benefit from a curving sidewalk leading to the door, as curves allow the energy to flow, rather than race, to the front door.

Feng Shui isn't just a design style; it's a philosophy, one that promotes the concept that your immediate environs, your home and work space, affect the fortunes -both good and bad- in your life. A balanced design in your space aids in the quest for balance in your life.

The front door of your home is an important element in attracting positive energies to your home. The collective energies are referred to as Chi, and good Chi -positive energy- looks for welcoming front entrances. Feng Shui your front door and bring some positive energy into your home.

Keep an Open Path to the Doorway
Good Chi doesn't like to step around clutter, so keep the path from the street to your front entrance free of clutter such as the garden hose, toys and empty flower pots.

The more open the path to your doorway, the stronger the flow of energy. When designing your landscape, avoid placing trees or lamp poles in direct line with your front door. Allow the natural energies of the elements to flow unobstructed to your door.

The Right Color for the Right Energy
In Feng Shui philosophy, energy and geographic direction -north, south, east and west- are connected. Choose the color for your front door according to the direction the door faces to ensure you attract the positive energies from that direction.

South: Choose red, pink or purple
North: Choose black or white, or blue
East: Choose green, blue or turquoise
West: Choose pink, peach, orange or yellow

Decor and Your Front Door
Illuminate the entryway to your home using lamps to either side of the door and along the pathway to your home. Avoid overly-bright security lights near your door, opting instead for attractive sconces for the doorway and solar lighting along the path. The lighting attracts positive energies and adds an attractive element to your home.

Doormats may seem an innocuous item in your entryway decor, but doormats invite people to wipe their feet. Avoid mats with your family name on them as guests will smear your family name with dirt. In Feng Shui terms, such an action attracts negative energies. Simple grass mats work best in this design philosophy.

Stepping Through the Door
The Feng Shui principles regarding your front door don't end at the threshold. As the positive energies enter your home, ensure they flow easily into the interior spaces. Keep the foyer or interior entryway free of clutter; don't allow a pile up of backpacks, purses, keys and mail as this slows down and negatively disperses the positive Chi entering your home.

Add soft lighting to the foyer, along with a designated area for shoes. Add a mirror to one side of the entrance, but do not hang a mirror directly opposite the entrance, as this bounces the good Chi right back out the door. You want the positive energies to flow through your home like gently rolling water, bathing your space and bringing balance and happiness to your life.


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      Shelly McRae 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by, alphagirl. You're right about the curves - and a curved sidewalk just looks nice as well:)

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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      One can hang a mirror to also draw energy in, hang a bacgua for good luck, and chimes.

      The exterior path outside should be curved and inviting too. I never heard of rubbing dirt on your family name. Hmm, I do know bathrooms that are located near from door will wash away your financial resources. In and out the door so to speak. thanks for sharin

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      Shelly McRae 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, anglnwu. Feng Shui is an interesting design concept, filled with symbolism and philosophy. The smallest detail makes such a difference.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      The Chinese people believe strongly in the Fengshui thing--the one about people rubbing dirt on your family name--funny but true. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shelly McRae 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A grass mat is the better choice in Feng Shui design. It never occurred to me before than something so simple could mean so much until I started learning about Feng Shui. Thanks for stopping by, yesitsushere.

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      J Blanchard 6 years ago from Atlanta

      Thanks for the tip on the doormat. I was looking get one. So, now I will get a green grass mat.


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      Shelly McRae 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, randomcreative. Feng Shui is an interesting topic, so much more than just how to decorate. I hope to post more hubs about the subject.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! Thanks for the advice.