Feng Shui Basics: The Entrance
In this continuing series of posts about Feng Shui basics, I wanted to dig deeper into the importance of your home’s entrance. As with everything else Feng Shui, there are plenty of rules for creating an entrance that has good Feng Shui and enables the positive flow of chi into and throughout your home. Read on if you want to invite the good stuff in!
The front door is the most important part of any home’s floor plan as this is how energy will enter the house. In fact, family luck and fortune is inextricably tied to the front door so good Feng Shui here is imperative! The door itself must be welcoming and open inwards to encourage energy to flow into the house. It should be solid, not too ornate, new and rectangular – archways should be avoided as these attract negative energy. Colour is also very important and should match the owner’s favourable element as per the Chinese Zodiac. Avoid beams above the front door as these can bring feelings of depression and thus feel ominous – not how you want to feel when you enter the house.
Ideally, your front door will open into a foyer as this will allow chi to pool then disperse throughout the house. This space should be large enough to sit down, to allow you to catch your breath before proceeding further into the house. There should be room for belongings to be stored in such as a small hall table as well as enough wall space for appropriate Feng Shui artwork. The front door is the energy gateway to your home so you must feel welcomed and comfortable as you enter the house.
A key Feng Shui front door principle is to ensure the front door does not align directly with the back door or window as this will simply encourage the energy to flow straight back out. This also applies to a closet or bathroom door which can both have a negative impact on health and wealth – the last thing anyone wants to see when they enter your house is a toilet seat in an adjoining bathroom! Your front door should promote a smooth flow of energy and serve as a transition between the outer and inner world so it is vital to get its placement right.
Another aspect to consider is the placement of stairs. Front doors should not face a staircase as this encourages chi to rush up the stairs rather than pool in the entrance and disperse gently throughout the house. In large homes with grand entrances this is less of a problem while in smaller homes, energy flow can be managed through furnishings and decorative elements.
Once again, there is so much to know when it comes to designing a home with good Feng Shui. Work closely with your architect to ensure the principles important to you are built into the design. There is more to the design process than just the floor plan – your architect will be able to consider your building site, determine the best orientation for your home and come up with alternatives if your site throws in a surprise or two!
Although we are not experts in this traditional philosophy, designing a home with good Feng Shui is an exciting prospect and we’d love to help you create a harmonious, functional and positive chi space.