I’ve noticed that when people talk about front door feng shui, they mostly talk about the color of the door, the direction it’s facing, and whether that area is cluttered.
However, those are just a few of many considerations, and you’ll soon discover that determining if your front door brings good feng shui is no easy task.
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In this post, you’ll see 19 factors to help you determine how good your front door feng shui is, along with tips and cures from experts and personal experience.
Why is the front door so important in the feng shui of the house?
If you haven’t noticed, feng shui puts a lot of emphasis on the front door.
but why is that? here’s an explanation from sophie keller that I really liked:
Think of the front door as the entrance to the house. it’s where the house gets its energy intake, be it good or bad. having good energy walking through the front door is similar to a person eating healthy. the occupants of the house will happily enjoy a comfortable home full of positive energy.
In a more practical sense, the front door frames your first view as you leave and enter the house. It works a bit like first impressions and impacts mindset, mood, and attitude on how you start your day and how you feel when you get home.
That said, let’s look at the 19 factors that have the ability to affect our mentality and the energy consumption of the house.
the door itself
The size of the front door should be proportional to the house. you wouldn’t want a small door for a mansion or a large door for a small cabin. wouldn’t feel good, would it? feng shui warns that disproportionate door sizes can cause problems with wealth and career.
The front door must also be larger than other doors inside the house. Though most houses today do not have this problem, I have seen master bedroom doors that are larger than front doors. When this happens, feng shui warns of problems with relationships, marriage, and emotional control.
the cure is to get a more proportionate size door. Although it sounds simple, it will require some investment on your part.
There’s a lot about front door color, so I won’t go into too much detail here.
The type of color you need varies depending on many factors. these include the direction facing, the person’s kua determined by the year of birth, and the location in the house. It is mainly used to improve and cure feng shui. is not the only factor that makes or breaks the feng shui of your front door.
In general, most experts agree that color should be more attractive and should easily catch the eye. Most importantly, it should also be a color that you like and is comfortable to look at every day.
The materials of most doors are usually metal, wood or fiberglass. Although you can choose metal or wooden doors to balance the five elements of that area, I would not do it if the material is not to your liking. in other words, I wouldn’t sacrifice personal preferences in the choice of materials.
In addition to personal taste, the door should make you feel safe and secure. For example, I have seen many apartments in Taiwan that added a metal gate in front of the front door for added security.
Whichever material you choose, make sure that the door is aesthetically appealing and makes you feel safe.
Your door needs to be properly maintained because it’s your first experience with the house. Here are some questions to ask if your front door is being properly maintained: Does it open and close easily? Does it make any squeaky sounds when you use it? it’s rusty? Are the paintings falling off?
A poorly maintained door can take away all the positive energy in you as you enter the house. It is likely that as you enter that door, you’re thinking of all the problems that requires attention within the house. In short, it will dampen your mood.
Other times, going home can become a drag. You may feel like you’d rather stay outside than go home. if you invite guests, how do you think they would feel when they are waiting right outside your door, staring at a rickety door?
location & address
5. direction you are facing
Whether the front door faces your lucky direction is determined by your kua number using the eight mansions formula. To give you a brief summary, there are four lucky and unlucky directions for each individual, and your front door should face one of your lucky directions. you can find your kua number using the calculator provided by kathryn weber.
If the direction you’re facing isn’t a lucky direction, you can look at the five items on the front door, which is also determined by the direction you’re facing. If all five elements match you, you shouldn’t worry too much, even if the front door is facing an unlucky direction. On a side note, the direction you’re facing can also help determine where your home’s wealth location is.
If you would like more information on this, I have provided many details of this method in my feng shui e-book, as well as a case study on how it affected one person’s life.
6. where is it located in the house
again, you will need your kua number to determine if the front door is in a lucky area of the house. if not, you’ll need to use all five elements to determine how compatible your element is with the five elements of the front door. this method is similar to the one mentioned above, which I have described in detail in this e-book.
Another location consideration is whether the front door is easy to find.
The front door should be easily located by guests that are visiting the house and should never be at the back of the house (I’ve seen those) or on the side. I don’t know about you, but when I go visit these types of houses, I feel a bit intrusive. Further, I can easily be mistaken as an intruder by watchful neighbors when I lurk around searching for the entrance.
7. opens inwards/outwards
Does the front door open in or out?
If you haven’t noticed, most front doors open inward, where you or your guests can easily enter the home once the door is opened. conversely, for front doors that open outward, you and your guests may have to take a few steps back before entering the house.
Although it is a small detail, it gives a subtle sense of how the house welcomes you.
Outside the Door
8. avoid poison arrow
The most common type of “poison arrow” is a t-intersection facing the house. other types of poison arrows include a long alley that leads directly to the front door.
How much problems the poison arrow brings depend on many factors, such as whether the house is elevated compared to the road, the length of the front yard, and whether there are trees or other types of obstructions. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, not all T-junctions are bad feng shui.
Some experts suggest hanging a bagua mirror on the front door, but a more practical method is to plant bushes or trees to protect your property from oncoming traffic.
9. avoid sharp and pointed objects
This is part of the feng shui school of forms, where sharp objects are despised because they bring negative qi that makes us feel uncomfortable. These objects are often in the shape of triangles or long, pointed objects, including utility poles, triangular roofs, and stop signs.
To understand why it brings negative qi, I often like to ask people this question: imagine if you had a knife pointed directly at you with no one holding it, how would you feel?
The impact of these objects on the feng shui of the front door depends on the size of the object and its distance from you. some experts suggest that hanging a mirror on the front door can remedy this effect. maybe the reflection cancel each other out?
10. avoid building corners
This is also part of the feng shui school of shapes and is similar to the sharp and pointed objects mentioned above.
Corners can make us feel uneasy because they have the ability to hurt us physically. The type of feeling is similar to when you’re sitting at the corner of a square or rectangular table for a long period of time. Your could’ve been more comfortable sitting somewhere else, correct?
some experts suggest hanging a bagua mirror at the top of your front door as a remedy. others have suggested placing a pair of stone lions in front of the door if the building is too large and too close. I personally have no experience on how well these remedies work.
11. Soften the Path to the Front Door
the path to the front door should create a relaxing and welcoming feeling.
Some experts, especially Western feng shui practitioners, suggest that the path leading to the front door should be curved rather than straight. this is because curvy paths resemble paths made of nature, and will help improve our mood due to our strong innate connection with nature.
The type of plants on the side of the walkway also plays an important role. To enhance the experience of you and your guests entering your home, plant flowers next to the walkway because it will provide a sense of peace and comfort.
Avoid using cacti because, like any other sharp objects, they raise our survival instincts and can physically harm us.
12. reduce clutter and obstructions
How would you feel if your front door was full of clutter? seeing and moving through clutter every day as you walk in and out of the house can cause frustration and fatigue. some of you may even feel stressed because you add one more thing to your to-do list, and one day you may feel overwhelmed and get overly emotional.
The solution is quite simple: just keep the front door area clean and organized.
Other more common obstructions include a tree directly from the front door, as well as power and telephone poles like those mentioned above. As long as it’s not too close to your house, or has a boundary wall or bushes in between, it’s fine.
inside the front door
13. stairs that give directly
Some feng shui experts warn that if a staircase leads to the front door, you will experience many ups and downs in your life. others claim that the money will roll down the stairs and right out the door.
A better explanation is that your attention will naturally be drawn to the stairway. Because the second floor is usually private bedrooms, you or your guests will feel awkward because you may feel as if you are invading other people’s privacy. In other words, if you’re a guest, how comfortable would you be to visit the bedroom of the host on a first visit?
There is no better remedy for this situation. however, one thing you can do is draw attention away from the stairs. using rugs that mimic a pathway leading to the living room area is one way to do this.
14. in front of the kitchen stove
some experts believe that if you can see the kitchen stove right when you enter the house, the occupants of the house will have problems with expenses and problems saving money.
Others claim that if the kitchen faces the front door, any positive qi entering the house will be demolished by the fire and cooking activities in the kitchen.
There is no ideal cure for this unless you are doing a major renovation, such as building a wall or relocating the door or kitchen. however, you can try putting up a room divider screen if it has the proper setup so that incoming qi from the front door is redirected to other areas.
15. take to the bathroom
this is just awkward. instead of being greeted by a warm and inviting living room, the first thing you see is the toilet.
Just like in the kitchen, experts say that the qi that enters through the front door will either escape through the bathroom or be contaminated by negative qi from the bathroom.
again, you can put up a room divider screen if space allows, which will help redirect human traffic and incoming qi. other methods include improving the feng shui of the bathroom or keeping the bathroom door closed.
16. leads to doors to other rooms
The problem with seeing the doors to other rooms is similar to seeing the staircase: your attention will be drawn to that room. Not only will the occupants of that room feel like their privacy is constantly threatened, but guests will feel uncomfortable and uncomfortable because they can feel intrusive.
The solution is to add heavy furniture, like tall bookcases, between the two doors to serve as a wall if space allows. Although a screen on the door can improve the guest experience, it may not be enough to improve the comfort of living in that room.
17. aligns with rear door
many feng shui experts warn that if the front door aligns with the back door, all energy flowing from the front door will exit directly out the back door. some interpret this to mean money will fly out the back.
Other explanations include that you will naturally be drawn to the back of the house and not appreciate the other areas of the house.
The cure for this is to add furniture in between. These can range from sofas, fish tanks, book shelves, and a screen room divider.
18. bump into a mirror
Placing a mirror on the wall opposite the front door is said to cause energy to rebound endlessly, which can cause disturbing disturbances in the family. Others have said that the mirror can take all the fortune out of your house.
Our eyes are embedded with motion detectors, and any unexpected movement in a mirror will alarm us. if there is a mirror right in front of you when you enter the house, you may feel as if someone is walking towards you and startle you. it’s just a bad experience.
The remedy for this situation is quite simple. simply place the mirror on the side walls instead of the wall opposite the front door.
19. keep an open space
the area inside the house must have an open space and free of obstacles. this area is what is called the “light room”, which applies to both the interior and exterior areas of the entrance door.
The “bright hall” is where the Qi is said to gather, so it is best to keep the place clean and organized. The size of this area should also be proportionate to the size of the house. Placing a screen room divider or using a different set of tile colors can help define the size of this area.
garage door versus front door
Nowadays, many of us use the garage door more often than the front door (like me). if that’s the case, the feng shui of the front door should have little effect on you. And even if you have excellent feng shui at your front door, all the good energy you’re supposed to benefit from will be practically non-existent.
This is because, as some experts suggest, the person who enters the house brings the outside qi inside. likewise, the person who lives in the house will bring the energy from inside the house to the outside.
That’s why just opening the door and letting air in wouldn’t work, because the energy has to interact with humans. this is also why it is called the “gateway” in the first place. it is the main door that people use to enter and leave the house.
Determining the feng shui of your front door is no easy task, and none of the 19 considerations above are definitive or absolute because one factor can far outweigh the other if the conditions are right.
In other words, not one of the above considerations can make or break the feng shui of your front door. for example, sometimes obstructions at the front door can help remedy the effects of a t-intersection.
If you really want to improve the feng shui of your front door and home, I suggest you hire a professional instead of doing it yourself. Here’s what you need to do to get the most out of a feng shui consultation, if you decide to get one.
Do you have any other front door feng shui considerations you’d add to this list? comment below and share it with us!