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POSTED 23.10.18 | Tips

Front Door Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui

Feng shui (literally translating to wind and water) is the art of studying the flow of energy within an environment. The ancient Chinese art adheres to a system of laws that help to harness the spiritual energy around you called chi. This well-known practice seeks to promote balance and harmony between people and their surroundings inviting success and happiness into our homes and lifestyles.

Feng shui can positively impact many aspects of our lives; this relies on many factors including the placement and understanding of objects, colours, light and layout. An entrance or doorway for example with the right chi can set the tone for your entire home.

Contemporary Front Door with Sidelights

Contemporary Front Door with Sidelights

Front door energy

Your front door is where your home gets most of its chi. It’s how energy flows and enters, also where first impressions are made. Your home must feel welcoming not only for you but your guests too; it has to interpret personality, be beautiful and practical for everyday use. If you step outside your door, you can quickly analyse what’s emitting good energy and what’s not. Perhaps your home needs a quick paint refresh, are plants around the door becoming unruly or is there clutter and debris around that needs to be cleared? If your garden is thriving and you have a clean, accessible front door you are more than likely to encourage good chi.

Create a healthy home with these simple Feng Shui principles:

1. Create a healthy home and banish the clutter.

Your porch or hallway can be more than just an in-between space, it’s the first area people see when entering your home, so it has to have a lasting impression. An uncluttered home means an uncluttered mind. Consider what you have out in your hallway and how you use the space. Do you get home and throw your coat on a chair or do the kids pile up shoes right next to the door? Combat the clutter by creating a balance between style and practicality, utilise unused space and add simple built-in cupboards to place coats and shoes inside, clearing areas like this stops energy stagnating. Ensure you have a clear path through to your door. This means no obstructions. Think about clearing any debris or belongings from the porch, garden or driveway this will allow an unobstructed flow into your home.

Feng Shui Hallway

2. Seek balance with nature

Applying the concept of feng shui to your garden can aide our wellbeing as well as creating a luscious backdrop for the home. Beautifully potted shrubs and zen planting draws in energy allowing your home to feel integrated with nature. One top tip is not to choose prickly plants or sharp edges, this deflects chi and creates harsh spaces. Money plants, vibrant blooms, bamboos and aromatic, soft planting are perfect for creating a sense of calm. Footpaths to your front door should apply the same principles; they must create movement resembling water with no harsh lines or geometric layouts.

Front Door Feng Shui

3. Choosing the right front door

A door that opens inwards seeks to promote good chi rather than a door that opens outwards pushing away the energy destined for your home. Choosing the right front door for your home is tricky when there are so many options out there. To limit your options, design a door that fits with the period of your property taking into consideration the dimensions, strength and usability. The colour and quality of your door also attracts positive energy and should work in harmony with its surroundings. Green is typically the colour of nature and money while red is the colour of prosperity.

Green Victorian Front Door

Green Victorian Front Door

4. Light and air

Light is one of the strongest manifestations of energy. If you’re limited with light in your hallway, include glass panelling either side of your front door or use mirrors to enhance and bounce the natural light making space feel welcoming and airy. Mirrors are fantastic to enlarge an area, however in the rules of feng shui do not place mirrors in direct line with your front door, this will reflect the chi straight back. If you have windows around your hallway open them up while at home, this will dramatically improve air quality circulating around the space, air-purifying plants are also a cheap and easy option that help promote chi.

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