In the ancient Chinese art and science of feng shui, the front door is knowns as the "mouth of chi," because it is through this portal that a house or office absorbs most of the universal energy that it needs to nourish your personal energy and well-being. One of the first steps in feng shui design, then, is to attract good energy into your home or office with a front door that is designed with strong feng shui principles.
Feng Shui Basics for Front Doors
Creating a front door with good feng shui is a matter of making the appropriate design decisions, including the choice of color, shape, materials, and images or symbols. In feng shui, these choices are affected by the direction in which the door faces since each of the eight cardinal directions has its own energy profile and is governed by a specific feng shui element. For example, in an east-facing door, feng shui design would seek to nourish the wood feng shui element that "governs" this direction, while avoiding or minimizing the colors, shapes, and decor elements that belong to the elements of fire and metal, which are known to corrupt or degrade wood.
Each of the eight compass directions—N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW—has its own unique requirements for a front door with ideal feng shui. In feng shui, the energy of a front door is determined by its facing direction, and each of the eight directions has a different set of guidelines, based principally on the feng shui element that governs that direction.
Feng Shui Colors for a Front Door Facing Northwest
While a variety of design decisions can support the element of metal and the bagua energy of helpful people and blessing, the easiest way to make your front door support these themes is through the use of color. Each specific feng shui element is expressed through specific colors.
A front door facing northwest has compass reading from 292.5 to 337.5. A compass reading can be taken with a traditional compass or with a smartphone mapping app. Make sure you take the reading while facing outward and exactly perpendicular to the door and the front of your house.
The element of metal is expressed through the colors of white and gray/silver. And because the earth element is known to nourish and help create the metal element, the colors associated with the earth element—earthy, sandy colors, as well as light-yellow or gold colors— are also appropriate to a front door facing northwest.
In order of auspiciousness, then, the best colors for a front door that faces northwest are white, gray, light yellow, gold, and all earthy/sandy colors.
Colors to Avoid in a Front Door Facing Northwest
The elements of water and fire are known to weaken and corrupt the element of metal, so the colors associated with these elements should be avoided in a door that faces northwest. Blue, black, red, purple, orange, and deep pink are colors to avoid with a northwest-facing door.
Improving Front Door Feng Shui
The easiest way by far to improve the feng shui of your front door is to repaint it in a color suitable to feng shui element that corresponds to its facing compass direction. In some communities, though, homeowner covenants may restrict the colors allowed on the exterior of your home. If this is the case and you cannot paint the door an appropriate feng shui color, then focus instead on feng shui solutions that involve decor and other design elements that support the metal element:
- Use planters made from metal containers, or plastic or clay pots that are white or gray.
- Include shiny metal-finish door handles, knockers, and mailboxes.
- Add a doormat that is square or round or one that includes these shapes in its design.
- Replace the door with one that uses materials and shapes consistent with the metal element. If you have fiberglass door, for example, replacing it with an entry door made of steel or wood will better support the metal element. A door that makes use of square or round design elements, such as square windows, will also better support the metal element.