When you work with a feng shui consultant, they will almost certainly look at your front door. This is because the front door of a home is the “mouth of qi,” or the main gateway through which life force energy (qi) enters the space. A strong front door will help attract positive energy, opportunities, and prosperity to the people living in the home. One way to strengthen your front door is to paint it in a color that supports your intentions. Color is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to shift your energy, and it can be a great place to start if you are new to feng shui.
There are many different schools of feng shui, all with different approaches. Some schools, including the Classical, Compass, and Flying Star schools take into account the magnetic compass directions of certain features of a home, including the front door. In these schools, knowing the facing direction of your front door is one thing that can determine which paint colors would be most supportive here.
How to Find Your Front Door Facing Direction
To find your front door facing direction, stand in the doorway of your home facing out. Use a compass to determine which direction you are facing—you can use a dedicated feng shui compass to do this, or simply open the compass app on your smartphone.
Paint Colors for South-Facing Doors
In Classical Feng Shui, the South direction is related to the fire element, as well as Li position on the feng shui bagua. Li is also connected to fame, reputation, and how you are seen by others.
When you’re deciding what color to paint your south-facing door, it may be helpful to choose colors that support the fire element. These can be colors directly related to the fire element itself, or colors related to the wood element, which feeds fire in the five elements system used in feng shui. Fire also represents passion, inspiration, and expression, so painting your door a fire or wood element color can help you bring more of these qualities into your life.
Fire Element Colors
- Red: Red is the most auspicious color in feng shui. It is very yang, or active. It’s also very dynamic and can invite a lot of new energy, so it’s a great color if you’re feeling like the qi in your home needs a boost. Red is also protective, which can be beneficial for the entrance to a home.
- Bright Orange: Like red, bright orange is a very active and uplifting color. Think of the way you feel when you peel a fresh orange or tangerine. If your intention is to add the fire element, stick to brighter shades of orange, as more muted, earthy tones are connected to the earth element.
Wood Element Colors
- Green: Green, as well as other wood element colors, represents healing, vitality, and growth. Green calls to mind the brightness of a new blade of grass or the vibrant leaves on a big, healthy tree.
- Blue: Blue is also connected to the wood element in feng shui. Different shades of blue go well with many house colors, and they can all be very soothing and healing. Like green, it’s a color we often see in nature, in the sky or the surface of water on a clear day.
- Teal: In between green and blue, teal is another great choice for a wood element paint color. Choose a softer shade or something more vibrant, depending on your style and the color of the rest of your house.
If you can’t paint your door, you can still incorporate fire and wood element colors into your front door decor. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to get creative with it! You’re only limited by your imagination.
- Place green plants outside your front door to represent the wood element. You can also put them in a blue or green planter to add even more wood energy.
- Spice up your front step with a fiery red welcome mat.
- Add plants with red flowers, like petunia or begonia, to bring in more of the fire element.
- If you’re not sure what color would be most supportive, you can always experiment and see what feels best. Try painting your door a new color, and if you don’t like it after a few weeks, try something else. You can also work with a Classical Feng Shui practitioner who will be able to provide more specific guidance with your south-facing door, tailored to your unique home and life situation.