If you are familiar with feng shui, you know how important the front door is to the wellbeing of a home. The front door serves as a powerful gateway between the outer and the inner world energies. As such, it should be attractive, inviting, and easy to access. If your front door faces southeast, choosing the right color for this direction will help direct positive energy to this central portal to your home and home life.
Importance of the Front Door
In feng shui, the front entry is considered the mouth of Chi, or Universal energy, because it is through the front door that the house absorbs most of its energy nourishment. The higher the quality of energy the house (or office) can absorb, the better the quality of energy that is available to the people who live or work in the space.
The easiest way to create a strong feng shui front door is to find the appropriate feng shui design for it— be it in colors, shapes, or materials. This is done by nourishing the feng shui element that corresponds to the direction your front door is facing.
Colors for a Southeast Front Door
A southeast, or southeast-facing, door is a door with a compass reading from 112.5 to 157.5. (Tip: You can determine the direction your door faces using a compass app on a smartphone or a conventional compass). The feng shui element of the Southeast direction is the Wood element, and the corresponding feng shui bagua energy is Money & Abundance.
The wood feng shui element colors are green and brown. In the case of a southeast-facing front door, you have additional color choices because there are two more elements—Water and Earth—that bring good energy to this area. These two elements are both nourishing and supportive of Wood, so you can use their colors, too, for your Southeast-facing front door.
Because a southeast-facing door is considered a prosperity door in feng shui, often the best color and design choices are those corresponding to the Water feng shui element because water is the universal symbol of prosperity flow and abundance. Therefore, the best feng shui colors for a southeast-facing front door are—in order of their auspiciousness:
- Very light yellow
- Earthy/sandy colors
Colors to Avoid
It's best to avoid the following colors for your southeast-facing front door because they represent the elements of Fire and Metal, which are destructive to Wood (according to the (five elements destructive cycle):
What to Do If You Can't Paint Your Door
If your front door is not a suitable color for a southeast direction, and you're not able or allowed to paint the door, there are many other things you can do to promote good feng shui without repainting:
- Keep the door area free of clutter, both inside and out.
- Maintain the door so that it opens smoothly and without catching or other hindrances.
- Use the front door as your primary access point to the house; positive energy will do the same.
- Decorate the door and surrounding area so the entry is inviting and is clearly identifiable as the home's main entry.
- Promote Earth and Water energies with surrounding stone or other earthy materials or by adding water feature, such as a fountain, nearby.