Houseplants are really having a moment right now, and for good reason! From a design perspective, they add beautiful shapes and colors to a space. Many plants also help to filter out toxins and improve indoor air quality.
What you might not know is that your plant friends can also improve the flow of qi (life force energy) in your home. Strategically placing plants in certain areas of your home can invite more balance and harmony into your life, and they can even support an intention or goal that you are working on.
Plants and Feng Shui
In feng shui, we work with many different tools to shift the qi in a home. One way that we bring in specific types of energy is by adding certain items with intention, including plants.
Healthy plants are a source of positive qi, or life force energy. They are also a beautiful way to bring more nature into your home, which is especially welcomed as we spend more and more time indoors and on our devices. Plants also represent the wood element in the five elements system used in feng shui. We often add plants to a space with the intention of cultivating more wood element qualities like vitality, growth, and healing.
Front Door and Feng Shui
The front door is one of the most important areas of your home from a feng shui perspective. Even if you often come into your home through a side door or garage door, we consider the front door to be the “mouth of qi” in feng shui. This is where energy and opportunities can enter your home and flow to you. Your front door also represents your face to the world and the world sees you.
Ideally, your front door should be set up to welcome and invite positive qi into your home. A strong front door is in good repair and easy to get to. Before adding any plants or other feng shui adjustments, it’s always a good idea to take care of any mundane issues. Does your door squeak? Is the knob dirty? Is there any clutter that makes it hard to find or open your front door? If you notice any problems that need to be addressed, start there. It’s also a good idea to start using your front door regularly if you don’t already.
Once your front door is set up for success on a more mundane level, you can start to bring in elements to enhance the energy in this part of your home. Plants are a great way to uplift the qi in the entryway of your space and invite more growth and kindness into your home.
Our Favorite Plants for the Front Door
In general, the most inviting feng shui plants are ones with soft, rounded leaves. If your goal is to welcome visitors and opportunities, you might not want to choose something with sharp thorns or spikes. It’s also important to find a plant that will do well in this part of your home, so be sure to do some research and make sure you’ve chosen something with the right light and temperature requirements.
If you have space for a bigger plant, an areca palm can bring a lot of life energy to your space. This is a great plant to activate a stagnant corner. Depending on where you live, you could even have it outside on your front doorstep during the warmer months, and then bring it inside when the weather starts to cool down. Areca palms also have the added benefits of filtering and purifying the air.
Monstera has beautiful, heart-shaped leaves that are great for inviting more love and kindness into your life. These plants can also grow quickly under the right conditions, which can be fun and rewarding to witness.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle leaf figs are beautiful plants, and they’re quite popular right now. Their upright trunks and large, striking leaves can be an uplifting addition to your front door area. They can also grow to be quite tall, so this is a good choice if you want to make a bold statement in your entryway. Fiddle leaf figs are not the easiest plants to grow, but learning to care for them can be a powerful way to cultivate compassion and kindness.
If you want to uplift your entryway with a plant but you’re not confident about your green thumb, try a pothos. These plants are very forgiving, so they’re ideal for beginners. They also have beautiful trailing stems which makes them a great candidate for a hanging planter or an accent on a higher shelf or windowsill.