The formal front door (the main entrance to your home) is one of the most important areas to look at when it comes to feng shui. It’s often called the mouth of qi, because it’s how energy and opportunities enter your home. Your front door is also the first thing visitors see when they arrive, as well as the first thing you see when you come home, so it can really set the tone for your experience of the space.
Ready to invite new opportunities and positive energy into your life? Start with your formal front door (the main entry). Check out our feng shui tips to make sure this area of your home is working best for you.
Use The Formal Front Door
It’s common for many people to use a door other than the formal front door, such as a garage or side door, to enter their homes. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s important to use your main entrance (the formal front door) as well. This will allow new energy to come in and prevent stagnation. Try using your front door when you go out to get the mail, or making a point to mindfully open it once a day.
Keep the Main Entrance Door Clean and Tidy
Your door may not be the first place you think of when you go to clean your home, but a clean front door helps to welcome more positive energy into your home. Wipe down the front and back of the door, as well as the hinges, knobs, and frame. You can also sweep around your front door, and set the intention as you do so that you are sweeping away any stuck or stale energy.
Remove Clutter and Obstacles
It’s important to take care of any clutter that has collected around your main entry. Are you able to easily walk through your front door into your home? If there are objects in the way that make it hard for you to enter, this can make it harder for qi to enter your home as well, which can create stagnation and blockages. Look for clutter leading up to the entrance of your home, as well as anything behind the door that prevents it from opening fully.
Create an Inviting Space
Since your main entry is how energy enters your home, it’s a good idea to make it inviting and welcoming. A fresh coat of paint, new light fixtures, or healthy green plants are all great ways to brighten and uplift this area of your home. This goes for the inside and outside of the entrance. Make sure you have good curb appeal from the street.
Make Sure Your Door Is Easy To Find
Is your house number visible from the street? Are there overgrown plants or objects that are obscuring the view of your front door? If a visitor or delivery person has a hard time finding your home, so will opportunities!
Watch Out For Walls Or Staircases Blocking The Front Door
If you walk in your front door and are directly blocked by a wall or staircase that is less than six feet away from you, this can create blocked energy. To correct this, you can hang a faceted feng shui crystal ball halfway between the door and the wall or staircase.
Get An Inviting Welcome Mat
A new welcome mat is a wonderful way to invite in new opportunities. This can help your door stand out and attract more positive energy to you. Look for a mat that’s about the same width as your door, or a little larger. Red and black are especially auspicious colors to use here, or you can choose a different color that you are attracted to.
Define the Space
It’s a good idea to define your entryway so that qi can collect in your home, rather than rushing straight through. This is especially helpful if you are living in a home with an open floor plan. A colorful rug or a piece of furniture that you love can help to establish this space in your home.
Repair Anything That’s Broken
Take the time to fix any squeaky hinges, broken doorbells, or sticking doors. Your front door is not only how energy finds you - doors also represent the mouths of a home’s inhabitants, so any issues with the door can point to blocks or challenges in communication. Making sure that all your doors, and especially your front door, are in good repair can help create more ease in communication.