There are a few areas of your home that are especially important to look at from a feng shuiperspective, and one of these is the front door.
Feng Shui and the Front Door
In feng shui, the formal front door of a home is known as the mouth of qi because it is the primary way that qi, or life force energy, enters the space. Having a strong front door is important, because it represents being able to welcome new opportunities into your life. In order to strengthen your front door, it’s a good idea to make sure that the area is clean, uncluttered, and easily accessible. If you’re able to walk in and out of your front door with ease, it’s likely that qi will also be able to flow smoothly through the area. To further support your front door, you may want to intentionally paint it in a specific color that is aligned with the door’s location or direction.
There are many different schools of feng shui, all with different approaches. Some schools, including the Flying Star, Classical, and Compass schools, take into account the magnetic compass directions that certain aspects of your home are facing. If you are working with one of these schools, it can be helpful to know the facing direction of your front door in order to strengthen it. To find your front door facing direction, take a compass (this can be either a feng shui compass or simply an app on your smartphone) and stand in your doorway facing out. The direction that you are facing, shown on the compass, is the facing direction of your front door.
Feng Shui Colors for East-Facing Doors
If your front door faces east, you may want to paint your door in a color that supports the wood element. You can do this by choosing a color directly tied to the wood element, or you can select a water element color, because water feeds and nourishes wood in the five element cycle. Take a look at the colors below, and see which one resonates with you the most. Remember that if you try painting your door a new color and you don’t like it, you can always paint it again later!
Wood Element Feng Shui Colors
- Green: The wood element and the color green represent growth and new beginnings. Think of the fresh green color of a new blade of grass, or the leaves on a growing tree.
- Blue: Blue is a healing and soothing color, which can make it a great choice for your home’s decor. Choose a brighter blue to make a statement, or something a little softer to invite more tranquility.
- Teal: Like all wood element colors, teal encourages growth and healing. It can also be a fun, bold color for a front door!
Water Element Feng Shui Colors
- Black: Black is an elegant color representing wisdom and intuition. It can also be used with the intention of attracting and absorbing prosperity and positivity into your home.
- Deep charcoal gray: If you like the idea of black, but feel that it would be too harsh with your home’s exterior, try a very deep charcoal gray that is almost black. It’s important to choose a very dark shade of gray if your intention is to bring in water energy, since lighter grays represent the metal element, which you will find with a west-facing front door.
- Dark navy blue: Similarly, a very dark navy blue that is close to black can invite in water element qualities. Deep navy can be a beautiful front door color that complements many different styles of decor.
Colors to Avoid for an East-Facing Front Door
In feng shui, the wood element is weakened by metal and fire. If wood is an element that supports you, you may want to avoid the colors associated with metal and fire for your east-facing door. These colors are white and red tones.
If You Can't Repaint Your Door
If you live in a rental or can’t paint your front door for other reasons, you can still harness the energy of the wood and water elements to support your east-facing door. Use your creativity to find ways to incorporate wood and water element colors into your front door decor in other ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Add an elegant black welcome mat in front of your home’s entrance. Or, use your welcome mat as an opportunity to add a pop of blue or teal.
- Place planters on your front step with healthy green plants to represent the wood element. You can even choose planters in a wood or water element color.
- Hang your house number, painted in navy or black, on your front door. Bonus: having your house number highly visible allows more opportunities to come to you.