In feng shui, your front door is one of the most important areas of your home and represents the face you show to the world. On a practical level, it is how you come in and out of your home. Your front door sets the tone for you and your visitors when entering your home. It’s also the last thing that you see when leave your home to go out into the world.
On an energetic level, your front door also represents how energy and opportunities come into your life. Just like you want your guests to feel welcome when they enter through your front door, you also want opportunities to be attracted to enter your life. Your front door is the main portal for people and energy to enter your home. In feng shui we call it the mouth of qi, or universal life force energy.
Your Front Door Color and Feng Shui
One easy way to feng shui your front door is with paint. While there is no perfect paint color, here are some suggestions, along with what they represent from a feng shui perspective. We recommend you work with what colors you are attracted to. Also, pay attention to what colors will work well with the exterior of the house, as well as your neighborhood as a whole.
How to Pick the Perfect Front Door Color
Red to Get Noticed
Red is the most auspicious color in feng shui, as well as a powerful color for protection and the transformation of negative energy. Red is also connected to the fire element, which represents warmth, passion, and inspiration. If you want your front door to be clearly visible from the street so that energy and opportunities can find you, a coat of red paint can be an effective way to do this. In the feng shui energy map, red is related to the Li, or Recognition, area. Red makes a bold statement, and it’s a great color to use if you want to get noticed.
Black to Attract Good Energy
Black absorbs, attracts, and brings in positive energy, which make it a great choice for a front door color. It’s connected to the water element, which represents wisdom and depth. The north direction is also tied to this element. Water is also connected to your social connections and network, so black can be a supportive color for building friendships and relationships.
Brown for Support
In feng shui, brown and other earthy neutral colors are connected to the earth element and used to balance, stabilize, and nurture the inhabitants in the home. A brown door is perfect for connecting you and your family to the stability of mother earth.
Yellow to Brighten
Yellow is a bright, fun color for a front door. In feng shui, yellow is connected to the earth element. Earth represents stability and grounding, so yellow is a great choice if you or your family could use more of those things.
Green for Growth
Green is connected to the wood element in feng shui, related to new beginnings and growth. If your intention is to invite in new opportunities to help you grow and expand, you may want to try painting your door green.
White for Joy
Connected to the metal element in feng shui, white represents cleanliness and purity. The west direction is also tied to this element. The metal element is related to precision, communication, and joy. Try painting your door white to invite more of these metal element qualities into your life.
Blue for Knowledge
Like green, blue also represents the wood element, which supports growth and new beginnings. Deeper shades of blue are also connected to the Gen area of the feng shui bagua map. Gen represents knowledge and self-cultivation, so dark blue can be helpful in supporting an intention to deepen your skillfulness.
Gray for Helpful People
Gray also represents the metal element, so it is a supportive color for inviting more metal element qualities into your life. In addition, it’s the color associated with the Qian area of the feng shui bagua. Qian is all about helpful people and travel, so a gray front door can support your intention to invite helpful people and benefactors into your life or to travel more.
After you’ve chosen a color for your front door, make sure you use it! A lot of us don’t use our formal front doors, but it’s important to activate it by opening and walking through it regularly. Even if it’s not the entrance you use most often, try going out your front door when you go out to get the mail, for example.
Finally, don’t forget to keep your freshly painted door clean. Part of having an inviting entryway is having a clean entryway. When you’re cleaning your home, take some time to wash your front door, including the hinges, knobs, and frame.