When I was going through design school back in the late nineties, I was introduced to the methodology and principles of feng shui. While there are many schools of practice, I follow BTB, or Black Sect.
In feng shui you will often hear if something is auspicious or inauspicious. There are basically four popular schools of feng shui, and no matter which one you study or follow they essentially all want one thing: auspicious chi.
Chi is life force energy. We are surrounded by it and the goal is to get it to flow and meander throughout our homes so that our lives are affected in very positive ways, which cannot happen if the first thing your guests see is a dilapidated, and beat-up front door. Or worse, a door that squeaks and doesn’t open.
Not only does your front door say a lot about who you are as a person, it is imperative that it greet your guests with the best energy, and attract good energy; like kick-ass opportunities and cold hard cash. I have spoken about this on other topics here on the blog about the way your surroundings make you feel. In it’s simplest form, that is the practice of feng shui. If your guests approach your door with disgust, confusion, annoyance, disappointment or any negative thought, that energy follows into your home. The two most common things I see are confusion about where the door is, or women tripping in their heels from uneven surfaces – bad feng shui!
In Feng Shui, certain directions contain different types of energies and are associated with certain paint colors. When it comes to your front door pay attention to the direction it faces: N, S, E, or W, and what color you present to the world, because all directions and colors vibrate differently.
Feng shui front door basics
Here are some recommendations on the most auspicious colors based on the direction of your home
- The best colors for doors facing NW, W, and SW are: Red, greige, and black.
- The best colors for a North facing door: Red (North is a quiet energy so red stirs things up, grrrr)
- The best color for a NE facing door: White
- The best colors for a door facing E are: Bright green and cream.
- The best colors for a SE facing door: Dark green, blue and cream.
- The best colors for a S facing door: Bright green, dark green, blue and purple.
Remember to keep the pathway to your door clear, attractive, and always have it meander to slow the chi down. Keep your front door adorned with beautiful shiny hardware (not beat-up, or chipped), round planters with lively plants and refrain from cluttering the doorway with things like shoes…this indicates indecision and chaos, and can also frustrate your guest if they trip or have to step over them!
Which way does your door face?
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