Aside from the front door itself, the entryway (or foyer) is the critical space in our home for first impressions. In fact, feng shui considers this area (including the front door) the mouth of qi, from which all opportunities flow into our lives. It’s a space of transition, shifting from your instincts’ high-alert status (outside in the busy, hustling world) to their more relaxed and comfortable state (in a safe, comforting home’s interior). The success of a good feng shui entryway is not really about what particular entryway it is, but rather what has been done with the entryway no matter what it is.
(Interesting tidbit: In feng shui, a red front door attracts positive energy into the home. A black front door attracts wealth into the home. Not sure about what a red-and-black door would do, though…)
A feng shui entryway in a studio apartment is going to look different than a feng shui entryway in a large rambler. But the vibe of each will be quite similar – welcoming, restful, and entrancing.
For the entryway that isn’t an entryway, meaning the home whose front door literally opens into the living room or a hallway or similar, it’s important in feng shui to create a space that buffers the outside energy rushing into the space when the door is open. This might be achieved with an area rug and a coat rack and chair – something at all the height levels that accommodates the person entering gracefully and allows them to pause.
Feng Shui Entryway #1: Avoid displaying personal items.
Poor, or nonexistent, feng shui in the entryway involves displaying highly personal items. This is because the entryway is considered to be one of the most public spaces in our home. Family photos, for example, are better displayed in more private areas of the house.
Feng Shui Entryway #2: Display art.
That’s not to say that the entryway should be personality-free. Exactly the opposite! The feng shui entryway is a perfect place to hang beautiful artwork. It sets the tone for the entire home, really, so make sure that your entry’s art has a calming, positive effect on viewers. Balanced by a small table or shelf underneath, the art will welcome visitors and residents alike into the home time after time.
Feng Shui Entryway #3: Include all five feng shui elements in the entryway.
The five elements of feng shui (e.g., water, fire, earth, metal, and wood) are critical to any space’s balance and positive qi. When all are represented in the entryway, a sense of balance and well-being will permeate the space.
Feng Shui Entryway #4: Hang a mirror strategically.
Mirrors are a subject of dispute in the feng shui entryway, although the key is not whether or not to hang a mirror in the mirror, but rather where to hang it. Mirrors are a thoughtful installation in the entryway, useful for last-minute checkups before entering fully or leaving the home. However, hanging a mirror direction opposite the front door in the entryway is bad feng shui, because it is believed to send qi right back out the door via reflective properties. (In this instance, qi is associated with wealth.)
Mirrors are great for making a small or even tiny entryway feel a bit more expansive, because they reflect light and visually enlarge a space. In feng shui, this is a good thing, as long as one remembers that mirrors don’t reflect selectively. That is to say, they reflect everything – the good and the bad. Give your mirror only positive things to reflect (like no hard edges), and your feng shui entryway will reap the benefits.
Feng Shui Entryway #5: Make the entryway’s flow instinctive.
Arrange the entryway in such a way that a visitor will know instinctively what is expected and where to go, due solely to the flow of the space itself. Use visual cues, such as artwork, or physical cues, such as rugs, to help your visitor navigate the space seamlessly and comfortably.
Feng Shui Entryway #6: Remove hindrances to the door’s opening and closing.
Few things are as unsettling when being introduced to a space as not feeling fully invited in, and that is exactly what happens when a front door can’t open fully, or when a person can’t step safely inside when the door is open. Remove any blockages, such as shoes, coats, umbrellas, bags, etc. As a long-term solution, provide intuitive shoe storage by the front door and hangers or hooks for other objects. A chair or bench is a nice touch, as it provides a place to sit while shoes are removed.
In fact, clutter is never welcome in a feng shui space, and the entryway is certainly no exception. Clutter provides physical and visual blockages, disrupting the flow of energy immediately, and creating a disjointed feeling in the space. Provide places to put things that are commonly shed at the door – a tray on a console for keys and mail, hooks on the wall for coats and hats, etc.
Feng Shui Entryway #7: Use lighting effectively.
Entryways can be quite small spaces, relative to other rooms in the home. This isn’t always the case, of course, but if it is, lighting is going to be key. In any feng shui design, small spaces that are dark are considered mood depressors. Good feng shui recommends that lighter entry colors are generally more desirable, as is overhead lighting.
A lamp or some secondary light source by the front door, where possible, is another way to improve the lighting options for the entryway. Imagine returning home in the evening with a soft light on to welcome you home; doesn’t that just feel cozy?
Feng Shui Entryway #8: Use greenery or fresh flowers.
In feng shui, plant life is one of the easiest and most effective ways to infuse a space with vitality and positive energy. In addition, for those entries that need a little help in creating or maintaining their distinct footprint, a large plant can serve as a “wall” or buffer of sorts, creating a visual barrier just where you need it.
Amateur Corner: A Real-Life Application for a Feng Shui Entryway
This home’s entryway is a few steps into a hallway area that is essentially the hub of the upstairs. The living room, dining room, bedroom hallway, and stairway to the basement all touch upon the entryway area. This is not an ideal layout for feng shui, but it is what it is. Let’s discuss a couple of things about the entryway that this article has touched on, positive and negative.
The first feng shui application undergone was the removal of all clutter and trash. This “shelf” directly inside the door is so tempting to place things that don’t have a convenient home, it sometimes becomes a dropping ground for junk.
A simple rug of Flor tiles is one of the primary factors in delineating what is “entryway” versus what is the rest of the house.
A couple of positive feng shui aspects of this entryway include: a barrier wall to identify the entryway, a cutout within the wall to provide visual access to and from the entryway into the living room, a mirror on the side wall, shoe storage, and a bench. While the entryway itself does not contain greenery, there is a houseplant within direct eyeline when coming in from the outside, which counts. Removing some of the shoes in the shoe storage would be a good idea to lighten up the entryway’s feel of freshness.