Coloring Your Front Door Experience: Let Your Feng Shui Swing Wide

backdoor clipart picThe front door in Feng Shui is an important aspect to the house.  It represents the entry through which good luck will enter the home.  If the door is not used or is “invisible” because it’s on the side or is the same color as the rest of the house, opportunities may be limited.  I may suggest a flag or a banner by the door to draw attention to it or I may strongly encourage the home owners to paint the door to draw attention to it.

A recent question was posed to me concerning the Feng Shui specifics of this situation.  The inquiry was from a person who knew already that the front door should be a strong color that is different from anything else on the house.  In order to maximize the pivotal role of the front entry, I typically suggest that it be a color that differs from the house color, the trim color, and the color of the shingles.

Red has been the preferred choice because it represents good luck and is an active color symbolizes a good flow of energy.  From the Chinese culture perspective, a red door is very auspicious. There is a wide spectrum of red options, so it’s usually possible to choose one that the homeowners would like.  Nevertheless, if red isn’t a color that evokes positive feelings, then they find one that does.

The color on the outside of the front door does not have to match the color on the inside of the door, especially if the chosen color wouldn’t blend very well with what’s happening in the entry.  The color should be restricted to the door itself and not extend to the door jamb or any other adjacent molding.  If there’s a screen door as part of the door system, it is the owner’s option as to whether to paint that as well.  If this second door in any way interferes with visibility to the main door, then it should be painted.  Otherwise it can be left the way it is.

Although there may be plenty of paint left over it is not a good idea to paint the back door or any side doors with the same color as the front one.  This action would set up a conflict with regard to the importance of the front door, creating an energetic confusion about where good luck should really land.  If you want opportunity to knock, make sure your front door is obvious and inviting.