One of the most important areas in your home is your entry. It is the first place you see when entering your home and can do a lot in terms of the Feng Shui of your space. In Feng Shui, this is the room or space that acts as the transition from inside your home to the outer world. The entry invites positive energy into the home, so having it set up accordingly is important.
Creating a Feng Shui’d entry is easier that people think. No you don’t have to go out and buy a bagua mirror, and no you don’t have to paint your door red. In fact, these tips are so simple, you can implement them while still keeping the personality of your space in tack. After all, it’s your home and should feel like you!
Here are some easy and simple tips to set up your entry according to Feng Shui.
Slow Down the Qi
Your entrance is an important gateway for qi flow. Left unarranged, an excess of qi (energy) can escape your home. It’s important to create a vestibule or “landing pad” for when you enter your space. This allows the qi to better circulate your home and not “run out” the door.
Area rugs contain yin energy and help to soften and slow down the movement of qi. This is especially useful in entrances that form long hallways that contain a lot of fast moving qi. Get an area rug that offers more grounding energy such as one with darker colors or soften patterns.
You may know them as console tables, but having a tabletop to set your keys and display personal items is a great Feng Shui tool. According to the Form School, the entrance of your home is associated with the career sector of the Bagua map. This energy is connected to the work/service you give to society and the outer world. What type of image to you wish to project? Symbolic trinkets, artwork, and other personal touches can help manifest this energy.
While it's important to add intentional decor to this area, it is also important not to overdo it. Clutter is a huge issue in Feng Shui, as this actually creates stagnant energy and prevents this qi from flowing throughout the rest of the home.
With your entry door being such a crucial gateway to the type of qi you let enter your space, you want to ensure the qi is beneficial and not destructive, harmful, or negative. To protect yourself and your home from negative qi, place protective stones near the entryway or above your door threshold. Good protective stones in Feng Shui are black tourmaline, selenite, and amethyst.
Just like you don’t want your entry to be empty, you also don’t want it to be littered with boxes, shoes, coats, and whatever else you “dump” off when you enter your home. Having clutter creates a stuffiness of qi in your space and prevents it from properly dispersing.
Storage cubbies and benches work great for helping to better organize your drop off zone and keep things neat and tidy. Try a console with baskets underneath or a built-in bench system with closed storage drawers for shoes and coats to keep these objects hidden and out of sight.
Try these tips out for yourself and get more good energy flowing into your home. Be sure to check out my other posts for more Feng Shui tips and tricks or schedule your own personal consultation.