This Is How to Feng Shui Your Entryway Layout

Feng Shui Home, Step 2, Front Door and Entry Decorating

This Is How to Feng Shui Your Entryway Layout

Chinese Feng Shui home design and decorating ideas reflect the art of creating pleasant, relaxing and healthy homes to live in harmony with the world. The front door is a very important element of  good Feng Shui home design. It allows the energy to flow freely into and through home interiors, bringing positive changes and attracting good luck and wealth.

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The front door and entry room are the first things people see when they visit your house. The entryway and door are the last things people remember, when they leave you home.

According to classic Feng Shui, the front door and entry are the gate for the positive energy that enters your home. Good Feng Shui design of the front door and entryway invites positive changes and brings great opportunities.

That is why front door and entryway decorating is an important element of good Feng Shui home design.

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Feng Shui cures, old golden coins for home decorating

Chinese Feng Shui practitioners believe that the front door and the entry room, located near the stairs or on the top of the stairs that lead to your home, is a bad Feng Shui sign. Although it is not possible to rebuild the house front and get rid of the stairs, the situation can be easily improved when people know how to Feng Shui their front door and entryway space.

1. If there are steps in front of the house, Chinese Feng Shui experts recommend to hang a small mirror or a shiny decoration on the front door to reflect negative energy back outside. This is an ancient Feng Shui cure for the front door design and decorating. Entryway decorating with a mirror protects the house and open the symbolic gate for good luck.

Feng Shui bells for front door and entryway designs

2. Good Feng Shui home design includes entryway decorating with old golden coins and bells. Feng Shui cures should be hung on the front door handle. According to classic Feng Shui masters, golden Chinese coins and bells attract money.

This easy Feng Shui method will protect your house. You do not need to hang old coins and bells on each door handle in the house.

Feng Shui front door decorating accessories protect the entire house and all members of the family, Chinese Feng Shui teachers explain.

Staging home interiors, small entryway

Ideally, when people enter the house they should see only living room, dining room or family room interiors, not bedrooms, your home office or kitchen. It is a bad Feng Shui sign, if personal living spaces are seen from the front door.

3. Good Feng Shui placement of an eye-catching object in the hallway or entryway is an effective Feng Shui cure that helps redirect the visitors attention from personal spaces to the bright decor accessory and improve your entryway design.

Old golden coins on the red ribbon

4. Also classic Feng Shui instructors advise to keep the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom doors closed always, creating more privacy in Feng Shui house.

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5. Good Feng Shui home decorating can not be achieved without keeping the entryway and hallway in order. The front door and the entryway design need to be clean and free from clutter. Feng means the movement of the air that can freely travel only through free of clutter home interiors.

6. Select  pleasant pastel colors for the entry room decorating, light colors are good Feng Shui colours for your entryway. Then purchase a door mat that matches the front door colors.

7. Classic Feng Shui masters advise to hide three golden coins under the mat to attract good luck. Brass is suitable also, because Feng Shui colours are more important than the material.

Feng Shui symbols of wealth and good luck, Feng Shui front door and entryChinese coins and bells to Feng Shui the entry door

8. Decorating color schemes for the front door, entryway and hall interiors, that include only one color, is not a good Feng Shui choice.

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Home decor should be color balanced in Feng Shui room, so include matching colors with decorative items, lighting, wall paint color, Feng Shui pictures, shoe storage furniture or closet painting, wall decorations and floor rugs to create good Feng Shui design for the front door and balanced entry decorating in accordance with classic Feng Shui principles.

Good Feng Shui colours, Feng Shui front door and entry decoratingFeng Shui decorating, light Feng Shui room colors, good Feng Shui entry design

9. If the hallway and entryway interiors are too dark, the positive energy travels too slow. Dark colors are not suitable for good Feng Shui front door and entry decorating. Bright room painting, that forces the positive energy to rush through the space too fast, is a bad Feng Shui room decorating choice.

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10. Light Feng Shui colors, green house plants and soft lighting are good Feng Shui house design elements, that create pleasant and welcoming the house front door and entry decorating.

Classic Feng Shui front door and entry decorationChinese Feng Shui coins to Feng Shui the door and the entry

11. The house front should be well lit. Decorating the front door and entryway with efficient general lighting fixtures and sconces or lamps for beautiful accents helps to Feng Shui the front door and entryway designs.

Popular home decor colors

12. If the entryway still feels too dark, simple Feng Shui decorating with paint in light colors solves the problem.

13. Then hang Feng Shui pictures in rectangular and oval frames to create interesting and attractive decor and to Feng Shui the entry room.

Feng Shui cures, small bells

14. If your hallway is long, hang Feng Shui mirror to decorate the wall and to Feng Shui. Feng Shui mirror adds soft round curves and reflects the light, balancing the hall proportions and creating the movement effect that helps the positive energy flow.

15. Beautiful front yard decorating add to the appeal of your front door and entryway designs. Called Feng Shui music of the wind or the whisper of the time, Feng Shui wind chimes and bells, a clock or a small Feng Shui fountain with running water create nice background sounds and improve the energy flow through home interiors also.

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Positive energy comes into the house through the front door, and good Feng Shui decorating helps it flow freely through all home interiors.

To Feng Shui the front door and the entryway designs means to create a welcoming and spacious, light and comfortable interior decorating.

Open and inviting Feng Shui design allows the positive energy to bring exciting changes, balance and harmony into it.

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Everyday Feng Shui: Entrances: Let the positive energy flow in

This Is How to Feng Shui Your Entryway Layout

By Maria McCullough

LAST MONTH I WROTE THAT the master bedroom is one of the two most important rooms in the house. If that is the case, what is the other most important room?

Unequivocally, it is the Entrance Foyer.

The area leading up to your front door, the actual threshold itself and the area immediately inside your home or business (the foyer) are all considered part of your front entrance. This area is critical — it is more than just the entry into your home or business. It is the place of your guests’ first impressions and where the vital energy, called Chi, enters your home.

The word “entrance” means to “en-trance” your guests, and welcome them with beauty. By making your entrance fabulous, you also attract and nourish the Chi entering your home.

Your entrance can be located in one of the three areas of the Bagua’s entrance quadrant — see the Bagua Map below.

Entrances and the Bagua

The Feng Shui Bagua (Ba-gua) Map is represented as a grid of nine sectors. The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams.” Entrances should take on the qualities of the Bagua area they reside in.

In each of the three areas it is important to remember that traditionally in Feng Shui, the best art in the household is displayed by the front door. This is to honor everyone who enters your home.

When you have space, consider setting up a welcoming arrangement that may include a table appointed with a flower arrangement. When your foyer is small, hang an attractive mirror on the side walls. Do not hang a mirror directly facing the front door, as it will send the energy back out.

Create a token place of welcome even when there’s no foyer. Do whatever you can to present your guests, and yourself, with a warm and welcoming first impression.

Entering from the Center: Career Area

This area is especially important if you desire to energize your career:

• As always, ensure that this area is free of clutter

• Hang art depicting water, such as streams, ponds, rivers or oceans

• This is a great location for a small fountain or aquarium

• Display items, such as statues, accessories or furniture in black or very dark colors, or in asymmetrical shapes

• Hang mirrors and/or display glass/crystal items, such as a crystal vase or a glass table. A round-faceted crystal hanging from the ceiling helps the energy flow in more confined spaces.

Entering from the left: Knowledge and Self-Cultivation Area

• Keep this area clutter free, since clutter does not act to soothe the mind

• Items in black or blues and greens

• Items in the shape of columns or stripes

• Hang art representing mountains, woods or anything that depicts a quiet outdoor space or meditation gardens

• Wooden tables or bookcases

• Healthy plants with rounded, soft leaves.

Entering from the right: Helpful People and Travel Area

• Art or figures pertaining to spiritual guides and/or mentors, helpful people or places where you have traveled or want to travel

• Items that have a powerful personal association with your spiritual beliefs

• Items in colors of white, black or gray

• Things made of metal: brass, steel, pewter, silver, gold, aluminum, copper, etc., such as furniture, lamps, candle holders, frames, figurines.

You can review any of the areas in past columns on my website:

Outside of your entrance

This is the first thing your guests see. It is imperative that it be kept clean and clutter free.

Here are some other fun decorating ideas to create an auspicious first impression in your entrance:

Landscaping — Make the landscaping around your front entrance especially inviting, with only healthy, lush, colorful plants.

Pathways — If possible, design a curved, meandering path to your front door. Place seating or interesting garden art by your front door.

Ornaments — Hang wind chimes to call in the Chi, and especially in the Career area, place a bubbling fountain that flows toward the home, or 360 degrees. A beautiful wreath and/or doormat also act to welcome guests. By placing a pot with a beautiful plant on either side of the door, or two sculptures, you create “greeters” to welcome your guests.

Lighting — Good lighting is very important for safety as well as beauty.

The Color Red — In Feng Shui, the color red is often suggested to attract prosperity and joy into the home. You can paint your door any shade of red, or place red objects or flowers near the door. The choices are endless!

Entering through the back door or garage

It is so easy to get your car and come in through the back door, usually in the garage. Unfortunately this area usually opens into not such a welcoming part of the home: laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, etc.
Your front entrance is made beautiful for the purpose of nurturing you and your guests.

Take the time to park your car and walk around to enter from your front entrance at least three to four times a week. I feel that when I do this, though it takes a few more minutes it allows me to enjoy the beauty of my flowers, fountain, red door and foyer, and give thanks for what I have.

It slows down my life — which is a good thing.

Entrances and staircases

When staircases point directly at the front entrance, they create rivers of Chi flowing your home, along with health, vitality and good fortune. You can stop this flow by installing an aesthetic barrier between door and stairs such as a screen, plant, furniture or art.

When there is no room for this, the easiest fix is to hang a mirror directly facing the stairs, or a round-faceted crystal above the bottom step to recirculate and send the Chi back into the home. (A future column will focus on many of the simple Feng Shui cures.)

Feng Shui at work

During a consultation I always ask clients what they best and least about their homes. For me, the answer to the former question always is the entrance foyer. I love our entrance!

The walkway leading to our house had a sharp 90-degree angle that I softened by creating a wavy line with black river rocks and curved stones right at the corner. I placed a fish statue in the center. It represents a black pond and helps create a meandering path.

Colorful flowers dahlias and impatiens greet me along the path. As I walk up the stone steps, the sound of a bubbling 360-degree fountain and windchime call to me.

Two large azalea trees act as greeters at the bottom step, while two Christmas cactus plants (soft, not prickly) in black pots are on either side of the burgundy door with beveled glass.

The door opens into the center of my home, which is painted a warm yellow tone, with a large mirror on one side reflecting one of my father’s favorite oil paintings of an Italian seascape.

I’m home!

One of my clients, living in an apartment in Sausalito, needed something to differentiate her apartment from the two on either side. I recommended a shiny black pot with red vine on either side of her front door, since this was in her career area. Now her apartment is the first one you see as you round the corner.

The Chi has found it also — because her career as a glass artist is flourishing. Check out her website:

Another client was trying to attract renters for her rental property. What better way than to make the entrance inviting.

She cleaned the front, repainted the stair railings, bought a colorful doormat that says “Welcome,” placed a silk orchid by the front door, hung a small windchime by the red door and hung a colorful flag in the front of the house. A few affirmations later and … “It’s rented!”


Remember that in Feng Shui, intent plays a significant role in enhancing any area of your home or business. That’s why all enhancements need to be made with intentionality; written or stated affirmations are very important. It is also important for them to be expressed as if they are already happening.

Examples of affirmations for entrances: “I attract many positive opportunities and circumstances”; “I am peaceful, calm, and share knowledge with others”; “I constantly attract helpful, generous, loving people into my life.”

Feng Shui on a shoestring

Feng Shui enhancements do not have to cost a great deal. The best way to initiate the flow of positive energy is to “declutter your home.” This costs nothing and helps clear the home for the Chi to flow and wonderful new opportunities to come your way.

If you are stuck in your life, decluttering will help break the inertia. For detailed instructions go to my September 2011 column at

For questions or home consultations email me at and put “Feng Shui” in the subject line, or visit my website, where you can read past columns. You can also find me at “Feng Shui by Maria” on , where I post pictures as examples of enhancements.

I now have a blog — just go to the website and click on “Blog” and you can view many pictures, and I will respond to your questions quickly.

I will be teaching two more three-hour classes through the Benicia Parks and Recreation Department this fall, both on Saturdays at 9 a.m.: Sept. 15 and Nov. 3. The Parks and Recreation Guide is now available, if you’d to register. Participants will receive $40 off a home consultation.

Mark your calendars and invite friends. And until then … Blessings!

Benicia resident Maria McCullough is the owner and founder of Feng Shui by Maria. She is a speaker and educator with more than 15 years’ experience specializing in residential, landscape and business consultations.

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How to Feng Shui Your Foyer for Better Energy in Your Home

This Is How to Feng Shui Your Entryway Layout

It's vital to properly apply feng shui to your foyer so you invite auspicious chi energy to enter your home. Using basic feng shui principles can help you accomplish this goal as well as provide you with great design ideas for colors, furniture placement, and more.

Good front door feng shui efforts should be supported by good feng shui foyer designs. Just as it's important the exterior of the foyer entrance is clutter-free, so should the foyer inside be open and free of clutter. This includes discarded shoes, coats, backpacks, purses, and any other objects/items that typically are unloaded when entering your home.

Organize for a Clutter-Free Foyer

Provide a place to hang coats, such as a hall closet, and see that each family member puts their things away when they enter.

  • Never allow shoes to be placed at the door or near the door. This is considered inauspicious and is viewed as clutter. Place shoes inside a closet or armoire, console table, or another closed cabinet.
  • Place keys, purse, or other smaller items inside a console table. For example, have a drawer for keys and a lower cabinet for purses and backpacks.
  • Free any pathways in and the foyer. You want the chi entering your home to flow freely deeper into your home, spreading its auspicious energy.

Use Appropriate Sector Colors

Each compass direction (sector) has assigned colors. Take advantage of these wonderful symbols of the energies governed by the foyer sector.

Activate Elements

Each sector represents a specific area in life, such as career (north), fame/recognition (south), wealth (southeast), and so on. Ascertain the sector of your foyer and activate these energies with the assigned element. For example, if the foyer is in the southwest sector (love, romance), then you can use the governing element of earth in the form of pottery, ceramics, and crystals.

Lighting for Feng Shui Foyer

Light plays an important role in feng shui in activating auspicious chi energy. A crystal chandelier is ideal for a foyer. Bright light can counter afflicted sectors. Since the foyer is the main entryway for chi energy, provide good lighting options such as, table lamps on a console table, floor lamp in a dark corner, wall sconces, and recessed lighting on a dimmer switch.

Furniture and Elements

The type of furniture you select for the foyer should be relevant to the sector's governing element. For example, an east sector (wood element) foyer can be activated by add wood furniture. A west or northwest sector foyer is governed by metal, so you could introduce a few metal pieces of furniture to activate this element.

Rugs for Foyers

The type of material, color, and design you select for a foyer rug is important.

  • Identify the color(s) for this sector and repeat them in the rug.
  • Choose a pattern that reflects the sector element, such as circles for water (north sector) or triangles for fire (south sector).
  • The rug material can also further enhance the sector element. A prime example is using a sisal rug in a southeast (wood element) foyer or cotton fiber rug (plant material) for east or southeast sectors (both governed by wood element). In a productive cycle, either of these rugs would enhance a south sector (fire) foyer since the wood element feeds the fire element.

In feng shui, you can choose accessories for furniture and the walls by focusing on the sector element. For example, you may decide to use a round mirror to represent the water element in a north sector foyer.

  • Follow feng shui rules and don't place the mirror directly opposite the front door since this placement would bounce all chi energy right back out the door before it ever reached inside your home.
  • Select a pair of bronze statues to grace a foyer console table for a west or northwest sector foyer or a north sector since in the productive cycle metal attracts water.
  • Feature a tabletop water fountain with the water flowing into the home (never out) for a southeast sector (wood element) foyer (water nourishes wood). A water feature in a north sector foyer will activate the water element.
  • Metal (southwest, west or north sectors), ceramic (northeast or southwest sectors), or wood (east, southeast or south sectors) photo/picture frames are great element accessories you can add to the foyer. Hang on the wall or arrange in a grouping on a console table.
  • Wall art in metal, wood, or ceramic can also be used to decorate a foyer while also activating elements in the appropriate sectors.
  • Plants are also great additions to a foyer in an east, southeast, or south sector.

Good Foyer Feng Shui Design

When you follow feng shui principles to design a foyer, you ensure auspicious chi energy will travel unencumbered from the outside to the inside of your home. This free-flowing chi energy will accumulate and then disperse to the other rooms in your home to nourish each sector.