The saying goes that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
This applies to the entrance or approach to your home or business – which is why it’s such an important Feng Shui consideration.
Firstly, it must be very clear to the people approaching that they know where they are meant to go, to avoid any confusion and doubt. I have heard of people turning away because they are not sure. Good placement of the pathway is an easy way to lead people to the front door. Gates which are large and shut tend to be unwelcoming, making a “keep out” statement.
If it is necessary to keep small folk or pets in, then a waist high gate (with a concave top) is nicer because it’s easy to see over and undo the latch.
The front door is best to be slightly bigger than other doors as it is “the mouth” of your home or business and needs to take in life force chi energy. Many doors have a glass panel on one or both sides which give width. You may be able to achieve this with mirror panels if your front door seems small. Front door “ornaments” such as a hanging plant, wind chime, ‘Welcome’ or ‘Home Sweet Home’ signs can dress it up if its the same size as other doors. It is important that potted plants are healthy and flourishing. If your front porch is not the best place for plants to grow, then have 3 colourful flowering plants which rotate their one week’s service to the entrance, leaving the other 2 thriving in their preferred spot. In fact these features make it interesting and comforting for someone waiting for you to answer the door. Make sure it’s really clean and tidy and free of clutter so it shows how much you care. Dust, leaves, weeds and cobwebs only tell a story of neglect.
If you don’t want visitors to go to the back door, a large pot plant partially obstructing the path to the back door can discourage visitors from going that way. Or you could always make an entry sign like I have.
The “Mouth of Chi” is an inviting shape to create at your front door, in the entrance of a shop or the reception area of a business. It is shaped like a concave boomerang. The Mouth of Chi draws people in and in the same way attracts abundance and opportunities into your home or business. This can be achieved by the correct positioning of pot plants, umbrella stand or even a chair. Fountains and ponds are potent symbols of circulation and money. They work particularly well in entryways. If you want to welcome people, avoid using sharp, pointed plants or cacti – soft, rounded leaves are more friendly.
The Mouth of Chi shape is very good applied to a shop counter or receptionist’s desk. Businesses will benefit if their entrances are eye catching and attractive.
If you are aware of unfriendly neighbours overlooking your front door, then create a convex reflecting surface to send any negativity back. The convex mirror was traditionally used for this purpose but they are hard to find nowadays. Even a small metallic ball (like a Christmas decoration on a string) can be hung from under the eaves outside the front door or in fact outside a window where you feel a neighbour’s presence.
Bells hanging on the door which jingle as it opens serve as an intruder warning. There have been stories about premises which have had many intruders and after installing bells or chimes the burglaries have ceased.
Inside the front door is the next most important area which greets you. If you meet a wall which stops the continuing flow, put a mirror or a distant landscape painting there to create depth or width if it is a narrow hall. The flow of chi should be smooth like the circulation in a health body.
So go ahead, enhance your entrance way and observe how you feel when you approach it.