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How to Feng Shui Your Entryway

How to Feng Shui Your Entryway

The entryway to our home is a first impression, a welcome, and a foretaste of home all in one. In a way, it sets the tone for our lives inside the house, and can have a huge effect–positive or negative–on our moods and perceptions. Think about it: If you enter someoneís house and the first space you see is dark and crowded and oppressive, what kind of first impression does that give you? How welcome do you feel? And how must it make the people dwelling in that house feel, coming home to such a place day after day?

Find out if your entryway is helping or hindering you, and what to do to make it feel better and more balanced, right here:

The first thing you see as you return home influences how you feel. For example, if the first thing that greets you when you get inside the door is a picture of your husbandís Uncle Fred, and he makes you feel uneasy, what does that do to your energy level?

These questions will help you evaluate the flow to your home, through the front door and in the entryway.

1. What is the first thing that happens to you when you walk through the door? Do you feel relaxed to be home or geared up?

2. Notice where your focus goes as you walk through your front door. Do you look directly down a long hall? Into a bathroom, where you can see the toilet?

3. Are you welcomed by a warm, cozy living room or an inviting kitchen?

4. Is the first thing you see a picture of something that brings you into your heart? Is it something you picked up on a trip that reminds you of a great time you had? Or perhaps itís Aunt Sarahís old hat rack that you put up in the entry way because you didnít know what to do with it. Is she someone you like?

Having an open entryway thatís easy to move around in allows for maximum flow and definition between the entry and the rest of the home. When front doors open directly into living space, such as a living room or kitchen, you can experience an overburdening feeling because there is no clear transitional area. This can symbolize the outside worldís encroachment on your personal life. It can also represent taking on too much responsibility. We canít all redesign the entryways to our homes, but we CAN:

1. Choose pleasant, meaningful objects to welcome us when we open our front doors and step inside.

2. We can also remove anything that is blocking the flow in our entryway. (Note from Cait: I just donated a big bag full of my sonís outgrown coats that had been hanging on pegs by the front door, making it hard to open the door fully and difficult to get in and out. What a difference it made to have things more open and clear!)

Read more: Crafts & Design, Feng Shui & Organizing, Green Home Decor

Adapted from Feng Shui: Back to Balance, by Sally Fretwell (New World Library, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Sally Fretwell. Reprinted by permission of New World Library.
Adapted from Feng Shui: Back to Balance, by Sally Fretwell (New World Library, 2001).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:22PM PST on Feb 8, 2008

Like Kim Kostiew, I have a mirror issue. I own a beautiful old home. Upon opening the door, there's a beautiful enamel painting (purchased in Vietnam) above an end table (from furniture company I worked at) with a smallish wood sofa and 8 wood cats sitting in it (purchased in Bali) but, to the left, there's a big beautiful square mirror framed in natural wood over the sofa. Is this bad Feng Shui? Can I add a bamboo plant on the end table?

1:07PM PDT on Sep 19, 2007

I LIKE TO KNOW HOW, I CAN HAVE GOOD ENERGY TO MY HOME. THE ENTRANCE OF MY HOUSE IS SIDE WAY, AND THE DOOR FACE A ELEDERLY HOME. AND ALSO WHEN I MOVED TO MY HOUSE THE PERSON WHO USED TO LEAVE HERE WAS IN WHEEL CHAIR.
SINCE I MOVE TO THIS HOUSE ONE OF MY KIDS ( SHE IS 15 NOW ) I MOVED 3 YEARS AGO BECAME VERY ANGER. WHAT CAN I DO TO CLEN THIS HOUSE.

3:47PM PDT on Jul 19, 2007

would it be bad feng shui to purchase a wooden 3 panel screen and create a sort of "hallway" into the living room as you enter the front door? The front door opens up into the living room immediately as you walk in. There is no transitional area.

6:34AM PDT on Jun 18, 2007

I am looking for mirrorplacement for the entryway, it is a small area and when you walk in I feel there are to may sharp points..Ifyou have any advice on mirrr placement for the entryway, please let me know. I have softened he corners with plants....Thanks a bunch

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