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!)
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).