Feng Shui and Doors…

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Forget about placing three legged Toads, Buddha’s and making your home or office look like a Chinese restaurant (unless of course you are a Chinese restaurant) and concentrate on the Feng Shui essentials that are so often overlooked. The main entrance door is probably one of the most important areas of a home or office, it is where the qi (ch’i) enters the building and the quality of the qi is dependant on the quality of the door area, hall and driveway.

Qi (energy) enters the building through doors and windows. However, the front door of your house is where the major part of Qi enters and therefore this door plays an important role in determining the quality of Feng Shui experienced by the household or office. Its location within the house is extremely important.

Most homes have two main doors. One that was built originally by the architect (front door) and the other, which could be a kitchen, garage or side door, that is sometimes preferred by the occupants due, for example, to the convenience of its location.

How far do we take all this information? I teach Feng Shui to hundreds of Feng Shui Practitioners and students from all over the world and sometimes I do not always practice what I preach but believe me when it comes to doorways, halls, driveways etc our home and business is kept spotless, we replace doormats as soon as they start to wear, Doors, frame, paintwork and the area around door outside is cleaned weekly, brass door furniture polished when needed, hinges oiled when needed, glass cleaned every few weeks. Think of your door no different to your mouth, it is where the food (qi) enters the building and the cleaner the mouth (door) area the better the quality of nutrition entering the building.

The problem with Feng Shui nowadays is it has been romanticized with thousands of books and websites depicting it as a quick fix to all your problems with placing a Buddha statue, Mandarin Ducks or a three legged Toad here and there and low and behold your dream date knocks on the door with a case full of money along with a miracle cure for rejuvenation. Sorry to disappoint you but if you placed your three legged Toad on top of all the dust in your hallway by the main door and you have not cleaned this area in a few months do not expect anything great to happen, the energy of these symbolic cures and enhancers work with the environment they are placed, so a nice clean area will synchronize better. Must try and make some money out of this website instead of putting people off buying things.

It really is no different to your body, if you smoke 60 cigarettes a day, drink 2-3 bottles of wine a day, eat junk food daily, do not think by taking a vitamin C tablet daily that it will counteract all the damage these products will be doing to your body. Please do not think I am standing on a pedestal and making out I am whiter than white, I love good wine and because of my travels I sometimes eat junk food but it is all done in balance and moderation. Do not take Feng Shui to the extreme just get a good balance in the home or office and spend some time looking through this website and blog, there is some good advice here and you do not have to spend hundreds of pounds, it’s all free.

Some golden rules when it comes to main entrance doors:

entry doors can often cause unnecessary bickering and arguing amongst occupants, that it is why it is important to just use one door to enter and leave, it is okay to use the other door if it leads to the garden and you want to access it or throw your rubbish away. If you live in a home that has two or more doors but you can only enter through the main front one as it could be terraced or semi-detached, it is fine to use all the doors as the main entering and leaving will only be through one door.

2) Make sure the size of the door is in proportion to the size of the property. If the front door is too big, opportunities will slip you by and if it is too small, it can cause disharmony within the household. If you feel your door is too big or small hang a faceted crystal sphere on the inside of the door. In traditional Feng Shui there are auspicious measurements for doors and one of the reasons why we introduced auspicious dimensions in our Feng Shui software; this automatically tells you exactly what sizes are good and bad. These auspicious measurements are used for doors, windows, desks, beds, furniture and every item you can think of and taken very seriously is China and other eastern countries.

3) Strictly speaking a solid front door is always preferable to a glass-paneled one. If you have a glass door do not worry just hang muslin, voile or a similar cloth over the glass. Personally I prefer a glazed door as I prefer natural light so please do not concern yourself if you have a glazed door although you should really avoid glazed paneled doors like below as they represent a cutting energy.

The photo below was taken by me a couple of weeks ago in London and gives a superb example of how you should NOT keep your doorway, notice the shape of the caged type door and the wheelie bin beside the door and also right below a window and before you email me saying they probably did not have an option with the bin, they had many options and chose the easy route. The home actually tells even more stories which I will be publishing very soon.

4) Ideally a front door must be bigger than the back door encouraging Qi to enter through this aspect. If you have a larger rear door hang a crystal faceted sphere here.

5) I visit a lot of City properties all over the world and many of the homes I see store their waste bins right beside the main door (see picture above) most because they no choice, if you do have a choice please try and store it as far away from your door as possible. If you think of it logically, it is obvious if you leave such a smelly and dirty bin beside your door the smell alone is not good so you can imagine what the quality of the energy is like. If you do not have a choice make the sure the bin is cleaned and disinfected every week. A Chinese belief is if you have your wealth area where you have a bin it will bring in stinky money (a Chinese saying for money that has been obtained illegally or immorally) and if you have your relationship area where you have your bin it will bring… you get the picture?

6) A front door needs to open inwards to allow beneficial Qi to enter. There is no cure for this one it must open inwards.

7) It is important that the front door opens easily without obstacles or difficulties. Broken door furniture must be replaced. Hinges should be oiled regularly. The front door must be well maintained and clean. Brass (metal) door furniture should be gleaming and paintwork or varnish should be in good condition.

8) Make certain that the name or number of your house is clearly visible by day and night in order to maintain harmonious relationships with callers.

9) The most vital thing to do is to make very certain that this door is not being hit by anything sharp or angled. This is what is considered ‘exterior poison arrows’. These structures can transform quality energy into a bad one and you would not want this transformation at your front door. If you feel you have poison arrows directed at your home place a Ba Gua mirror above the door.

10) Make sure the front door bell is easily located and works at all times. It should also have a nice ringing tone to it. I have stood waiting outside many front doors and had to use my mobile phone to call in as the doorbell was not working.

11) Numbers and Feng Shui. Every month we get to visit many homes and businesses on consultations and it amazes us as how far our clients take Feng Shui almost to paranoia, which is not good. The Chinese are very superstitious when it comes to numbers; they choose telephone numbers, house number, business numbers, car number plates and anything that has numbers in very carefully. If you have inauspicious door numbers like #4 do not worry about it, as I will show you how to eliminate the inauspicious effects. Click on the banner below for more details.

12) The colours of the door should reflect the compass direction it faces according to the Five Elements and/or be in balance with the elemental properties of the energies of the sector where the door is located. I have listed associated colours below for doors facing towards the:

  • South (Fire) = Reds, pink, burgundy.
  • Southwest (Earth) = Yellows, beige or browns.
  • West (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
  • Northwest (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
  • North (Water) = Blacks, grey or blues.
  • Northeast (Earth) = Yellows, beige or browns.
  • East (Wood) = Greens.
  • Southeast (Wood) = Greens.

Note: If you have had an authentic Feng Shui consultation, the recommended colours given to you may well be different from above, as your Feng Shui Practitioner will know which elements are needed to weaken or enhance this area and if done correctly it will be done from a flying star (Xuan Kong) analysis. Our Feng Shui software also recommends the perfect colours for all areas of the home but you will find it may be different to what I have listed above as it goes into the analysis of the elements so much deeper and this means you get better results.

13) Do not keep shoes near your front door; they constitute clutter and create stagnant energy and not forgetting they are extremely dirty. If you have to keep them by the door place them in a shoe box so the negative energy is contained.

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84 thoughts on “Feng Shui and Doors…

  1. Hi Daniel,

    Thank you for always providing excellent details. They are much appreciated.

    Question from your list above regarding shoes kept at the front door. We have always taken our shoes off at the entrance of our homes. Based on your list, where then should we keep them? We certainly do not walk around the house with dirty chi shoes. A bit perplexed what to do based on your advice. Thank you so much!

    Be blessed,


    13) Do not keep shoes near your front door; they constitute clutter and create stagnant energy and not forgetting they are extremely dirty. If you have to keep them by the door place them in a shoe box so the negative energy is contained.

    1. Hi Anna,

      The best solution for this is to place the shoes in a cabinet or cupboard with a lid or door as this will keep the flow of Qi clear when coming through your entrance.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  2. Hi! Thank you for your article. I’m building a home and I realised there are three doors alined, facing each other. Do you think this could be fixed with a curtain?
    There is a bedroom with the door facing another door (next to the bedroom there is a space for keeping some towels because we pretend to build a bathroom inmediately next to the bedroom), and then there is a very little corridor that ends in another door of another bedroom. I don’t know how to describe it clearly.
    Something like: (the bedroom) D __(a litlle hall)___ D __(another little hall)____ D (the other bedroom)
    where letter “D” represents the door.
    Here is an example:
    (But the difference is that I’m not talking of a front door, but internal doors of the house)
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    1. Hi Ingy,

      This is not necessarily an issue and you can close the doors if you have them fitted. A curtain will help, although I would not say this is necessary from what you have described.

      I would advise living in the home for a few weeks before deciding if you need to place curtains up.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  3. Hi! I have learned so, so much from your website and I thank you for that! And now I very much hope you can help me. My problem is I’m a bit confused as to my “front door’ and whether it is the main/central area of my home. It is our only door that opens Outwards (It does face the street tho and faces South). To enter that door one must walk up a pathway (which is surrounded on all sides by a 4ft picket fence). The fence has a small gate that one needs to unlatch to walk up the pathway to that door. From what I’ve read, since it faces the street it is indeed the main central location of our home.
    BUT we never enter and leave our home through that door but instead the side door. (It is the exact size of the front door, opens Inwards and faces east) My family (as well as friends and ‘strangers’ only knock on that side door as well) I’d like to start my feng shui journey by making a Bagua Map but I’m not sure which door to start the mapping process with. I’m sure my vocabulary might be wrong…I’m brand new to feng shui but I know it will help me live a better life.
    So very sorry for the length of my ‘comment’
    Please edit as you see fit so you’re able to post it. Thank you ever so much! Gabrielle

    1. Hi Gabrielle,

      You’re more than welcome 🙂

      I would recommend basing the facing direction of your home on the side of the house with the most windows, doors, and overall activitiy out front. I sometimes use the garage door on the side of my house to enter, although I would still class the front of my home as the facing direction as this has the most energy coming towards it.

      From what you’ve said, I would still class the main front of your home as the facing direction, as this has a lot of energy coming towards it.

      Once you have decided on the facing direction, you can split your home into 9 equal grids to map out where the Flying stars are located and treat the areas accordingly.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  4. Hi, thanks so much for your very comprehensive article. A couple of questions please, if you don’t mind.
    1. I have a porch with a door which faces south east. You enter through that door into the porch then through another door (which faces north east) to get into my house. Which is the front door? For reference, porch door is kept unlocked and postman can open it to leave post.
    2. We are changing our front door and my husband likes the idea of a small stained glass panel. Are there any no-no designs for the stained glass? Is diamond shape ok?
    3. Is a blue door recommended for the southeast direction(wood)?

    Thanks so much in advance for your help.

    1. Hi Yin,

      From what you’ve described, your main front door faces southeast, although you would class your facing direction as the main wall that the porch is attached to if this side has the most active energy in front of it.

      Stained glass panels are fine as they still allow light to enter through here which will provide positive energy.

      It’s very hard to advise on door colours without knowing the fixed Flying stars for the home. As long as you do not use too strong of a blue, this should not cause any issues as you can introduce other colours around the door if needed.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  5. My front door is a double door from black iron with glass inserts and iron scroll detailing. In order for people not to view the inside, my husband put mirror film on the glass. So to outsiders, they see mirror reflection. Inside, we see everyone outside. I scoured the web and couldn’t find any info on whether for feng shui, is that good or bad? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ally,

      This will be fine as this will still allow light and Qi to enter the home.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  6. Hi. I’m anna. Just wanna ask if its okay that our front door facing north is colored is brown while our gate facing west is colored wood stained with a black border and the grills are black?

    1. Hi Anna,

      That will be fine although I would recommend introducing some fire coloured decorations around the door in 2020 to weaken the negative annual star in the north this year. Good colours are red, orange, purple, pink etc.

      Kind regards,

  7. Hi Michael, an old Chinese friend of mine would always open the front and rear doors in our office to let air to travel through the building. Does this have any relevance in Feng Shui?

  8. Good day,

    Appreciate your Feng Shui advice.
    Our new (in construction) house is facing West (252 degree). The fhouse frontage is 6m. The front dỏor area occupy a frontage of 3.5m.
    What would be a good Feng Shui Main Door diamension?
    My Main Dỏor comprised of 3 segments (1) Main Dỏor with (2) Two side panels rectangle glass frame. One on each side of the Main Dỏor.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Bernard,

      If you could tell me the dimensions of a few doors you are looking at, I will be able to tell you if they are good measurements or not.

      Kind regards,

  9. My house has very good Feng Shui except for the position of my headboard which should be West per my Kau number but is East, to allow free flow of Qi between the door and windows. The rest of the house including the wood floor lay are perfect. Should I worry about the bed placement?

    1. Hi Vasantha,

      When you say your headboard, does that mean the crown of your head would be pointing towards the east?

      If you could let me know your gua number, I’ll take a look to give you better advice.

      Kind regards,

      1. Thank you for your response!
        Yes! The crown of, my head is towards the east wall of the bedroom. My Kia number is 6.

        1. Hi Vasantha,

          The east is your Wu Kwei direction. This energy generates the kind of mischief that leads to fire, loss of income, and burglary. It also causes quarrels and misunderstanding at home and at work. Avoid placing the stove here or cures will have to be implemented.

          If you have no choice but to sleep in this direction, I would try to make the most of your auspicious directions day to day (West, northeast, southwest, and northwest).

          Kind regards,

  10. Our front door of our new home faces northeast. There is a white front door with mid-sized stained glass center. The porch is enclosed with a metal security gate painted black. What can we do to make the front door welcoming, even though there’s a metal door with bars in front? Thank you.

    1. Hi Natasha,

      I would try to keep the entrance and path to the door as clear and clean as possible so that fresh energy can enter the home with ease; this will also enter the home through windows. I’d make sure the door is frequently washed down as white doors can attract dust quite quickly.

      Kind regards,

  11. Hi,

    I am Kua 4, and my front door (very nice and well maintain) is facing……. West! My 6-Killing Direction!
    Moving it is out of the question.
    There is another door behind the front door, a metal door, for security, after entering the Entry Vestibule.
    Is this enough to deflect bad energy?


    1. Hi Brahim,

      I would suggest installing a soft close hinge for the door and make sure that it is not banged. This should be enough to avoid problems.

      Kind regards,

      1. Thank you Daniel.

        I have a set of three very good, strong and smooth hinges holding this door. The door almost never makes noise as the latch is also soft self closing. Is it a thick – 7 CM – wooden door that is almost silent when being used.
        Since West is Metal, I might also change the bulb of the lamps from 75 watt too 120 watt to create more fire energy (to weaken the Metal).

        1. Hi,

          You would be better off introducing a red throw or pillow to introduce more fire energy here and it will use a lot less energy 🙂

          Kind regards,

  12. Hi! I really need your help. I hope you can help me. My house is under construction now. It’s a 2 units, 1 is my house and another unit is our apartment. I have a questions. 1. Front door is facing south. Back door is facing north. Is it OK that both doors are same size? 2. My bathroom is at the northeast. I was born on September 1,1977. Thank you! More power!

    1. Hi Elda,

      The two doors being the same size will be fine; if there is a straight path through to both, I would try and place something between to slow the flow of energy through the home. I would make sure you do not slam the back door for the rest of the year.

      Having a bathroom in the is good for 2018 as we have a negative star there and this is much better to have a bathroom here rather than a more commonly used room such as a bedroom.

      Kind regards,

  13. Hello!.
    I have a metal mesh with wood security door. The front door behind is solid wood.
    First of all, is the security door an issue?. Also, I’m thinking of replacing the main door with full glass or half glass to let natural light in. Is this an issue as well?. Thank you!.

    1. Hi Louie,

      I would not be worried about the security door if it was my house as long as it is kept clean.

      Adding a door with more glass is a good idea as it helps brighten the home and let more Qi into the home although it could be weakened through the mesh door but the added glass would be more of a benefit than anything else.

      Kind regards,

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