The One Part Of Your Home You're Not Paying Enough Attention To, According To Feng Shui

Written by Amanda Gibby Peters

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Feng shui philosophy says that playing up your home's entryway changes the way you experience the world. Entries blur the boundary between the outside world and our inner sanctuary, and they're the first chance to deliver a good impression. These thresholds are the ideal space for welcoming fanfare—a home’s signature way of pulling us into an embrace. So if your foyer could use some tending to, here are a few ways to bring it into full bloom according to feng shui:

1. Make an entrance.

Shui sees the front door as a metaphorical mouth. It's where nourishment (energy, opportunity, and prosperity) can get into a home. Ideally, you want your door to look beautiful and be really functional. So if you’re having a hard time getting a literal handle on a situation, check the doorknob and keep it in good repair. A sticking door is said to suggest that you're feeling stuck professionally, so if the door doesn’t open fully, consider where you might be experiencing personal limitations, and clear some space.

2. Come on in.

Front doormats and entry rugs serve several purposes. They evoke cheer and beauty, offer a gentle invitation to wipe the feet, and lead the way into your home. Even better, they serve as an opportunity to showcase personality. Layer a smaller, textured doormat onto a larger, flatter one if your porch is wide enough. If you prefer a no-shoe policy, keep a floor tray nearby, and go for a plush rug that guests can really sink their feet into. This easy detail can totally refresh a space!

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3. Clear the congestion.

Never underestimate the power of a clean entryway. Open space free of clutter can calm the mind and help us relax. Keep this in mind in your entryway by placing a basket or tray out for capturing loose ends like keys, sunglasses, or anything that might need to be returned to guests. Or you can designate a bench or hall closet as a refuge for coats and purses. Keep other surfaces within sight and reach, clear from clutter to maintain an entry that is both attractive and functional.

4. Pick up an accent.

One beautiful thing in the entry can cast a spell on those who walk into your space. The eye prowls for beauty, so find something that connects you to love. Maybe it’s the kids’ artwork, a vacation souvenir that sparks conversation, or a can’t-miss chandelier that emanates lovely light everywhere. Whatever you choose, as long as you love it, it's a mood lifter that belongs in the space.

5. Go for glow.

Light is a multitasker. It transmits a clear broadcast, giving a preview of what is going on around us. It perpetuates safety and comfort. And light spills its energy everywhere, making it an excellent greeter for any entry. Choose from a phenomenal cast of characters like porch lights, lanterns, chandeliers, candles and twinkling lights, and, of course, mirrors and reflective metallic surfaces.

With a little effort and a few well-punctuated items, an entryway can become one of the most interesting spaces in your home. So how will you style it?

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