For most people, the main considerations when choosing, installing, and decorating exterior wood doors are material and aesthetic.
Which wood should I choose? How durable is it? How much will it cost? What color should I go for? What style hardware should I fit?
However, for some people, certain less visible elements are also important.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese study of how the environment affects the flow of energy, or chi, all around us, and is said to bring levels of comfort and balance to the home that would be otherwise unobtainable, by directing the chi to flow in a certain way.
This usually manifests in the specific placement of possessions and large items such as furniture or garden ornaments, and how we then position ourselves in the environment we’ve created.
As the main entrance to your home, your exterior wood doors are the first step in the flow of the chi.
According to feng shui, this means they can have a huge effect on the comfort of your entire home.
Give chi time to spread
When chi enters a room in the home, it needs time to spread and fill the space.
However, when two doors are installed in direct alignment, the chi is said to pass directly through. While you can’t move your exterior wood doors, moving a directly aligned interior door could be considered if the home is ever renovated.
However, even this is out of the question for most homeowners.
Thankfully, there are easier ways to slow or redirect the chi.
Placing a sizable obstruction, such as a round table or a large plant, in the path of the chi can help, as can repositioning any existing furniture to a more prominent position.
Should the space behind your wooden exterior doors be limited, colors can help, with certain tones strengthening the door against the flow of chi.
The compass of feng shui
Depending on the direction your exterior wood doors face, different objects can be strategically placed to help improve the flow of chi in your home.
For those facing south, bright lights shining down on the doors are said to activate energy. Placing a money plant beside a south-facing door is said to have the same effect.
North-facing exterior wood doors can benefit from wind chimes, while those that face east or southeast are advised to incorporate a water feature outside. However, it’s important to ensure the water is flowing toward the home and not away from it.
Placing golden rocks near to exterior wood doors that face west or northwest is also beneficial, while those facing northeast or southwest can have their chi boosted by a nearby chandelier.