To have good Feng Shui, the entrance into a home should have a Ming Tang or “Bright Hall”. This is an open area, either just inside or outside the home where good quality Qi (Chi – the energy, life force) enters the home and becomes available to the inhabitants. The bright hall allows Chi to accumulate, regulate and settle the energy that comes from the outside and channels it gracefully into the home. It facilitates the transition between the public outside world and the private inside world. The bright hall sets the scene, adjusts the ambience for a home.
What does this mean for your landscape design? The bright hall in your landscape should be open. You want to have an open space in front of your main door. If you house faces a football field or a playground, you will enjoy tremendous good fortune. If you only have a small space at your entrance, do not despair as there are ways to improve Chi entering the home.
Turf with healthy, bright healthy grass will attract Chi. Do not place trees or tall shrubs in the bright hall. This will obscure the front door. Tall fences should also be avoided.
Curving pathways shows Chi before entering the house.
The front entry should be open and uncluttered.
Entryways should be open and uncluttered.
A spacious and beautiful front garden with a slightly curved front path to the main entrance will enhance your bright hall. The garden should have bright flowering small shrubs. Flowers in the southeast are excellent energizers. Red flowers planted on a slight mound will simulate the red Phoenix and income enhancing opportunities for the house.
Other suggestions to consider for your landscape design is if the front area of the bright hall is in the North, install a small water feature. In the South, make certain it is well lit. If the bright hall is in the East or Southeast, plant flowers. In the West or Northwest, hang a wind chime. If the bright hall is in the Southwest or Northeast, place a pebble feature such as a curved walkway.
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