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What Vastu inspired ideas can I use for the exterior entrance area of my house?

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The design of the entrance area of a house is significant as it creates the first impression for one’s guests, besides adding to the beauty of the home’s façade when viewed from the street. Additionally, according to Vastu Shastra, the entrance area house design is also responsible for controlling the flow of energy into the home. A bright and attractive entrance will welcome positive energy into the house, while a dull and dark one will have the opposite effect. Therefore, it’s important to design the gates and the main door to maximise the positive energy in your home.

In today’s article, we present you with a few Vastu inspired entrance ideas for Indian homes.

Direction of the entrance

Vastu Shastra has guidelines on the preferred directions for the various rooms and elements in a house, to create a harmonious environment. As per this, the ideal direction for the main door of the house should be in the north east. The reasoning behind this is that it allows sunlight and fresh air to enter the house early in the morning to refresh the space.

When deciding on the entrance area house exterior design for your home, if it’s impossible to place the main door in the north east, then the north, east and west are other directions that are considered auspicious. The south, south-west, south-east and north-west directions should be avoided for locating the main door.

Often in apartments, row houses or pre-built houses, you don’t have control over the location of the main door. If it is in an inauspicious direction, Vastu has remedies for curing the negative energy of the entrance area design outside your main door. These include:

- Using a pyramid made of lead if the main entrance door is in the south or the south-west

- A brass pyramid can be used if the entrance door is in the north west

- If the main door is in the south, do not place it in the centre of the building

- If the door is in the west, then ensure that there is a parallel door in the east.

- Avoid having circular or arched doors at the entrance.

You can consult a Vastu-trained interior designer for guidance on correcting the negative effects of a main door that is in an inauspicious direction.

Size and design of the main door

SARNAIK'S:  Corridor & hallway by Studio Vibes
Studio Vibes

SARNAIK'S

Studio Vibes

When you are looking for ideas for the best entrance area house design, the size of the main door is a significant detail. Having the main door in a size that is larger than the other doors in the house helps to define the entrance area clearly. This not only helps guests to identify the home’s entrance easily, but from a Vastu perspective, it also helps to create positive energy in the area, which is invited into your home when the door is opened.

As per Vastu guidelines, the main door should not only be bigger than other doors and windows in the house, but its height should also be twice its width. The door should be designed so that it opens to a ninety-degree angle easily without any obstructions. Additionally, if you live in a house, you should ensure that the main door is above the level of the ground.

In case the size of the main door cannot be bigger than other doors, then you can decorate the outer frame of the main door to create the illusion of the door being larger. You should also have a threshold for the main door as this helps to prevent the loss of wealth.

It is important to avoid having three doors parallel to the main entrance door as this is considered a defect according to Vastu and can bring sorrow to the house.

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Outside Entrance

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In case the size of the main door cannot be bigger than other doors, then you can decorate the outer frame of the main door to create the illusion of the door being larger. You should also have a threshold for the main door as this helps to prevent the loss of wealth.

It is important to avoid having three doors parallel to the main entrance door as this is considered a defect according to Vastu and can bring sorrow to the house.

Entrance area house decoration

Sajeev kumar and family's Residence at Girugambakkam:  Corridor & hallway by  Murali architects
Murali architects

Sajeev kumar and family's Residence at Girugambakkam

Murali architects

Besides the direction and the size of the main door, the decoration of the area can also help to create the right environment for attracting positive energy into the house. Hanging torans above the main door not only repels negative energy, but also invites wealth into the home. Similarly, in Hindu households, incorporating statues or pictures of Lakshmi, Ganesha or Kuber in the entrance area design outside the main door is considered extremely auspicious. Alternatively, you can use the Om or swastika symbols to decorate the space and bring positive energy.

For any house, placing a beautiful and bright nameplate outside the main door or the gates helps to define the ownership of the house, besides bringing positive energy to the area. Avoid having a wall opposite the main door as it will block the flow of energy into the house. Similarly, never place a mirror opposite the main door. Placing a green plant near the entrance door not only refreshes the area but also brings positive energy. You should remove any obstruction such as dustbins, chairs or stools from the front of the door to keep the area open as this will allow energy to flow freely.

In addition to decorating the main door, you should also clean it regularly to prevent dust from accumulating. Oil the hinges of the door periodically to ensure that it doesn’t squeak when opened or closed. Get cracks in the wood repaired immediately.

Best material for the main door

Nest - Private residence at Koregaon Park:  Corridor & hallway by TAO Architecture Pvt. Ltd.
TAO Architecture Pvt. Ltd.

Nest—Private residence at Koregaon Park

TAO Architecture Pvt. Ltd.

In general, Vastu recommends wood as the best material for entrance area house doors. However, you can combine it with metal or decorative features to maximise the positive energy of the space. Always ensure that you use high-quality wood for the main door.

Get ideas for using wood for the main door.

An east-facing main door should be made primarily of wood and should have minimum metal accessories. It is all right for a door in the west to have metal elements decorating it. For doors that face the south, decorating with silver is recommended. The easiest way to achieve this is to coat the door with silver paint. South-facing doors should feature a combination of wood and metal.

You can find main doors in a variety of designs, including options studded with brass or other metal accessories. For a custom-designed door, we recommend that you get in touch with a professional carpenter who can build a one-of-a-kind main door for your home.

Illumination

When exploring ideas for entrance area outside the main door, don’t forget about lighting as this space needs to be bright and beautiful even at night. Install lights in the entrance area outside the main door. You should also have lights along the path leading from the gates to the door so that visitors can easily find the entrance at night.

When installing lighting systems outside the main door, one thing to avoid is the use of red lights.

As you can see, entrance area house design is a significant element in the construction or decoration of your home. Therefore, you should give it due importance and create a setting that fills the space with positive energy that can flow into your house when the door opens.

For help with designing the perfect entrance area for your house, you can contact one of the professionals registered on homify.

Get inspired by these Vastu ideas for main doors.

Which of these ideas will you implement in your house? Leave us a comment to tell us.
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