Feng Shui addresses the simple, even obvious solutions for inviting in the chi (energy) and circulating it evenly throughout the home.
Windows and doors are very important because they let in and regulate the chi in our living spaces.They are called the eyes of the home and are the gateways from the outer to the inner domains. We want them to be large enough to invite in the chi, therefore small, dingy, broken, or poorly situated windows provide a challenge. However, huge windows can be equally challenging as the chi spins all over and funnels up to the ceiling.
In this article I would like to address common door and window challenges and simple Feng Shui recommendations designed to make you feel happier, safer and more cozy in your living space.
Common Feng Shui Window and Door Issues and Solutions:
1. Issue: Having a front door with a window or glass door directly opposite from it encourages the chi to come in, then go right back out of the home.
Solution: Place something to catch they eye in front of the opposite window or door. This can be a window covering on the opposite window or door, a table in front of it with an eye-catching vase of flowers or art (provided it is safe and not blocking a sliding glass door). Some people will hang a faceted Feng Shui crystal from the ceiling half way between the door and the window. The goal here it to encourage the chi to stay in the home, not immediately escape out the back door or window by creating a visual barrier. Anything that will attract the eye, will attract the chi!
2. Issue: Broken, dirty windows and windows in disrepair (such as a broken seal on a double-pained window).
Solution: It doesn’t cost a thing to clean a window, unless, of course it is in a high-rise. It may cost something to repair a broken window, but these are your eyes to the world. You look out them umpteen times a day. This impacts the way you view the world so clean them up, fix them and change your world view!
3. Issue: Windows with unattractive views
Solution: There is a wonderful product that you can put over windows revealing less-than-wonderful views. It is called Window Film and has a sticky back that will adhere to windows and doors. It will still let in important light, but give you something inspiring to look at. Those dingy views do impact us. Seeing the neighbors ugly fence in a room- such as our home office- where we spend countless hours looking out the window-is not inspiring us to move ahead and prosper in the world! Another solution is to decorate the outside fence you are looking at with colorful flower boxes or decorative garden art. Make sure all your views out into the world are inspiring! ( Window Film is very inexpensive and is sold at the Home Depot, Target, Bicscayne Windows and many other places. Search on-line for window film.)
There is also wonderful all-weather art that you can hang on that unsightly fence. See end of article for some beautiful outdoor art!
4. Issue: Glass front doors or front doors with windows where others can see in. If outsiders can see you before you can see them you won’t feel protected, or you may feel like you live in a fishbowl. Feng shui is all about making us feel safe in our homes. This is our sacred space and having strangers peering into our front door is not supporting these objectives.
Solutions: If you have a glass front door or windows beside or on the door that people can see through, cover with a window covering or with a decorative window film (see 3) There are beautiful stained-glass window films that will add additional color and energy to the front door. The front door is considered the most important “mouth of chi” where all our opportunities come to us. (Pictures from Biscayne Window Film)
5. Issue: Inner doors that hit each other.
Solution: Any time we have doors that are too close to-or run-into other doors, it is annoying and will bring our energy down, making us grumpy every time we encounter them. Feng Shui is about all of the little things in our space that bug us. They are accumulative and contribute to our daily experience of living in our homes. If you have doors hitting or running-into other doors see if there is one you can completely remove and cover with a curtain. Beaded curtains are also great solutions. There are attractive bamboo beaded curtains as well as fun ones for kids rooms.
6. Issue: Homes with too many windows high up.
Solution: Homes with huge windows going up 30 feet or higher will draw the energy (chi) upwards towards the ceiling. This is wonderful for cathedrals, but we want to be cozy in our homes. Bring the energy back down into the space by hanging window coverings only on the lower panels of windows that are 12′ high or less. Then ground the space by bringing in square and rectangular shapes, heavier furniture and earth-tones into the rugs, pillows and accessories.
7. Issue: Homes with tiny windows.
Solution: For rooms with small windows or only one window, reflect the light you do have using color, glass and mirrors. (See how to with color). If you have some money to invest in your space, Sun Tunnels are considerably less expensive than skylights and will open up a dark space. Remember, mirrors should not be used as solutions in bedrooms as they are considered “energy activators.” (See Feng Shui for Bedrooms)
8. Issue: Homes or rooms without window coverings
Solution: Cover them! This is the same issue as having a see-through front door. During the day you might not mind your windows without coverings, but at night they turn into the black hole. If you can’t cover them at least put window coverings in your bedrooms. One of my clients left her husband because he refused to allow window coverings in their all-glass house and she spent night after night terrified to be there when she was alone. If you can’t afford window coverings, use the window velum and place the at least part-way up so that you can feel safe and secure in your space.
I can’t underestimate the importance of letting in as much light as possible and opening up your windows to let in the fresh air, even in those rooms that no one goes into.
The home is like the body, we need to move the energy throughout it to keep it healthy. If we don’t areas can stagnate and mold and toxins will grow. Sick house syndrome is very serious and came into play mainly because homes that were built about 2o years ago were built so air-tight that they didn’t allow for enough fresh-air circulation. Since so many of our building materials contain VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) the toxic out-gassing creates serious health issues.
So let in the fresh air and light during the day but cozy your home up at night so that everyone feels safe and protected, creating your special sanctuary from the world!
Here is some wonderful outdoor all-weather art to hang on those unsightly fences and walls from Grandiron road.
Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker, Teacher and the Founder of the Academy of Feng Shui, offering Practitioner Certification Home Study Programs as well as on-site programs in California. She is the author of the Book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.
Door Pictures Courtesy of Biscayne Decorative Stained Glass