By Kathryn Weber
Windows are a natural part of the exterior of a home or office building. In a sense, they’re the eyes of the building. Their openings let in light, views and without them, life would dark, dull and depressing. Yet, having not enough windows is just as bad as having too many. Because of their energy, windows can affect our home’s feng shui – and ultimately – our lives.
Like all things in feng shui, balance is important. The same is true with windows. Too few and it’s dark and we feel hopeless, too many or too large, and we feel scattered, frenetic and exhausted. The key is to balance enough light and views with privacy and exposure.
The type, kind and quantity of windows, like doors, affect the type of chi that enters the house.
When the windows are too numerous, too few or too large, the energy of the house can be weak. Likewise, you may have plenty of windows, but their treatment influences the way they affect the chi of the home. This can include the type of coverings you have, blinds and curtains, and if they’re dirty, broken or overgrown.
Here are some important tips about windows and feng shui.
Avoid having beds under a window. Beds should never be placed under a window unless there is absolutely no other place to put the bed. In that case, a heavy drape should be hung and closed behind the bed at night.
Don’t arrange furniture with the back to a window. In a living room, if there’s a large picture window, avoid placing the sofa or chairs with their back to the window. This creates a feeling of vulnerability.
Avoid window and door alignment. This often occurs in bedrooms, offices and living rooms. Block the alignment because this causes chi to run in a straight line. If this is the front door and it’s aligned with a window at the rear of the house, money will run out quickly. Place a screen, tall plant to block or add a window covering here.
Trim plants regularly. Don’t allow plants to overgrow windows. This directly affects the sector it relates to. For example, if you have an overgrown shrub in front of a window in the southeast wealth sector, you won’t be able to “see” your financial accounts realistically.
Avoid vertical blinds. These blinds are dangerous and send out harsh poison arrows with their large cutting edges. If you have a vertical blind anywhere replace them as soon as possible with a curtain or other type of window covering.
Beautiful views. Many windows offer wonderful views of trees, pretty scenes or nice landscaping. This is especially auspicious. Be sure to look out your windows to see where you can create those kinds of views in your garden or yard. Likewise, if you have a beautiful view, consider adding a mirror opposite that window to double the view!
Keep windows clean. Windows represent how we see our world. They also can create health problems depending on the sector. A broken window in the NE could be a problem with the hands or problems with decision making. Keep your windows clean and in good repair to keep your health and well-being safeguarded. Looking for a way to clean windows fast? Tips on window speed cleaning.
Balance views and light with privacy. Windows today have become too large and can make residents feel like they’re living in a fishbowl. This can create chi that is weak. It can also create problems with too much exposure. While it’s nice to have natural light and pretty views, we also need privacy. Make sure you don’t feel over-exposed because this can be dangerous from unsavory types to poison arrows.
Balance lighting. Everyone wants light, bright windows today. But when a house is too bright it can create tensions. Anger will flare, nerves will be shot and the family will suffer from too much sunlight. Balance this by adding window coverings that can manage the amount of light coming in. There are a variety of window options to preserve a view and light while taking away glare.