In my last post about Feng Shui, I talked about the entrance to the home and what architectural features are necessary for inviting positive chi into the house. A critical design feature for the front door was to ensure it did not align with another door or window to ensure chi dispersed throughout the home rather than race straight back out again. Certainly not the way to create good Feng Shui!
Now while creating good Feng Shui might be the ultimate goal in the design process, we also want to ensure the home is functional. Let’s continue exploring Feng Shui basics by discussing the role of doors and windows in creating harmonious homes.
Quite simply, Feng Shui philosophy says the relationship between doors and windows in a room defines energy flow. Their function is to channel light and energy throughout the home so their shape, size and placement is critically important to creating positive chi.
Windows and doors connect the outdoors to the inner sanctum and this means both good and bad energy can enter and exit through them. Traditionally, these openings are protected from the bad energy with mystical designs, meaningful objects and certain colours. But that is only one part of the puzzle. Managing the energy flow by strategically placing doors and windows is the other.
In order to create good Feng Shui, there are rules that should be followed when it comes to the design process. As I’ve already highlighted, first and foremost, the front and back door should never be aligned as this simply allows good energy to enter the house and immediately leave again. The same goes for a window. Now when it comes to creating houses that are focussed on environmentally friendly ways of cooling through cross ventilation, the Feng Shui floor plan is in direct contrast. However, there are a number of decorative and furnishing options that can be employed to encourage positive chi to remain while allowing natural air flow.
Direct door alignment should also be avoided in other areas of the house, especially when there is little space between the doors. There will be situations where this can’t be avoided particularly in small, modern homes; however, doors that should never be aligned include the bedroom and bathroom; the front door and bedroom door; and the kitchen and bathroom door. The required energies for good Feng Shui in each of these spaces can conflict each other and therefore, discourage positive chi.
Another aspect to consider when it comes to door placement is the situation of ‘arguing doors’ when three or more doors are located in close proximity. In this scenario, the energies associated with each door creates arguments and discord thereby discouraging good Feng Shui. Doors and windows need space around them, to enable easy flow and movement. Too many doors located together produces chaos which in turn can lead to conflicts within the family. Again, architecturally this can be an issue in smaller homes but with creative thinking, this clash can be overcome.
Good Feng Shui says it is best to avoid too many windows along the back of the house. According to the philosophy, the rear of the house is important for the strength and nourishing power of your home – too many windows will weaken the power and energy of the house. In many house designs today, the rear of the home often features a row of full length windows to let in light and create a seamless link between indoors and out which is particularly important in Australian lifestyle; once again, this is in direct contrast to Feng Shui principles. It is possible to overcome this conflict by clever placement of objects and other architectural features but it is advisable to work with a Feng Shui master and your architect to determine the best layout of windows if both lifestyle and Feng Shui values are equally important.
The bedroom is another room where window placement is critically important. Too many windows, low windows and floor-to-ceiling windows are discouraged as they can each lead to weakened energy. Bed placement is vital to creating positive chi – there must be ample space between the bed and window to enable energy flow, as such, the location of windows must be well thought out in the design phase.
It is also vital not to forget window placement in the kitchen and bathrooms. Ideally, both spaces would benefit from multiple windows to encourage good energy flow and ventilation. In many modern floor plans, the number of windows in these areas is often minimised or they are omitted altogether to enable more storage space. This is a big no-no for creating good Feng Shui so care when developing the design must be taken.
The relationship between doors and windows will govern the flow of chi throughout the house so placement must be well thought out when designing the floor plan. An incorrectly located window or door can really weaken energy flow which, according to the Feng Shui philosophy, can negatively impact family wealth and health.
With that in mind, we would love to help you create a home that brings a functional lifestyle and good Feng Shui together so please give Craig Dinte Architects a call to see what our partnership could achieve.