How Door And Window Placement Can Affect Your Home's Feng Shui

Think back to those old cartoons where houses were personified to look like they had a face. The windows were typically the eyes, and the front door was the mouth. Feng shui sees the house like that, except these openings, are like energy funnels acting as major gateways for proper chi flow.

According to feng shui, the placement of doors and windows can significantly affect the overall well-being and happiness of a home's inhabitants. As with most aspects of feng shui, it's more than just the actual placement when it comes to good chi flow. Orientation, size, shape, location, number, color, etc., also play an integral part in keeping the inner sanctum of your house happy and harmonious. If you discover that things aren't as balanced as you'd like them to be, don't worry. Feng shui also has some fixes for ill-mannered doors or windows that want to ruin the good vibe tribe.

The mouth of the chi

In feng shui, the door is considered the main channel for receiving chi. So much so that it's known as chi's mouth, explains Real Simple. The first and most important rule surrounding doors in feng shui is that the front and back doors should never be aligned. If your home is set up like that, it's like inviting all that good chi into your home for a five-second look over because it will immediately get sucked out the back door. 

There's nothing that allows chi to pool and flow in your abode, which is actually what you want (without stagnation, of course). The same principle applies to window and door alignment. Doors that bump into each other or clash are personified as arguing doors and can spark disagreements between family members. Since removing a door might not always be the answer, Happy House Feng Shui claims you can disperse this conflicting energy by hanging a crystal or adding a touch of yellow.

The eyes of the house

Windows are considered the eyes of your home and need to let in the perfect amount of sunlight and air. Chi flows better through clean glass and requires an unobstructed view of the outside world, so keep the windows clean. Each room has specific guidelines for the number, size, and placement of windows. It's also essential to consider the window coverings, frame, and the way they open. Inward-opening windows aren't great for boosting your finances or career, while outward-opening windows are the opposite. Just make sure to open them up — no halfsies.   

It's a general feng shui rule of thumb that the back of the house has fewer windows than the front because this is where chi can "leak out" and escape, thus weakening our home's overall balance and energy. East-facing windows inspire positivity and good luck and attract good energy, while south and southeast placements allow you to keep warm in winter and cool in summer. On the flip side, My Chinese Astrology states that west and north-facing windows bring in less than stellar chi and can also make you more prone to illness, and north-facing windows absorb more damaging and harmful chi.