By their nature, doors and windows need space around them, just because there’s so much movement happening there (even if not visible to the human eye). When you cramp several doors too close together, you create a quality of energy that tends to be chaotic and angry, thus the expression “arguing doors”. Living in a house with such configuration will inevitably lead to conflicts in the family.
- Door Placement-
A direct alignment of doors is to be avoided anywhere in the house, especially when there’s little space between the doors. The front door to your home is the energy gateway to your house and is called “The Mouth of Chi.” The first big mistake to avoid is the direct alignment of front door and back door (or a big tall window). A good Feng Shui floor plan creates a space for keeping and nourishing the incoming good energy, which is prevented by direct main back door/window alignment.
For example, you will avoid a bedroom door – bathroom door alignment. Regarding the placement of doors, Feng Shui has an expression of “arguing doors” which refers to three or more doors in close proximity, especially if they touch each other when opened. The reason they’re called arguing doors is that the energy of their placement inevitably creates the energy of arguments and discords. This might sound strange, but I have seen this set-up many times in my clients’ homes, so trust me it’s true.
While slightly different in their Feng Shui treatment, the placement of windows is certainly very important in a good Feng Shui floor plan. From a Feng Shui viewpoint, it’s best to avoid too many windows in the back of the house, as this weakens its energy. The backing of the house is important for the strength and nourishing power of your home. Too many windows in the back will weaken the supporting energy of the house.
The other guideline to follow for the right placement of windows refers to the bedroom – it’s considered unfavorable to have too many windows, as well as “low” windows, or floor to ceiling windows because this leads to the same energy set-up that promotes weak energy. It’s especially important to be careful with window placement and location in a smaller size bedroom, as a bed too close to the window is not good Feng Shui.
A very desirable placement of windows, and one that’s often neglected in modern floor plans, are windows in the kitchen and bathroom. While it’s common sense that both these areas will much benefit from good ventilation, somehow this does not seem to be a priority in many floor plans.
A good Feng Shui house floor plan will never have stairs facing the front door. This configuration is considered poor Feng Shui and is best to avoid. The remedy is to place a round faceted Swarovski 30mm crystal above the last step. Hang the crystal 9 inches from the ceiling. The crystal will slow the Chi’ from moving so fast out your door.
Bathrooms are very inauspicious rooms in a house due to the disposal of waste. The best location for a bathroom is the middle left of your home from the front door of your house (facing in towards your home). This is the Health sector of your home. A bathroom in the center of your home has very poor Feng Shui. The remedy is to keep the bathroom door shut at all time and also hang a round faceted Swarovski 30mm crystal in the center of the bathroom 9 inches from the ceiling. No matter where the bathroom is in the homes’ floor plan always remember to keep the toilet lid down. This will prevent waste energy from entering the home.
In summary, the key things to be aware of when remodeling a space are door and window placement, your home’s shape and if any areas of the Bagua are missing, main entry design, stair placement, and bathroom placement.
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About the Author-
As the owner of Elements and Energy and 8-Year Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Ro Rusnock, has the privilege of using the art and science of Feng Shui to help conscious, heart-centered people create extraordinary lives from their external living spaces to their internal ways of being. Ro teaches many ways to help people in their living and working space with Feng Shui consultations, and through coaching using the principles in all areas of life. Ro is a partner with J. Heiland Interiors in home staging as well. Finally, Ro is the Feng Shui Certification Instructor for Western School of Feng Shui.