Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of studying the balance of energies in a space based on how the space is set up and decorated. Literally, ‘feng’ is translated as wind and ‘shui’ is translated as water. The Chinese culture associates wind and water with good health, and therefore “good feng shui” has come to colloquially be associated with good fortune and health. To those who subscribe to it, feng shui is thought to bring health and happiness to those who implement in their lives and spaces.
One of the core and basic elements of feng shui is that of the five elements, which are:
In good feng shui, these elements are incorporated into a space.
Did you know that the way your windows are treated can affect the energy or mood in the room? According to the laws of feng shui, design in a room must be carefully plodded so as to positively affect the energy flow in the space. In feng shui, energy is referred to as qi. Although many think that achieving feng shui with qu is relegated to the placement of objects, windows can also impact qi.
In feng shui, the window is thought of as the “eyes of the home”. It is thought that handling of the windows with regard to feng shui impact one’s ability to see with clarity in all aspects of his or her life.
For good feng shui in a space, it is suggested that the windows in the space are kept clean and clear. Window treatments that are placed on the windows, such as curtains, should be peaceful and should allow for as much natural light to pass into the room throughout the day as possible.
So, what exactly is a harmonious window covering? Feng shui experts promote the use of natural fabrics and materials. So, a cotton curtain may be proper, or if you prefer blinds, deep woods are preferable over plastics. Natural fabrics are the most preferable window treatment as they are soft and add a flow to the room that is essential for feng shui. Natural fabrics promote healthy qi. As far as the color scheme, the colors of the window coverings should be appropriate for the room and should go well with what is referred to as the ‘bagua’, or the energy map of the overall space. In addition to the color scheme matching the bagua, the fabric material itself must also complement the bagua.
In popular feng shui opinion, there are some potential window coverings that could be bad choices for feng shui. For example, accordion blinds create sharp energy when they are folded. This is bad feng shui. Plastics and other synthetic materials are also not good feng shui.
Feng shui window coverings should be observed in concordance with other feng shui practices such as the determination and dedication to the bagua and the understanding of feng shui itself.