It’s Curtains For You

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.”…Arne Jacobsen

I  love the view

Bright and airy. That’s what people say they want in  a living and working space. The more windows the better. Great views, and lots of daylight certainly are the result of lots of big windows. But what are the other, perhaps unexpected results.

Balance is key

The balance of yin and yang is crucial in Feng Shui. Too much or too little of anything is out of balance. Too much light can lead to temperature control issues. Too much light can cause glare and lead to headaches and eye strain. The same holds true for doors as well, especially full glass doors. And leaky doors and windows create other kinds of issues. At night windows can become black holes.

Another consideration

You might have heard that it is not optimum to be able to see from the door directly to the other side of the building when there is another door/window in that position. This is because energy comes in one door and directly out the other side and never has the opportunity to benefit the occupants. So if you have doors and windows in opposition this is something to take care of.  The bigger the opening the larger the chance for energy leakage.

What will you do

There are ways to lessen the effects. What would you do to solve this problem? Curtains… walls… bookcases…screens…smaller windows… And why are buildings being designed in a way that light and energy have trouble getting in?

©Diane Kern 2010


About fengshuisuccess

Diane is a professional Feng Shui Consultant and SoulCollage Facilitator.
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One Response to It’s Curtains For You

  1. Judy Dunn says:


    This is a fascinating topic. How interesting your work must be.

    I have to say that I, too, love windows that look out on the world. We live on this green, leafy island and I can see bid fir trees, bushes and abundant greenery out every window.

    I wonder, though, if the need for bright and airy has anything to do with the house one grew up in. My parents’ house was technically part of the Olympic Rain Forest, so everything was dark ad mossy, what some people might call “depressing.” And it rained all the time.

    But now that kind of environment just says to me that I am “home.” My mom wouldn’t even turn on the lights until the living room was practically engulfed in darkness. LOL.

    I think that windows, as you have so well described in your post, need to have some kind of balanced feel to them. The new houses that are practically all windows feel a bit sterile and cold to me.

    You post made me think. Thanks for that.

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