Curtains, Windows and Feng Shui
by: Charles Kassotis
Feng Shui is an ancient
Chinese philosophy. It is the study of living in
harmony and prosperity with nature. Feng Shui
means literally "wind water". It is a form of
geomancy, trying to understand the relationships
between nature and ourselves so that we may live
in harmony within our environment. It is based
upon the simple thought that our lives are
deeply affected by our physical and emotional
One of our chief
environments is our house, where we spend most
of our time. Feng Shui has advice and solutions
to offer, in order to let the "chi", the energy,
flow smoothly around the house. Curtains and
windows are the most prominent features of our
homes. Fabrics, color, material, window
arrangement, yes, all these may affect your
homes chi. Let's see how to improve it.
· Pull the curtains back
during daytime to allow sunlight to lighten your
house and give the area positive energy.
· Keep your curtains
closed at night. Don't leave your windows
exposed into night as it is considered to bring
· Blinds and curtain rings
should be of natural material. The most
beneficial is wood. Avoid plastic by all means!
· Curtains should be large
enough to cover the window and long enough to
reach the floor.
· Curtains should have
curves to them. When drawn together there should
be enough fabric hanging to form pleats and
· Make sure that curtains
open and close easily.
· Curtains that hang
limply each side of a window are considered bad
· Keep your curtains and
windows clean in order to allow the chi to come
inside fresh and clean.
· Match your curtains with
the seasons to freshen up yours and your chis'
mood. Use heavy fabrics for winter and lighter
fabrics for summer. Utilize warm colors for
wintertime and light happy colors for spring and
summertime. Choose shades of green at spring,
shades of red, orange and pink at summer, white,
grey and metallic colors for autumn and shades
of blue in winter.
· Windows are best when
opening outwards. If a window opens inwards make
sure it doesn't face the West, which is the
direction that signifies death or ending. In
that case, block negative chi with an outward
facing mirror or a plant with round leaves.
· Octagonal and arched
windows are considered good Feng Shui.
You can also utilize
colors in your curtains to change colors in each
room of your house, adjusting it correctly to
specific energies each room should have. Have
matching pairs in your bedroom and colors that
invite love such as pink or green. For the
diving room use red to keep guests energized and
excited. For kitchens and playrooms orange and
yellow is refreshing and revitalizing. Green is
a calming color ideal for living rooms. Purple
signifies richness and transformation, which
makes it ideal for spiritual rooms.
Whether you believe in
Feng Shui or not, the best way to decorate your
house and choose your curtain fabrics and colors
is your personal taste and instinct. Add some
positive Chi energy and you have the perfect