Beams have a bad reputation in feng shui. It is one of those indisputable and popular feng shui statements, just like saying that "number 4 is bad feng shui". It seems indisputable until you actually take time to understand more, sort through various scenarios, and ask specific questions.
We have all seen beautiful interiors with stunning features with beams, how can they possibly be bad feng shui? Does the location or the material of the beam matter? How about the size and width of the beam?
Every little detail matters and every little detail works in relationship with all other details in your room, so asking specific questions is very important.
Beams With Bad Feng Shui
We will start with the worst feng shui location of beams in the house—the beams above one's bed. What makes them bad feng shui? Well, beams create an oppressive and heavy sort of energy, so sleeping under a beam is always best avoided.
It sure makes a difference if the beam is dark colored versus light colored, as well as how wide or long it is. The position of the beam also matters. It is worse if the beam is above the head of the sleeping person, as well as if it is positioned horizontally versus vertically above the bed.
The beams above the bed are always considered bad feng shui and are best avoided.
Another undesirable location of beams is above the family sofa or armchairs where the family spends a lot of time. Having a beam above your office chair is also considered challenging feng shui.
A beam inside your front door might restrict or visually limit the incoming flow of Chi, thus will be considered bad feng shui, too, but this is a general statement as it all depends on the height of your ceilings, the amount of light and openness in your main entry, as well as several other factors.
Feng Shui and Your Surroundings
If a house has high ceilings, plenty of natural light and a well designed and welcoming flow of Chi, a beautifully made beam in the main entry can add character and strengthen the energy.
By comparison, the same beam can be bad feng shui if the house has low ceilings, there is little or no natural light in the main entrance and there are many blocking walls in the same area.
As you can see, the statement of whether beams are good or bad feng shui greatly depends on the surrounding design elements in the specific location of their placement.
With the exception of the beams above the bed, the beams above the family sofa and the beams above the office chair, all other beams cannot be automatically considered "bad feng shui".
Many beautiful houses have multiple beams that only emphasize and strengthen the energy of the home, so take it on a case-by-case basis when trying to define the feng shui of beams.