Feng Shui of Beams in Your House

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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". Indisputable until you actually take time to understand more, sort through various scenarios and ask specific questions. 

Are all beams bad feng shui? Are there beams that are good feng shui? What exactly makes all beams have such a bad feng shui reputation?

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?

I can sure continue with specific questions, but the reason I wrote them all is to give you an idea as to how crucial it is to challenge the accepted feng shui stereotypes and beliefs.

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.

Let's look at beams and their bad and good feng shui effects.

I 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 a dark colored one versus a light colored, as well as how wide or long it is. The position of 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.

So, the beams above the bed are always considered bad feng shui and are best avoided.

What do you do, though, if you have beams above the bed and you cannot move the bed? Would you place wind chimes and bamboo flutes as a feng shui cure? Do these feng shui cures really work to neutralize the energy of a beam above the bed?

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. However, this is a very 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.

If a house has very high celings, plenty of natural light and a well designed and welcoming flow of Chi, a beautifully made beam in the main entry can actually add characted 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 entry 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.