7 House Features That Create Bad Feng Shui

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Feng shui practitioners know that there are a host of home conditions that can make it challenging to create good energy flow. Most involve basic layout issues with the house floor plan. If you are looking to buy a new house, do your best to avoid a house with these negative feng shui features. If you live in a house where these challenging features are present, look for feng shui cures to address these flaws as soon as possible. 

Seven common feng shui problems include:

  • Front door directly aligned with the back door
  • Staircase facing the front door
  • Bathroom facing the front door
  • Staircase in the center of the home
  • Bathroom in the center of the home
  • Master bedroom over the garage
  • Long, narrow hallway

Fortunately, once you have identified these challenges to good feng shui, there are ways to cope with them. 

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    Front Door Directly Aligned With Back Door

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    When practicing feng shui, it is helpful to imagine Chi (energy) as water flowing into your space. Obviously, water can rush through your home without slowing down to nourish the space if the entry doors are directly aligned. It is especially important to avoid a direct alignment of the front door with the back door since this configuration allows good feng shui energy to escape easily.

    Such a home should be avoided if you are shopping for a new house, but a variety of cures are possible if your home has this layout problem. For example, careful placement of furniture or living plants can interrupt the flow of chi and direct it through the home rather than allowing it to immediately escape. 

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    Staircase Facing the Front Door

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    The main door is called "the mouth of chi" in feng shui, as this is how the house absorbs its much-needed chi for energy nourishment. When a staircase is facing the main door directly, the feng shui energy quickly rushes up or down the stairway, thus leaving the main floor without its necessary feng shui energy nourishment.

    Here, too, solutions to a staircase facing the front door include key positioning of artwork, plants, and mirrors to redirect the flow of energy in the home.

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    Bathroom Facing the Front Door

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    In feng shui, bathrooms are considered a place where energy drains away from the space, and so a bathroom that faces the front door is a fairly serious feng shui problem since it encourages incoming nourishing energy to immediately drain away. This situation is fairly common in newer homes constructed without consideration to feng shui principles, such a when a convenient guest powder room is placed off the foyer. 

    Yet there are solutions for even this challenge, such as creating a strong focal point just inside the front entryway to draw energy away from the bathroom. And making efforts to improve the feng shui within the bathroom itself will reduce the energy loss. 

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    Staircase in the Center of A Home

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    If you have a staircase in the center of your home or office—no matter the design, materials, and colors you might want to look into applying specific feng shui cures in order to balance its energy, as a general rule, a staircase in the center is not good feng shui and needs a bit of care and attention.

    The center of a home is effectively its heart, and a stairway in the center of a home tends to destabilize energy. Solutions to a central staircase involve making sure the energy around it is fully grounded. For example, anchoring the area around the staircase with especially meaningful artwork or family photos can help hold the energy and stabilize it. 

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    Bathroom in the Center of A Home

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    A bathroom, which symbolizes energy escaping and flowing outward, is inherently problematic when it is positioned at the exact center of the home, its energetic heart. Few house layouts are more likely to create bad feng shui.

    Because feng shui views the center of the house as its heart—also called the yin-yang point—your goal is to have this space open, light, and containing a sense of beauty. In feng shui, the center of your house is also considered the area from which all the other guas receive energy.

    Carefully attending the quality of air and light in a central bathroom is one of the cures for a bathroom at the center of the home. 

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    Master Bedroom Over the Garage

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    As a general rule, a bedroom over the garage is not good feng shui for two main reasons. Garages have a lot of "in and out" motion that unsettles the energy, and this exactly the opposite goal for a bedroom.  Second, a garage is typically a cluttered area, and clutter in any space also unsettles the energy. Combining the two problems, a bedroom over the garage has a very unstable energy foundation that will not promote good relaxation and sleep.

    This issue is so well-known that moving your bedroom to another space is the recommended solution. If this is not possible, cures for a bedroom over the garage will focus on a combination of grounding the existing energy and improving air quality. 

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    Long, Narrow Hallway

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    A long narrow hallway in the home is considered bad feng shui because the energy has a combination of rushing sha chi and stagnant energy ( si chi). Here, though, solving the energy issues of a long, narrow hallway can usually be handled with simple decorating techniques. A key solution is to direct some natural light into the hallway through the shrewd use of mirrors.