Using window tints and films to control light and privacy has become a common way to make your home feel more comfortable. However, there is an additional factor that could be affecting how much you like to be in your home: feng shui. This system of placement and decoration can help create a cozy environment that helps you feel more productive and happy -- and if the feng shui isn't right, you can feel blocked and unlucky instead. Windows play a big role in feng shui, and covering them with window film in specific circumstances may help you get past those odd, uncomfortable feelings.
Windows and glass are thought to let energy seep in and out of a room in feng shui. This can be good, in that it lets beneficial light and energy in, but it can sap your energy if you have too many windows or windows that are too big. Floor-to-ceiling windows, common in a lot of newer apartments and condominiums, can make a room feel overexposed and make you feel like someone is always watching.
One solution is to use dark, opaque window film on the top and bottom of each window. So the central portion would still be uncovered -- or you could add transparent film on those to help with temperature and UV control -- but the tops and bottoms would have these makeshift "walls" that blocked the view into your home.
Energy flows are also a problem when you have no choice but to put a bed under a window or have a desk near a window. The light may be welcome, but the thinness of the glass, and the rush of feng shui energy, can make for poor sleeping or working situations. Even if it feels like you got a good night's sleep, you may find your days dragging or your energy just generally weakened. You can block up panes with window films, creating the illusion of a solid wall that provides energetic support.
Obviously, you don't want to block off all of your windows with opaque film. In fact, it's crucial for good feng shui that you have clear, clean windows. But it is important not to let too many windows or poorly placed windows get the better of you, energetically speaking.
One phenomenon in feng shui is the poison arrow -- energy that shoots through your home in a straight line, destroying good energy in its path. This occurs in a few situations, one of which is when you have so many windows that you can see into your home and all the way out the other side through all of the windows and doors that are lined up. For example, if you have a front door with a clear glass pane in the middle, and you can look through that pane all the way to the backyard because the pane lines up with your patio door, you've got a poison arrow.
Solve this by adding opaque film -- some stained glass patterns could be lovely -- to the pane on the door. Add a door viewer or peephole to the side of the glass pane so you can still see who's at the door.
If you'd like to see a selection of window films, both opaque and clear, talk to film companies, like Solar Busters, and see what patterns they offer. Even if you don't believe in feng shui, you can certainly believe in protecting your home from excess heat and UV rays.