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Page 2 - Feng Shui Light and Lighting

Sunlit Homes

Does your home sit on a ridge where it can receive full advantage of natural sunlight? Or is it tucked against a hillside or deep in a grove of trees? Does it face west, north or south? You may be surprised to learn that you comfort level in the house is greatly affacted by how the house sits on the property.

One of the most amazing examples I have seen involved a woman that I know who actually had her home moved from one location to another on the same piece of property. Same house, same property; different orientation, totally different feel.

To begin with, her home faced west and it was in the shadow of a hillside. The sun came up in the morning and filled her dining room and the bathrooms with light. But the rest of the house, especially her bedroom and living room remained dark nearly all day. It was almost sunset before she would finally get sunlight into her kitchen, one of the two rooms in the house she used most. The situation was particularly perplexing because the home had lots of windows. The woman often complained of tiredness and said she didn't have enough energy to get through the day. She didn't know that reorienting her house would change her life, but it did. She had the house relocated to a more open location on a ridge. She also had the home oriented to the east instead of the west. In Feng Shui, west is the direction that is more settling. East is all about new ideas and fresh energy. Not to say that one is better than the other, but in her case it meant she had more sunlight entering her home.

In the new location, her home became sun-filled. In the course of a day, the sun literally wrapped all the way around the house. Now her kitchen is well lit all day long, and her living room receives late afternoon sun. Her bedroom also gets more light. The dining room and bathrooms, which now face north, get the least sun, but that's fine. She said she felt like a totally different person once the house was reoriented. Not only was she more upbeat and happier, she was even sleeping better! This is not to say that everyone can or should move his or her home. But if you are looking to buy or build a new home, consider carefully how the house is oriented on the property, not just with respect to the road, but also with the sun.

For readers who aren't in the market to buy or sell, these ideas may inspire you to rethink how you use the rooms in your house. Perhaps the guest bedroom gets better sun in the morning than your own room, or maybe the living room would be better suited as a dining room. How your home is situated can have a big impact on how you feel.


Sally Fretwell is the author of Feng Shui: Back to Balance, An entertaining, lighthearted, commonsense approach. She is a design consultant residing in Charlottesville, VA. Website: Feng Shui

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