Feng Shui & Kitchen Windows

As important as the view—or perhaps even more so—is keeping your windows CLEAN. Dirty windows impede your vision physically and symbolically. It’s worth investing in the proper tools to keep your view clear.

Blessed is the home that has windows in the kitchen. The author of this article about kitchen windows didn’t have a window in her kitchen for many years. Then she moved and now has a window over the sink. The article is her way of wallowing in delight about this. But she gets carried away and makes a whopping overstatement. “Kitchen windows are the most important windows of any house.” That’s just not true.

I’ve seen thousands of homes, and very often the kitchen windows just look out into a small side yard with the side of the next house being relatively close in view. That’s not your most important view or window. Generally, the most important windows of a home (providing the most important views) are those in the living room, den or dining room.

I adore our dishes. They’re the celadon green Lotus from Franciscan Pottery’s Floral Sculptures—produced in the 1970s. They make dishwashing a pleasure. When Karen Anderson was here, I surprised her again by taking one of the plates and throwing it on the floor. The back of the plate has the word “Durable” on it and it’s true—ain’t broke one yet! Did I say I adore these dishes?

Yes, it’s important to have windows in the front part of the home (so you can see what’s approaching) but the views that influence people the most are the views which are looked at the most.

A lot of people (not us) have electric dishwashers these days, and those folks may not spend a significant amount of time at their kitchen sinks. My husband and I share the task of being dishwashers. And when we’re doing that job, we’re not gazing out the window—we’re gazing at the dishes. The window provides plenty of direct light, which is very helpful—and our dishes look great in direct light—and they make the job delightful, but the view has no bearing.

While we are talking about kitchens, I will note: Windows above sinks are fine in feng shui, but windows above stoves are not.

Our kitchen, as it appears in the April 2017 issue of “At Home” magazine in Karen Anderson’s article.

Karen Anderson, a local author and newspaper writer, was recently in our kitchen. She wrote an article about it for the April issue of “At Home” magazine. At one point, she commented on how open to the outside our kitchen was. I went over to the one glazed window in the room (above the sink) and tapped on the glass. She was embarrassed because she thought there was no glass. I told her I considered it a compliment because I’d just cleaned that window. Window cleaning is fast and easy for me. Years ago, I read Spring Cleaning by Jeff Campbell, then bought professional window cleaning tools—an investment I’ve never regretted. I rave about Spring Cleaning in the Recommended Reading sections of Feng Shui Demystified and Feng Shui for Hawaii. Whether you consider them important, all of your windows should be cleaned once or twice a year.

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