When it comes to designing an entryway, you would be forgiven for thinking that a chandelier can do no wrong.
This enduring fixture knows how to make a statement in spaces of all sizes, and designers love its striking yet timeless ability to elevate a room instantly. However, while this entryway idea is faultless in terms of design, it is less admired by those who practice the principles of Feng Shui.
While some chandeliers are beneficial to your entryway's Feng Shui, other, more pointy fixtures may leave a negative impression on all who pass through your home. This is what the experts avoid – and what they recommend choosing instead.
Why you should never have a pointed chandelier in your entryway
According to Feng Shui practitioner El Larson (opens in new tab), you should never choose a light fixture with downward points or angles, especially in an entryway.
'Poison Arrows’ are sharp objects and 90° corners (from walls or furniture) that consolidate and send aggressive energy to the person in the line of fire,' El says. 'This is particularly problematic at the entrance, assuming the intent is for people to feel welcome entering the home.'
When considering your entryway lighting ideas, the expert urges you to invest in fixtures that are 'rounded or flat at the base' or that have corners that point upwards (rather than down).
How do pointed fixtures impact your entryway?
The answer comes down to Feng Shui – the practice of arranging your décor and possessions to promote a balance with the natural world. This teaching comes from the idea that energy flows through the doors and windows of a room, and the placement of these pieces can interrupt the flow.
While the placement of your light may seem like it won't have a huge effect on your overall well-being, El warns that it could cause a problem if you're exposed to bad Feng Shui for a long period.
'Minor imprints, repeated over time (we usually experience our entryways 2-3+ times per day), can have a major impact – positive or negative,' she says.
When designing an entryway, you may need to rethink your lighting choices, but El suggests that you shouldn't stop there. Feng Shui similarly urges against sharp, pointy furniture, but that doesn't mean you need to part with your favorite pieces.
'Hard corners of furniture or walls pointing at the entrance can be remedied by furniture with rounded edges or placing plants or hanging tapestries in front to ‘soften’ corners,' El suggests. This enables you to invest and enjoy almost all furniture without having to interrupt the energy flow – and have an entryway that is both stylish and good for your wellbeing.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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