Applying feng shui and home staging basics to your home before you place it on the real estate market can bring positive and harmonious energy to those who enter your home.
One of the goals of home staging is to create a warm, welcoming environment for home buyers.
One of the basic home design tenets of feng shui is decluttering your home. Feng shui experts believe that a cluttered home has bad energy, because the flow of energy is being blocked by all the stuff!
Home buyers who enter a cluttered house are sure to feel that tension. I know I do!
Today, many sellers and stagers are applying feng shui to their home decor to make their homes appeal to a wider group of potential buyers.
Make a quicker home sale by applying staging and feng shui tips to your home design. Simple changes in the selection and placement of furniture, accessories, and the use of color, will improve the flow of energy through your home and the way people feel as they enter.
I became interested in feng shui when I was working as a real estate agent. I was showing a house to a couple who were looking for a home with good feng shui. I was intrigued by their comments as they walked through the home, discussing feng shui pros and cons. (They didn't buy the house!)
As I started learning about feng shui, I ran across one article discussing the space under the bed. Like most people, I take advantage of storage space wherever I can find it, and had a bunch of stuff crammed under my bed.
Feng shui experts claim that you'll have a hard time sleeping with clutter under the bed, because it blocks the flow of energy.
Well...needless to say, I spent that night tossing and turning, thinking about all that stuff under my bed! The next day I cleared the clutter out and felt much better having it gone.
Feng shui ("fung shway") is an ancient Chinese design philosophy that has gained in popularity in many different countries in recent years.
Translated, Feng shui means “wind" (feng) and "water" (shui). Feng shui enhances well-being by rearranging how "Chi," (energy), flows through a home.
According to the theory of feng shui, all objects and spaces have different energies that affect each other in various ways. The objects that you bring into your house are believed to have positive or negative effects on the energy in your home.
The goal of feng shui is to balance these energies to create an atmosphere that aligns with your ambitions and dreams.
This ancient design philosophy is believed to promote prosperity, good health, creativity, respect for others, good social relationships and self-confidence.
Feng shui is a complicated practice with many different elements that require years of training to master. This webpage barely scratches the surface, referring only to basic home design feng shui tips for staging that everyone can understand and apply.
Two feng shui concepts that are fairly easy for most to grasp are the principles of Qi (“chee”) and Polarity. Qi is the energy or “life force” in an environment and how it flows through that environment.
Most of us have heard of "yin" and "yang." Polarity refers to the male (yang) and female (yin) energy in a room. Your goal is to balance the yin and yang in every room of your home.
Yin qualities are female, soft, passive, motherly and dark, while yang qualities are male, hard, exertive and bright. The goal is to create a balance between dark and light, hard and soft, curvy and straight and geometric patterns and floral patterns when putting together your feng shui home design.
Feng shui experts will also tell you that certain physical elements can attract energy, while others will repel or obstruct it. This system allows us to personalize and attract the energy where we want or need it most.
When energy is allowed to flow freely and is focused on where you need it, attaining your goals will just seem easier. When energy is blocked, life feels harder.
For quick feng shui tips for your home, watch the video below by Morris Design.
Feng shui elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Having a basic understanding of the elements and how to use them in your home design will create more positive energy in your life.
A balance between the more yang elements, (earth and fire), and the more yin elements, (water and metal) will help you to achieve a more harmonious life.
Clutter is a deep and perplexing energy that can be a drain on mental health. Clutter keeps you from doing the things you desire-- you plan to some day get it under control, but don't know how or where to start.
Even confining your clutter to just a few areas, like tucked away in closets or boxes in the attic; you still know it's there, simply reshuffled to another space, preying on your conscience and preventing you from moving on.
Like home staging, feng shui recommends that you declutter, depersonalize, clean and repair. Decluttering and ridding yourself of items you have been clinging to forever will help clear the bad energy from your life, and get you moving in a positive direction.
For help in getting started on decluttering, go to declutter your home. You'll find that once you get a system in place, the decluttering process will go easier. And the positive relief and energy surge that follows will simply amaze you.
An added bonus to decluttering is that you can earn money by having a yard sale!
After decluttering, you'll need to clean every part of the house. This includes the insides of closets, cabinets and drawers, spider webs on the ceiling and light fixtures, and so on.
After decluttering. depersonalizing and cleaning, you may have to do some repair work to your home. See depersonalizing your home, then diy home improvement. Once you have accomplished these jobs, you're ready to go on to staging.
To bring more energy into the house, begin moving your own stuff out to make room for the new owner's stuff. The great thing about decluttering it that it also gives you a head start on your own packing.
When the decluttering is done, you can begin your home staging by implementing the five elements of wood, fire, earth, water and metal into your feng shui home staging.
"An important tenant to the art of Feng Shui is the energies associated with different colors. For example, metals signify withdrawal or reversal, whereas blues and greens have a calming effect. When staging your home the mood of a room is an important consideration.
For more information on which color combinations work best, consult this Feng Shui Color Guide and bring harmony into your home." Quote by Proflowers blogger, Julissa Garcia.
Good feng shui home design in your entrance is crucial because a house absorbs its main feng shui energy nourishment through the front entry. Good feng shui in the foyer will welcome and direct the flow of energy into the house rather than push it away or weaken it.
Clear any trees or bushes that are blocking windows at the front of the house. Create an inviting path to entice buyers up to the front door.
Make your front door more welcoming by painting it a color that contrasts with the rest of the house. Place round leaved plants and flowers on each side of the door, as sharp leaves can feel unwelcoming to visitors. Keep the porch and entry spotless and don't forget to turn on the porch lights for viewings after dark to welcome visitors. Add a new welcome mat to the entry as well.
The front door of a home should be in proportion to the rest of the house. Too large or too small an entrance will inhibit the proper flow of energy through the home.
Engage buyer's senses at the door by hanging a wind chime on the front right corner of your house. (This is the buyer's area of the home.) Another decorating idea is to place a relaxing gurgling water feature near the main entry.
Avoid having a mirror facing the main door.
If the first room off the entry is a bathroom, keep the bathroom door shut. Don't let the sight of a toilet greet home buyers until they actually open the door knowing they will see one. And when they open the door, be sure that the toilet lid is down.
Create a positive landing place for energy inside the main entry. Place a small round table with a lamp in the center of your hallway with a flower-filled vase on top. For smaller entries, a good quality rug in bright colors, beautiful art and a strong wall color to serve as a focal point will do. (For home stagers, avoid bright wall colors-- stick to neutral colors.)
Watch the video below on feng shui tips for your foyer/entry by about.com
If you have the perfect "working triangle" already in place, (oven-sink-fridge) then your kitchen has a proper balance between the two competing elements of fire and water.
The most important thing to do in the kitchen when you're trying to make a home sale, is to keep it spotlessly clean and remove all clutter.
Keep countertops clear and be sure to declutter the inside of the drawers and cabinets as well, because home buyers will be looking inside to see if there's enough space for their things!
Take everything out of the kitchen cabinets and drawers, returning only half. This is a home staging tip that will make your cupboards appear to be more spacious inside. Pack up everything else for your new home.
For tiny kitchens, see small kitchen decorating ideas for home staging tips to make a small space look larger.
Stage kitchen counters with decorative items, like a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, or better yet, a live plant.
Above all, keep the bathroom sparkling clean and organized. A messy and unorganized bathroom will only compound the negative energy in this area.
If you share a bath with many users, you should see about investing in organizational products to keep everything in place and out of sight.
Go to the containerstore.com to view a great selection of attractive and colorful storage and organizational containers.
Keep the door closed to all bathrooms and the toilet lids down. Toilets and drains suck energy out of a room, so keep them covered while not in use.
We all love the "spa-like" look in a bathroom. There's a reason for that. It makes us feel relaxed, rejuvenated and pampered. Think of the soft, fresh neutral colors that are used in "spa-like" bathrooms. You can't go wrong with white and pale neutrals.
Turn to nature for decorating ideas; accessorize the bathroom with objects from the earth; a bowl of seashells, loofahs, a live plant, etc. Roll fresh white towels and place in a basket. Use candles to create a soothing atmosphere.
Avoid decorating the bathroom with strong water elements, like pictures of waterfalls or turbulent ocean scenes. Stay away from using water colors in your bathroom home design, (black and blue) as these will bolster the energy you need to keep in control. There is already a strong water element in the bathroom.
Beds are important in feng shui because of all the time we spend there. While we sleep, we are very relaxed and open to energy flowing around us. The bed should be the largest piece of furniture in the room.
The direction the bed faces is also important in feng shui. Try to avoid having your bed face a door or toilet, and don't place the bed right under a window unless you have a solid headboard.
Don't sleep on the floor or close to the floor in a low bedframe. Good feng shui requires a bed elevated off the floor for good energy flow.
Indoor and outdoor lighting contains energy, and we have the ability to control it. We can soften or activate it according to the particular needs we have in our homes.
We don't have to live with harsh and ugly flourescent lighting in our homes. (I like to refer to them as cadaver or operating room lights)
It should come as no surprise to learn that fluorescent lighting is just plain bad for feng shui! It's extremely unflattering to all it shines down on, and has been known to cause fatigue, headaches, and feelings of isolation.
If you can't replace your flourescent lighting fixtures, try swapping out your regular flourescent bulb for a "happy" lightbulb from "Verilux."
A Verilux bulb produces a glare-free, flicker-free, instant-on, bright white light that shows true colors, eases eyestrain, and saves money.
Natural light is the most preferred form of indoor lighting. Open your drapes and let sunlight in whenever possible, as sunshine is a great mood elevator.
Overhead lighting can often be harsh and glaring. Try placing pairs of table and floor lamps around a room to create different levels of lighting. Remember, in feng shui, balance is always important.
Place some outdoor lighting leading to your front door to entice nighttime home viewers to your front door.
Create a "first impression" room. Guide home buyers to this room by creating a clear path at the main entry, or lead them along with a floor runner or a striking piece of artwork to draw them into this room. This is the room you want to "wow" visitors with right away. Place your sofa to "greet" them with open arms, don't let buyers step into the room only to feel shunned by the back of the sofa.
Your goal is to lure home buyers into this room right away, because first impressions of a home are formed in seconds. Charm them immediately so they will want to continue through the rest of the home.