Asian buyers continue to be a strong segment of the real estate marketplace in the San Gabriel Valley, so if you are selling your property, be sure to incorporate the elements of Feng Shui in home staging. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy of living in harmony with your environment by optimizing spatial arrangements to boost energy, happiness and good fortune. Although it may sound like outdated superstition, most of it is nothing more than good design sense. Here are some proven ways to play up your home’s feng shui to make it more attractive, functional and joyful.
First create a happy entrance. According to fengshui principles, the easier it is for people to bring opportunities to your front door, the more you will have. Give your entryway good energy with colorful potted plants, an attractive front door& appealing foyer. Any mirrors should be placed at the side and not directly opposite the front door to avoid reflecting positive energy back outside.
Furniture placement is one of the keys to happiness and good health in feng shui. Every room has a “commanding position” to put us in control of our lives by ensuring we see what is coming at us, both literally and metaphorically, whenever possible. Arrange rooms so the back and head are protected, placing beds and couches facing doors and windows but not on the same wall. Design your seating so guests feel comfortable and welcome. Certain seating arrangements are taboo, including chairs facing a couch at a 45-degree angle. Face chairs directly toward the sofa to encourage conversation and create a warm, cozy environment. Another furniture placement rule: pull furniture and chairs away from the wall. Not only is the practice good feng shui, it also makes your living space feel airy and open.
Keep greenery out of the bedroom. Feng shui experts believe they produce the wrong kind of energy—an awake, alive, growing kind of energy that can affect your sleep. Sound, scent, and light are important for good feng shui, so add music, chimes, candles or firelight in the bedroom, but save greenery for the kitchen & other living areas.
Can you truly be Zen if you can’t see your kitchen counters? If you’ve ever read anything from master organizer Marie Kondo, you know that clearing away extra stuff is essential to good vibes. The flow of positive energy or qi can be blocked in a space that is filled with clutter.
And from a feng shui perspective, the type of floor covering represents a home’s strength. Choosing a floor design that’s continuous throughout the house is good practice to give the interior environment strong, supportive qi. When each room has different flooring, the energy is weakened. Interior designers and every Realtor would agree!
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