Feng Shui Used in Home Staging

Having a home staged, to help sell it faster, can be achieved by showcasing the home’s aesthetic potential, its functionality, and even sell a “lifestyle” that comes with the house.

But there is a whole other level in which a home can be staged as well, and that is by using the ancient metaphysical practice known as Feng Shui. Feng shui is a predictive art, based in natural science. It is a 3,000 year old Chinese tradition which explores how people are affected by their immediate interior and exterior surroundings.

The influence of a home on its occupants can include financial potential, relationship circumstances and specific health issues. Often, prospective buyers will experience the energy of a house consciously or subconsciously as a part of their decision to purchase or pass on a property.

What is it about a house that makes it more inviting, alluring, tranquil or able to evoke feelings of security and happiness? Realtors have been showing homes while burning scented candles and baking cookies for years. They may also play music during Open Houses and provide fresh flowers to give prospective buyers a feeling of what the home’s ambience can be like for entertaining. Interior designers and professional stagers can decorate a home with colors and furnishings to help people imagine just how good the house can look and to flaunt its architectural personality.

But is there anything deeper? Feng Shui answers that question, when we assess a house on a very sophisticated level. In this vast body of knowledge we have homes that can be characterized as being inherently encouraging or undermining for financial luck.

Homes like these might need both interior and exterior remedies. The trickle-down effect is that if a home is enhanced for money luck, it can help the sellers get more offers, sometimes even when they no longer live in the house! People can and do pick up on the energies of a house that has been balanced with Feng Shui principles. Houses can also be characterized as being good or bad for health and relationships. Similarly, these spaces can be remedied in a subtle, inconspicuous way, so that buyers can also get a sense of the balance in the house.

As a full-time consultant, I am involved with home sales on a regular basis, representing both buyers and sellers. Sometimes I find myself making the same recommendations that a realtor, a designer, or a professional organizer might make to simplify and beautify a home’s visual appeal. But my main menu involves classical Feng Shui theory which is not obvious to the untrained eye. Some remedies do not even have to be seen in a room, but could be hidden in a closet and still have the same effect!

As an example, there are some rooms in a house that need the metal element and metal can be anything made out of copper, brass, bronze, iron, gold, silver, or steel. If a room was being staged, it would be very easy to use metal incorporated in the furnishings, such as a brass bed frame or a wrought iron coffee table base. But it would also be okay to hide a hundred pounds of iron weights in a closet if it were in the right zone that needed metal. Metal is often used for spaces that have been diagnosed with a potential to cause arguments, accidents, illness or depression. How does one figure out if a room needs metal? In classical Feng Shui we calculate a home’s energetic blue print based on when it was built, combined with what precise direction the house is facing, using a compass. As well, the uniqueness of the floor plan will reveal which rooms need certain elements. In Feng Shui theory, we have five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. They are each used in very strategic ways.

Another example might be the use of an in-door or outdoor water feature, like a fountain. Certain homes need water on a perpetual basis to create balance, while others might only need water for a specified period of time. Who would argue that a beautiful fountain can have a conscious appeal, even if its main purpose is not obvious?

Over and over again, I have found that when a seller is still living in their home while it’s on the market, I can suggest subtle d├ęcor additions which will improve their money luck and that translates to a quicker sale of the home. If the seller has already moved out, it is still practical to do the remedies on the house so that prospective buyers will subconsciously sense the balance that has been achieved. And for this reason, Feng Shui and Home staging are a great complement to each other.

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Sell Your Home For More – Tips for Interior Decoration

Buying a home is more often than not much of an emotional decision. The location, size, surrounding homes and age are very significant factors that set the base price of a property, but a superior design and feeling of the interiors can push it up significantly. By getting the potential buyers emotionally attached, you can get them to compete with each other and achieve what you’ve set yourself up to – sell your home faster and for more.

There are several things you may do to improve your interiors. Apart from the obvious mechanical fixes and getting new floors there are many little tricks that can dramatically affect not only the perception of your property, but which can make living in there better – whether for the next buyers, or yourself.

Choose a good color – The color of the interior has a massive impact on the mood of visitors and family, and you should use it to your advantage. Pick more vibrant and warm colors such as red for areas where you’d like to feel more energetic, such as the living room. In general, cool blues and greens provide a more restful tone and yellows fit well in kitchen areas with as they bring a bright and cheery feeling. White, in the other hand, will always make a room appear larger, very suitable for lighting up dark hallways. Don’t be afraid to use accent colors, which in combination with lights can produce magnificent results.
Bookshelf makeover? – Do the cover colors of your books disrupt the appearance of the room? Consider trying custom made book covers, which match the color theme of their surroundings. It does’t have to be one color, try experimenting with “rainbows” or develop your own color code system. It can be practical as well in the future!
Add accent lighting – This alone can do magic. Your area lighting will change the appearance of the colors you choose. Daylight, fluorescent, track lighting or incandescent lighting all give different shades of colors. If you’re not scared to go a bit over the budget, you might want to look up different systems which can continuously change the intensity and colors based on the weather outside. The options are limitless and it can make your home truly special.
Eliminate clutter – Does your home look like a warehouse? If it isn’t far from the truth, a major cleanup is the first thing you want to do. Use storage boxes and try to sell things you don’t need. Don’t forget to check our previous tips on how to eliminate clutter from your house.
Neutral styling – If you want to sell your house for more, opt for a neutral but pleasant feeling. Someone likes antique furniture, some might seek the super modern route, but your best bet is definitely to make it appeal universally.
Mirrors and glasses – Both help a great deal in making an area appear up to 170% larger than it’s real size. Glass walls and mirrors bring extra light, which can make the home look even cozier and fresh.
Hide those old appliances – if you have things in your house that could be mistaken as a museum piece, buying new ones isn’t the only mean. You can redecorate them at least so they don’t disrupt. You have many options – refrigerators could get a new veneer panel or at least a paint. You can get all you need in most of big discount home improvement stores.

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