Trying to sell a perfect home (great price, lovely neighborhood) but not getting any offers? Maybe its energy flow (chi) is off and Feng Shui might help. Feng Shui is the process of rearranging the energy flow in spaces to enhance well-being and happiness. According to its theory, all spaces and objects have different energies that impact each other in various ways. Some items have positive energy while others have negative energy. Feng Shui staging experts balance these energies to create an ambience that lines up with a buyer’s dreams and wishes.
Feng Shui can solve design challenges, add marketability, and create unmatched appeal. It can transform a property into buyer bait and create a space that appeals to buyers in person and photographs. Some top Feng Shui staging tips include:
Feng Shui experts say that the right side of a house is the buyer’s side. It symbolizes family well-being and is also where buyers naturally look during a showing. Sellers should stimulate their homes’ positive energy by adding wind chimes, flags, or wind socks to the right side of their houses under the right eave. Good Feng Shui in the main entrance is important as homes absorb their main energy refreshment from this point. It will direct the energy flow into the house instead of pushing it away or weakening it.
To create welcoming entrances, homeowners should place cozy doormats and 2 plants in identical planters on each side of the mats. They should choose large mats as small ones create a constricted feeling. Plants with round leaves are also advisable as pointed leaves can give buyers an aggressive impression. The entrance should be free of clutter to give buyers an unobstructed route to the front door. Dead shrubs, vines, and plants blocking the main path should be cleared away.
Everyone loves comfy seats. They envelop users and make them feel at home. Sellers can invite positive energy into their homes by placing cozy seats near entrances. If the seats are not located near the entrance, there should be a clear path leading to them. Large and imposing seats and chairs which face the center of a room and not the door drive energy out instead of ushering it in.
Feng Shui furniture should be devoid of sharp edges or angles. Sharp corners like those found in bookcases and open shelves cut the energy as they act like knives. To soften edges, sellers should add comfortable and cheerful adornments with rounded edges.
A kitchen should be immaculate and clutter-free. The countertops should be clear and the cabinets and drawers clean. Homebuyers are bound to look inside cabinets and drawers as they inspect a home. Sellers should get rid of half the cutlery and appliances to make the space look roomy.
Food symbolizes wealth and abundance in Feng Shui. Homeowners should display fruits, flowers, and even live plants in their kitchens. Oranges and apples are preferred because of their beauty and shape. They should be piled in a bowl to exude success and kindness.
Bathrooms should be sparkling clean and neat. Messy ones only intensify the negative energy in the area. Shared bathrooms should have ample storage so everything stays in place. Doors should be closed and toilet lids kept down. Toilet lids and drains remove the positive energy from a bathroom so they should be covered when not in use. Sellers painting their bathrooms should use soft and neutral colors to create spa-like environments.
Bedrooms are places of relaxation hence violent themes should be avoided. Sellers should remove violent artwork and any items with hostile energy as they sap the energy needed to rejuvenate. Electronics, office furniture, and exercise equipment should be removed. Beds should be the biggest furniture pieces in bedrooms. They should not face doors or toilets or be placed under windows. Their headboards should be placed against walls allowing users to see the doors indirectly.
Looking for more home staging tips? The iHouse blog has plenty of ideas to appeal to home buyers!
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.