Check out these basic feng shui design tips that can help add value to your home.
The Chinese philosophy of feng shui centres on the balancing of energies to create an atmosphere that encourages happiness and success. The idea is that every person has their own life force, known as Qi, which carries their feelings, thoughts and energy around their body. External factors and objects such as buildings have their own energy that interacts with and affects your Qi. A building with “bad feng shui” will disrupt your energy flow, so by harnessing the positive energy in your home and removing any negative energy, you can create an environment of happiness, harmony and peace.
Regardless of whether or not you believe in the metaphysical aspects of feng shui, ensuring that your home has “good feng shui” can be about following common sense ideas about home design, layout and maintenance.
Let’s take a look at some simple things you can do to improve your home’s feng shui and increase its value at the same time.
Start from the outside
One of the easiest ways to attract good feng shui in and around your house is to create a beautiful garden. Even a small garden can create a point of interest and plenty of positive energy, while the addition of a water feature allows you to incorporate one of the most important elements of feng shui.
Curved pathways and shapes can also be included to promote the smooth flow of energy - there are very few perfectly straight lines in nature - while flowers can add colour. Healthy, well-tended plants promote good health and wind chimes are said to cure negative energy.
It’s also important that you keep the front garden free of mess and clutter. In feng shui, this creates an uninterrupted flow of energy and allow opportunities to find you. It has the added benefit of giving your home much better curb appeal.
Making an entrance
When you’re trying to sell your home, the entranceway plays an important role in creating a positive first impression among buyers. If it’s clean and inviting, people will want to come inside but if it’s an ugly mess they’ll already be crossing your home off their mental list of potential purchases.
The entrance is also an area of vital importance in feng shui. First of all, it needs to be as attractive and uncluttered as possible, so a fresh coat of paint and a spring clean can work wonders.
It also needs to be easy to find so that opportunities are attracted to your door. Bright colours, house numbers and flowers can all achieve this goal, as can a well-marked pathway from the front gate to your door. You could also add in a new door mat, clear away cobwebs and make sure the entrance is bright and well lit. In short, if your entrance shows that you take pride in where you live, you’ll be well on the way to improving your home’s feng shui and its value.
Top 7 tips to create good feng shui inside your home
Moving inside, there are plenty of simple steps you can do to improve feng shui. They’re also things that any seller would be wise to consider before putting their home on the market.
- Three key areas. The main energy centres in any home are the kitchen, the bathroom and the bedroom. If you want to create good feng shui in your home, you’ll need to pay attention to these three areas and how they impact on the energy flow around your home. Creating a positive, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in each space will greatly improve your home’s feng shui. Unsurprisingly, the kitchen, bathroom and main bedroom are also three key areas buyers will look at when inspecting your house, so improving their look, feel and functionality is always a good thing.
- Fix squeaky doors. If any doors inside your home make a squeaking, screeching noise when opened - especially the entry door - it’s time for some maintenance. A door that squeaks or sticks could represent anything from stiff, aching joints to an unwanted obstacle, so oil the hinges or reach for the sandpaper to ensure that all doors open and shut smoothly.
- Fix anything else that is broken. In feng shui, your home is a reflection of who you are as a person and where you are in life. So if you don’t take care of your home, this is seen as a negative reflection of your life as a whole. With this in mind, anything that’s broken, cracked, mouldy, leaking, rotting or in any state of disrepair needs to be fixed. Not only will this improve your feng shui, it’ll also increase the value of your home for a prospective buyer.
- Get rid of clutter. A home full of clutter is not a happy and harmonious home. Because we’re connected to all our possessions, having a lot of stuff can drain you of all your energy, so only keep the items you love and need. If you take steps to downsize and de-clutter, you and your home will feel re-energised and your living space will make a much more positive impression on buyers.
- Remove hazards. Is there a piece of furniture you’re constantly bumping into, a step you constantly trip up or an overhead cabinet you bang your head on? Anything that makes your home feel like an unsafe or unwelcoming environment is bad feng shui, so you may need to replace or move these items or features. This will make your home feel like a more comfortable place for you and for buyers.
- Bring the outdoors in. As feng shui is closely related to the natural world, it’s a good idea to find ways to bring nature into your home. Healthy plants and fresh flowers can create a relaxing atmosphere and lift your spirits, while opening windows helps circulate air. This will also create a warm and welcoming environment when buyers inspect your home.
- Let there be light. Natural light encourages the flow of positive energy through the home and can help maintain the right balance of Qi in your living space. Allowing as much natural light into your home as possible will create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It also helps add an open and airy feeling to even the smallest of spaces.
Taking a little time to improve the flow of energy in your home and create good feng shui will make your home a more comfortable and inviting place to live. It could also help you fetch a much higher sale price when you put your home on the market.