Feng Shui Design

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Feng Shui Design Principles

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese method of achieving harmony through the arrangement of items and space. The objective of Feng Shui is to enhance the chi in your personal space through color, light, touch, smell, taste, living things, pictures/art, and movement. Feng Shui is literally translated as “wind water” and has been practiced for more than 3,000 years.

Feng Shui design is not limited to the enjoyment of those living in a home. Home owners can also follow Feng Shui design ideas for home staging and well-being when selling.

The practice of Feng Shui interior design begins by writing out your current status and future goals for nine defined areas of life – wealth/abundance, health, family, children, knowledge, travel, fame, career, and personal relationships. The nine life areas are situated on a pakua grid. The location of each area is based on the eight compass directions and the center point.

Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood are the Five Elements utilized in Feng Shui. Each element has a color, direction and number associated with it.

Each of the five elements is represented by furniture and decor within the home. In order to design a Feng Shui home, strength of the element is increased when the natural element is used rather than a representation or color.

Wood is represented by plants and wood, the color green, and the numbers 3 and 4. Decorative plants, floral arrangements, furniture and books serve as a wood element,

Fire is represented by light and flame, the colors red and purple, and the number 9. Candles, fireplaces, stoves and lamps serve as a fire element.

Earth is represented by rock and earth, the colors brown, yellow and beige, and the numbers 2, 5 and 8. A terracotta pot, a clay statue and stone tiles serve as an earth element.

Metal is represented by metal and reflective surfaces, the colors gray, white, gold and silver, and the numbers 6 and 7. Iron railings, mirrors and white rugs serve as a metal element.

Water is represented by water, the colors blue and black, and the number 1. A fountain, an aquarium and a painting of the sea serve as a water element.

These elements increase and decrease each others energies. In the productive cycle – water feeds wood, wood feeds fire creating earth, earth creates metal and metal holds water. In the destructive cycle – water douses fire, fire melts metal, metal cuts wood, wood covers earth and earth muddies water.

Placing these elements correctly creates balance and harmony and increases chi. Balance can be determined by creating a scaled outline of your home or office floor plan. Then, using colored markers, pencils or crayons, go to each room and place a mark of the appropriate color on the scaled drawing for corresponding item in the room – for example a potted tree may get four green marks while a painting of a tree may get only one, or red couch may get four red marks while a red pillow may get only one. If an area is unbalanced, bring in the missing element, remove excess elements, or bring in an element that will feed or lessen an out of balance element.

Feng Shui Home Staging

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Feng Shui Design
Home Staging

Feng Shui Design Tips for Staging and Well-being When Selling

Help keep your emotional and physical health balanced during a move

It’s about the feeling:

Correct placement of furniture, plants, lighting and accessories is a crucial component of professional staging with a Feng Shui interior design twist. Making these a priority will help lift the positive energy in a house making the space feel comfortable and balanced to a prospective buyer.

Energy is related to how the house feels to that prospect and any negative energy could result in a property sitting on the market. Below are the key Feng Shui design ideas.

Remove Clutter in Your Home and Office:

Clutter obstructs the beneficial energy called chi in your environment, blocking the actualization of the good things you want to achieve. Take a good, hard look at your walls, furniture and accessories. Eliminate half or more of what’s there; if you intend to keep it for your new house, be sure to store it of site.

Feng Shui practioners recommend being ruthless when it comes to disposing so that new things may enter your life.

Ensure a Good Night’s Rest:

Use a critical eye to review the sleeping area of the house to see what might disturb your sleep. Eliminate as much electronic equipment as you can because it emanates waves that disturb chi. Close the bathroom door leading to your room, as well as the toilet seat and cover. Do not place water features or too many fresh flowers or plants in your bedroom.

Cover up mirrors that activate yang energy in what should be a yin environment conducive to rest. Avoid stimulating colors like red and gold, using instead, yin colors such as blues, greens and pastels.

Add Yang to Your Life:

Bring in green houseplants to activate the yang chi of joy and happiness

Introduce more light, music, water, air, plants, mirrors, bright colors and flowers into your life. Open the drapes, blinds and shutters all the way to literally let the light in..

Bring the Outdoors In:

Bring the natural world back into the house, or use artwork with images of nature as a reminder that there is a world out there. Add lots of indoor plants in the east, southeast and south areas of your home. Eliminate all dried flowers, especially in the bedroom, as they wreak havoc on your love life and have a negative chi.

Outside is Important too:

Keep the garden well maintained by weeding, deadheading, removing debris and pruning dead branches.

Add a bird bath or bird feeder to bring in the feeling of life and good energy, careful placement of flags and wind-chimes may also help the positive chi.

Bring Money to the Door:

Help positive wealth chi flow to your front door by keeping the area clear of extra items, use a black mat at the door with red flowers in black pots(position one foot away if possible).

Position the For Sale sign:

Place the For Sale sign in the travel and helpful people quadrant of the property. When facing the house this would be the right hand side. Travel and helpful people will assist to bring many people to the property.

Written by Christine Rae, www.christinerae.com
Home Staging Expert, Author, Keynote Speaker
President of Certified Staging ProfessionalsTM (CSP)