Some of Singapore’s most popular attractions like the Marina Bay Sands and the Suntec City are designed with feng shui principles in mind. It is a significant element not just in homes but in planning cities as well. When selling a high-end house in a region with a strong Asian population, Feng Shui home staging methods may offer your home an advantage over your competitors.
What exactly is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is also known as the Chinese art of Geomancy. It is a practice of configuring out spaces in a unique way to achieve harmony and balance in both physical and spiritual aspects of the environment. It is an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years. Now, in modern times, the concept of feng shui is still as popular as ever. Many Interior designers embrace its principles when designing spaces. On top of that, feng shui is not new to Singaporeans. Many prominent places here are designed with the concept of Geomancy.
This is quite a broad topic to discuss. However, in this blog, we are only going to talk about the basics. Below are ways how you can apply Feng Shui to your property to highlight the positive features of your house.
1. Positioning Furniture to Integrate Positive ‘Chi’ or Flow of Energy
Have you ever entered a house or a building and suddenly you feel so uncomfortable? That feeling does not necessarily mean that the house is haunted or creepy. It might be just because the house has a bad layout, poorly arranged furniture, and no proper lighting and ventilation.
This is where the principles of Feng Shui come in handy. It takes into account the physical sustainability of space and its relationship to the happiness and wellbeing of the people living in the place.
Qi or Chi, which is the force or movement of energy, is one of its fundamental concepts. Chi in real estate translates into rooms with good flow in terms of furniture arrangement.
Here are some furniture layout illustrations you can use as a guide when configuring out your living areas to allow positive energy in.
Establish your living room furniture in a commanding position. This means that your seating area should be right across the main door where you can easily notice people who come in and out of the house.
Tables in the shape of a circle or an oval are ideal. It saves a lot of room and its form allows the “Chi,” or flow of energy, to move easily throughout the space. Round tables provide an intimate seating arrangement and allow you to easily move in and out of your seat. For a rectangular dining table, angle it slightly in relation to the wall. If you have an open-plan property, you should place your rectangular table in a straight line.
Bedrooms should be clutter-free and well-organized. It is best to position the bed across from the door. However, avoid placing the foot of the bed exactly in front of the door since, according to Feng Shui, this allows energy to flow straight to the sleeping individual, affecting the quality of his/her sleep. Push the headboard up against a sturdy wall and avoid putting shelves over the wall above your head. The illustration above indicates the ideal bed placements according to Feng Shui experts.
2. Color Choice is important.
Color is one of the most important elements that can set the tone or energy of the house. If you plan to repaint certain areas in the house like the bedroom or the study, then you should check out this Feng Shui Bagua Map Colors as a Guide.
There are a variety of ways to include these splashes of color into the interior. You can add it through your choice of furniture, home decor, fabrics, rugs, etc.
Keep in mind that most properties in the market are painted in muted or neutral colors such as white, gray, beige, or earth-toned colors. These colors are clean and easy to the eye. It also makes the house appear contemporary and brand new. To learn more about color choice, we have a separate article for the top 3 colors to use around the house. Read it right here.
3. Take note of the 5 Elements when decorating
Feng Shui literally translates to “wind-water,” thus it seems to reason that the five fundamental elements—water, wood, fire, earth, and metal—play a significant role in its practice.
In Interior design, we incorporate different materials together and try to balance them out visually to create a coherent visual appeal. The same goes for Feng Shui. The only difference is that there is a spiritual balance of energy involved. In order to decorate your property effectively, take note of its five elements namely: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.
These elements don’t literally have to be in the house. You will only have to pick out certain accessories to use that somewhat represents the element. For the Earth element, you can add ceramics or pottery decors to your coffee table, dining areas, or even in a stone tray to hold your hygiene kits in your bathroom.
In Feng Shui, the concept of balance is examined through the yin-yang principle. Yin-yang teaches that when the components are combined correctly, the cycle of elements may be employed to produce balance and harmony.
4. Stage your Property with the Feng Shui Principles in Mind
Whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, it is apparent how practical and sustainable the technique is – in fact, many interior designers use Feng Shui when designing rooms.
If Feng Shui can improve the overall appeal of your house and persuade home buyers to buy the property, then it’s worthwhile to incorporate some of its concepts into your staging.
Your objective is to attract house buyers and improve the value of your property. If you can accomplish that by channeling your inner positive “chi” from the nooks and crannies of your property to the hearts of homebuyers that’s even better. It may sound woo-woo, but if it works, it’s all that matters.