Feng Shui for Beginners

Some buyers’ decisions may hinge on things you’ve overlooked

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent

I’ve had more than one couple mention feng shui when looking for a new home. Feng Shui is the idea that your home has an energy or force known as “chi”. It is believed that a space with proper feng shui brings good fortune, prosperity and harmonious relationships in your life.

No feng shui? Well then, you might receive the opposite. So, whether you’re building a home with the idea of eventually putting up for sale on the real estate market, or simply showing your Louisville home to potential feng shui buyers, here are some basics:

Your entryway should have a natural flow, inviting others into your home. The front door should be the most grand of any other doors in your home.

De-clutter. Any unorganized mess, and the existing balance is thrown off.

Decorate with color, incorporating natural earth elements such as wood and metal. Wood brings vitality and growth, while metallic and gold fixtures attract wealth.

Mirrors create energy, so place in areas you don’t relax. Do not place a bathroom mirror opposite to the toilet.

Round dining room tables and mirrors are ideal to square/rectangle ones.

Do not have a bed, or a sink, against the wall opposite to the oven.

Arrange furniture to flow with foot traffic. Many place their couches and chairs against far facing walls, but just keep in mind that conversation should be able to easily flow in your seated area.

Your bed should be arranged to look out onto the room, facing the entrance from your bedroom door.

The kitchen should be open and airy. Even with the smallest kitchen, white cabinets, backsplash and counters will brighten and open any space.

Have houseplants such as ferns throughout.

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