There was a time in the 1990’s when the term ‘Feng Shui’ seemed to crop up in most people’s discussions about interior design and decoration. Nowadays it seems to have faded from most people’s plans. However, in some areas the principles of Feng Shui are still a factor for many home buyers, and therefore worth considering for anyone selling a property in those markets. So we thought we might revisit the concept so you can decide whether it is relevant to you and your home.
What is Feng Shui?
The origins of Feng Shui can be traced back over 5000 years, and are based on the Taoist principles that all things in life are made up of energy or life force (Qi). The theory goes that energy can be positive or negative, and the aim of Feng Shui is to bring positive energy into the home through careful placement of the home and specific objects within the home.
Feng Shui, (pronounced “Fung Shway”), can be translated as “wind and water,” two of the primary elements that these beliefs say are needed for health and happiness.
Feng Shui through history
In its early form, Feng Shui was a very complex discipline, with variations evolving depending on geographical location. Over time, Feng Shui has evolved in the way it is taught and practiced. So, whilst it is still an area of extensive study in many parts of the world, there are certain principles that are more widely understood in the 21stcentury.
To gain an understanding of how Feng Shui works today, we need to visualise objects as energy (Qi). Feng Shui dictates that the orientation of a building and the placement of objects will create good or bad Qi, enabling a trained Feng Shui practitioner to attempt to create an environment where good energy is captured.
Examples of using Feng Shui
As we mentioned earlier, Feng Shui is a complex set of principles that requires lengthy study. However, here are a few insights for those who may be interested in finding out more.
- Feng Shui involves the balancing the five elements; earth, wood, fire, metal and water; so that they relate to each other in a positive way. For example, wood and fire produce flames, whilst water nullifies fire.
- Different shapes represent an element. Circles and ovals represent metal, squares represent earth, triangles represent fire, and so on.
- The various directions on the compass also have different impacts on a home. Wealth is associated with the south-east, creativity with the west, and so on.
- The placement of windows is important. If a large window is located opposite the front door, energy can fly straight out of the house without impacting positively on those within. However, these types of issues can be dealt with through the placement of indoor plants or window dressings.
- Furniture placement should ensure that people don’t have to walk around furniture to get where they want to go, so avoid creating obstacles that block the flow of energy. Mirrors also play a role, as they are viewed as recirculating energy.
- Other factors of Feng Shui include maximising natural light and using colours that energise the room.
The interesting thing about Feng Shui, even if it is not a factor in the property market where you live, is that there are elements that are relevant to most homes. For example, the use of mirrors to increase natural light, colour choices that lift the ambience of a room, and even placing furniture to make movement easier are all factors worth considering.
Obviously, we wouldn’t normally recommend that a vendor invests in a consultation from a qualified Feng Shui practitioner unless there were very specific reasons to do so. However, our Advocates at Ian Reid’s Vendor Advocacy are always happy to advise you on presenting your property in a way that maximises its appeal to the market in your area. So, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you are wondering about the best way to present your home for sale.
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