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Feng Shui Friendly Home

By Claire Briggs
Despite its rather mythical sound and “airy fairy” associations, a lot can be said for Feng Shui. An ancient Chinese art, Feng Shui is a set of principles that supposedly align objects with the natural environment.

In other words, it is about energy, and doing what you can to improve the “feel” of your property. If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, getting the Feng Shui right can be especially important as you will want prospective buyers to feel comfortable when they walk in the door, not distracted by any underlying negative energies.

Even if you do not believe in the theory behind Feng Shui, you may find its guiding principles useful as most of them centre around simplifying your home and ridding it of clutter. Anything that creates an illusion of extra space and comfort in your property could really see its value soar.

Here are three key Feng Shui tips to keep in mind when preparing your home for open inspection:

Say goodbye to clutter

The antithesis of Feng Shui is clutter. Say goodbye to any unnecessary objects, from decorative ornaments to old magazines. Clutter can lead to a home feeling “weighed down” unnecessarily, while a clean, sparse home is light and open.

If you can’t stand the thought of bare table top surfaces, replace existing clutter with fresh flowers or plants.

Let in light

Do you ever wonder why homes with beautiful big windows are so attractive? Plenty of natural light is excellent for the Feng Shui of a property. Pull back the curtains and move any shelving away from windows to let in as much light as possible.

It’s also a good idea to regularly open doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate.

It’s all about balance

Often the best time to seriously improve the Feng Shui of your home is during building or renovation. This is because Feng Shui is just as much about the structure of a house as it is the layout of furniture within a room.

If you are renovating or building in the near future, keep one key theme in mind: balance. Balance is often associated with calm and harmony, so why should your property be any different? Aim to build rooms of a similar size and avoid uneven designs to create a Feng Shui friendly home.

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