In the market for a new home? Have you ever considered the feng shui of a prospective home? Some people get an immediate vibe or feel when they walk through the front door, and some people get that sense when they just drive up to the house. Others aren’t that sensitive, or in some cases have just denied that sense even exists on earth, and have quelled the feelings so substantially that they don’t come up anymore.
Whatever category you fit into, I'm going to give you some practical advice on features that will bring positive energy to you and invite good things to happen once you’re living in the house. It should help you to select one home over another. If you’re considering a “Fixer-Upper” then it would also be a good idea to consider these factors when re-designing your home to meet your needs. If you're planning on putting your home on the market, it will be helpful to you to know more about feng shui. And… if you’re just considering remodeling a portion of your home, you can use these factors as a guide.
First of all, what is Feng Shui? It’s best explained with an example. Most of us can recall a time when we walked into a room at our work or even our home and immediately knew there was something uncomfortable that had just happened in that space. Sometimes people will use the old saying, “The atmosphere was so thick you could cut it with a knife.” That is an example of Feng Shui, the invisible energy that affects every part of our lives. Feng Shui, directly translated, means wind and water. Throughout its 5,000 year history, the guiding principle remains the same: the pursuit of the most advantageous and harmonious place to live and work. So, here goes nothin’.
Characteristics to Consider When Looking for a New Home:
1. Should be a part of nature- greenery and wildlife should abound so that good Ch’i (energy) will flow easily to your home.
2. If there's an opportunity to purchase land adjacent to water, do it! Water is associated with wealth. Need I say more?
3. Avoid a house at the end of a cul-de-sac or the end of a road.
4. As much as it seems romantic to own a house boat (I’m recalling the movie Sleepless in Seattle) don’t consider buying one. Professor Grandmaster Lin Yun, would have said that you have no roots when you live and sleep on the water. There are cures for almost every problem except this one, so avoid needing one for this situation.
- Should have the front door facing the street, rather than leading to one side of the house or another.
- The front door should be elevated a bit, with a few steps up to a porch.
- Should have ample exterior lighting.
- Should have a colorful presence with lots of healthy plants.
- Should not have a tree directly in front of the main entrance.
- Should have house numbers that are easy to read from the street.
- Ideally should be shaped in its overall footprint like a square or rectangle. (Cures can be utilized by a feng shui consultant to fix this problem, as few homes on today’s market are actually these shapes.)
I will write more about the interior of the house next week, or this will become a never-ending entry. We'll discuss the interior entry, the kitchen, master bedroom, study/office, and more.
Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear from you. Some of this might seem like basic good sense, and it is, but it’s a little more complex that it appears in this entry. If you think you’ve found the right house and want me to come see it to give you opinion from a feng shui perspective, contact me via my website, www.TransformationsforInteriors.com and we can set up an appointment.
Happy House Hunting!