Based on the idea of harmonising elements within the environment, the Chinese philosophical system of Feng Shui isn’t a flash in the pan trend. The centuries-old tradition, closely linked to Daoism, has been around for a very long time.
Recently, with the intention of boosting sales to the Chinese market (as well as maximising their profits), many Australian property developers are starting to pay attention to this ancient practice. And if you’re a homeowner looking to broaden the appeal of your property, you can start applying some of the principles to your home even before you put it on the market.
Why does it matter?
Put simply, our dollar is weaker and about a third of Australian property investors and developers are from China. That’s a large part of the real estate investment market that are both mindful of this ancient art and looking favourably on property investment and development in the county.
In fact, studies by the Asian Real Estate Association of America have found that 79% of Chinese investors will pay more for a house with good Feng Shui.
What is it?
Feng Shui is about balancing energies; creating and retaining positive energy, while channelling out any negative energy – all of which is designed to increase harmony in our homes.
Feng Shui principles
Feng Shui is based on three governing principles: Qi, Polarity and The Bauga. Using these three ideas, the aim is to create the perfect energy in your home. Your space should build good energy, retain it, and expel any negative energy.
Qi: is the moveable energy in Feng Shui. It can be positive or negative. Stuck or flowing.
Polarity: This idea is expressed in the Chinese ideas of Yin and Yang. They are about balancing the male and female; the giving and receiving of energies. Yin and Yang also take into account the five elements, which are metal, earth, fire, water and wood. All of these elements are reflected in nature which, when used effectively, can help to create harmony.
The Bauga: is a patterned motif, used as a tool to help determine auspicious spatial relationships within a space. It looks at colours, Bagua areas, and objects that can all be used to enhance the prosperity of a space.
Some Feng Shui no-no’s
When embarking on a Feng Shui journey, a good place to start is by looking at some things in your home that may be regarded as bad Feng Shui.
Feng Shui considers it bad luck to have a view that looks straight onto a streetlight or lamp. The theory is that it’ll impact on sleep, and eventually your health. A simple Feng Shui fix would be keeping curtains down to prevent the light shining into your home.
Pointed objects, such as antennas, are said to create imbalance, which can be reflected in your health or legal dealings. The simplest fix to reflect this energy is to consider using curtains or mirrors.
Curved shapes are considered bad luck in Feng Shui, but you can help to negate this energy. Consider using plants, especially bamboo, as a way to shift the energy.
Feng Shui fixes
If you’re building from scratch, renovating for profit, or just looking for some easy ways to make your home more appealing to potential Chinese buyers, then some of the following Feng Shui tips might work for you.
Colour me red
Consider adding red decorator items and fresh flowers in your home. Increasing the fire element will help to increase the dollars. Gold is another prosperous colour.
Make note of Feng Shui lucky numbers, which are 1, 6, 8 and 9 – avoid the number 4 at all costs, and schedule your auction on an auspicious date.
Clear the clutter
Doing a cull not only creates space, which is appealing to buyers, but according to Feng Shui it creates more positive, free-flowing energy in your home.
Front and back appeal
A wind chime added to the front of your home helps to stimulate energy. And if you can see your back door from the front of your home, consider breaking up the space with a screen. The theory is that the energy will be encouraged to enter the front door, but then flow straight out the back one.
It’s all in the design
If you’re building or renovating, make sure you don’t have windows in the corner of a room, and always ensure they have an attractive view. Windows are the ‘eyes of the world’ and impact on the way you see the world, so they must light-filled and inspiring!
It’s also a good idea to avoid sites built on curvy roads. While winding roads have become increasingly popular in modern developments, from a Feng Shui perspective they are said to bring bad health. T intersections and cul de sacs are similar – if headlights are flashing in your room, negative energy follows.
Try it; what have you got to lose?
Whether you think Feng Shui is bogus or brilliant, you have nothing to lose by incorporating some of the principles in your home or property development. Even a few minor changes, such as clearing clutter and adding some red accents, could help set your property apart and seal the deal for a prospective buyer.
Over to you
We’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts of Feng Shui? Have you ever applied the principles to your home? Did you notice a difference?
Disclaimer: The information here is provided on a general basis. You’re encouraged to consult with an expert who can consider your individual situation.
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