Feng Shui Helps Sell Homes
September 26th, 2011
Because of my role as photographer here at Sprinkman Real Estate, I have been lucky enough to shoot some of the most beautiful homes in Madison. Every time I enter a home for the first time I find I hold my breath. I never know what I will see and feel when I walk across the threshold. I am often surprised and taken aback by the warmth and welcoming energy. One particular home truly elicited an appreciative gasp. The two-story foyer was painted a shocking hot-pink. Except somehow it wasn't shocking. It was breath-taking and energetic. I found myself smiling. The bedroom of this house (4517 Fox Bluff ) was equally impressive in its serene, purple grandeur. Each room had rich, beautiful colors and honestly felt good to be in. Some homes beg to be lingered in, and this was definitely one of them. Later, I found out the house had been Feng Shui'd by local Feng Shui master Jackie Patricia.
(photo of 4517 Fox Bluff Lane master bedroom)
I don't know about you, but I find Feng Shui incredibly intriguing. Especially because in my experience every home has a definite energy. For those of you who have heard about it, but aren't quite sure exactly what Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is, here's the official definition: the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, as in arranging furniture or determining the siting of a house.
Reading about Feng Shui over the years, I have come to understand it as choosing certain colors, shapes, furniture arrangements, art, etc. to increase the flow of positive energy and deflect negative energy in a home or yard. Apparently, we each have different needs in order to keep our yin and yang in balance. It may sound new-agey, but a lot of the energy flow work that Feng Shui masters do seems like common sense. Clear clutter to release blocked energy. Clear surfaces allow for clear minds. Make the entrance to your home welcoming and beautiful – who wants to be reminded of all the chores waiting your attention when you walk in the door? And as far as real estate goes, it's common knowledge that a home's entry, where the first impression is made, can make or break a potential sale.
I purchased a few books to see if I couldn't figure it out for myself and choose colors for my new house that will make it emit that warm glow that I experienced at the home on Fox Bluff. I've already rearranged my bedroom furniture and have to admit I am sleeping better. It just feels like a nicer space to be in. Even my cat seems to think so as he has moved from his place on the living room sofa to my bed instead. Animal instinct? The colors are giving me more trouble, though, because I really want my bedroom to be grey, but according to Feng Shui – at least my interpretation of it – it should be white. There is obviously much more to Feng Shui than color choice and furniture arrangement – that's why there are professionals like Jackie Patricia who study for years to master the principles. I think I just may give Jackie a call and tap into her knowledge. I'll let you know how it goes.
Some links for those of you who want to explore more about Feng Shui and get some tips: