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Ginger R., Home Seller in Massachusetts

Feng Shui & staging - I just read a book about Feng Shui when selling your house. It said don't put the

Asked by Ginger R., Massachusetts Wed Oct 31, 2007

backs of chairs & couches to the buyers. It blocks the flow.
I have also been looking at fotos of staged homes recently. A lot of these show the furniture pulled into the center of the room to create a conversation area. The edges are empty. However, the backs of chairs/ccouches are definitely twds the buyers.
This looks like a contradiction to me. Which way is correct?

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It really depends on your layout and flow. Staging is not necessarily a type of design (like feng shui) but those are great design elements to include in your home "to create a harmony feel". Unless you're doing a full room makeover or hiring a professional stager you have to work with what you have. Make sure excess furniture is removed. If your room is rather large, perhaps you want to divide the space, not literally, but visually. You can have a conversation or reading area in one section and then a more formal seating area in another section. If you do not have a formal dining, one area of the room might be a dining section. Make sure your furniture is not too overwhelming or too much. If you have a fireplace, do not obstruct the view to it. It's great to put seating on either side of it facing the other seating with a rug in the middle, creating a clear view to it. Stand in the entrance of the room you are staging and create a balance that makes it flow best from that view.
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HI Ginger,

I don't practice Feng Shui per se, but I know some principals of Feng Shui; and being Chins, kind of help in that category :-)

I always say that Feng Shui is what makes sense. You want to have the right flow in and out of your house and the placement of the furniture and decoration has to flow with your house and showcase the strength of your house.

In generally, I would agree that you don’t want to smack the back of a chair right in the middle of nowhere and that’s what you see. For example, you don’t want to walk into a home and immediate see the back of a huge sofa, which totally block the flow into the living room and it is not inviting. We also don’t like to have a house that’s right on the T, if you think about it, the headlights go right into your window and a car can also plow right into the house.

So, without going into a whole book, and without going overboard, as you see, how the principal of Feng Shui; in general, is just common sense. If the arrangement makes you feel comfortable, inviting, eye pleasing, not cluttered, then it works.

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
I was just in a Condo that was staged to look like it was Feng Shui. Really, Does that make sense.
You had your Lucky bamboo, Water, mirrors, rocks, zen garden, buddha, symbols. five elements.

There are two types of Feng Shui.
1. Lived in ( good)
2. Staged (bad) my opinion, access the problem and find the cure.

Use the Pa kua squares, they help in feng Shui analysis of a Home
The most beneficial floor plan allows chi to flow easily to all areas of the home.

Say what you will the old Feng Shui done right makes a big difference.

Side note, start counting the Dark red walls in Foreclosed homes. You will notice that 75% to 85% of foreclosed homes have at least one wall which is dark red.
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Mr.P, Other/Just Looking in Arizona
Ginger, you have devotees of Feng Shui and those who have deep design backgrounds and those who have both!! But you are on the right track with your thinking and this is a good thing. A professional stager, talk to Realtors who use them, will give your home a poised and welcoming effect which willl literally draw in the demographic you wish to have purchase your home. I had a very good stager actually tell me the age of the couple (yes, couple) who would buy a listing I had, and when it would sell and what % to list price! She nailed it in all three categories. Whenever I see her coming down the street I throw rose pedals at her feet and exclaim to all within earshot her great powers!!
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The most basic principles of feng shui are this:
Get rid of clutter, and anything that is worn or broken. After that its overkill
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Hello Ginger. Staging does not always follow Feng Shui principles as Feng Shui is more important in areas where people of Asian origin tend to buy. Thus, in areas where Feng Shui is more important, a good stager will try to incorporate Feng Shui principles. What you see in magazines, is most likely staging that's not based on Feng Shui.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in New Castle, DE
People want to see how their furniture will fit in your home. Remove all excess furniture, personal items and photos. Stage the rooms so they have good flow, make sure the walkways are open and de-clutter every room. I wouldn't worry about the buyers seeing the backs of furniture pieces if the layout makes sense.
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