1 st Century A.D. - The practice of Feng Shui was used at grave sites of relatives
Objective: for the dead to rest in peace while the living family enjoyed prosperity
Landscape: Used so that the structure or building on the site would be in harmony and balance with it’s surroundings
Compass School uses what is known as The Eight Mansions
The Eight Mansions: works with a person’s gender and birth date to determine their auspicious number (Gua number)
You can use your auspicious number to determine your Feng Shui Group
In Compass School, everyone is either an east or west group person
East Group – numbers 1, 3, 4 and 9
West Group – numbers 2, 6, 7 and 8
Your Group determines your lucky Feng Shui directions
Once you know your lucky Feng Shui directions, you will try to face them at work, at home, and when you sleep (the direction the crown of your head is facing when in bed)
EXAMPLE: In determining Corey’s desk area – he could face north, which is the best for prosperity, or face Southeast, which would help him accentuate mental peace and stability during the workday. Corey then chose the attribute that was most important to him – mental peace and stability!
Developed in the U.S. by Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun
This is a combination of Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, and Classical Feng Shui
My training and certification focused on the application of the principles of this particular school
Staged homes sell faster than homes that aren’t staged
Staging can add value to your home
Credit crunch: upside down home owners
False expectations about the true value of a home
Sellers are often unwilling to update or fix problems in order to sell
Less buyers are qualifying for mortgages
There are more sellers than buyers – it is a buyers market
Home staging often focuses ONLY on the way the house looks to a potential buyer
Feng Shui introduces the five senses and considers the buyer’s emotional response to the environment
Feng Shui creates a balanced environment where the buyer feels comfortable and “at home”
More buyers are becoming Feng Shui “savvy”
Smells or scents can conjure up scenes, emotions and memories from the past
Universally perceived pleasant aromas: vanilla (used widely in perfumes reduces stress and anxiety) and cinnamon (memories, more yang, increases a buyer’s focus)
Pleasant sounds can create harmonic balance
Use sounds to mask undesirable noises (traffic, etc)
Music is a good marketing tool (customers remain longer in stores where pleasant music is pleasing)
For real estate, an extra 5 or 10 minutes can be the deciding factor in the purchase of your home by a potential buyer
Maintain comfortable temperature
Optimal temperature for 85% of humans is 68 to 72 degrees
Can influence the customer to remain for the extra 5 or 10 minutes
Snacks that can be put out for the buyer can create focus - or promote sleep
We want Yang focused feelings
Clutter = postponed decisions
Resistance to making a decision traps energy
De-cluttering improves the flow of Chi
A clean house offers relaxation – messes make us tense. Cleanliness relaxes us.
It takes more energy to deal with a dirty house occasionally than a clean one regularly
Detailing means taking care of necessary repairs
Buyers routinely overestimate the severity of problems and the cost of repairs. This creates worry, which is bad for Chi.
Our goal is to create universal appeal
Eliminate items that are controversial, religious, potentially offensive or have strong emotional connections
Buyers are distracted – they have trouble seeing themselves in a house that they can identify with someone else
Tying all of it together to optimize flow of Chi
Keep in mind that bedrooms and bathrooms should typically be 60-70% Yin while all other rooms should be 60-70% Yang
The most important element to the Feng Shui of a house is the surrounding environment
A classic Feng Shui locations looks like an “armchair”;
- It should have a hill for a back while the side have smaller hills or stand of trees.
A perfect Feng Shui site has:
These same elements can also work on the interior of a home for example the bedroom. Your bed would be the mountain flanked by matching night stands for the arms or smaller hills.
Walk to Front Door
Room of 1 st Impression
The Master Suite
Red: most emotionally intense (Yang)
Orange: very energetic, stimulates appetite (Very Yang)
Yellow: speeds up metabolism, increases appetite (Yang)
Remember that neutralized shades of these have broader appeal.
Purple: luxury, wealth, calming and gender specific
Earth Tone: browns, taupes are solid and reliable and earthy Men like brown.
Green: currently the most popular décor color, tranquil but can be vibrant and lively as well (Yin, typically)
Blue: cool, calming and relaxing but dark blues can be cold, depressing least gender specific (Yin)
White: cleanliness, purity, sterile and harsh
Black: authority, power, stylish, timeless, mourning and death
Gray: elegance and humility, makes a wonderful neutral, cozier than white which can be harsh and is the only color that doesn’t elicit a physiological response
Use the rule of 60-30-10
Think of a man dressed formally in a suit:
- 60% of his look is the suit color
- 30% is the shirt color
- 10% is the tie.
Use the same proportions in your home. The dominant color (painted walls) should be the 60% of the color in the room.
The secondary color (rugs, upholstered furniture, window treatments) should be 30%
An accent color (pillows, lamps, art) should be 10%.
Improve flow by using the same three colors in all the public areas, but in varying proportions.
- purpose and function
- focal point
- relationship of items to one another to form a pleasing whole.
- placement of furniture
- size of each piece
- color, shape and material (5 elements)
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