Peace. Serenity. Comfort. All of these are the things we’re searching for in our home. With REALTOR® Magazine reporting the number of Chinese buyers looking at U.S. property has surpassed Canadian shoppers and an Asian Real Estate Association of America survey revealing that nearly 8 out of 10 Asian-American shoppers would pay more for a home decorated with feng shui tenets, it’s clear that the there’s also prosperity in the practice.
Here are some feng shui touches suitable for any price point that can not only help you enjoy your house while you live there, but also when it comes time to move, help homebuyers choose your property above another.
Whether it’s the neighbors or the wallpaper, there are usually a couple things about our homes we’d like to change. Here are four easy solutions to your common home woes:
Problem: My house needs more personality.
Solution: Paint the walls! An easy and cheap way to transform a room is to pick a new paint color. There has been a lot of modern research on the psychology of color and some argue that color can affect our moods, so there’s merit in brightening up your kitchen with a yellow accent wall or bringing calm into your bedroom with a soothing lavender. If you crave a color that’s truly bold or trendy, fear not. A quick neutral paint coat can save your resale value down the line. If you are shy about a full on wall treatment, even some paint on a prominent furniture piece or a unique, colorful, wall-sized art piece can spice up your space in no time.
Problem: My house feels tiny.
Solution: Mirrors and floor-to-ceiling designs are your friend. It’s not true that you have to only use one piece of tiny furniture and hope a room opens up. Be unafraid to take design around the whole room: place a mirror on the wall instead of an art piece to open the area, take that newfound paint color all the way up to the ceiling and accent it with floor-to-ceiling light drapes to give all your spaces a grandiose feeling. Continue reading
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