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Feng Shui Home Staging results in Full Price Sale

A few months ago I was asked to stage a Brooklyn townhouse that my clients wanted to sell. Within 6 weeks of this makeover, I’m happy to report that the house was sold for full asking price! 

Here are some of the ways that I used Feng Shui staging principles to transform the townhouse into a selling machine:

 1. Repaint all the public rooms one calming, and cohesive color.

 In this house I used Benjamin Moore Silver Cloud, a pale gray with blue undertones. In today’s housing market, it seems like pale gray paint colors are very popular with potential buyers.

2. Remove all the clutter and let potential buyers see open space.

I rented an outside storage space and put about one-third of my client’s items in storage.

The result is a space that could boarder on stark. But by adding tactile furnishings and cozy rugs, along with the addition of plants and flowers, I was still able to give the house a feeling of warmth and life. (It’s a big change from what it looked like before.)

Before: the room felt dark and heavy.

 3. Create a “formal” dining room, even if you don’t use it in your daily life.

Potential buyers need to see the place where they could have family meals, celebrate a holiday, etc. Since the owners of this house only had a kitchen table, I purchased an inexpensive Ikea dining table and chairs, and turned one corner of the living room into the “formal dining area.”

 For the kitchen, I added a light and airy table and chairs (also from Ikea) and created a cheerful breakfast room, making sure that the two dining areas looked distinctly different.

Construction tip: I also removed the wallpaper in the kitchen niche. It was pretty, but could distract potential buyers from focusing on the great kitchen.

Before: The kitchen wallpaper, table and chairs were all replaced.

4. The Master Bedroom should be light, bright, pretty…and depersonalized

In this bedroom, I removed the rug to expose the original wood floors. I replaced heavy looking bedside tables with bright (and budget friendly) West Elm tables, and added pretty bed linens.

Construction tip: I altered an oddly placed bump in the wall behind the bed, extending it to perfectly fit the size of the headboard. Now it looks like a deliberate design detail.

Before: the original master bedroom.


5. Baths and kitchens sell homes – but you don’t need a major renovation to make them look great.

In the kid’s bathroom, I replaced a single sink with a sleek double vanity and hung a large mirror above. Just that, and a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, made the bathroom look twice as large.


Before: the kids bathroom

6. Unusual or bold paint colors are not good for home sales. Keep walls simple, and bring in bold accessories.

I loved the deep turquoise walls that had been in this guest room, but when staging the house, I painted the room a pale cream. For a splash of color, I added a red light fixture to tie in with the exciting rug. (The light wall color also makes the room look bigger, always good when selling!)

Before: the guest room with its bold walls

The charming back yard.

7. Feng Shui Colors and Elements for Wealth

By doing an advanced Feng Shui analysis of the house, I was able to see the best colors and natural elements to attract good buyers and a great sale price. It seems to have worked!

 A special thank you to a wonderful Real Estate agent, Phyllis Norton-Towers at Brown Harris Stevens, for her expertise, and her “after” photos.

January 17, 2013   2 Comments

Feng Shui Bathroom Before and After Photos and Tips Part 2

Vanity After


Vanity Before

As promised, I’m  going to follow up today on the Feng Shui principals that were involved in my recent NYC bathroom renovation.  In the last post I discussed the “big picture” decisions that affect the broader feeling of the space.  Today I’m going to look at the subtler, energetic factors that went into making this a strong Feng Shui design.

At the start of every project I begin with an in-depth Feng Shui consultation to find out the exact colors and elements needed for the space. By incorporating good energy into the design plan from day one, we ensure that the new and improved space looks good and supports everyone in the home. In this particular bathroom, the needed Feng Shui elements were METAL and WATER. Metal Element to help to protect health, Water Element to foster harmony and peace.

 In Feng Shui Design, there are three different ways to incorporate good energy into a space:

1. Add the best Feng Shui ELEMENT for the room (based on the five elements of Feng Shui, water, fire, etc)

2. Add the best Feng Shui COLOR for the room, based on the best Element

3. Add the best Feng Shui SHAPE to the room, based on the best Element

 All 3 levels of Feng Shui went into this bathroom makeover:

 1. Best Element: As I mentioned earlier, the best Feng Shui Elements for this room were METAL and WATER. Metal was incorporated in the cast-iron claw foot tub, the sconces and the towel holders. Water was already present in the sink, toilet and tub (as it is in all bathrooms), so there was no need to add an additional water feature, such as a fountain.

 2. Best Colors: Metal is represented by White, Gray, or Silver. Metal colors were incorporated into the white vanity and bathtub, the silver feet on the tub, the silver painted ceiling, and the pale gray floor tiles.

 Water is represented by Blue or Black. Water colors in this bathroom were incorporated into the pale blue penny round tiles on the walls, and the black chandelier, which adds a pop of glamour.

 I want to note something here. In the interest of creating an expansive, unbroken feeling in the space, I was determined to create a largely monochromatic color scheme (this fancy design term simply means “sticking to one color.”)   I did this, while still honoring the necessary Feng Shui colors, by working off of a white palate and finding shades of blue and gray at the very lightest end of their respective color spectrums.  The effect is a room that feels airy and open, allowing the client to take a deep breath and relax after a hectic day at work.  (It’s good to remember that we never need to sacrifice principles of fine design while incorporating the necessary Feng Shui elements.)

 3. Best Shapes: Metal is represented by the shape of a circle. This I accomplished by installing two full walls of penny round tiles.

 Water is represented by the shape of a wave. I incorporated this shape into the smoothly flowing curves around the window, in the shampoo niche, and at the most visible corner in the room.  This required a little extra engineering, but the end result was well worth it.  (See the shapes and colors in the pictures below.)

Rounded corners promote balanced chi flow and create a soothing space

Now compare these images to what came before…

See how chopped-up and discordant the shapes and colors were in the original bathroom?  A few key changes along those lines made for a big impact aesthetically, and accomplished a world of good in terms of Feng Shui.

 So, there you have it, and just in time for the holidays…


…a Feng Shui bathroom that will help this home owner to have a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year!

December 29, 2011   7 Comments