If you’re looking for new ideas to refresh your home, consider taking a few steps to boost your home’s positive energy.
Feng shui is the Chinese art of placement, and is based on the premise that people live healthy happy, prosperous lives when they live in harmoniously designed homes.
Feng shui consultant and interior designer Cynthia Chomos says that a few design fixes can even help with the resale of your home.
“A home purchase is one of the biggest and most significant purchases that a consumer will make. It’s where we rejuvenate and our lives flourish,” Chomos said. “Incorporating feng shui allows us to be more conscious and more intentional with the spaces we inhabit.”
Chomos offers several tips to incorporate feng shui in your home:
• Strategically place plants in the path of doors and windows that directly align the front of the home with the back. Doing so, she says, helps keep the positive energy – or qi – in the home rather than allowing it to escape from the front out the back.
• Furniture placement is also important. Chomos says that occupants should always be able to see the entrance of a room or the home from a seated position, whether in bed, at a desk, or sitting on a sofa.
“One of most primal needs as human beings is to be safe. If we have our backs to the door, we’re vulnerable,” Chomos said. “This puts us in command and control of our environment.”
• A foyer or mud room helps establish a sense of arrival, while stairs that are out of the path of the front door helps avoid the negative qi that comes with having to make an immediate decision upon walking into the home. To go upstairs or not?
• Rounded corners, instead of sharp ones, and bedrooms toward the rear of the home instead of the front, are other considerations that create good qi and a peaceful environment.
• Bathrooms should never sit directly behind a bedroom wall. Because water is in constant motion, it prohibits a good night’s sleep.
Interior design consultants with expertise in feng shui can offer recommendations on the location of the property, the overall flow of energy, the placement of windows, doors and staircases, furniture arrangement and curb appeal.
Collins Design-Build is an industry professional who can help you incorporate feng shui into your home or remodeling project, contact us at www.collinsdesignbuild.com
Chad D. Collins, Accredited Master Builder
An area native, NC Licensed General Contractor, National Association of Home Builders Master Certified Green ProfessionalTM, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Chad is one of less than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state. He achieved this professional designations after years of experience and numerous hours of coursework via the NC Builder Institute. Chad has been an active member of the building industry since the early 1990’s. He joined the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties in 2005. Chad was soon named HBA Recruiter of the Year and he subsequently chaired various HBA committees. Chad is a Licensed Home Inspector, as well as, a Licensed Lead Abatement professional.
In addition to industry awards in recognition of excellence in home building and remodeling, Collins Design-Build has twice been named Building Company of the Year via the HBA’s Triangle Sales and Marketing Council MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Awards. The company has also received a Best Green Built Home STARS Award from the NCHBA. Currently, Chad serves as 1st Vice President of the HBADOC, and recently completed one of Durham’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) residential projects. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy pre-requisites and earn points to achieve various levels of achievement.
In 2014 Chad was selected as the HBADOC 2014 Builder of the Year and recently honored at The International Builders Show in Las Vegas as the NAHB’s Certified Green Home Professional of the Year.
This post was written by Chad Collins