By Kathryn Weber
Every house has its pluses and minuses. In fact, it’s very hard to find a feng shui perfect house. But are there houses that have exceptional feng shui? Absolutely.
Some houses – and Realtors often know them – have features and qualities that make the house so attractive that it almost sells itself.
Often it’s hard to put into words exactly what those features are. Here are 7 key features of good feng shui in a house – notice how many of them begin at the outside – where all feng shui comes from. Certainly this list isn’t all the best features, but it is some of the most important ones.
1. Curb appeal. Just like real estate, houses with good feng shui, have curb appeal. They’re attractive, fresh and appealing. The landscaping and greenery is trimmed, vibrant and healthy. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a modest home or a mansion, homes with curb appeal simply stand out from the rest because of good design and upkeep. In short, there is an inviting quality to the house, and the paint appears fresh and the house is brightly lit, neither in too much shade or too bright.
Part of curb appeal and good feng shui, too, is the bright hall. This is often overlooked, but houses that have open space in front of them are more appealing and are said to possess a “bright hall” energy. They invite chi to linger and build slowly before entering the house. A good example of bright hall energy is the wide green lawn in front of the White House. Even a small patch of grass will suffice.
2. Prominent front door. The front door is the point of entry for chi for the entire home. When a door is attractive, clean, freshly painted and is surrounded by plants or flanked by lighting or blooming flowers, it naturally attracts beneficial energy.
There should also be good front door alignment. The most important is that the front door doesn’t align with a back door or window. When a front door is aligned with a window or back door, this causes energy (and money) to flow through the house too quickly. The back of the house should be more private from the front of the house. Another important consideration? That the garage door isn’t ahead of the front door. If so, this will create problems with the family relationships, opportunities and ability to retain money.
3. Kitchen at the rear of the house. When a kitchen is close to the front of the house, the luck of the house is affected because the front of the house is known as the money side and the rear is the people side. Kitchens inhibit luck in general, so having them at the front near the money and opportunity side isn’t an auspicious arrangement.
4. Good siting. The way a home is sited on the property and even the street can make a difference. Homes with great feng shui have a slight rise or level land behind the house. The land should also be larger behind the house than in front of it.
There should be a balance of trees on the left and right side with the land slightly higher on the left of the house as you look out from it toward the street. There should be attractive views from the front of the house.
5. Staircase is turned away from the door. This is the ideal. When a staircase faces the front door, money and energy can run out of it. This is even more true if the stairs are very close to the front door. A staircase that is turned will help keep energy in the house.
6. Balanced windows and doors. The house should always have a clear front door. Some homes have doors that are confused. For example, if there’s a door near the front door, chi will be “confused” and this can cut off energy to the house. There should also not be too many windows, nor should you be able to look all the way through the house from the street.
7. Bedrooms are situated well. Bedrooms should allow the bed to be placed on a solid wall and see the door easily while in bed. The houses with good feng shui will have bedrooms that are not over a garage, kitchen, bathroom or laundry room and will enable to occupants to sleep on a solid wall that is not shared with a bathroom sink, toilet, or kitchen sink.