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7 Ways to Feng Shui Your Home

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

We’re pleased to present a guest post today from Sadia Suhail, who writes interior design related articles. Please see her complete author bio below. In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy her post as we do. Many thanks, Sadia, for your contribution, 7 Ways to Feng Shui Your Home.

According to famous Feng Shui master and author Lada Ray, “In its highest form, good Feng Shui signifies perfect alignment between inner and outer worlds.”

Here are 7 ways to get this balance in your home.

Feng Shui entrance_casartblog

Feng Shui entrance

Fix your squeaking door

We all have that one squeaking door at home that needs fixing, but somehow, it keeps getting ignored. Eventually, we get so used to it that its noise stops bothering us anymore. The squeaking sound that goes unheard is a scream of bad energy and disturbs the balance of your home. Consequently, it affects you with a dose of negativity that you are unaware of. All you need to do is to oil the door simply to get the job done.

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Always go for the front door

It is definitely tempting to use the backdoor, especially if you park in the garage; it certainly takes less time and consumes less energy. However, Feng Shui experts claim that using the backdoor promotes the flow of negative energy. Not only that, but it also blocks good fortune and opportunities from entering into your life. You don’t have to take those extra steps every day, but at least do it a couple of times every week to welcome positive energy into your house.

Water fountains are beneficial

Water is a significant Feng Shui element that symbolizes money and career. Feng Shui experts recommend placing a small fountain in the house to achieve prosperity. The most favorable place for the fountain is right inside the front door, or just outside the front door. Be sure to pay attention to the direction of the water flow, as it should be towards the center of the house. This essentially gives wealth a chance to start flowing into your life and invites success abundantly.

Feng Shui fountain_casartblog

Fill up spaces in the kitchen

Take a look around your kitchen; see whether the spaces above the kitchen cabinets are empty or not. If vacant, these areas are prone to accumulating dust and old energy over time. This encourages the surge of negative energy into your lives and might hold you back in many aspects. This problem can be easily fixed by filling up those unoccupied spots. You can either place your beloved objects, or a small lamp for extra lighting, or even some green plants for a pleasant look; whether real or artificial.

Feng Shui Front Door Entrance_casartblog

Solve the bathroom dilemma

Many people concerned with Feng Shui are hesitant when it comes to the bathroom. As previously mentioned, water according to Feng Shui is a symbol of wealth and it is commonly believed that you can flush away your wealth through your toilets. Obviously, no one wants that. However, lots of experts say that as water drains; it returns to the house. Still to be on the safe side, we advise you to keep the toilet seat down and to keep the bathroom door closed, to ward off its harmful effects.

Feng Shui bedroom_casartblog

No TV in the bedroom, at least not an obvious one

It is much healthier to avoid having a TV placed inside your bedroom as it is a place to relax and connect with your partner; however, many people still have TVs in their bedrooms. A TV has a lot of active energy which hugely interrupts your inner peace making it a hindrance for good Feng Shui. If you still want to keep the TV, the least you can do is to cover it up with a nice piece of fabric when you’re not using it.

Feng Shui Living Room_casartblog

Create the right ambience

The home should be well-lit and airy to create a good Feng Shui atmosphere. Use neutral earthy tones in your home with some accents and pops of color, where needed. The easiest way to give your home a colorful vibe is by using Casart vibrant wallpapers, as they are less messy and easy to install and reposition than traditional wallpaper. You can use them to decorate your walls with striking patterns and reuse them as design desire changes. We have found Casart Coverings to be one of the best producers of high-quality wallcoverings.

Casart coverings Japan Reverse Celadon with Chinoiserie Panel 5 temporary wallpaper room view

Japan Reverse Celadon with Chinoiserie Panel 5 in a room view

Author Bio:

This article was written by Sadia Suhail. She loves interior design, home decor and art & craft. She recently wrote an article on Feng Shui 2016.

Feng Shui author Sadia Suhail on casartblog

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How Does a Real Estate Agent Deal with Wallpaper?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The Scenario

You’re a top-selling real estate agent and you’ve just secured a listing that could be very profitable. However, the place has wallpaper. This “sticky” situation makes you wonder,”How does a real estate agent deal with wallpaper?”

Mansion real estate listing on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

You don’t want to offend the homeowner by asking them to remove it. You also don’t want to take the costly chance that the task may not be as easy as you thought. Typical wallpaper applied with wallpaper glue is permanent. It’s not meant to come down easily. There will be drywall or plaster damage and wall repair needed, along with prepping and priming and repainting. This scenario depends on the type of wallpaper. If it is outdated or in bad shape, consider removal.  But if it has timeless appeal, even though it might not appeal to all tastes, it is best to leave it alone. See why below. Read some back and forth recommendations on Zillow about this topic. Note that only standard wallpaper is discussed.

Accent Wall in Bordeau Estate on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Exquisite detailing in a Bordeaux Mansion

The Standard Advice

If you remove the wallpaper, chances are you’ll probably paint the walls a neutral color. Here’s the rub. The standard advice is to remove all personal effects when selling a home and make sure the spaces are neutral so that prospective buyers can envision moving in with their own decor.

This makes sense. However, if everyone selling a home stages it with this formula, what makes your property stand out?

The Situation Stats

Buyers pack in as many properties as they can during a short period each week, usually on the weekend.  The average number that homes buyers will view before choosing  can range between 10 – 150 in a 3 month period. This can be a larger number during a shorter time if one is renting, usually due to a deadline.

How do buyers remember what they saw with all the info also on the Internet? It’s hard to keep it all straight.

On average, buyers stay to view the property between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Some studies have shown that 45 minutes is a standard showing for a furnished listing as opposed to 10 minutes when not furnished. Why is this? We conjecture that if the place is too stark, it is actually harder than a furnished space to envision living in it because it seems cold and uninviting.

The Solution

Against conventional wisdom, we suggest that actually adding accent with self-adhesive wallpaper that is removable and reusable can make your listing property memorable. It’s called leaving a lasting memory point with the buyer.

Casart Coverings Teal Raw Silk Chinoiserie_temporary, removable wallpaper mural panels_casartblog

Casart’s upscale, peel-and-stick Chinoiserie Panels in a Teal Raw Silk colorway are easy to apply and can make any entrance distinctive

Reasons Why

Here are two very good reasons why this marketing tactic works:

1.Long-Term Memory lasts several hours, a day, maybe a week, and in a few instances, a lifetime. Once you achieve long-term memory, your odds of closing the deal are significantly enhanced.” — Target Marketing

2. Memory counts for Marketing. Substitute “property/listing” for “brand, ad, advertising,” etc. in the following quote. When consumers are shown quick or full version visuals of advertising, “key visuals helped consumers recall their own reactions to the ad. In particular, the cue prompted recall of many thoughts and feelings about the executional aspects of the ad, such as personal reactions about how well the brand claims were made. The improvement in memory produced by the presence of advertising retrieval cues led to more favorable evaluations of the advertised brands.” — MSI (Marketing Science Institute)

Some Examples

Wallpaper accent walls from Apartment Therapy below show that you do not need a lot of wallpaper to make a memorable difference. When an inquirer posted about whether or not to remove the wallpaper before selling her home, she received very positive comments to leave it in place.

Casart Coverings shows Apartment Therapy wallpaper accent wall 1_casartblog

Apartment Therapy images credit Lauren Hufnagl

Casart Coverings shows Apartment Therapy wallpaper accent wall 2_casartblog

Casart Coverings shows Apartment Therapy wallpaper accent wall 3_on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Now, picture these rooms with plain white walls. Which do you prefer and which would you remember?

Just like homes for sale or places for rent, there are countless styles and tastes. You’ll never find just one style that appeals to everyone. However, you can always add interest to the interior with color or a mural, even in small doses.

Real estate_VA Georgian House_casartblog

Georgian Home in Virginia real estate

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Home in the suburbs

Town homes and condos real estate_on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Townhomes and Condos

High Rise Apartments real estate_on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

High Rise Apartments

Commercial real estate_casartblog

Commercial and Restaurant real estate

Hospitality Hotel real estate_on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Hospitality or Hotel real estate

Casart Coverings shows A traditional style wallpaper with punch_casartblog

A traditional style wallpaper with punch can give contemporary styling and work in any of these locations.

Use wallpaper on screens, stair risers, bookcase backings, table tops, chair backs, cabinet fronts, among other small solutions that leave lasting impressions. Click here to see more.

Evolution Home_Libby Langdon Groovy Gate Casart Giveaway

Libby Langdon’s Groovy Gate self-adhesive wallpaper transforms a screen and bookcase backings.

 

After Casart customer Custom Artwork_ Casart coverings Stair Riser Installation on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Stairs After Custom Artwork with Casart Stair Riser Install

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Easy Wall Panel Glam

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Seeing this image in Veranda magazine made us think how easy it is to get wall panel glam!

We had never thought of using empty frames hung symmetrically on a wall to give the impression of paneling.

Sure we’ve seen similar framed images or photos hung on a wall or even empty but ornate styled frames to give interest, but this idea is so simple and sophisticated and breaks the notion that you need to spend a lot of money, time or effort on construction to add architectural paneling to a wall that would be permanent. Just buy simple, elegant frames!

This adds the same three-dimensional interest as real paneling. The hardest part might be aligning the placement when hanging the frames.

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Another easy solution would be using architecturally inspired wallcovering that is repositionable, temporary (if you want it to be) and reusable.

Casart coverings Architectural Faux Panel temporary wallpaper in assorted colors_casartblog

Casart Architectural Faux Panel in assorted colors

These faux panel wallcoverings can be used for a small project like a headboard or a screen.

Casart Customer uses Faux Panels for a headboard on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Customer uses Casart Faux Panels for a headboard

Casart Screen2 with Faux Panels + Inserts_casartblog

They can even be coordinated with an accent pillow in the same grotesca scroll design.

Casart Scroll Pillow_ Faux Panel Screen_casartblog

Or panel an entire wall or room.

Casart coverings Archtectural Panels_temporary wallpaper with sofa_casartblog

The real easy thing here is that there is no time involved to align the frames or even nails or holes in your wall to get an easy architectural look. Frames or temporary wallpaper gets glam without the cost of construction or professional wallpapering, since Casart wallcoverings can be easily installed by removing the backing/ liner sheet and pressing them to the surface. Voilá! Instant and easy wall glam!

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