Sheron Cardin's Input...: Feng Shui Tip #1 Sharing - Crown Molding

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Feng Shui Tip #1 Sharing - Crown Molding

Don't get me wrong...I am about as far from being an expert in feng shui as the next person, but I have a tendency to apply what I learn and then I want share it with everyone...so if you are interested, I will be posting some of the easy to remember feng shui tips that are helping me with my Feng Shui Journal series. I figure in about 30 years I may actually get the hang of it but right now I am working on developing my feng shui eyes and sharing helps me hang onto it.

For Feng Shui Eyes: Crown molding brings the eye up high, which raises everyone's Chi. It also enhances your reputation and leaves everyone feeling better, especially if you have lots of molding in the room found in your fame sector. *** Below is the Ba gua and you need to place it over the floor plan of your home with your front door at the bottom of the Ba gua...stretch it out to fit. The Fame Sector is the red square. In my home it is the kitchen so adding crown molding to the top of my cabinets would be the thing to do.

 

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So this is why crown molding is so desirable, it makes people feel better! Who knew? We knew but did we know why? Not really.

Adding crown molding will add drama to any room and increase the perceived value of any home.

Look at these photo's (selected at random from Google Images) and pay close attention to where your eyes are drawn first and then imagine how it would feel to be standing in that room. (I know the photo's are small but give it a try anyway...) Do those rooms make you feel better just by looking at them? They do me!

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Do you remember in school the classmates that used to outline all their coloring book pictures before they started coloring them in? Were you one of those kids? I was. They always looked better than everyone else's. That is what crown molding does for a room, it not only frames a room and points out its' assets but it brings our eyes up and makes us feel better...raising our Chi.

This Old House has the best do it yourself instructions for installing crown molding. (Now you can tell your clients crown molding increases good Chi)

Namaste

Comment balloon 37 commentsSheron Cardin • November 29 2007 04:07PM

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Sheron ! Thank you for sharing . I know nothing about feng-shui but I agree about the molding, it doesnt need to be crown but a frame in lighter color works, I did outline my coloring book pictures...LOL

I didnt even know I had a CHI, but Ill find it !

Posted by Fernando Rosado, 561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950 almost 11 years ago
Sheron ~ I agree - I always think a room looks much better with crown molding, and I guess that this is why! And yes, I was one of those who outlined the picture too!
Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) almost 11 years ago

I wonder how many of us outlined our pictures as kids...hmmm. Do let us know in your comments. This may have to be taken up in "The Secret"!

Fernando - oh you have a Chi alright and you use it very well. As far as other trims and moldings, I like to use quarter round in bathrooms just to clean up the paint lines but now...well, now its all about Chi. (Chi = energy) 

Kathy - It is fun to know why some things work and others don't. Feng shui may be hiding many of the answers :) 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Sheron - another coloring "framer" here.  I love crown moulding, but with some of the low ceilings around here (7 feet and less) I feel like it actually makes the ceiling close in on the rooms - maybe it's the moulding the builders are using?

Jackie

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 11 years ago

I'm another "outliner"...hmmm, very interesting. I do feel like molding finishes off a room, even if it is not very wide. I'm going to a class next week called "Harnessing the Energy of Emotion to Buy and Sell Real Estate". It promises to teach a basic understanding of Feng Shui for real estate. Even though I'm a stager, and not an agent, I try to learn as much as I can about the energies homes have.

Thanks, Sheron!!!

Elaine Manes-A Wonderful Space Home Staging & Redesign

Posted by Elaine Manes Gage, Staging done ONLINE! (Home Staging Online Services) almost 11 years ago
Here I am Sheron, another coloring book outliner!  Maybe that is the indicator of a stager in progress?  I love crown moldings in homes but here in FL most homes have vaulted ceilings and you can't install crown molding.  However, if lifting the eye up, also lifts the Chi, then I would assume vaulted ceilings do the same, eh? (see how good I speak Canadian?  Betty taught me, eh?  And she also taught me what a touk is.  She and Margo are going to sponsor me so I can move to Canada and live in a democracy once again :-)
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 11 years ago
Sheron - are you sure about the Elements in each of the boxes? That's not how I remember them - but then my memory may be off ...
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 11 years ago
Sheron ~ Very interesting and enlightening post! I've always loved using crown molding but didn't know it's relationship to chi.  Now I can sound like a pro when I recommend it to clients!  Thanks for the ba gua map too.
Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 11 years ago
Hmmmm....crown molding ....sort of like wearing a hat, I guess. Maybe not.
Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) almost 11 years ago

What? More outliners! This is getting freaky.

Jackie - 7' ceilings? Just a note, to make ceilings look higher, place a wainscot 2/3 up the wall with a color break or batten board. The ceiling disappears.

Elaine - Be sure to share the high points with us. The longer you are in this business, the less you will know so keep taking classes.

Terry - you too? Vaulted ceilings should work the same or better...eh?

Sharon - All the Ba gua's say the same thing but that doesn't mean there are other patterns and strategies used. I understand the 9 sector Ba gua.

Maureen - exactly!

James - did you outline? You could say a hat draws the eyes to it first too...

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Thank you and that is why I love crown moulding.  I get all my trim from www.themouldingcompany.com and I will pass on what I learned here today!

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 11 years ago
Kewl Melanie!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Sheron - Yes, can you even believe it?  7 feet plus a few inches (less than 5) floor to ceiling on several  properties - the good news is it helps to keep heating costs lower.  Thanks for the idea on the wainscoting - I'd read about that, but had been hesitant to try it as it doesn't seem to look very modern - then again 7 foot ceilings don't either, LOL!

Jackie

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 11 years ago
Jackie - 5'/3' is the usual break for an 8' ceiling so for a 7' ceiling, a good place to break would be 4 to 4 1/2 feet up the wall. I wonder what feng shui would say...when I run across that point I will publish it. Thanks
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
ohmygosh Sheron, I just love crown molding.  I wish it was more "Arizona friendly"
Posted by Nancy Morrish, Stage Tucson! (Stage Tucson! Professional Home Staging) almost 11 years ago
ohmygosh Nancy - I just love Tucson! I love the texture there and the quaint adobe homes with rock yards.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Hi Sheron,

    Jackie brought up a great point about the 7' or lower ceilings. Not sure I want people to notice a low ceiling.

    Sheron is there any type of contemporary mouldings that can be used out there? With all the stainless steel kitchens appliances I am waiting to see if the old tin/copper ceilings come back as maybe stainless steel ceilings or crown mouldings? But maybe this would be too expensive.  

Posted by Ray Essick (Coleman Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Hello SHERON!!  I LOVE crown molding...and install it in every home I renovate...vaulted ceilings too!  Unless it is a log cabin, I will be inclined to add this classic touch on every house.  When it is installed nicely, it seems that you could not imagine the room being dressed without it!

Your Feng Shui tips are always interesting to read and I feel that if people understand the natural flow of things...and PAY ATTENTION to their surroundings, it can more easily explain why they feel more comfortable or happy in a particular space! 

Enjoy your Holidays Girlfriend!!  Warm Regards-Kathleen G 

 

Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver) almost 11 years ago
PS- I was an 'outliner' kid too!  : )
Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver) almost 11 years ago

Ray - contemporary style as you probably know, does not use trim to achieve a look. There are many ways to raise Chi with color like red, with floor plants or up lights, art, etc.

Kathleen - nice to hear from you. We will have to get caught up after the holiday's!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Sheron,

Great post. I throw a little Feng Shui into the the mix too. For mid-centuries I've created mock tray ceilings with strips of wood attached to the perimeter of the ceiling.

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Susan - that sounds really creative...have any pictures?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
I love crown molding and have added "value" by using it.  Now, if only I could learn to cut it I could save lots of $$$$
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) almost 11 years ago
Gayle - I know what you mean! I know you have to cut it the opposite of how you think it should be cut...4 our of 5 times I will cut a molding wrong. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments...I like your pooch too!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
Good post. Thanks for it. Think you are right about the crown molding issue.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago
Bob and Carolin (which?), remember the song 'Whistle while you work"? They say you cannot be sad while you are whistling or smiling and now we can add 'while looking up'! Glad you stopped by!!!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Great observation, about the Chi, I never thought of that.

I outlined, too. And, thanks for sharing the journal.

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) almost 11 years ago
Apparently I need it in my breakfast room (how's that going to work with the nearby kitchen cabs?)  & master suite (I was planning on doing that one if I can ever pick out a paint color first!).  I personally love crown and have even been trying to figure out if it would be silly in my guest and master bathrooms.... We just added dental crown to the formal dining room a few months ago....
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 11 years ago

Marzena - I am beginning to believe there is something to this outlining thing. Love your name!

Melissa - will you kitchen cabinets allow for the molding at the top? 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
Crown molding is the best thing we have ever done to our house. We live in Orange County and in the recent years have bought and sold 4 homes finally settling on our current home. It was hard finding a local contractor but a frend referred us to these guys http://www.drayconstruction.com they did an excellent job for us and we used them on 3 of the 4 houses
Posted by leslie OC over 10 years ago
I hear the happy chi in your voice Leslie and now we know some part of the reason!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

I'm more traditional than contemporary so I like crown moulding. I think it adds class to a room.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 10 years ago

You are just a multi faceted person Miss Sheron.  I love reading any little thing you write.  Just a surprize a  minute.  This was good...liked it and will be putting some crown in my kitchen too...thanks,

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) about 10 years ago

I love crown moulding and I think it gives you a lot of bang for the buck.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) about 10 years ago

Sharon - isn't it nice to know you already love something that is good for you!

Terrylynn - back at you lady!

Brenda - yes, and it hides my lousy painting techniques ;-p

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

I never really thought about it like that I just know that I like it mcuh better when a room has it!

Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) about 10 years ago

The woman who said she doesn't use crown moulding in log cabins - on the contrary - not ALL walls in log cabins are log walls - I have numerous framed walls to allow for plumbing, etc., and just to break up the monotony of "nothing-but-pine" (logs, tongue and groove ceilings, etc.).

Trying to find the right crown moulding to put atop these framed walls which do NOT all go to the ceiling - had I put the frame walls all the way to the ceiling, I would have lost the beauty of the log purlins and the height of my ceiling, and my "space" would have been much more "closed-in".  My frame walls are about 10' tall - and the height to the top purlin about 18' (guessing).  Any suggestions for crown moulding in this circumstance?

Would love to then top the crown moulding with a board so as to have a shelf atop the wall as well.....  I think the crown moulding should be fairly tall to go with the surroundings (some of my logs are 16 - 18" diameter), but obvioulsy not the type you'de put into a Park Avenue Louis XVI styled apartment either...

Should I be considering something OTHER THAN crown moulding?  HELP!!!!!!!!  I just can't see it in my head....

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