A proper feng shui office helps you feel inspired, productive, and powerful. And when done well, feng shui will enhance your creativity, discipline and success. Follow these 6 essential guidelines to make the most of office feng shui:
One of the most fundamental steps in creating a feng shui office is to get rid of clutter. If you’ve read about clutter control then you know that clutter has a profound impact on your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. When you clear clutter you bring in vital energy that will help you with mental clarity, focus, and inspiration.
A clutter-free and organized office allows room for new, refreshing energy and ideas.
Maintaining an organized office and desk will help you in innumerable ways. It will:
Keep everything that
use daily within arms reach.
Create an organization system that works. You need to establish a personal work-style so that you can maintain a clutter-free, organized office. Keep everything that you use daily within arms reach — you shouldn’t have to get up from your desk to perform daily tasks. You should also deal with paper work at least once a week — it won’t be nearly as overwhelming if you do your filing, pay bills, open mail, etc. consistently.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind: try to leave your desk clutter-free and organized at the end of the day; don’t overcrowd your bookshelves, it will leave you feeling overwhelmed and overextended; and if your space is cramped, then open it up with mirrors.
In a feng shui office you want to make sure that you are sitting in the power position. That means that you can see the door when seated at your desk. Ideally, you should be able to see as much of the room as possible. The diagram below illustrates how to place your desk in the power position.
The placement of your desk is one of the most important feng shui adjustments you can make.
Did you know that in feng shui the person seated farthest from the entrance will have the most power?
Sitting in the power position is a key element in a feng shui office. The person seated farthest from the entrance will have the most power. If you sit too close to the door, you will be distracted by daily/petty details. If you sit with your back to the door, you will suffer inauspiciously to office politics, backstabbing, etc.
If you have to share your office space with another, you should try to avoid sitting back to back. It is also best to avoid sitting face to face. Both positions tend to create conflict. If you can’t avoid sitting face to face, either stagger the desks or create a small barrier with a plant, photo or other object. Concentrate on acoustical privacy—use headphones and muffle phone conversations.
In an open plan with many desks, use plants to soften sharp edges and corners. Sharp edges create “poison arrows” which contribute to conditions such as irritability, discomfort, and even disease to name a few! Also, the aisles should be large enough so that the energy moves slower. Make sure to use subtle colors in an open office plan. Bright, vivid colors are too active in a large bustling room.
And of course, your desk should be uncluttered and organized. Read more about a feng shui desk here.
When you surround yourself with images
and objects that you love and that inspire you
you create a living affirmation for your goals.
In a feng shui office you want to surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired, creative and productive. Add flowers, art and beautiful window treatments. Hang pictures, mottos and images that symbolize what you want to accomplish. Choose furniture and accessories that speak to you of prosperity, abundance and success.
You can use your feng shui office as a template for what you want to create in your life and work — your office and the physical objects within should reflect the transformation you desire. Read more about the law of attraction and environmental psychology.
Infuse your office with your personality—it will foster and support personal growth and success.
Every object in your office has an influence on you — Carl Jung called this numinosity. Make sure your office is having a positive and uplifting effect on you!
Yin and yang represent feminine and masculine energies. Nourishing energy strikes a balance between the two extreme forces of yin and yang. Let's say for example you worked in an overly yang environment with high ceilings, light colors, angular furniture and lots of natural light. You would need to balance this overly yang environment with some yin energy. You might add curved or flowing shapes, darker colors, soft furniture and some window coverings. Read more about yin and yang energy here.
Feng shui elements represent the natural elements of wood, earth, metal, fire water. It is important that all five elements are represented in your environment. Even more important is that the elements are in balance.
When the elements are in balance then your life is more likely to be in balance and you will have greater success in manifesting what you desire.
As an example, let us say that you work in a very bright office (the fire element) with an abundance of light colors including metal filing cabinets, computers, faxes, etc. (the metal element). In this case, you would want to focus on bringing in the other elements. You could bring in some plants for the wood element, some earthy colors for the earth element, and an aquarium for the water element. Read more about the feng shui elements here.
It doesn’t matter which method you use, it only matters that your space is balanced and harmonious. Choose the system that feels right for you.
The image to the left is a good example of a balanced environment. It has characteristics of all five feng shui elements. The wood element can be seen in the soaring vertical window treatments. The earth element is represented by the horizontal, rectangular furniture as well as the earthy colors and pottery. The fire element is brought in through the natural and artificial lighting and the antler base of the lamp. Finally, the water element can be seen in the mirror and asymmetrical shapes.
Yin and yang are balanced in this environment too. The yang attributes—vertical volumes, light colors, sunlight, hard surfaces, and rectilinear shapes—are tempered by yin characteristics like darker colors, soft drapery, curved forms, and low horizontal surfaces.
Color has a remarkable impact on your psychological and physical well-being. When choosing feng shui office colors consider the following:
Soft yellow, sandstone, pale gold, pale orange, pale green, and blue-green are always appropriate feng shui office colors. Adding white will increase clarity and mental focus. Browns and earth tones will ground and stabilize the office, however, they don’t stimulate mind. Read more about color psychology here. You can also choose colors based on yin/yan or feng shui element principles to create balance.
Keep stress and irritability to a minimum by choosing furniture with rounded corners or positioning sharp corners out of traffic flow. Avoid harsh lighting or lots of glare since it can cause irritability and fatigue. You can also add music, running water or mist with essential oils to keep stress levels to a minimum.
"An office environment can nourish and support the human spirit as much as it can deny and suppress it. If our offices are humane, loving, and sacred, then what is produced in those offices will have a sense of humanity and integrity... The act of turning the places where we work into places that we love, can transform our own lives, and will in turn positively affect the lives of everyone around us."
— Denise Linn