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.
Incorporate stress relievers
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.
Choose suitable feng shui office colors
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/ yang or feng shui element principles to create balance.
Balance and harmonize the space
Balance and harmony are important attributes of a feng shui office. There are two ways to balance and harmonize your environment. You can either use yin and yang or feng shui elements.
Yin and yang represent feminine an 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 color, soft furniture and some window coverings.
Feng shui elements represent the natural elements of wood, earth, metal, fire and water. It is important that five elements are represented in your environment. Even more important is that the elements are in balance.
Use artwork and imagery
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 guriture and accessories that speak to you of prosperity, abundance and success.
You can use your office as a template for what you want to create in your life and work at your office and the physical objects withing should reflect the transformation you desire. Infuse your office with your personality – it will foster and support personal growth and success.
Ensure your desk is in the right position
In a feng shui office you want to make up 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.
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’s 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 headphone and muffle phone conversations.
In an open plan with many desk, use plants to soften sharp edges and corner. Make sure to use subtle colors in an open office plan. Bright, vivid colors are too active in a large bustling room.
Clear clutter and organize
You need to establish a personal work style so that you can maintain a clutter-free, organized office. Keep everything that you use daily withing 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….
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.