How to Feng Shui an Office

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A home office that envelops you with a secure sense of place and order, protects you from disruptive outside influences and inspires creative energy is one that was designed with feng shui sensibilities. This ancient art of place and placement is based on the idea of wind and water chi, or energy, moving through the space, creating positivity and chasing away the negative. Incorporating the theories of feng shui into a home office inspires productivity, promotes abundance and encourages harmony.

Desk Placement

  • Knowing who is coming and going is essential to working successfully within feng shui structures. Place the desk in view of the door to command the environment. If possible, find a position for the desk that also allows you to look out the window, giving your eyes a needed rest during working hours. A landscape painting works if a window isn’t possible, as does a mirror that reflects the outside. Sit with your back to the wall to promote a sense of security and to support your creative energies.

Working Space

  • An L-shaped desk arrangement or one that stretches for several feet creates the expanse needed to accomplish tasks. Feeling cramped suppresses creative thought. Keep the space clear of clutter, opening your work surface only to the tasks at hand. Clutter inhibits the mental stimulus necessary for achieving goals. Keep your mind on-task and focused. Organize your paperwork, and address folders for a planned working structure by dedicating specific tasks to days of the week or month. References, files and implements that are kept within reach prevent needless moving around, saving energy and time, and relieving stress. Get up from the desk when you need to refresh your mind and body.

Lighting the Way

  • Incandescent or full spectrum lighting brings a sense of nature into the environment. A desk lamp creates a warm glow in the work area and brings focus to the work at hand. Avoid fluorescent lighting if possible -- it’s harsh on the eyes, causing lids to droop easily, and it affects alertness. If you have no choice but to use fluorescents, leave the office and go outside during the day for a few minutes to soak up natural sunlight.

Artwork and Mementos

  • Souvenirs from a favorite vacation, a piece of inspirational art and other beautiful objects influence mental well-being, creativity and work output. Surround yourself with pieces that reflect fond memories, charge your energy and push you toward the prosperity that allows you to continue your achievements. Your world is reflected in the beauty created in your work environment.

Feng Shui Elements

  • The five elements of feng shui are earth, fire, water, wood and metal. A working environment that accommodates pieces of all five ensures balance. Metal filing cabinetry and electronics, and a desk that’s glass and aluminum need to be balanced with texture and color. Drapery fabrics add the warmth and wooden bookcases create the symmetry needed for positive feng shui. Blending the five elements within the workspace creates harmony and balance.

Colors and Accessories

  • Harsh, bold colors affect the psyche with their dominance. An office needs calming tones. Marigold walls, taupe window coverings, sage upholstery and earth tones ground the environment. Add color in the accessories and by introducing living greenery, which also helps purify the air. A small water feature promotes serenity and attracts good fortune, and sticks of lavender incense infuse the room with their calming scent.

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