Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that deals with the placement and arrangement of your surroundings. The goal of the practice is to help garner positive energy while reflecting negative energy away. Here are some simple ways to implement Feng shui into your home office.
Clear Out Clutter
According to Feng shui principals, clutter drains positive energy instead of building it up. Getting rid of it is essential. And by "getting rid of it", we don't mean shoving a pile of papers into a drawer. Both hidden and obvious clutter is a no-no when it comes to good Feng shui.
Have Access to Natural Light
Whatever room or area your office is in, try to ensure that there is access to natural light, if at all possible. Having an abundance of natural light while you work also has clear links to increased productivity and better mood.
Have Clean Air
Obviously, clean air isn't only important for Feng shui – it's also really vital for your health as well. Adding an air purifying plant can certainly help with this aspect. Some options include bamboo plants, English Ivy, and Boston ferns. Any plant can also act as a wood element, something we will touch on in a bit.
Keep Your Home Office Away from Your Bedroom
We always recommend having a designated area for a home office. It makes it easier for you to set boundaries and to stay focused on work tasks. If you're concerned about Feng shui, it's also important to place your home office as far away from your bedroom as possible. This helps to establish an energy separation.
Position Your Desk Well
You'll want to take some time when it comes to positioning your desk. It's best to not have your back facing the door, as this stunts the flow of the room. You will also not want to be aligned with the door, if at all possible. Lastly, avoid having your desk positioned in such a way that you are facing a blank wall. If you must face a wall, ensure that it is decorated with artwork or inspiring wall décor. Try instead to have your desk facing the door, but positioned at an angle.
Add Feng Shui Elements
In Feng shui, there are five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each one of these energies is best suited for particular areas of your space. Using the classical Feng shui bagua, there are three particular areas that must be properly addressed for your home office to have great Feng-shui design: the South area, which deals with fame and reputation; the North area which addresses your career and path in life; and the Southeast area which is tied to prosperity and abundance.
The south area is great for fire energy. This energy form may be added with candles, red and purple tones, and incandescent lighting. You'll want to be sure to avoid any water elements in this area. The North area is best for water energy. This includes blue and black hues, mirrors, aquariums and fountains. Lastly, the Southeast area will need wood energy. This includes both brown and green tones, along with wooden figurines and live plants. It's best to avoid fire energy, such as reds and metals.