How To Feng Shui Your Home Office
Feng Shui is something that is constantly mentioned in the design world as a way to bring peace and harmony to your home through the design layout. What you may not know is the Feng Shui design principles can also be applied to your home office and help you achieve you success and efficiency in your home working
through the ancient design practice.
Feng Shui is about achieving harmony and balance in your life. At no other time is that most important than when you work out of your home.
What Is Feng Shui, Exactly?
First, in order to best understand why we would make design changes or set a home office up in a certain way, let us explore what Feng Shui really is all about. Many have the impression that is some strange superstition or religious belief. However, that is not Feng Shui at all.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of setting up your surroundings to allow for the “chi” or life force to flow freely through the home. It is about arranging your home office (in this case) in an efficient way that is clutter free and brings in elements to represent your business goals.
Making Feng Shui Work For Your Home Office
If you still think that the idea is a little strange for your taste, why not try just a few design elements suggested by Feng Shui principles and see if they make a difference for you? Just as with any design, it can and should be customized for the person(s) that use the space.
You can pick and choose which ones apply to you, your home office, and your type of business. That way, your design can help you get the most out of working from home where productivity and efficiency are always a priority.
Feng Shui Elements, Colours And Locations
Feng Shui has five elements: earth, metal, wood, fire, and water. Each of the elements should be represented in your office in balance, but you can add some focus on your element.
You can discover your element by choosing which one appeals to you most. Most experts say to associate “your element” with your favourite vacation spot. Then use the other elements to help with your goals. The elements or colours that represent each element should be utilised and Feng Shui outlines which zone of your office that particular decoration belongs.
• Wood helps with inspiration
• Fire increases productivity
• Earth helps with balance and stability
• Metal represents money and wealth
• Water aides communications
5 Feng Shui Home Office Tips
1. Remove and reduce clutter in your home office
This might seem like a “no brainer” as far as any office space goes, but it is worth mentioning because reducing clutter is one of the biggest design elements of Feng Shui. This means reducing the amount of paper lying around, emptying trash cans on a daily basis, and removing things that you might normally keep on top of your desk and putting them in draws, filing cabinets, or storage.
2. Choosing the office space
If you have not yet chosen a home office, make sure that it is a room with high ceilings and is as far away from your bedroom as possible. If your office space is in your bedroom, use a screen to separate the energies and minimize the interference with sleep.
3. Feng Shui and your desk
Ideally, your desk should be facing the door to your office and have a strong wall behind it. If that is not a possibility with the structure of the home office space you have to work with, there are a few ways to work around that and still capture the Feng Shui design element. If your desk cannot face the door, place a mirror on the wall so that you can still keep an eye on it.
Not only does this keep you aware, but it also aligns with the idea of ‘not turning your back on opportunity’. If there is no wall behind your desk, create one with a screen.
4. Add plants
Plants make a great addition to any home. For your home office, they fulfill the earth element needed and they also have some other Feng Shui benefits. If your desk or cabinets have sharp corners, you can use plants to soften the appearance of corners. Plants also provide oxygen and clean air for you to breathe.
5. Placement of your computer
If you use your computer for creative ventures, such as design or writing, it should be in the north or the west of your home office. If you use your computer to generate income in any way, such as e-commerce or marketing, place your computer in the southeast corner of your home office.
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