Feng shui has long been observed in China, where it originated. But in recent years it has gained much popularity – even in the west.
Feng shui is the ancient art of arrangement and color usage that is presumed to promote balance and the flow of energy in a given space.
Even if you don’t believe in the philosophy of feng shui, applying some of the basic principles of this practice to your home office can help you operate your virtual corporation more efficiently — and may make it a pleasant place to spend the better part of your day!
Following are some quick feng shui tips tailored to the home office space. But of course, you can also apply these techniques to any office.
Situate your home office as close to the front door of your house as possible.
If you can avoid it, do not locate your office in the basement—the first floor or higher is preferable, because energy flows upward.
Basement offices can be painted white, with bright lighting and a fan installed to promote energy flow (or just to make you feel happier).
Position your desk so that you are facing the entrance to the room, with your back toward the wall or a corner.
Even outside of feng shui considerations, sitting with your back to the door is disruptive because you won’t know who is coming in to the room.
If there are windows in your office room, try to place your desk so the window is to your left if you’re right-handed, and to your right if you’re left-handed.
Never position your desk in the center of the room.
Feng shui recommendations for color in the home office vary according to your (or your company’s) goals.
If your business relies on selling or making deals, the aggressive red is a good choice.
Yellow promotes discipline and stimulates mental activity and clarity of thought—a solid color scheme for any home office.
Warm colors such as orange and tan represent collaboration and cooperation. This is an excellent option for offices with more than one team member.
For writing and other creative business endeavors, consider blue-green, which is soothing and promotes creativity.
Feng shui has a very long tradition, and it can be a complicated art. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to get started.
This article introduces just a few simple tips to start using feng shui in your own home office.
Why not give it a try today? You might be surprised by the results!
Here are some more beautiful home office spaces to inspire you.
Thank you for the ideas and tips. Lots of great ideas there. My bedroom has stayed the same since we moved in 7 years ago so I think a change for the good could be on the cards for this weekend!
My home office is currently my dining table, feng-shui is impossible with an 8 year old in toe!
Great post. Love the tips!
I decorated my bedroom ten years ago, and though I’ve added a few things like a wall sticker and some pictures, I do think it needs a refresh with a couple more pics and features xx
Interesting, it might be worth a try, perhaps a change is needed
Thanks for the tips my daughter is interested in this so worth looking into more
Thanks for the information. Colour, colour combinations, colour therapy all seem worth considering. With many people working from home :- An office, an office area seems most likely to have be in the majority of homes. For some it may be in an extension, shed, etc. As people may have had an office at home for some time, or may have been a prompt addition.
I am definately going to attempt this today!!! great advice!
Thanks for this information. It seems that I have unknowingly implemented certain of these principles, just because I liked the furniture arranged a certain way. I shall have to see if implementing some of the other principles also helps make rooms seem more “harmonious”.
I have heard a lot about how the placement of certain objects can have a big impact on productivity and mental health. I certainly don’t think it can’t hurt to try and bring more harmony and order into a home
Great advice here, really useful thank you
I am interested in this and love this piece .
Some lovely ideas here thanks for the post
Lots of great tips, thanks
Loving these tips thank you and much appreciated!