If you spend a lot of time in your home office, you want it to be a place that feels comfortable and supports your need to be productive. One way to create a positive work environment is by following the principles of Feng Shui. This ancient Chinese philosophy, often referred to as “the art of placement”, seeks to optimize balance and harmony through room layout, positioning of objects, lighting, air quality, and organization.
The philosophy of Feng Shui is complex, but you don’t need to be an expert in order to apply some of its principles. You can start with a few of these basic Feng Shui tips to create a home office that promotes productivity, contentment, and success.
Your first consideration should be location. In keeping with the principles of Feng Shui, your business and personal life should be kept separate, which means your office should never be in your bedroom. In fact, it should be as far from your bedroom as physically possible. If feasible, a separate entrance is ideal.
In a proper Feng Shui home office, your desk should be placed off center from the door at the opposite end of the room. However, you should always be able to see the door from where you are sitting and never face the wall. In Feng Shui, this is referred to as the “command position”, meaning that by commanding your own energy, you can do your best in any situation.
Colors & Artwork
According to the principles of Feng Shui, some of the best colors for creating an office environment are the “good fortune” shades, which include blue, green, purple and red. Be careful with red, though. An entire office in red can lead to feelings of anger; it’s better to use red as an accent color. White and cream are good color choices for mental clarity, while browns and earth tones have a stabilizing effect. Adding a favorite saying or motto to your wall, like those offered on Etsy, is a great way to add positive energy and keep you inspired. It is fine to have a couple pictures of family and friends in your office, but most images should connect to your business.
Wherever possible, use natural light by letting the sun shine through windows and skylights. Alternatively, use full-spectrum lighting, which simulates the brilliance of sunlight, reducing glare and fatigue. Avoid fixtures that point straight down or act as spotlights. These focus energy in one place rather than bathing the entire space in warm light.
Good quality air is essential for positive Feng Shui energy. One of the easiest and fastest ways to improve the air is through the use of house plants; however, not all plants are created equal. NxtModern lists ten of the best Feng Shui plants for removing toxins and creating positive energy in your home office.
It is important to keep your office clear of clutter to avoid distraction. File away your papers and keep your desk free of any unnecessary items. Use of natural wood desk organizers and woven wicker storage bins, are great ways to keep your office organized and to help you stay on task.
Once you experience the benefits of applying Feng Shui principles to your home office, you may find yourself wanting to extend the practice into other areas of your Toll Brothers home. If so, Real Simple offers some excellent decorating tips from Feng Shui master and interior designer, Catherine Brophy, that will make every room in your house feel calm and happy.