HOME OFFICE FENG SHUI TIPS
So you’ve set up your home office in the spare bedroom on the second floor of your house, or perhaps you’ve taken over the dining room. Maybe you’ve been relegated to a corner of the living room or basement. How do you feel in your home office environment? Are you energized, creative and stimulated, or do you have trouble getting inspired to get down to business?
If you’re looking to create a home office or to make some changes in your existing space, a look at feng shui is in order. This ancient practice literally means “wind and water.” Feng shui seeks to promote harmony and improve the energy flow or chi in your work or living space.
Your choice of location for your workspace may be restricted by space or layout limitations. A couple with children in a three-bedroom house will have different challenges in creating a home office than a single person in a one-bedroom apartment. Whatever space you choose, it’s vitally important that you feel comfortable there. Most people intuitively place their furniture and belongings in a configuration that promotes positive energy flow, so feng shui provides an additional opportunity to fine-tune an area to make it feel right.
It’s best if your home office is in a room of its own. If that’s not possible, do your best to section off a part of the room so it feels like you have a space devoted to your business. This can be achieved with a screen, room divider or bookcase. A spare bedroom or a den is an ideal location for an office.
Your bedroom is your place of rest, so using a section of your bedroom is not recommended. The preoccupation with business and the making of money, along with the electromagnetic energy emitted by your computer, laptop, scanner and printer can affect your ability to relax and your quality of sleep.
Avoid using a basement as the day-today space for a home office. These belowground rooms are ideal for storing products or documents. If you must put your office in a basement, try to make it a temporary arrangement or spend most of your time conducting business activities on another floor.
Your desk is the most important piece of furniture in your home office. It acts as the helm of the ship that is your business. Position your desk so you’re able to see the door when seated. Don’t sit with your back to the door. Clear the clutter from your desk and from the office in general. Organize your workspace so that everything you need is within reach and all items have their place. This practice achieves more than cleanliness; energy will flow more easily through your work environment. Make sure you’re able to move around with ease and that no sharp edges are created by your desk, filing cabinets or tables.
Colour has both visual and psychological effects. Your colour scheme should stimulate you but also be soothing when you work long hours. Since this is your primary place of business, it’s wise to choose a colour scheme that will promote prosperity and good fortune. Avoid drab, washed-out colours. However, if you would prefer soft colour in the room, paint one “feature wall” in a stronger, more charged colour to stimulate you during long days.
Yellow, auspicious as the colour of riches (gold), encourages communication and achievement. Green represents nature and denotes balance, growth and healing. Purple promotes intuition and spiritual growth. Blue, the colour associated with water, inspires inner peace, patience and calm.
Red, often associated with the fire element, is a colour of passion and strength. Orange helps build confidence and a sense of community. White indicates purity but can be overly sterile, and black, although mysterious, should be kept to a minimum to avoid depression.
Colour is such an important element in your home office and can drastically affect the way you feel. It’s also one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a radical change to your space.
Whether you spend countless hours in your home office or just do your recordkeeping there a few hours a week, you’ll want to make it your own.
Adding personal items such as a plant on or near your desk will help offset the negative energy created by the electrical devices in that area.
A print or painting that depicts success to you can be placed within view of your desk to inspire you to achieve your goals.
The next time you find yourself in a home or business office, pay close attention to how you feel in that space. Are you comfortable or uncomfortable?
Look around and see if you can spot what is causing disharmony.
Colour is an extremely important element that can drastically affect the way you feel in any environment.