In the Chinese art of Feng Shui, living space is arranged to create the best possible flow of life energy or chi. To foster business success, apply the following principles of Feng Shui to any office space.
In utilizing feng shui to your benefit at work, the priority should be, of course, on the placement of your workspace. Ideally, you should sit with your back against a solid wall, and you should be able to look up and see people entering your office as well as the majority of your office space.
For a traditionally-shaped office, you would want your chair sitting against the wall opposite to and diagonal from your doorway. While this is not always practical, it would be the ideal situation. If your chair is against a window, leave the blinds closed. You want to feel as if you have something solid behind you. Likewise, if you have to sit directly across from the door, make every effort to break things up along that path. A potted or hanging plant may work well.
While you are rearranging furniture, keep in mind that you do not want to look directly out on closets, storage areas, or toilet facilities. Although feng shui should not be confused with interior decorating, a common thread that they both share is harmony with your surroundings. You spend the majority of your waking hours at your job. Put yourself in an environment that you find calm, organized, and not off-putting. It is hard to keep a positive attitude if you spend eight hours a day watching your coworkers enter and exit the facilities.
Once you have your furniture arranged in a pleasing way, it is time to add some accent pieces. A tabletop fountain is an excellent addition to any office space. According to traditional feng shui, fountains are wonderful additions that add pleasing sounds and movement to your (artificial) work environment. Also, the flow of water can be equated with the flow of your energy. There is also the more basic calming influence of a small fountain.
Another addition to consider in your office would be an aquarium. The addition of living creatures (fish) to a body of water is a strong statement of both wealth and prosperity. In addition, the aquarium acts as a tool for rejuvenation, but also as a calming influence, one of the few objects that can do both.
Although there are many items that you can add to your office to increase your wealth, productivity, and performance, one of the keys to feng shui involves knowing what you should leave out. A room overstuffed with anything, from office furniture to unruly computer cords, to overcrowded file drawers, is not acceptable. Clutter is the enemy of good feng shui. You must be ready to purge files and ruthlessly move out anything that is not a requirement. If your office is filled to the brim with “stuff,” you are not leaving any room for the truly important things to fit into your life.
So clean out the clutter, and arrange your furniture in a pleasing manner in accordance with the rules of feng shui. Then consider adding one or two small objects, such as an aquarium or fountain, to help draw prosperity into your life.
Simple feng shui rules
To encourage the free flow of chi throughout a work space, position furniture pieces at least eight inches apart and in harmonious arrangements. Ensure there is good ventilation in office areas; if there is not adequate airflow, add a small fan to help air and energy to circulate. Avoid placing a desk or other piece of furniture directly in front of a door as it will block the entrance of energy and may cause business obstacles; instead, place a desk in view of the door, but offset to one side. An ideal desk location is in a corner diagonally across from a door.
Sit with a solid wall to your back while working to receive support. Do not sit with a window behind you as you work; it is similar to sitting in with open space to your back. Do not place a desk in the center of the room; this results in a loss of power.
Do not place chairs facing away from the doorway if possible to avoid unexpected visits and surprises. Placing your back to the door creates an air of vulnerability. If it is necessary to work facing away from an entrance, consider placing a mirror on the desk to reflect visitors.
Desks, tables and other work space surfaces should be kept clean and uncluttered. Physical clutter breeds mental clutter and disturbs the energy flow in the office.
Water in the workspace
Flowing water, such as an indoor fountain, is an energy attractor and improves health. If it is not practical to include a water element in your office space, consider art with water imagery as a reasonable alternative. Aquariums are another option if they are kept scrupulously clean and uncluttered. Another way to add water to a room is to place a deep blue rug on the floor; this virtual pool will draw the eye with a calming influence and will aid the flow of energy throughout the room.
Certain colors are said to enhance various elements of life in Feng Shui. To promote wealth, use purple as an accent color in the workplace. Blue symbolizes and encourages knowledge; blue may be especially desirable in a research-type work environment. Red is an aggressive color and is appropriate for sales and other highly competitive work environments. Yellow stimulates creativity and clarity of thought, an ideal color to use in a workspace for artists, writers, and other creative individuals.
Ceilings should always be painted in light colors, because dark colors create a heavy and non-productive atmosphere.
Live plants can enhance the energy of a workspace environment, as well as offering health benefits. Green leafy plants with curving lines are the best for fostering healthy relationships amongst workers and attracting customers. Avoid plants with spikes or thorns as the sharp nature of them slices chi and has a negative impact. Make sure plants are healthy and properly maintained; dead leaves should be removed promptly. Bamboo symbolizes good fortune and is a good choice for the office.
For productivity, offices should be well lit. If a work area is dim, add lamps or other light sources to improve the area. Traditional fluorescent lights can be replaced with wide spectrum bulbs for more pleasant working conditions.
Feng Shui is a complex discipline, but even following the basic tenets above can improve the chi of any office. And, even those who do not embrace Feng Shui will find value in these principles that lead to an uncluttered and attractive office. A clean, well-decorated, and harmonious workspace is sure to improve prosperity for any business.