Feng Shui for the Modern Office
Are you a philosophical person? Then you may like to consider embracing the Feng Shui way of life and implementing its teachings within your workspace.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Asian philosophy that practises the belief that there are invisible forces that bind the universe together. It teaches that your surroundings not only affect your comfort level, but your physical and mental health too.
According to Feng Shui, the placement of objects or furniture can alter the energy flow in a room, which can influence the way those nearby think and act. Therefore good Feng Shui can help you succeed in business.
How to Feng Shui Your Office
Opt for Organised Minimalism
Controlling your clutter is at the top of the Feng Shui to-do list, as this way of life dictates clutter can impact your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. A sort-out and tidy can revive energy in a space, produce mental clarity and help you to focus and feel inspired.
Feng Shui states organisation will also:
• Increase efficiency and productivity
• Improve discipline
• Encourage abundance
• Reduce stress
Think About Your Layout
In most cases, spatial design within an office is organised around power outlets or the number of people in a space, however a Feng Shui office will have a ‘power position’. A power position will allow you to see the door and as much of the room as possible when sat at your desk. And the person sat furthest from the entrance will be viewed as having the most power.
So, why here? Well, sitting close to the door can cause distractions and having your back to the door can represent backstabbing.
In shared, open-plan offices, avoid sitting back-to-back or face-to-face because this can cause conflict. Instead stagger desks or use plants or dividers to create separation. You should also use plants and soft furnishings to smooth out edges and corners as these can contribute to irritation or discomfort according to Feng Shui principles.
Simple Decoration Can Be Beautiful
Although minimalism is encouraged, a bare room can seem bleak and empty, so a few simple accessories or decorations are advised.
Feng Shui offices should surround staff with images that inspire and create affirmations of personal goals. Plants, art and motivational quotes are common in Feng Shui spaces as they can foster creativity and make staff more productive.
Furniture is important too and items chosen should give off the feeling of prosperity and success - something every business wants to achieve.
Balance and Harmonise the Space
Balance and harmony are important factors in Feng Shui and can be achieved in one of two ways – either with yin and yang or using elements.
Yin and yang represent feminine and masculine energy with nourishing energy balancing the two. For example, a cool-coloured office with high-ceilings and lots of large windows is very yang, so you may like to add some soft furnishings or curved furniture to add yin and harmonise the workspace.
Alternatively, make sure all five elements (wood, earth, metal, fire and water) are represented in your office space and balance them wherever possible.
Choose Colours Carefully
On this blog, we’ve frequently written about colours in office interior design, what they represent and how you can incorporate these shades into your office refurbishment. But did you know, colour is also an important element of Feng Shui?
So, what colour should you paint your office for good Feng Shui? Well, here are a few examples of shades you could choose:
Green – This symbolises growth, healing, energy and new beginnings. It represents the wood element and can help harmonise your workspace. Green is related to nature and is calming, therefore it is ideal for a stressful, busy environment.
Lilac/Lavender – Purple represents the fire elements and, when rich in shade, can connote power and mystery. In muted shades it gives off calm energy and can help you feel determined and clear-minded.
Blue – This water element colour is said to signify comfort and safety. It encourages growth and healing through serenity.
White – In Feng Shui, white is seen as a supreme colour that epitomises the metal element. It signifies purity, cleanliness and focus, however too much white can cause hyper-focus and stress. Always use white alongside an accent colour to create a harmonious space.
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