Work can get pretty stressful at times, but you don’t have to let your workspace contribute to that. Having a vibrant, well-arranged office can actually help become more productive. And you can achieve more with that with the help of Feng Shui.
If you want to transform your office to achieve a more stress-free and productive environment, here are some useful tips on how to change and Feng Shui your office for better productivity.
How to feng shui your office?
Many people mistake Feng Shui for a “Chinese” style of decorating. Although the practice of Feng Shui involves decoration, it’s not just about that. Feng Shui is more of the science and art of attracting positive energy (chi) into your space, making it more pleasant and positive for you overall.
You can apply Feng Shui in almost any space, and that includes your office. There are a lot of ways to Feng Shui in an office. It still largely depends on your personality and preference as the occupant. However, there are essential points on how and where to apply Feng Shui they are:
- Your office layout
- Your desk’s position
- Your office decor
We will elaborate more on these points later.
Feng Shui Office Bagua map
The Feng Shui Bagua (also known as pakua) is one of the primary tools used in Feng Shui. You can use the Bagua to analyze the energy of a space, be it at home, garden, or office. The Bagua serves as the Feng Shui energy map of your space and shows you which areas of your space are connected to certain areas of your life.
How to map your office using a Bagua
The traditional Bagua has nine sides. Each side corresponds to a specific area of your life which include:
- Abundance and prosperity
- Fame and reputation
- Love and relationship
- Family and community
- Creativity and children
- Career life and purpose
- Helpful people and travel
To map out your office, you may need to use a compass to know the right-facing direction of your office. Knowing what direction will help you align the side of the Bagua properly.
After mapping out the sections, you should ask yourself which parts of your life and/or business you’d want to focus on. For example, you’d want to enhance your career. You can locate where the career section is in the Bagua, and you may want to put an item that could help amplify the energy in that area.
Which direction should your office desk face?
Like what we mentioned earlier, the position of your desk is a vital part of practicing Feng Shui in your office. Here’s how you can position your desk the right way.
1. Place your desk in a command position.
The command position is where your desk is facing the doorway. You should be able to see who’s coming in and out of your office. You can put your desk vertically, horizontally, or diagonally depending on your space.
But keep in mind that your desk shouldn’t be directly in line with the door. You should be able to see the door, but it shouldn’t be directly in front of you. This could give off negative energy which you wouldn’t want in your office.
2. Desk facing wall
This is the position you should avoid when positioning your desk. A desk that facing a wall has an inherent bad energy flow in Feng Shui. It also symbolizes obstacles, which get in the way of your productivity. Moreover, it can make you feel less motivated and less inspired because there’s no beautiful view in front of you.
3. Back against a window
Another position to avoid is having a window against your back. This also promotes negative energy flow in Feng Shui. Having your back against a window could mean that negative energy would stab you in the back.
4. Back against a wall
In Feng Shui, you should always have something solid and stable behind you. And a wall is a perfect example. This will provide you with stability, which is the best for career support. If you can’t put your desk chair against a wall, you can also use office chairs with high backrest.
5. Face your lucky direction
You can also use your lucky direction to position your desk. You can determine this by finding your Kua number. You can use this Kua calculator to find your Kua number.
North, East, South, and Southeast are good for those who have Kua numbers 9, 4, 3, and 1
West, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest are good for those who have Kua numbers 8, 7, 6, and 2
For those who have Kua number 5, it is the same as Kua number 2 for males and Kua number 8 for females.
You can also utilize your Kua number to determine your lucky element, which you can use to decorate your office.
6. Choose the right desk
Aside from choosing the right position, selecting the right desk is also essential. Choose one that has enough space for all your essentials. A rectangular one (with rounded edges) is good. You can also go for a curved desk, but make sure you’re sitting inside the curve, so the positive energy will towards you.
Don’t choose brightly colored desks, too, as it could make you feel restless and uneasy.
How to arrange Feng Shui office furniture?
We’ve talked about the proper placement of the main furniture in your office, which is your desk. So how should you lay out the rest of the items in your office? Here are some tips.
- If you’re sitting in a cubicle, place a mirror on your desk to see anyone coming up behind you.
- Use a round or oval table in conference rooms to attract auspicious chi energy to move around the room.
- Arrange your storage spaces and avoid storing clutter in them.
- Put out updated magazines and replace worn or tattered reading materials on your receiving area.
- If you don’t have a receiving area, put plants and lighting on your doorway to make the space more inviting.
- Avoid sharp corners when choosing furniture.
- Avoid sharp edges pointing at you.
- Avoid sitting below a beam.
- Put some pictures of your loved one(s)/family on your desk.
- Place the things you need on easy reach.
- Keep only your daily items on your desk.
- Avoid overcrowded bookshelves.
- Use pieces that reflect your personality.
What is the best feng shui color for an office?
In Feng Shui, every color has a different meaning and attracts different energies. In an office setting, these are the highly-suggested colors you can use:
- Green – improves health and balance
- Yellow – attracts happiness and good times
- White – brings creative energy
- Blue – supports career success and growth
If you want to destress, you can add some earthy tones like browns, light grey, etc.
If you want to attract more energy that could drive you up during the day, you can add vibrant colors like orange, red, and bright yellow.
What plants are best for office Feng Shui?
Plants are both excellent and Feng Shui and good for your health, so placing one in your office is a must. Plants clean the air, making your environment more refreshing. Right plants can also bring you good luck.
Here are some plants you can put in your office:
- Areca palm
- Reed’s palm
- Dwarf date palm
- Boston fern
- Janet Craig dracaena
- English ivy
- Australian sword fern
- Peace Lily
- Rubber plant
- Weeping fig
- African violet
Make sure to use living plants. Avoid dead and artificial plants as these could attract negative energy.
How do you create positive energy in an office?
We’ve talked about proper table positioning, using the right colors, and adding some plants to create better Feng Shui in your office. Besides the above mentioned, you can also use decor and other fixtures to create positive energy in your workspace. Here are some additionals you should consider:
- Keep your office clean and clutter-free, especially your desk and the floor.
- Add some water features like a small fountain or aquarium in your office.
- Use motivational quotes as decor on your walls.
- Use aromatherapy and diffuse calming oils to create balance.
- Dispose of and replace broken furniture, decor, lighting, etc.
- Maximize your exposure to natural light.
- Keep your office well lit and clean.
How to fix bad office Feng Shui?
You can rearrange your office and replace items according to the best Feng Shui. Still, in some cases, you can’t avoid certain contradictions like having your back against a window or a desk facing the wall.
You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself too much with these conditions. Remember, the purpose of this is to make a positive and motivating environment for you to work on, so you should feel comfortable in your office.
You can use ‘cures’ in unavoidable bad Feng Shui if you want to. Here are some useful ones you could look into.
Issue #1: Desk facing the wall
Cure: Place a beautiful picture of an open and low area like a garden or bed of flowers.
Issue #2: Sitting below a beam
Cure: Paint the beam the color of the ceiling or stencil it with “uplifting” design like clouds or birds in flight.
Issue #3: Sitting straightly in-line with the door
Cure: Put a small bell or crystal near the door. You can also put a plant in between your desk and the door. This will help slow down the rushing energy.
Issue #4: No solid support behind you/sitting with a window behind
Cure: You can put a picture of a mountain or a tortoise behind you. This will give you reliable support.
Issue #5: Sitting with a door behind you
Cure: Put a small mirror on your desk or cubicle to help you see the door behind.
Bring in the positive vibes to your office!
Every office has the potential to bring us to success, especially when it looks and feels motivating and positive. Aside from a positive outlook towards your goals, attracting positive energy into your workspace could also help.
With a bit of help from the Feng Shui practice, you can surely transform your office into a more prosperous and productive space.