Written by Gregory Miller
An office that is aligned with feng shui principles is an office that inspires productivity and power.
Whether you are moving into a new commercial property or looking for ways to spruce up your office, here are six ways to create a feng shui office space.
1.Clear Out the Clutter
When you start searching for office space for lease, notice if any clutter has been left behind by the previous tenant. If so, clear out the clutter.
Mess and clutter have a significant impact on our emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Once clutter is cleared out of an office, vital energy is brought in that will help to:
- Attract financial success
- Increase productivity
- Improve focus and mental clarity
- Increase efficiency and effectiveness
- Reduce stress
- Promote a feeling of peace and calmness
- Create a space for new creative endeavors and projects to thrive
It is important to establish a workstyle to help maintain an organized workspace.
Everything that you use on a daily basis should be kept within arms’ reach so that you don’t have to get up from your desk.
Deal with paperwork at least weekly to avoid feeling overwhelmed when you have to deal with bills, filing, and other tasks.
To help maintain your new clutter-free space:
- Leave your desk tidy and neat at the end of each day
- Avoid overcrowding any bookshelves
- Open up a cramped spaced with mirrors
- Keep cords to equipment well hidden
2. Position Your Desk According to Feng Shui Principles
An office that is laid out according to feng shui principles should ensure that you are seated in a power position.
When you sit at your desk, you should be able to see the door and as much of the office as possible. Take this into account when looking for offices for rent. Keep in mind that, according to feng shui, the person who is seated farthest from the entrance is thought to have the most power.
Keep these points in mind:
- The person who sits closest to the entrance is going to be distracted by petty details
- Those who sit with their back to the entrance will suffer backstabbing and succumb to office politics.
- If you share an office space, avoid sitting back to back with another person
- Avoid sitting face to face. This creates conflict.
- Use headphones and speak quietly during phone conversations to incite acoustical privacy
If the office space necessitates people sitting back to back or face to face, the desks should be staggered. Small barriers can also be created with photos, plants, and even room dividers.
Some workspaces necessitate an open-plan environment. Sharp edges of desks create poison arrows which contribute to discomfort, dis-ease, and irritability. Plants and pictures can be used to soften the edges.
In an open office, ensure the aisles are wide enough to allow positive energy to flow through. Subtle colors also help, since vivid shades are too active in a busy space.
3.Use Imagery and Artwork to Affirm Goals
When office workers are surrounded by objects and images that inspire them, it helps to create living affirmations of their goals.
The objects and images that you decorate your office with should help you to feel productive and creative. You could:
- Incorporate inspiring window treatments
- Add fresh flowers
- Hang beautiful art
- Hang up mottos and pictures that represent what you would like to accomplish
- Choose accessories and furniture that speak to you of abundance and prosperity
An office is the ideal template to create a space for what you desire in your life and career, and the things you choose to put in your space should reflect what it is you want to achieve. This is similar to the concept of environmental psychology.
Infusing the office with your personality will foster personal growth. Carl Jung’s numinosity theory cites that every item in the office will have an influence on you, so it should be an uplifting and positive effect.
4. Create Harmony and Balance
If you are looking for an office space for lease, you will need to consider how to create harmony and balance in the office. There are two ways you can do this:
1. Feng Shui Elements
These represent the natural elements of metal, earth, fire, water, and wood. All five elements should be present in the environment and they should be balanced. This makes for a more balanced person who has a greater chance of manifesting their wishes.
For example, if you work in an overly bright office – considered the fire element – with too many light and shades such as metal cabinets, computers, and desks (the metal element), you need to concentrate on bringing the other three elements in. For instance, you could bring in earthy colors to create the earth element, a few plants to create the wood element, and a fish tank to create the water element.
2.Yin and Yang
This represents the masculine and feminine energies. You should strive to strike a balance between the two to create a nourishing energy. For instance, if you work in an overly masculine office environment with light colors, high ceilings, an abundance of natural light, and angular furnishings, you need to balance it with feminine energy, such as soft furniture, curved and flowing shapes, and window coverings.
Whichever method you decide to use does not matter. What counts is that the space is harmonious and balances.
5.Choose the Right Feng Shui Colors for the Office
Color has a significant impact on our physical and psychological well-being. Whether you are looking for commercial property for rent for your business or are considering office leasing, you will need to consider:
- The psychological effects color has
- Which colors are most appropriate for an office space the follows feng shui principles
- The feng shui bagua, or map, the colors that correspond to each of the sections
A bagua map is an ancient feng shui instrument aimed at helping you to bring in good energy. When you apply the map to an area, each section will align with different aspirations. The colors will give you an idea of how to break up the space and determine which parts of the office are more important and need more attention.
Appropriate feng shui workspace colors include:
- Pale gold
- Soft yellow
- Pale green
- Pale orange
Earth tones and browns tend to stabilize and ground a work environment, but they will not stimulate the mind. However, adding white to the overall color scheme helps to increase mental focus and clarity.
6.Include Things That Relieve Stress
Offices can keep employee’s irritability and stress to a minimum by selecting furniture that has rounded corners, or at least placing sharp corners out of the way of foot traffic.
It is also a good idea to avoid too much glare or harsh indoor lighting that can lead to fatigue and irritation. Adding running water in the form of a fountain or water feature, soft music, and even essential oils can keep worker’s stress levels down.
Are You Looking for Office Rentals?
If your current commercial or office space is no longer conducive to the success of your business, it may be time to find a new space that you can apply the above principles to. Contact us to help you find your next workspace.