It is easy to think that the latest gadgets, gimmicks and design trends are essential to making your home office an effective workspace. However, the key to producing a well decorated office that not only looks amazing, but also offers peace and productivity may actually be 5000 years old. Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophical system that governs spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Surprisingly enough this ancient set of laws can provide you with some handy tips and tricks to help you create the perfect home office.
Choosing the Room
According to feng shui law the first step is to consult the Bagua map. The Bagua map is the feng shui energy map of the space in which you live. To define your Bagua map first draw lines connecting opposite corners of your household together upon a floorplan of your house. The point at which your two diagonal lines meet determines the Center. You can now utilise an overlay of the simplified version of the Bagua areas.
According to Feng Shui law it is important to keep your home office away from the bedroom. This is essential in order to prevent leisure and work from blending together. Ideal spots would be the 'wealth/prosperity' area or the 'career/lifepath' area.
Your desk needs to be in the position of power within the room. It should face the entrance of the room as this allows you to embrace the Feng Shui energy and any opportunities that come your way. If this is impossible, use a mirror to reflect and redirect that energy toward your desk.
Colors and Decorations
Your desk should have a “strong back”. This means that you need a solid symbol behind your back, like a picture of a mountain or a tall building. Also, you need to surround yourself with positive and motivational messages and objects.
If you are in sales or marketing, choose orange, terracotta and similar warm colours. This is because orange is seen as the social, optimistic colour. Alternatively if you wish to create a calming workspace choose soothing blue and green colours.
If your office contains lots of technology, utilise wooden detailing to counteract this. Engineered Euro Oak Floorboards are an easy, affordable and classy way to do this.
Clutter and Organization
Feng Shui is all about letting the energy flow freely. Clutter and disorganisation blocks energy flow, disrupting the peace associated with your office. Therefore in order to maintain a Feng Shui workspace you need to regularly schedule 'decluttering' sessions and be prepared to remove items that have no purpose in your office.
Invite Wealth and Prosperity
Pictures that display success, teamwork and your goals in life are a great addition to the workspace. Add gold and silver picture frames to these pieces to further invite prosperity and wealth. Hang these pictures on west and north-west walls.
The east and the southeast areas are perfect for plants that strive upwards, like bamboo plants. Photos of sequoias and other magnificent trees will also enhance prosperity, as well as the photos of flowing rivers. As a rule avoid pictures with still water. You could ever have a small fountain bubbling away at your desk.
Make it Comfortable
Above all, make your office comfortable for you. Even if it breaks some of the Feng Shui laws, overall it is the most important rule. Choose an ergonomic chair that makes you feel energised and healthy.
Hopefully these Feng Shui tips can help you create a great home office and improve your productivity and efficiency.