Feng shui originated in China where it served as an ancient system of balance. The principles behind it govern the physical environment and work to bolster mental well-being and harmony. Feng shui can be applied to virtually every aspect of one’s surroundings, from furnishings and décor to natural influences (e.g. exterior grounds, lighting). In theory, the principle has an effect on every aspect of life. Putting focused effort towards improving feng shui in life can positively influence problem areas.

Chi or Qi is named as the life energy that connects to everything around us. Feng Shui Natural defines Chi as “the existence of an invisible fluid that nourishes the space … giving certain characteristics.” A place with good Chi (Sheng Qi) automatically sets people at ease and engenders harmony.

Yin and Yang

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Yin and Yang are opposing forces, representing the feminine and masculine respectively. Though the energies oppose one another, they are intertwined and support each other’s existence. Black is tied to Yin whose energy represents passivity and softness. Yang is tied to white and is qualified by the fiery energy of aggressiveness and focus.
  • Yin enables relaxation and centring; drawn from cool colours, soothing sounds and relaxing images.
  • Yang enables activity and strengthening; drawn from bold colours, bright light and tall profiles.
Having a healthy balance is the key to correctly using feng shui in the office. For example, a room that is overwhelmingly the same makes it overly unified. While it may be tempting to go full-on with one colour or style of décor, you will present a more welcoming front by having many different aspects from Yin and Yang.
Strive for Order

Clutter is the death of feng shui, and its existence, largely ignored by many, brings about unhappy effects on people’s emotional, mental, physical and spiritual states. Organisation is a straight-forward solution to minimising clutter. One guiding tenant that may be hard to accept is that every little thing has a perfect place to go. Harmony is achieved by discerning this place. Putting forth effort into organising rooms can drastically increase productivity. All the necessities for work should be within easy access while less-used items and extras are safely stored in the most convenient place. The method of organisation doesn’t totally matter; the important thing is creating a system that you can stick to. 

Defining Workspace
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The placement of a desk can be very important in maintaining workplace feng shui. Ideally, a desk should be in a “power position,” diagonal from the door and as far back as possible. By placing a desk in this space, the person sitting at it can look across the room. However, be sure to position the desk diagonally rather than right in front of the door. Doing so will alter perception for yourself and any person entering the room. If you are placed immediately in front of the door, you are the first point of contact for entrants. There is nothing to stop entrants from immediately interacting with you.  Shunting the desk slightly away from the door creates an open area, fostering a welcoming feeling.

The best thing to keep at your back is solid wall. It is not advised to have your back to doors or windows. Keeping the door out of sight is a recipe for constant distraction and surprise. If you haven’t the faintest about what’s going on behind you, a sense of unrest is bound to simmer all day long. Having a window at the rear is a sure-fire way to create an underlying feeling of no support, you may even feel that your authority is undermined. If your office leaves you with little choice but to keep your back to the window, create stability by fixing drapes or using furniture to create a makeshift screen.

Facing an empty wall is said to inhibit creativity. It can cause one to feel that they are constantly beset by obstacles. Create a pleasing view in front of your desk with artwork and imagery. Colours (elements) serve different purposes in feng shui, so choose items that mesh with your personality and work aspirations. Pick items that appeal to your sense of success, and put together a look that suits your personal taste.
  • Wood: Green and Brown = Growth and Vitality
  • Fire: Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink and Purple = Passion and High Energy
  • Earth: Light yellow, Light Brown and Sandy/Earth tones = Nourishment and Stability
  • Metal: White and Gray = Clarity and Preciseness
  • Water: Black and Blue = Ease and Abundance
Harness Natural Energy

For daytime workers, offices facing east-facing rooms will encourage the most productivity. Basking in natural sunlight throughout the day will help workers stay focused on their tasks. Simply having a window instils a sense of calm and collection. However, if the window has unsightly dressings it can become a source of unease. Choose soft curtains or fabric shades to harbour comfort, steering clear of harsh materials like wood, metal or plastic blinds.

Plants are extremely beneficial to the workplace environment. They improve the quality of the air and are aesthetically-pleasing. 

Jacqui Litvan

Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver).
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