As of 2017, nearly half of Americans spent at least some time working from home. That number is only expected to grow as technology advances and companies realize they can cut costs by ditching large physical locations. But while working from home is a huge perk for most people, it also comes with a cost for those who are easily distracted.
When your home doubles as your office, it’s easy to want to slack off and go sit on the couch for a few hours. One of the ways to combat this is to have a dedicated workspace that is functional and comfortable. Although there are lots of ways to go about designing the perfect home office, nothing quite does the trick like feng shui.
The ancient Chinese practice of feng shui is all about bringing peace and harmony into a space by strategically placing furniture and other objects in the room. Feng shui can be a quick, easy, and affordable way to make the most out of your home office. Not only will your space be stylish and clean, but it’ll also promote good energy and may even increase your productivity.
How exactly do you go about bringing feng shui into your home office? Keep reading for some helpful tips.
Put Your Desk In A Commanding Position
In feng shui, the commanding position is everything. This position puts you in the ideal position to deal with the things that life throws at you. Furniture in the command position should not be placed directly in front of a door, but should be situated so the door can be seen.
Putting your desk in the commanding position will low you to be in command of the energy in the room.
Make Sure Your Office Is Far The Bedroom
Depending on the layout of your home, this may not be feasible, but for those who have some flexibility, this is advice you definitely want to follow. It’s important to keep your bedroom and your office separated, not only for feng shui, but for productivity’s sake.
The most space you have between your home office and your bedroom, the less likely you are to mix up your home life and work life.
Make Sure Something Solid Behind You
We’ve already talked about how important it is to be able to see the door from your desk, but what about what’s going on behind you? It’s important to make sure you have something solid (preferably a wall) behind you.
If there’s no way to avoid having a window behind you, feng shui experts suggest making sure the window is covered to keep good energy from escaping through the window.
Having something solid behind you will promote security and stability.
Pick The Right Colors
Whether you’re into feng shui or not, you probably already knew that color is an important aspect of any room. Certain colors can promote good moods and positivity while others can have opposite effects.
In feng shui, there are certain colors that help promote certain energies and elements. You can choose colors based on the type of energy that you want to cultivate in your home office.
Avoid Objects With Sharp Corners
According to feng shui, objects with sharp corners are believed to block chi.
Realistically, it’s difficult to completely avoid furniture and other objects with sharp corners. So if you’re stuck with some sharp-cornered items in your home office, do your best to avoid sitting/standing in a position where the corners are pointed directly at you.
Have Plants (But Keep Them Alive)
Plants can work wonders for your home office feng shui. According to HGTV, plants can promote positive energy in your space while also removing negative energy.
However, if you do decide to have plants in your home office, it’s important to keep them alive and healthy. Dead/dying plants will increase the negative energy and your space and could result in you feeling down and less productive.
Now that you’ve got some tips on how to turn your home office into a peaceful oasis, it’s time to see some real-life offices that were designed with feng shui in mind. Keep reading for 20 beautiful examples of home office feng shui.
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