Best Layout & Colors For Home Office Feng Shui

Do you ever feel stressed, cramped or cluttered due to the layout of your workspace? A full time employee spends 40 hours or more each week in their office. With such a large amount of time spent in this environment, it’s more than worthwhile to optimize your workspace for success by using the practices of office feng shui.

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system for arranging your surroundings in a way that promotes harmony and a sense of well being. Those who are more spiritual practitioners believe that everything has a “chi”, or a certain energy, and how objects are arranged can affect different aspects of our lives. When done correctly, this organizational system will help you create a vibrant and successful energy in your space.

Even if you don’t believe in the spiritual aspects of feng shui, you may find your comfort, productivity and convenience are enhanced by the way your space is organized. Feng shui is all about benefiting you, so what’s to lose? Let’s start reorganizing!

Tips for effective home office feng shui

Any office space, whether it be a home office or in the workplace, should be organized in a way that encourages efficiency and focused creativity throughout the workday. Let’s learn how incorporating each of these feng shui tips in your office can positively impact your work. 

Clear your clutter

Clutter can be draining! Having a cluttered desk can have negative impacts on employee productivity by restricting the ability to focus. Not only that, but it also increases the amount of time an employee spends searching for needed items. Getting rid of any clutter in your office is an important first step in achieving a more inspiring, productive and successful space.

By clearing your clutter, you reduce stress, save time and improve efficiency. Use a filing system to keep your things organized, and a logical flow system to keep papers, pens, notebooks and other items in their own spots within arms reach. A good rule to follow is that 50 percent of your desk should be materials that you are using to work on your projects, while you should be able to see the other 50 percent of your physical desktop. While this creates balance, it also helps keep desktop clutter under control. Remember, less is more. 

Place your desk in a power position

In home office feng shui, placement is key. When setting up your workspace, consider the position of your desk. It should be in a commanding position, which keeps your energy stronger and more protected. You should be able to see the door and anyone that enters when seated at your desk. If possible, set up the desk to see as much of the room as possible. The purpose behind this positioning is to keep you in command of the room, whereas having your back to the door would make you vulnerable, as you are unaware of what is happening behind you.

Additionally, the materials and colors of your desk and chair should also promote the energy you want your office to have. A sturdy wooden desk can help create a feeling of strength in the space, as opposed to a glass-top desk that is more fragile. Make sure that you use a chair that creates stability and support. Not only is this important to your physical well-being, but it can help you feel more energized. Try to use a chair with a high back to support the majority of your back. Even the color you choose can play a role in the energy it adds to the space. Use a bold color, like red, to bring a passionate energy to your workspace, or a deep brown to give you a feeling of groundedness.

Desktop feng shui

While the placement of your desk in the room is important, so is the placement of objects on your desk itself. In feng shui, there is a concept called a bagua map, that lays out the areas of a space into nine key places. You can use it to position items on your desk that represent each of the areas on the map. This is an example of what a bagua map looks like.

Each of these areas represent a different aspiration, such as your career, family and prosperity. On your desk, you should have the items that represent each of the aspirations placed in these specific areas. For example, a family picture could be placed in the top right corner of your desk, where love and relationships are found on the bagua map.

Decorate with appropriate artwork and objects

When decorating your workspace, it’s important to use artwork and objects that inspire you and keep you productive. Surround yourself with things you find beautiful and calming, such as nature or images that symbolize the goals you want to accomplish. If you don’t have a window, hang a picture of a landscape to give the effect of one. Everything you place in your workspace should have a positive effect on you and reflect your personality.

Use appropriate feng shui colors

The colors you surround yourself with can impact your psychological well-being, and create a certain energy in a space. When decorating your workspace, consider the feeling that you want the space to have. Then, choose colors for the space that give off those psychological effects. 

For example, if you want to have a calming environment, blues and greens are two of the best colors for home office feng shui. Blue tones help relax the mind while greens inspire positivity and bring fresh energy to the space. Incorporate light grays and white to the space in order to increase clarity and mental focus. You can also use rich browns and earth tones to ground and stabilize the space. 

The best colors for home office feng shui include: 

  • Pastel yellows
  • Sandstone
  • Pale golds
  • Light oranges
  • Light greens
  • Pastel blues
  • Gray-blues 

These colors can make your office feel calm, while bringing positive energy to a space. Choose a color scheme that brings the desired energy to your office and stick to it. Cohesiveness is key to limiting distractions.

Add stress relievers

Decrease stress by decorating your space in a way that promotes peace and relaxation. Avoid using harsh lighting or choosing furniture with sharp edges. You can also add soothing music, scented candles or essential oils to keep stress at a minimum. 

A hands-on stress reliever for the office is a zen garden. Typically made with natural elements such as white sand, stones and small plants, zen gardens promote relaxation. Touching the smooth stones and moving the sand around during a short break can have therapeutic effects that help clear your mind of your stress. 

Keep the space neat and tidy

A clean workspace is a happy workspace. At least once a week, clean your entire workspace. Dust all surfaces, vacuum, and disinfect your keyboard, computer, phone and anything else that carries germs with a disinfecting wipe. Working in a clean, uncluttered space promotes a clear mind and cuts out unnecessary stress.

These home office feng shui tips shouldn’t be limited to just your workspace at home. Try and incorporate them in your business office as well. Who knows what might come of it. Increased productivity and success at work? Perhaps new leads?


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This post was originally written on August 15th, 2018 and refreshed on May 29th, 2020