Part work life, part private, this room in your home can be a very important place to apply Feng Shui. Because there’s a sense of home and work intertwined, the home office offers many creative opportunities, while creating a purposeful design. Having a supportive office environment is a priority for many people, as work itself is often a priority.
Solutions for Less Ideal Locations
A cure is a change you make in your environment to bring balance and harmony into the space. When the flow of energy is blocked or stagnant, a cure can get the energy moving again to help you create change. Windows are important for inspiration, but if there’s none, brighten up the room with yellow paint, bright lights, or pictures of nature. If you share a tight space with someone, use plants or dividers to define your own space and create privacy and concentration. Sometimes you may be situated at a dead end street. In this case use plenty of signs, lights and clear pathways to direct traffic towards the building. This can be done subtly in even a non-commercial setting.
Desk Placement is the first step to arranging your office space. Position the desk in the command position of the room. To do this practically, choose a spot that feels most in command of the space. Aim to face the door, so that you can easily see whoever may come in. As much as possible, avoid doors jutting out into your workspace at your side, and especially at your back. Ideally the window should be at your side. This allows you to see the view out the window without it being the focal point of the room, as in this case your workspace is the focus and priority. A sturdy bookshelf behind you is very supportive but try as much as possible to avoid too much clutter on the shelves, and have cabinet doors closed if possible to hide any work in progress that you need to get to later. A healthy flow around the furniture is important for maneuvering as you reach for different files, office supplies and deal with clients. You can’t over-estimate the rewards of having a clear, well- functioning area around your desk. Keeping your files organized and easily accessible saves time and energy. Use handy pieces like printer stands and extra file cabinets that can be easily moved around or re-positioned depending on the nature of your project. Don’t position your desk where you feel cramped, confined, have a limited field of vision, or where there is a passageway behind you. Remember that your ability to function comfortably and efficiently is a priority.
It helps to choose the colors you plan to live with in your home or office with awareness of how different colors affect your emotional and physical states. Every color has a unique vibration all of its own, and this can significantly affect how you feel in a room. We all have a favorite color, but be sure the color you choose for your office space is conducive to concentration and clear, positive thinking. Some great colors for an office space are yellow, red, blue-green, and earthy colors. Yellow stimulates clarity of thought, creativity, and mental activity-making it an excellent color for a home office. Red is an aggressive color, so it’s a good choice for anyone making deals or selling, and for those who entertain clients in their office. A blue-green color can be soothing, and creative-a good color choice for writers. Oranges and other warm desert colors stimulate socialization and collaboration-good for a small office using a team approach to management. Your ceiling may be painted a light color -a dark color may make you feel as if there’s a dark cloud hanging over your head while you work.
Style & Theme
Aim to use a theme that inspires you when decorating your office. This allows for a variety of styles and ideas, and can often be a good conversation starter for clients entering the space. Start by choosing supportive colors. You may want a feeling of casual comfort. Or you may find it necessary to express a more serious tone. If you are promoting health services, counseling or care of others, use pastels as they are soothing. You may want clean trendy lines if you are in the design business. If you feel inspired by a regal look, use golds and copper in your decor. You can also try thinking about what inspires your work life, and use those ideas to help you choose a theme.
Powerful and Meaningful Objects, Artwork
Look around your home for meaningful and beautiful objects that you can showcase in your office space. You may want to frame a series of photos from some inspirational travel you have done, photos of happy clients or completed projects, or your diplomas, certificates of appreciation, awards and honors. The theme of your office is up to you- just remember to keep simple and un-cluttered so there is plenty of room for new and creative ideas.