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As busy entrepreneurs and executives, it is imperative that your workspace encourages productivity, creativity and a sense of calm. Moving into a new rental office space is a chance to create a unique and personalized space which is conducive to your specific needs. Feng Shui is a centuries-old practice derived from the Chinese culture which considers the energy exchange between objects, humans and the environment (Feng Shui and Beyond). In recent times, the ancient laws surrounding energy have been used by interior designers to encourage the flow of positive energy in the workplace to ensure professionals reach their full potential. To get your creativity flowing about your new office layout, I have listed 3 areas to consider when ‘Feng Shuing’ your office space.

Positioning:

One of the most notable principles of Feng Shui is the placement of your desk. When setting up your office you want to ensure your desk is in the ‘Power Position’, the person seated farthest from the entrance, with a clear view of the space, will have the most power. If you position yourself to face the door, you are opening yourself up to opportunity, which leads to greater success. Positioning yourself with your back to the door, exposes you to vulnerability and anxiety (Lauren, Real Simple). Natural light is another key principle to consider, it is important to maximize the amount of natural light in your office space as it can lead to increased energy and happiness. 

Colour:

Colour is a major factor in the principles of Feng Shui as it can have a big impact on the overall mood of the space. It is important to consider the energy that each colour brings and how you can use them to create harmony (Tchi, The Spruce).

Blue: Blue is a great colour to incorporate in the workplace as it represents calm, tranquillity and peace

Green: Green is the colour of energy, renewal and vibrancy, humans associate green with nature which can boost that feeling of ‘zen’.

Yellow: Yellow is the colour of confidence and happiness, use this colour to create a feeling of comfort and joy in your office

White: Using white in your space can make people feel fresh and believe in the power of new beginnings, perfect for business coaches, counsellors or therapists 

The Bumble offices in Austin are a great example of how to use yellow – Pic by Office Snapshots

Plant Life:

Do you have a green thumb? Incorporating plants is an easy way to brighten up any space. A study in Australia also found that the inclusion of office plants can help reduce fatigue, stress and depression (Anderson, The Indian Weekender). Plants can also help you stay on task as they can assist with blocking out noise from busy corridors and loud neighbours. Need a little help? Succulents are a great choice for internal offices or areas that don’t see a lot of natural light. They are easy to look after and can be styled in a variety of ways ensuring they match any décor.

Incredible use of plants in the office – Pic by UID Architects

Joining a coworking community and renting a private office,  gives you the chance to take ownership of the look and feel of your work space. When planning out your office design, consider the principles of Feng Shui to ensure your environment is set up for success.