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Using Feng Shui to Improve your Home Office

by Veronica Smith

When you are using Feng Shui to enhance your home office environment, you will want to design with a couple of challenges in mind. First, the home office lacks the overall social interaction element that is normally found in most business offices. And second, it can be difficult to keep not only a physical divider, but also a mental divider, between your home life and your work. Fortunately, Feng Shui can help you compensate for these challenges.

Providing Some Separation

If at all possible, you will want to locate your home office as far away from your bedroom as possible. This can help you create the right type of energy to keep these two facets separated from each other.

Ideally, you should have a separate entrance into your home that allows you to get to your home office, as opposed to the entrance that you normally use to enter the living portion of your home.

open door

Welcome Light and Air into Your Office

Good Feng Shui requires proper quantities of both light and air, as these are important nourishments to all living things. If possible, have a window in your home office that lets in plenty of light, and open the window whenever you can. In lieu of a window, you should add plants to your home office, invest in full-spectrum lighting, and use an air purifier.

Clutter is the Enemy in a Home Office

filing cabinet with papers spilling out of open drawers Any type of clutter is detrimental to Feng Shui. This is because clutter is disruptive, and interrupts the flow of energy. 

A cluttered office environment will also create a cluttered mind, reducing your ability to focus. 

Give your home office a good cleaning, getting rid of anything that isn't essential, and organizing your supplies with a mindfulness towards making them easy to use.

Once you have cleaned your office, you will notice how much better you feel.

Proper Positioning of Your Desk

Never place your desk in your office so that your back is against the door, nor should you position your desk so that it faces a wall. This is basically uncomfortable, and will disrupt your ability to focus and work effectively.

Instead, place your desk facing the door, but over to one side, at a slight angle. This is better than having your desk directly facing into the doorway.

Utilizing the Important Feng Shui Areas of Your Office

As you look into your office, visually mark out the south, north and southeast areas.These are important areas within your office, which can benefit from Feng Shui. 

The north area is the home of the water element, which is associated with your career. A small water fountain, or perhaps a print of a water landscape in this area is a good choice. 

compass points

The south area is the home of the element of fire, which is associated with your reputation and fame. The color red possesses a strong amount of energy, so be careful using it, so that you don't overpower the other types of energy. 

The southeast area is the home of the wood element, which is associated with abundance and prosperity. A green plant in this area, such as bamboo, would be a good choice.


Veronica Smith with AmericanArtisanArt.com has developed an interest in expanding the use of wall art sculptures as well as wood wall sculptures.

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