Fact: The interior design of your office space (and home spaces too) can affect your mood. Believe it or not, the colors, furniture and décor, light, sounds, and even scents can bring us up or down. Cue Feng Shui; a Chinese philosophy of principles for a more harmonious work environment.
Feng Shui can be traced back thousands upon thousands of years ago. As noted by the Feng Shui Society, it was initially used to “identify safe dwelling places where families would be able to flourish to determine the best burial sites for relatives.” The words Feng Shui mean “wind” and “water”. In applying Feng Shui principles to your workspace, consider the following.
Clean air is happy air, and a happier you. When ‘feng shuing’ any space, one of the first things that should be considered is feng shui for health. Indoor plants can help purify air, according to numerous studies. The Mother Nature Network suggests: aloe, spider, Gerber daisy, snake, Golden pothos, weeping fig, azaela, English ivy, and Bamboo palms plants or flowers, just to name a few. Add one to your desk for cleaner, fresher air.
Keep clutter at bay. Clutter impacts the brain. Neuroscientists at Princeton University found that clutter affects our ability to focus. Bottom line – organize your office supplies and don’t add unnecessary knick-knacks to your workspace.
Natural light is your friend. Studies have shown that natural light increases productivity and alertness among humans. If you’re a decision maker at your organization who can decide to re-design and re-plan workspaces, consider using low partitions as cubicle walls to allow natural light to flow freely through workspaces.
An easy way to shift energies is with color. HGTV published a great article on Feng Shui and color. It mentioned:
- Rooms with fiery, hot colors could make users feel burnt out.
- Blues and blacks help us concentrate.
- Yellow can elevate mental activity.
- Lavender can calm stressful situations.
Desk positions matter. When repositioning desks, the Feng Shui way includes utilizing the Commanding Position. It involves positioning desks in spots that are further from the door, and not in direct line with it. Users should sit facing into the room and have a solid wall behind them that’s free of shelves or light fixtures.
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