As many of us have been getting used to working  from home in the past month, we have started to notice that working from the sofa, kitchen island, or other areas that aren’t optimized for your comfort may not be the be the most productive way for our work from home routine. Many studies and reviews have shown that the quality of our indoor environment is closely related to our productivity and satisfaction at work. Just as new gym clothes can help motivate us to hit the gym more often, a home office with balanced feng shui can help us work more efficiently. At Kensington Design we have compiled a list of feng shui design principles that can give you the productivity boost you may need.

 

Set Your Intention:

To begin with, ask yourself: what exactly are you trying to achieve when in your home study or office? For example, will your time be most spend writing, marketing or account? Or will your work be more geared towards the arts or music production? By asking yourself what you will be doing in your home office will begin to piece together a strong foundation within your office’s energy field. After setting out your work intentions, then begin to weed out unnecessary clutter and select furniture that contributes to your productivity and focus whilst you are in that space. Sometimes less is more, and it is always good to question yourself on how many pieces of functional furniture you really need within your office. Investing time in establishing an office environment that reflects your level of respect, motivation and growth that you envision for yourself is a great way to bring good feng shui energy into your space.

woman working from home

Position Your Desk:

When choosing the location of your desk, at Kensington Design we advise to place the desk in the best commanding position in your home office. According to feng shui principles, that may mean by having a solid wall behind you. Establishing a commanding position allows you to literally, energetically and metaphorically see and feel who and what opportunities are approaching. Also, try not to position your desk under ceiling beams, fans, or near protruding wall edges. These are indications of “sha” energy or life-draining chi.

open plan home office space

Focus on Function:

When planning your home office space, it is vital to think practically. We urge that you take into consideration the function of the office and to be decisive with the type and amount of furniture that is needed. In doing so, this will save you time, money and reduce stress. We strongly suggest investing in a supportive office chair if you need to sit for several hours in a day – read more about choosing the right chair for your home office in one of our previous blogs here. Also be wary of having a workspace that serves too many functions – which can then end up cluttering your desk and head space. In order to not share your home office with too many people, it is good to implement healthy boundaries – many with children soon find that sharing the home office space with their whole family can result in toys and drawings creating clutter and distraction in the space where you need to be at your most productive.

Energy & Light:

Good air circulation is another feng shui principle that you can utilise to bring more energy into your home office. When the weather is good, feel free to open up the windows, and if you can’t, consider looking into purchasing an air purifier – especially if your home office has no windows. Allowing natural light to penetrate into the office has been shown to increase productivity. If you are able to establish a commanding position that allows you to be supported by a solid wall, see the office doorway with no obstructions and have a view of the outside, it’s a triple feng shui win! Finally, add in some real plants to boost your office energy as they will naturally clean the air – Bamboo, Boston ferns, English Ivy and rubber trees are all great options for your home office.

home study with plants and a view

Clutter & Storage:

Additionally, by tackling your storage needs and limiting visual clutter may bolster your productivity. By understanding the use of your home office you will then know the type of storage that is need. If you need to have hard copies, file cabinets and closets tend to offer the best storage space. If you wish to connect more with the digital age, you can store files on your computer and then onto an external drive. Also remember that when in doubt, keep what you need and release what you don’t need.

home office storage solutions

Mindful Colours & Materials:

Beyond the layout of your home office we also recommend that you pay attention to the colours and materials in your space. A rectangular wooden desk is commonly the best recommendation in feng shui. The material brings natural energy into your space, whilst also cultivating a nourishing and vibrant quality of energy. If you prefer a standing desk, consider a wooden design. Generally, the size, style and colour depends on the overall room structure and intended office environment. As for colour choices, this tends to depend on your line of work. Generally, office spaces that require writing, mathematics and science benefit from wall colours in shades of blue, green or even beige. These are considered a strong backdrop of colour. From there you could accent the office with artwork, lighting, plants area rugs and anything else you need to help achieve the best focus and productivity. To raise the energy in the room, implement touches of warm colours like red, yellow and orange as they are all great colours to draw on for creativity.

Workspace office furniture

Good feng shui encourages you to learn more about yourself and discover the necessary knowledge, skills and connections that need development for growing your goals. If you need any design advice for your home office or any other room in the home, one of our talented designers would be delighted to assist you with any enquiry. Please write to us here and we would be delighted to assist you on your design journey.