Feng Shui is the study – isn’t that a bit contradicting each other? While the work is about an order, concentration, and structure, according to Feng Shui, the focus is on harmony and energetic flow. But these two apparently contradicting properties together form an excellent basis for practical work in the home office.
Tips for Feng Shui in The Study
If you look at your home office from a Feng Shui perspective, the desk is the heart of the room. He is the central point. Therefore it should be given special attention.
For ideal Feng Shui in the study, you should opt for a wooden table. In addition, according to the Asian theory of harmony, a desk without corners is ideal. That means round, kidney-shaped, or oval desks are preferable to rectangular or angled ones.
The desk should be set up to have a windowless wall behind you when you work to create a protected space. The view from the desk chair should fall in the direction of the room door and, if possible, on all windows and not be blocked by other furnishings such as bookshelves, partition walls, or plants. Cover it with blackout curtains or tall indoor plants if a room doesn’t allow this partition (for example, putting the table behind you on a window).
According to Feng Shui, you should also avoid setting up the desk between the door and the window, as this disrupts the flow of qi. It also applies to corners, edges, decorations, accessories, shelves, similar furniture, files, and storage compartments placed on the front/top of the table to point to the person working in the home office.
By the way: A desk, according to Feng Shui, should have as large a work surface as possible, which should always be kept tidy as possible so as not to disturb concentration and creativity.
Illuminate the Home Office According to Feng Shui
It is an open secret that the right light and the proper lighting work wonders in the study. Warm light makes you tired quickly; for example, too bright light can be aggressive and overwhelm the eyes and mind. So it’s no wonder that light and lighting also play an essential role in a Feng Shui study.
First of all, you should give preference to daylight in the home office, according to Feng Shui. Ideally, the incidence of light is on the right for left-handers and on the left for right-handers. If this is not possible due to the room layout and windows, desk lamps and individual light islands – such as ceiling wash lights or LED spots – should create the right lighting conditions. It is advisable to use daylight lamps with light bulbs and artificial light, as these imitate natural light and are neither too dark nor too bright.
Indoor Plants Also Influence the Qi
Plants are ideal for creating an excellent indoor climate and go wonderfully well with wooden desks, as recommended by Feng Shui. But also with houseplants, it is essential to ensure that they do not interfere with the Qi.
In offices, houseplants as easy to care for as possible are preferred – these include cacti, bow hemp, yucca palms, or the evergreen among office plants, the dragon tree. According to the philosophy of Feng Shui, these plants all have one defect: they have spikes and spikes. Indoor plants with round leaves are clearly the better choice for an atmosphere in the study that corresponds to the theory of harmony. A rubber tree, ivy, or a thick leaf are much better suited for the flow of Qi in the home office than plants with spiky, pointed leaves.
Avoid Open Shelves and Shelves
According to Feng Shui, closed cupboards, sideboards, and chests of drawers are more suitable than open shelves and non-lockable storage space for a study. The unobstructed view of the book’s spine, files, and document binders disturbs concentration and distracts from the essentials.
However, if business documents and literature are hidden behind cabinet doors, they do not tempt you to lose the thread at work. Should a document or reference work be needed while working, you should put it back in its place after use and do not leave the cabinet doors open while it is being used.
Ideally, there is also space for printers, modems, etc., on shelves that are not directly visible. In addition, for the sake of the Qi flow, the individual devices should be placed as far apart as possible and only switched on when needed.
After work is done, the door to the study should be closed – regardless of the preferred furnishing style – that work remains work, and private life stays private.