Continuing with the third installment in our five part series on Feng Shui tips for your home office space, this week we're talking about adding live plants and overall decor.
Practicing Feng Shui can be a great way to keep a happy balance in your office space. The key elements of water, fire, wood, and earth can help you find a calm balance and lead to more energy and productivity.
Part Three – Decor and Live Plants
Focus on Function
If an object is not serving a purpose for your work or for Feng Shui, then you do not need it cluttering up your space. If an object is not representing a key element or is not balancing a key element, then removing it will clear space and make you feel more positive about everything that does have a purpose in the room.
Keep Walls Consistent
Any decoration or object going onto a wall should be placed at eye level. Walls need to be kept organized and consistent or they are violating good Feng Shui practices.
Display Nature Paintings
Paintings that show scenes of nature, like gardens, landscapes, and other outdoor scenarios, are not only a beautiful addition to any home but they use earth tones. Using earth tones will keep you consistently tuned into the environment.
Hang Up Family Photos
You can make your space more comfortable by surrounding yourself with images of your friends and family. Familiar faces and the memories triggered by them might make your office space more inviting. When choosing a frame, try to use a variety of both metal and wood so you can represent two elements.
Have a Small Fountain
Not only will a fountain fully represent the water element, but the sound of running water will act to sooth your senses. Also, a water fountain is said to attract and trap Chi.
There are certain crystals that are thought to increase the power of Feng Shui. Some of these crystals include: malachite, quartz, and amethyst. It is important to do some research on not only which crystals to use, but where they should be placed.
No Sharp Corners
It is believed that objects with sharp corners obstruct the pathway of Chi. Sharp corners are also a potential safety hazard. Certain items of furniture, like your work desk, may have sharp corners. As long as these are not pointing directly at you, they will still allow for the Chi to flow around you.
Bamboo for Luck
Not only is bamboo considered to be incredibly lucky, but it also serves to represent the key element of wood. Be sure to shop around and find the right bamboo plant for you and your space.
Keep Potted Plants
Any plant, even flowers, is representative of the key element of wood. Putting a small plant on the windowsill, or a larger plant in the corner of a room, can brighten up your whole space. Bringing any plant or flower into your home office will help to balance out the elements and will naturally boost your mood.
Learn Plant Care
All of the positive effects of having plant life in your office will disappear if you can not keep your plants alive. Dead or suffering plants increase the negative energy in a room and can also make you feel frustrated or down. If you are going to have plants in your space, make sure to learn a little about plant care or choosing the hardiest plants.