How to Feng Shui your Office

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
22nd January 2016 (Last updated on Monday 21st August 2017)

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy. The practice is based on the idea that every aspect of a person's environment has an impact on their life.

People who follow Feng Shui practices believe that the placement of objects in a room, building or anywhere else will affect their energy, or life force, known as their Chi.

Although many people are quick to dismiss Feng Shui as silly and unscientific, studies have shown links between an organized work environment and better time management and productivity.

Seeing as we all spend a lot of time in our offices, it's important we feel comfortable and relaxed in our work environment. So, we have made a list highlighting how organizing your office can give you the best energy.

Balance your Yin and Yan

When you're decorating your work space, make sure to keep a balance of everything. Your furniture and flooring should have equally light and dark colours, soft and hard surfaces, as well as smooth and rough textures.

Put some Artwork Up

Keep your energy nourished by displaying high-energy artwork on the wall, or anything that gives you happy memories. It's easy for your energy to wane in the office, so having anything from a family photo to your child's artwork will make you feel uplifted.

Bring Plants into the Office

Having something from nature in the office will bring in fresh energy and purify the air around you – that's as long as you take care of them!

Make Room for Creativity

A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind, so clear your desk and only keep items on it that you are actively using that day. Keep your cords hidden away and organize your space to boost your productivity and allow for creativity to flow.

Your desk is where you spend most of your time at work, so a lot of the Feng Shui advice will focus on this space.

Move your Desk

If you can, position your desk directly opposite the front door of your office. If you don't have your own private office, try and position it in front of the main door.

This is known as the ‘'commanding position'', and according to the principles of Feng Shui, doing this offers protection and symbolizes you seeing potential career opportunities coming through the door.

Use the Bagua Map

The Bagua map is a basic tool of Feng Shui. It is is a nine-part grid used to analyse the area of any given space to show you the which areas affect certain aspects of your life.

Imagine your desk is divided into this nine-part grid, but don't focus on all the sections at once; just two or three of your priorities. Each area is represented by colour, so if you can, match the objects to the colour, but try not to go overboard and overwhelm the space with too much.

The following is a list of the parts of the Bagua Map and where you should place your office supplies on your desk to enhance their energies.

Wealth and Prosperity

Wealth is represented in the back-left corner of the desk, and a good place for:

  • A plant
  • A vase
  • A computer
  • Any valuable item (jar of change)

Fame and Reputation

This zone is in the centre-back of the Bagua Map and is the ideal space for fame and recognition, if that is what you're looking for.  A good place for:

  • Business cards
  • Nameplate
  • Motivational images
  • Any accomplishments (university degree)

Love and Relationships

This area is found in the back-right corner of the desk. This is a good place for:

  • Fresh flowers to bring luck and attract romance.
  • If you already have a partner, place a photo of both of you here.


Family energy is in the left-centre of the desk.

  • Place a family photo here, preferably in a wooden frame to enhance the energy of this area.


This energy is focused in the centre of your desk. Sitting at a desk is not the healthiest thing for your body, but you can help maintain your health and attract positive energy by keeping your desk:

  • Clean
  • Organized
  • Taking regular breaks
  • Going for walks


The creativity zone is in the right-centre of the grid. Use it for anything that inspires you, such as:

  • A journal
  • Your favourite book
  • A sketchbook
  • A metal object

Knowledge and Wisdom

If you want to open yourself up to different perspectives and opinions, use the front left corner of the desk.

  • Place a book you have always wanted to read
  • A photo of someone you admire


The career space is in the front and centre of your desk, and should be:

  • Clean
  • Organized
  • Inspiring – you can use motivational quotes or keep reminders of your career ambitions

Helpful People and Travel

If you're looking for support from your friends, focus on the front right section of your desk. This can be where you put:

  • Your phone, so you have your friends close by if you need to contact them.

For travel and to attract positive energy use:

  • A picture of your dream holiday
  • A travel guide of the trip you want to take

While all of this can certainly help you boost your productivity and positively impact you psychologically, don't take using Feng Shui in your office as the magic solution to your work problems.

Feng Shui is about reminding you of the important parts of life and giving you a more positive perspective.

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