Office and Home Feng Shui for
Health, Harmony and Prosperity

These home feng shui and office feng shui tips suggest general ways to improve the energy flow where you live and work in order to create greater balance in your health, relationships and career.

Feng shui is an ancient and highly regarded science in China. According to feng shui principles, the location and layout of your home, office or any physical structure, and where and how you place everything in it, affects the energy flow (and therefore the inhabitants) either positively or negatively.

For example, according to home feng shui principles, too much clutter in a room such as a home office, blocks the smooth flow of energy and makes it difficult for you to think clearly and work efficiently.

A clear, clean, tidy office, on the other hand, allows for a smooth, unimpeded flow of energy, ideas and work. Don't try and change everything at once though - identify priorities, e.g. improving your work by uncluttering your office, and fix this before moving on to the next area.

As you change or fix an area, take a moment to tell yourself why you did it and how it will improve your life, e.g. "My office is clean and clear - now I'll work more efficiently".

Home Feng Shui

In home feng shui, the entrance is very important - it should be welcoming to guests so, for instance, remove overgrown or unhealthy-looking plants. Make sure the door is attractive and in good condition and doesn't stick or squeak. Light the walkway and entrance well at night. The entrance should be free of clutter too (shoes, bikes, etc). Winding pathways to your door are best - straight paths attract bad energy directly to your house, so place pot plants at various points on the path edge to break up the straight lines.

Inside your home, water features such as fountains and fish tanks attract positive energy but must be placed in appropriate areas according to the layout of your home - a fountain near the front entrance draws positive energy into your home. Small, table-top fountains are an easy way to incorporate the many benefits of flowing water into your living and working spaces.

To ensure good home feng shui and a smooth energy flow throughout your house you should also regularly clean and dust. Living things, for example, plants, birds and fish also add energy to your home. Plastic or silk plants are suitable too as they still give the feeling of life.

As you walk around your house use your senses to detect negative energy - anything broken or damaged, squeaky doors and offensive smells (such as cat urine) are all negative influences. Energy needs to flow smoothly and unimpeded so look for anything that might obstruct the flow, i.e. any kind of clutter that really doesn't need to be there.

Home Feng Shui - Bedroom

The arrangement of your bed is especially important. Your bedhead should be up against a wall to ensure solid sleep.

Try not to position your bed directly in line with the open doorway as you'll be affected by energy coming in through the door. If you have no choice, close the door (even slightly) at night.

Open windows each day to allow fresh air and energy to enter the room and stale air to escape.

Take out your TV - the screen acts like a mirror and redirects energy back at you while sleeping. Having a TV in your bedroom can also negatively affect your relationship with whoever you share the room with. Also take out your computer - your bedroom is not meant for working in.

Mirrors, especially large ones, are best avoided as they reflect light which is active (yang) energy. Good sleep requires still, restful (yin) energy. If you must have a mirror in your bedroom don't have it facing you while in bed - this will redirect energy back at you while you're sleeping (as per TVs, above). If there's already a mirror facing you, then cover it at night.

If you can see the bathroom from your bed, close the door at night.

Home Feng Shui - Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of your home as it's where meals are prepared for family nourishment and good health. If your kitchen is dirty, dark, cluttered, badly organized or neglected in any way, you're inviting negative energy into it, which affects your cooking and therefore you and your family. Your stove is closely linked with your financial prosperity - keep it clean and working well. Don't leave pots and pans on top of the stove as they inhibit your prosperity.

Office Feng Shui

The entrance to your business premises or office is also very important - keep it clean and clear and make it inviting to clients and customers.

The wealth spot in any room or building is the back left corner (when you're standing at the doorway facing in), so this is an ideal place for the boss' office or desk, as the energetic environment of the boss' office affects the whole business.

Large desks are deemed auspicious and symbolize power and growth. L-shaped desks are bad as they are said to "cut" the personsitting at them. Position desks so that when sitting your back faces the wall not the doorway - leave ample room to get in and out from your desk though!

A good, powerful chair is solid and has a high back and arm rests.

Ensure a clear path between your desk and the door - obstructions (such as chairs) signify barriers to your career.

Plants and fresh flowers signify energy and life - place them on the left-hand corner of your desk as you're sitting at it. Don't use bonsai trees though as they signify stunted business and career growth, or cactuses or roses as they can cause thorny working relationships.

The home feng shui and office feng shui tips offered above are aimed at generally improving the energy where you live and work. Only make changes if they feel right for you and align with your beliefs though, i.e. don't take all feng shui advice as golden!

Back to top of this page: Office and Home Feng Shui