Office Feng Shui: What to Do If You Face the Wall or a Bad Direction

Improving Feng Shui in an Office

Man working in a very small office.
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While you have options for improving the feng shui of a home office, in a commercial office setting it can be more difficult. Desks or workstations are often locked into place, so that you may find yourself facing a wall (a position that is inherently bad for energy flow) or facing in a direction that is contrary to good feng shui. Each person is considered to have four lucky feng shui directions and four unlucky directions, and office workers who find themselves forced to sit at a desk or workstation that faces an unlucky direction often report a decline in work productivity, problems with general happiness, and even health effects.

Basics of Good Office Feng Shui

Practicing good feng shui in other elements of your office can minimize the bad effects if you are forced to face a wall or one of your unlucky directions. You may have more ability than you realize to improve the feng shui in your office, if you focus on what you can change rather than obsessing on what's out of your control. Start by focusing on improving the air quality and lighting.

To improve air quality in your office setting, try including:

To improve lighting in your office environment:

  • Have an appropriate task lamp.
  • Introduce bright colors (color is light) in office-appropriate decor items, such as a photo.
  • Choose bright colors for your office supplies.
  • Use a full-spectrum lamp, if possible.
  • Maximize your exposure to natural light.

High electromagnetic fields are a concern in most offices, so do what you can do to protect yourself from this potentially damaging daily exposure.

Choosing Between Bad Alternatives

What should you do if you are faced with either facing a wall in your workspace or facing in one of your unlucky directions? Both are inherently bad positions, but generally speaking it will be best to face the wall while facing a good direction, rather than sitting in an unlucky position in order to avoid the wall. Start by facing the wall while using other cures to improve the feng shui of the space. You can always shift your position if it turns out to be necessary.

When facing a wall, you can dramatically improve the feng shui of the situation by hanging some vibrant, bright artwork with depth or perspective in it. Making the wall disappear is your goal and various feng shui cures can assist with this. If you must have your back to the door, choose a high back chair, and add an appropriate reflective surface to the wall you face, so that you can see what is happening behind your back.

Bottom Line

No office space is perfect—even a home office you arrange and furnish yourself will have some drawbacks to good feng shui. Work with what you are able to control, and use whatever feng shui cures you can find to minimize or neutralize the elements that create poor feng shui. Commercial office spaces offer limitations to what you can control, but you will find it possible to create better feng shui even in a shared office or office cubicle. You will be more productive and actually enjoy your workspace by employing whatever feng shui practices are possible.