How To Feng Shui Your Desk

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    Why You Should Feng Shui Your Desk

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    The feng shui of your desk really does matter! This becomes especially important if you have to spend many hours at your desk. It is always a good idea to be sure the places you have to spend a lot of time in—from your bedroom to your office—have good feng shui energy.

    The better the energy in your office and at your desk, the better the quality of your own energy. Good feng shui is not just about things looking good. A room may be visually appealing and well-designed, but lack elements that are essential for good feng shui. 

    RELATED: How To Feng Shui Your Home Office

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    Feng Shui Desk Characteristics

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    The very first step to start in applying good feng shui to your desk is to actually choose the best desk according to feng shui principles. 

    Feng Shui Criteria for a Good Desk

    1. The Material
    2. The Shape
    3. The Color

    Feng Shui Desk Materials

    Out of all possible materials—wood, glass, laminate and metal—a wood desk is definitely the best feng shui choice. Not only it brings natural energy into your space, it also has both nourishing, as well as a vibrant quality of energy. If you want to understand deeper the feng shui properties of wood, look into the Wood feng shui element it represents.

    A glass desk lacks solidity because it allows the energy to move very fast. If this is your choice, you can work with specific feng shui cures such as tall plants, for example, to create a more grounding, solid energy.

    A metal desk brings the sharpness, preciseness, and clarity of the feng shui element it represents (the Metal feng shui element). It can be a good choice if you are drawn to it, especially if your birth element is either Water or Metal.

    A laminate desk has mostly lifeless, passive energy which you can activate with vibrant feng shui cures appropriate for your office space.

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    The Best Feng Shui Desk Shape

    Rectangle desks are the best for feng shui
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    Most shapes are excellent feng shui, but it all depends on the goal you are trying to achieve with your work.

    The typical rectangular shape desk provides grounding energy with an element of growth and expansion, so it is an great shape for a desk. It is best to have a desk with an open front, as this encourages better energy flow.

    A flowing shape desk is also considered excellent feng shui as it promotes creativity and a constant, refreshing flow of energy. It goes without saying that you will position it so as to be sitting on the inside of the curve, not the outside. However, this might not be a good choice for a person who can easily get distracted. 

    An L-shaped desk can be good feng shui when placed in the best feng shui position.

    The least preferable shape choices for a desk are round, oval or square ones. Square desks can create the energy of stagnation, and the round one is its opposite—it has constant movement. However, these desk shapes may be appropriate for different situations.

    A round shape desk or table is an excellent choice for a group meeting as it encourages a free flow of energy, as well as the equality of all people using the workspace. An oval shape desk is similar in function to the round one, but the distribution of energy is not equal. A square shape can be beneficial for a person who tends to get distracted easily and needs more focus and concentration.

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    The Best Feng Shui Desk Color

    Black is a good feng shui desk color
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    Color is big in feng shui as it is the easiest, almost instant way to create a specific quality of energy. Here are the best colors for a good feng shui desk, but you should take care to choose what works for your energy and your line of work. (If you want to understand more about the color of power, dive into the world of the five feng shui elements as each color represents a specific feng shui element)

    • Brown - A grounding color that creates a sense of comfort and nourishment for the body.
    • Black - Introspective color, promotes concentration and open-mindedness.
    • White - Facilitates clarity and discipline. Can be energy draining for some people.
    • Gray - Similar to white, has more power to aid focus (both white and gray colors represent the same feng shui element).
    • Green - Revitalizing, creative, nourishing.
    • Red - Strongly activating, not a good choice for long term use.

    Of course, each color comes in different intensity, so a deep brown desk, for example, will be different in its energy than a light brown one. 

    Many desks also combine several materials, as well as several colors. For example, you can have a wood desk with metal legs, or a desk that has several colors. Always look at the overall feng shui guidelines and then make the decision based on your needs.

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    The Feng Shui Placement of Your Desk

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    The placement of your desk is very important for good feng shui.

    The least beneficial desk placements for are:

    • Facing the wall 
    • Facing the window
    • Directly in line with the door
    • With your back to the door.

    The most beneficial desk placement is in the so-called feng shui commanding position. This is when you can see the door to your office, are not in line with the door and have a solid wall behind you.

    Another criteria for a good desk placement in feng shui is according to your lucky feng shui directions. Basically, this means having your desk face one of your lucky directions (there are 4 of them for each person).

    Of course, if this places your desk in the least feng shui beneficial position, such as facing a window or with your back to the door, then it is not worth it. 

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    Feng Shui Your Desk Surface

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    It goes without saying that a constantly cluttered desk is really bad feng shui. Of course, it all depends on your definition of clutter! If you are working intensely on a project that is due soon, then it is certainly okay to have your desk busy for a while.

    For a while does not mean forever though. Once the project is done, the desk has to be cleared. Having old, unnecessary items occupying your space is really bad feng shui.

    Ideally, the desk is cleaned at the end of each work day. Not only is this good feng shui, it is plain common sense, too.

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    Add Your Own Source of Light

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    No matter you work in a comfortable home office or in a cubicle, for good desk feng shui—and for your own well-being—it is important to have your own source of light.

    For best feng shui, it is recommended to place your chosen light fixture to your upper left, which is the ​wealth feng shui bagua area of your desk. 

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    Define Your Needs: The Less, the Better!

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    It is important to clearly define your needs and place only the very minimum on your desk surface. Do you really need to place so many folders on your desk? Can they be placed somewhere else with easy access? Do you really need to place on your desk all the pens and pencils you own?

    The list of questions can go on and on depending on your line of work. It is important to keep in mind that when it comes to a good feng shui desk, less is definitely ideal.

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    Feng Shui Bagua Magic for Your Desk

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    If you are new to feng shui, it might be helpful to know about the powerful bagua, also called the feng shui energy map, that is applied to various spaces in order to create good feng shui.

    There are two ways to define the bagua, and quite a bit of learning involved in using it for good feng shui in your home or office.

    Here are several areas of your desk that are good to strengthen and pay attention to.

    • Upper Left - Wealth and Money area 
    • Upper Right - Love and Marriage area
    • Mid Left - Health and Family area
    • Mid Right - Creativity area

    You can use the typical feng shui cures for each specific area, or come up with your own creative solutions. For example, we mentioned the light source to your left—upper left—which is an excellent feng shui cure for the wealth area. A vibrant plant to your left or a family photo is excellent feng shui for health. A photo of you and your beloved or a couple of crystals can be great feng shui for your love area.

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    Sources of Good Energy

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    When looking for specific items to bring the vital energy of creativity to your desk, look first into the typical feng shui good energy cures.

    Good air purifying plants are a must for any workspace! You can choose a beautiful vibrant plant with a stunning pot, for example, in order to maximize its effect on your desk. Crystals are also a very popular feng shui cure, and there are many crystals that are suitable for your office. Various images can be targeted to specific goals, and so can specific items that you have a special connection with.

    Be creative and see what brings you good energy and elevates your spirit. Also be sure to rotate your items from time to time, as well as, of course, do not bring them all at once.

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