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Best Colours for Feng Shui and 5 Tips for Better Productivity Within the Office Environment


Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of working with space, colour, objects, and an overall building in an environment to produce harmony and balance to bring prosperity and harmony. The practise of Feng Shui has been in existence for approximately 4000 years and originated in China. It translates as “wind-water”.

Whether you are completing the work yourself or having a professional conduct office painting in Melbourne or home redecorating, here are some tips if you wish to use the scheme of colour to bring tranquility, peace, and abundance into your home or office environment.

1. First Impressions make a difference.

In feng shui, the entrance to your home or office is crucial because it serves as the point of entry for energy. It is an energy doorway known as the “mouth of qi.” The entrance serves as your public face. It’s the first room you encounter when you go into the business and first impressions can have a long-lasting effect on both staff and shareholders.

It’s important to ensure this space is welcoming and clear without being overwhelming or too rigid in its vibration. As a result, the foyer’s hue has a big impact on how people perceive your premises. Some of the suggested hues for an entrance foyer are:

  • Light blues and greens: new beginnings, growth, and wood vitality
  • Pinks symbolise femininity, hydration, and youth.
  • Whites and light greys: metal element, happiness, clarity, precision, and brightness.

2. Staff break areas.

The hub of your employees’ rest and relaxation area is the kitchen and breakroom. This is where your workers prepare and eat their food to fuel and energise their minds and bodies. This location serves as the area for their downtime during work areas and allows them time and space to de-stress from the days’ occurrences and stressors.

The kitchen is said to be a representation of wealth and prosperity in feng shui because how well we eat has a direct impact on how we portray ourselves and manifest in the world. Eating well also ensures that you are rested and working well on all levels, not just in a professional capacity. Good food allows for better brain function, emotional health and concentration.

Your dining area should be quiet and free from the chatter and hustle and bustle of work to help promote a relaxed and rejuvenated mind and body at break times for staff. Provide facilities for people to heat their meals and store food to keep them cool and fresh.

Kitchen colour schemes that are suggested:

  • Whites compliment the colours of food and are an element of metal purity and cleanliness.
  • Wood energy and restoration in the blues
  • Earth element, grounding, support, and self-care: earthy browns, yellows, and neutrals

The ideal hues for a dining room are:

  • Blues and greens symbolise new beginnings, growth, and wood energy.
  • Pinks symbolise femininity, hydration, and youth.
  • Whites: metal element, joy, clarity, accuracy, brightness, and they go well with food colours.
  • Gray and black represent the water element, knowledge, and elegance.

3. Office or workspace areas.

The office and work areas are the space that symbolises prosperity, and fortune. You want your employees to feel valued and comfortable, and also to help you bring success and abundance into their lives as well as that of your company.

Some of the suggested hues for an office are:

  • Light blues and greens: new beginnings, growth, and wood vitality
  • Pinks symbolise femininity, hydration, and youth.
  • Whites and light greys: metal element, happiness, clarity, precision, and brightness
  • Earth element, grounding, support, and self-care: earthy browns, yellows, and neutrals

4. Bathroom facilities.

In the modern world, bathrooms have evolved into self-care spa-like areas. We clean up and rest there and tend to hygiene needs. It must also be looked after, kept neat and orderly, and up to sanitary requirements. Additionally, according to feng shui, prosperity flows in and out of this part of the premises as water.

Bathroom colour schemes to utlise include:

  • Greys and black: wisdom, the water element, works to dispel obstacles and troubles.
  • Pinks: the colour of the yin earth gua, which will be able to receive the trash we wash away
  • Whites signify cleanliness, purity, and metal elements.

There are other elements that you may wish to combine to encourage a harmonious vibe for your clients and staff as well as the colour schemes mentioned above.

5. Plants

Plants are said to bring in harmony and renewed energy, promoting balance and productivity. It’s not only good Feng Shui but also great for providing an aesthetically pleasing environment. Plants such as the Chinese Money Plant (the leaves are actually coin-shaped) are quite popular and require little maintenance.

6. Lighting

Working in an environment with poor or dim lighting can be draining and also bad for a person’s eyesight, especially if a lot of computer use is required. Be sure to have bright, but not overstimulating lighting to avoid fatigue and poor energy.

A balance of natural light and artificial light can be beneficial. Sunlight has pure antioxidants and vitamins, which can assist with the mental health and wellbeing of your clients and employees.

7. Art

Artwork can break up an otherwise dull and blank wall, making it a centre point and bringing some vibrant vitality into the space. Motivational or inspirational quotes may help or a beautiful nature mural to bring the element of earth and nature into the space.

8. Scents and oils

Naturally, you’ll need to exercise some caution in this area as there may be allergies or sensitivities with your staff, but a light scent, such as citrus can help reduce stress and help eliminate other more unpleasant odours which may transpire within an office environment.

9. Space.

Having too many work areas or furniture can unwittingly produce a cluttered and claustrophobic feel to your work area as well as being potentially hazardous and unsightly.

Allow plenty of room between areas for privacy and better work production.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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