I love writing about office design because my creative side gets lost in the details of choosing every right pattern, placement, and object to make a space really work. When it comes to design, there is so much more to every last element than what meets the eye. Pamela Edwards and Michael White-Ryan have built their business, Language of Space, around these very ideas, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to share their ideas with you. Pamela and Michael built their business around the ancient art and design philosophies of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui, you might say? Hello, Tracy, and welcome to the 21st century. To which I will respond, yes, welcome to the future of Feng Shui, all grown up and more important than ever before. Maybe when Feng Shui initially hit the market, the ideas were way ahead of their time because we don't hear a lot about the ideas anymore, even though we now have the data to back up the importance of a functional, energized workspace.

Ancient Art; Modern World

Remember the rise of the cubicle... and how hard it subsequently fell? We have so much proof that office design affects your bottom line, so let's take a look at what this ancient art can teach us about achieving harmony in the modern world.

5 Ways You Can Use Feng Shui to Change Your Space & Energy

  1. De-clutter your desk.
  2. Do not sit directly in line with the door.
  3. Sit with a solid wall behind you.
  4. If you're a female, place your cellphone to the left of your computer, and if you're a male, to the right of your computer, to increase incoming energy with alliances.
  5. Change the color of the clothes you wear.

What exactly is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui, summed up, is an alignment of energy in a space, designed to create harmony and, in the business world, eventual success. A study of our surroundings to discover the energy and use it to our advantage.

When you stop and think about it, it's pretty obvious that our surroundings influence us. We can all probably also agree that energy is in constant motion around us. Applying these two theories to design, to maximize the energy a space can create makes perfect sense, and is just one more tool in our office design toolkit to help reach our highest potential. Besides who couldn't use a little Zen right now?