Everyone in business can agree on one thing: Companies need to make more money than they spend. Furnishing workplaces should be given careful thought. It’s money out the door, so it’s smart to get a return on the investment.
There are simple office solutions that can foster more income – Feng Shui solutions. Sound strange? Not really. The principles of applying Feng Shui to environments in order to create good ‘chi’ are ancient. Whole books are written on this subject. It can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, introducing good Feng Shui into workspaces should be kept to a few simple principles. The space should be comfortable, clean, and productive. Productive is the clincher.
How is the furniture arranged? Where are plants placed? How is color being used? The ancient art of Feng Shui is about incorporating positive energy to boost productivity and a sense of well-being. Who can’t use both of these at the office? Improving workplace chi can be easily achieved without spending money. For example, office desks should face a door whenever possible, and something metal (or that represents metal) should be placed in the back left corner of the room. Healthy plants work wonders there, too, and certain colors can be placed strategically throughout a workspace to promote creativity.
Integrating good chi should never be based on superstition or far-out ideas, but rather on embracing the elements of nature. Nature uses earth, wood, wind, water and fire to manufacture energy. Business owners can, too. Using office furnishings, accessories, and colors based on the character of nature’s elements will work to generate energy that can translate to business revenue.
If a company sells business furniture, then all the latest and greatest in current trends is important to them. That’s their revenue stream. But what about businesses like real estate or financial services? They sell service, not office furnishings. Because decorating trends are ever-changing, business owners are unwise to invest a lot of money on trendy decor that will be outdated before they know it. Businesses don’t need all the latest and greatest. What they do need is decor that reflects their profession, feels fresh, and achieves a good workflow.
Decorating with gray has been in vogue for a while, so beware. This could change. Gray is a good staple when used as a background, and that will remain true; but as a monochromatic scheme throughout it can be non-stimulating. Do businesses need non-stimulated employees and customers? Probably not.
Trends keep design firms and business furniture manufacturers going, but not all businesses. To spend wisely on office decor it is good to stick with classic styles that will endure. Punctuate with the latest and greatest contemporary craze and remember to bring the elements of nature indoors.
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