Thinking about redecorating your office? Is it in need of a paint job? Or perhaps you want to give your workspace a quick facelift? Why not consider using principles of feng shui to create a relaxing environment that can make your patients feel welcome and at home in your office.
Feng shui uses the natural movement of chi (life-force, or energy flow in Chinese culture) and the 5 Chinese elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water to create a more holistic space that is said to nurture physical and psychological health and well-being.
Each Chinese element is represented by a specific color, and color is the easiest way to use the 5 elements’ principles to bring feng shui into your office setting, which can have a positive effect on your patients, your clients, your staff, and of course, you.
For a physician’s offices, the calming colors of feng shui that enhance trust, such as blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, and white, are the way to go.
Let’s explore the best feng shui colors for a doctor’s office.
Green (Wood Element)
The feng shui color of renewal, fresh energy, growth, healing, and regeneration (new beginnings). Green is nourishing to your health, as it balances the whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from Mother Nature.
- Tip: A great way to bring in green is with plants that have lush green foliage, which also helps to purify the air. Feng shui–recommended indoor plants include bamboo palm, rubber plant, English ivy, ficus alli, Boston fern, and peace lily
Pink (Fire Element)
With its soothing qualities, you can use this color to soften the energy in any area. Its gentle and delicate feng shui vibrations can have a soothing effect on your patients.
- Tip: A nice way to bring pink into your office environment is with a bowl of rose quartz crystals
Purple (Fire Element)
Feng shui masters advise using the color purple in moderation. Purple’s royal, mysterious, and noble character make it a very high vibration color. You can bring purple into your office in a subtle way using pillows or art.
- Tip: Since purple is such an intense color, select much lighter tones, like lavender
Yellow (Earth Element)
The feng shui color of sunlight. Cheerful and uplifting yellow vibes can lighten and brighten your office, as well as create a cozy, welcoming feng shui feeling. Color researchers believe the color yellow can increase self-esteem, strengthen overall health and well-being, and also have a calming effect.
- Tip: Any dull, dark room with little sunlight will greatly benefit from a yellow-based decor to compensate for the lack of light and bring in the feeling of the gentle warmth of the sun
White (Metal Element)
The feng shui color of purity, innocence, cleanliness, and new possibilities, white is considered one of the supreme colors in ancient yogi traditions. Its feng shui energy is crisp, clear, clean, and fresh.
- Tip: Use white in your office to contrast brighter colors; introduce it more as an accent, rather than a dominant color
Blue (Water Element)
We associate blue with the clear sky and the healing, refreshing waters. Light blue tones are colors of harmonious expansion and gentle growth, while darker blue tones evoke the feng shui energy of deep calm and serenity. Blue can provide the feeling of home-like safety.
- Tip: Hang a wall mural depicting a tropical beach and clear blue waters. You can also use blue flowers and blue glass stones in a clear vase to show off your blue hue
Other feng shui suggestions for promoting harmony and balance in your office, other than color, include:
- Aquariums: Set up a fish tank in your waiting room. Western medical studies have shown that people relax while watching fish swim. It can help patients feel less anxiety or tension before they see you. This tranquil distraction can also help to make time pass quicker for patients waiting to see you.
- Fountains are very popular in feng shui because they bring the energy of water, an ancient feng shui symbol for wealth and prosperity. Place feng shui crystals or stones in your fountain. You can also display a fountain that allows you to diffuse essential oils into the air. Put your fountain in front of a blue wall for greater effect.
- Mirrors are used to expand a space as well as to draw in beneficial feng shui energy. Hang a mirror to open up the view of your waiting room and make it feel more homey
Remember, it’s all about the sacred space where you work every day and where your patients visit every day. So have some fun with the way of feng shui!
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