White is the dominant paint color for corporate offices all around the world.
But is White an auspicious office color from a Feng Shui point of view?
The answer is a resounding YES, showing the collective wisdom of office managers worldwide. They may or may not know about Feng Shui, but they definitely seem to understand the power of a color that encourages focus and good organization.
If it’s time to refresh your workplace color, here are a few Feng Shui tips for creating an atmosphere that helps you and your team become as productive and successful as possible.
Tip #1. White and other very light colors are best because they represent the Metal element.
Metal is associated with business because it activates concentration, sharp thinking and productivity. And of course money itself is made of metal!
Balance “too much” Metal with other elements. If the walls are white, and the file cabinets and desks are made of metal, balance Metal’s dominance with Feng Shui’s other elements.
Tip #2. Use the Fire element to soften Metal’s harshness. Red accents in art or furniture, good lighting, leather and animal prints all warm up the chill of Metal.
Tip #3. The Wood element blunts the impact of Metal. Add vitality to the office with healthy plants, especially air-filtering Peace Lilies.
Tip #4. Use Water and Earth to create the harmony of all five elements. Water helps with interoffice communication and especially cash flow, while Earth adds stability to the atmosphere.
(Read more here about Feng Shui’s Five Elements.)
Tip #5. Use color to set the tone without being overly-reliant on White! Welcome visitors with bright colors in your reception area, and use warm tones to provide a nourishing atmosphere in the break room.
Do you like white for offices — why or why not?
And — what color is your office?
(Photo from iStock)