Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that involves arranging your environment in a way that allows the energy (or Chi) to flow smoothly through it. This energy is made up of five elements (Wood, Earth, Fire, Metal, and Water), and its believed that the flow of this energy can have considerable effects on your finances, health, happiness, and personal relationships. Whether you believe that it is the flow of the chi, or that the ancient practice tapped into great design and sense of proportion, the practice can definitely has a positive impact on design.
Because it has the power to increase productivity and happiness, Feng Shui is a great practice to bring into the workplace, and one simple way to do this is by introducing a number of office plants that help Feng Shui. This is because plants enhance the Wood element, which symbolises relationships and new beginnings, while their natural green is said to have a calming and relaxing influence on people.
Plants in the workplace are also important for Feng Shui as they purify the air by lowering CO2 levels, and removing dust, mould, bacteria, and everyday toxins from electrical equipment from the air. This improves concentration, which boosts productivity. Some of the best Feng Shui plants to purify the air include the Peace Lily, Money Plant, and Ficus.
However, it’s important to remember that not all plants are good for Feng Shui. In fact, drooping plants (such as ivies) should be avoided as they drag down energy, which makes workers feel more tired, and generally unproductive.
Plants with rounded leaves are also preferred because they attract positive energy, and they represent wealth as coins are also round in shape.
As Feng Shui is concerned with how you arrange your environment, you should also carefully consider where you place your plants. Although cacti are often said to cause arguments because of their spikes, they actually shield you from negative energy. However, they need to be placed in lower traffic areas of the workplace, such as washrooms. In fact, as this area attracts negative energy, placing a cactus in the bathroom is one of the best things you can do to improve it.
Check out our guide for some of the best plants for Feng Shui in the workplace and home…
Golden pothos is one of best Feng Shui plants because it’s particularly effective at removing chemicals from the air, such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. These are emitted from everyday items and appliances, and can cause headaches, dizziness, and other unpleasant symptoms.
However, they’re also said to be able to bring life to areas of the workplace or home that collect dead energy (such as above cabinets and shelving units), so place them in these areas wherever possible.
The Jade plant (which is also known as the ‘Money plant’) is considered to be very lucky as its presence attracts wealth and prosperity. Because of this reason, they make popular housewarming and wedding gifts, although they can also bring good fortune to offices and other workplaces.
According to Feng Shui, you can welcome money into the home or workplace by placing the Jade plant close to the entrance. If this isn’t possible, however, it should be placed in the southeast corner of the building.
Because they help to ease feelings of anxiety and promote positivity and optimism, chrysanthemums are another great plant for Feng Shui. This is due to the fact that the golden yellow colour of the plant represents the sun, and its ability to provide life-bringing energy to the planet.
Chrysanthemums should be placed on the first floor of your home or workplace, in the Fame area (or the back middle). They’re also the ancient symbol for fall (autumn); this means they’re especially lucky when brought into the building during this time of the year.
Like golden pathos, the Boston fern is one of the best plants for purifying the air of everyday chemicals (particularly formaldehyde and xylene). In fact, NASA research from the 1980s also names the Boston fern as one of the top air-purifying plants!
Due to their lush appearance, Boston ferns are regarded as being very welcoming plants in Feng Shui; take advantage of this by placing them in entrances in your home or workplace.