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Pergola Designs Taking Over Backyards in 2016

Outdoor living is constantly evolving as homeowners are realising the value of merging indoor entertaining with smart exterior designs. If your backyard space is looking a little blah, you're going to want to elevate your outdoor living experience through staying up to date with the latest trends in a way that'll allow you to satisfy your needs. A pergola is a great way to do this!  So here are the pergola designs taking over backyards in 2016:




1. Artistic Curves

For a backyard space to truly ‘pop’ you need to create visual interest through layers. Pergola designs that flaunt arches and curves offer an artistic appeal to a dull looking outdoor area, whilst offering a comfortable space in the shade on hot summers’ days.

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Pay attention to any architectural features your home already showcases and tap into these details when considering the design of your pergola. This will help to introduce similar complexity to the outdoor structure and create artistic curves that reflect the best of your home.


2. Lodge Style

There’s something very inviting about visiting a cabin or lodge: relaxing at the heart of nature whilst being surrounded by lush landscapes with rustic appeal. For this reason the lodge style has become an increasingly popular style of pergola. Its raw and rustic appearance looks beautiful when paired with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace.

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Keep the style consistent throughout your outdoor space by blending other natural materials into the design. For example, build a wooden deck or a stone patio garden. Rustic lodge pergola designs can also be enhanced with the use of ivy or other climbing plants to really create that holiday cabin feeling.


3. Winter-Friendly Pergolas

The initial pergolas were used to enjoy summer outdoor entertaining. Especially in Australia, outdoor living has always been popular and crafting a space that can cater to the needs of homeowners, whilst keeping out of the harsh summer sun is priority.

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Morph your pergola into structure that can be used all year round. This can be achieved through installing a retractable roof or make use of outdoor blinds to shield the sides of the pergola on rainy and windy days. Furthermore deck the pergola out with cosy and add heating features such as fireplaces. Lastly invest in LED downlighting or tube lighting to keep the area well-lit during winter nights.


4. Contemporary Timber Pergola 

The natural warmth of timber is impressive, whether its used in pool decking, interior flooring or pergola projects. Its by no means a new style, but in 2016 we've already seen the popularity of wooden pergola designs boom through the roof.2016-02-05_9-47-22

Clean, simple, modern designs are perfectfor creating that alluring backyard oasis many homeowners and investors are attracted too. Choose a wood, like red oak, that can be stained or painted to add your own personal touch to the space or leave it to weather naturally to showcase its wooden texture.


5. Bold Designs

If you really want to create that ‘wow’ factor in your backyard space, look for pergolas that scream individuality! The right pergola design can totally transform the look and feel of the outdoors, bring energy and liveliness into your outdoor space.2016-02-05_9-49-10

Integrate the pergola design with a tropical deck area and style with key accessories to make the space pop. Bright colours with muted natural materials will further elevate the your design and spark visual interest.


6. Poolside Pergola

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The poolside pergola is both a stylish and sun-smart addition to any beach house or home. They commonly conform to a cubic shape, and have panelling along the top to block the sun. White is a popular colour chosen as is doesn't attract heat and looks clean and sharp. Furnish with white cushions or beach chairs to complete the look.

So go out an try some of these pergola designs taking over backyards in 2016 to elevate the look of your backyard!


 Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Great Aussie Patios – Perth’s leading pergola and patio builders with a unique design solution for any outdoor space. You can catch her on Google+.

Quick Fix: Increasing Kitchen Storage

Do you struggle to fit everything into kitchen cupboards and pantries? Do you just wish you had more space? Don't stress. Simply invest in some budget friendly kitchen storage hardware and you'll be increasing kitchen storage in no time.

Pantry problems? 

Have you been unjustly cursed with a tiny pantry? You can save space with either a pull-out or open-out pantry.

Open-Out Pantry Storage Units

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The pull out pantry (depicted right) is the latest design in modern kitchens. Essentially you find a cupboard already present in your kitchen, and remove all fixed shelving. Then install the heavy duty runner unit which mounts to the bottom of the cupboard. This allows the stainless steel framework to easily glide in and out of the cupboard space, making accessing materials incredibly convenient and accessible. Within the frame are a multitude of baskets to store food, maximising space.

The open out pantry works (depicted left) in similar fashion to the regular cupboard pantry -- but with a space maximising twist. Instead of regular shelving we again see stainless steel baskets. To fit even more into the space baskets are fixed not only within the cupboard space, but also to the door.


No space for pots and pans?

Try a Magic Corner. Yes, it sounds cheesy but it really is THAT good. In summary its a unit for 'blind corner storage' which allows you to use and maximise the space under the kitchen bench you wouldn't normally be able to access. Essentially it just unveils heaps more space that you never knew you had.


Struggle to squish everything into drawers?

Kitchen Drawer Organisers


Two words: draw organiser. Stupid simple and cheap as chips. Try this plastic one which is easily trimmed to fit your drawer.

Kitchen Drawer Organisers

If your looking for something a little more sturdy try a stainless steel organiser (depicted right). Clean, compact and stylish its a functional unit that you really shouldn't be missing out on.

No more cupboard space anywhere?

Kitchen Wall Storage - Spice Condiments Rack

Time to try the walls! No place for those pesky condiment bottles? A spice condiment rack not only saves valuable drawer space, but it also makes everything incredibly easy to access when cooking. This one can easily be removed and installed as you please for easy manipulation of your storage set up.

Kitchen Wall Storage - Triple Roll Dispenser

Do you have a drawer somewhere filled with rolls of baking paper, paper towels, aluminium foil and glad wrap? This roll dispenser is actually the saviour of all your problems. Free up so much space and in return receive so much convenience!

Chef Kitchen Wall Storage Organiser Rack - Chef Series - 900mm


Finally, a Wall Storage Organiser rack can be used to keep your most commonly used cooking utensils and ingredients. It helps you save valuable bench space, and is still easily accessible. It has a small rack for ingredient storage, storage cups, knife slots, hooks, and drying bar: it's actually surprising how much you can store.

See the complete kitchen wall storage here!

We hope this hardware will help you increase kitchen storage without having to sacrifice loads of cash or convenience!

How to Decorate an Open Floor Plan

An open plan is any floor plan that makes use of large open spaces rather than smaller, enclosed rooms. This concept seems to fit beautifully with todays modern home designs. With one large area being utilised for multiple purposes - say both a living room and kitchen - it can often prove difficult to cohesively decorate the entire space. That is why we have some foolproof ideas to help spark your imagination and inspire you to tackle the challenge that is creating a beautiful and interesting open floor plan.

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Step 1: Separate the floor into several areas. Do this based on the purpose of each area e.g. living, dining, cooking etc. Consider using sliding glass doors, glass partitions or internal bi-fold doors. In doing this you are avoiding creation of opaque obstacles, and you can additionally maintain the abundance of light and spacious appeal of the area.

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For example, to define try clearly defining the dining area through use of a rug. Place the table and all chairs upon the rug, and leave the area around the space clear. It will simply, yet effectively, set this area apart from the rest of the room.


Use Colours

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The colour palette is always crucial when designing any kind of interior space. Differing colours around your space can too be utilised to differentiate between sections in your open plan. Pick a colour that you like, and paint the walls in different shades of that same colour. This will allow you to maintain the same style and theme throughout the room, whilst additionally creating subtle boundaries. Just remember, don't go too crazy or your house will start to resemble Disneyland more than it should!


Try Utilising Windows

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The fact that the space is divided into different areas will be notable by using different windows. Try windows of different shapes and sizes. However, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative try placing different curtains on each one. For a matching, yet eclectic look, choose the same fabric and style window treatments, but in different colours.

Play With Lighting

Install one big light fixture over each area. Maybe try a chandelier in the dining room or pendant lighting in the kitchen. Then of course add smaller LED downlights throughout the entire space to ensure the entire space is well illuminated. Choose their placement, size and style carefully, because they will have a great impact on the overall cohesion of the open floor plan.


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Now add the final touches to your space. Its the small details that you incorporate that really make your house a home. Start by selecting a theme. Make sure it is maintained throughout the whole space, but use differing accessories in different areas. Hence, you can set it room on its own, but also tie them all together. Themes to try include wooden décor, abstract art pieces, or black and white photographs.

Use this valuable advice whilst designing your open floor plan to create an open, spacious area full of light and air. With some planning and a bit of creativity, I promise, you will succeed!


How to Make Your Room Seem Bigger

It doesn't matter how spacious your room is, its what you do with that space that matters most. In fact, decorating small spaces is a challenge as much as it is a reward. Throughout this blog i'm going to teach you about the various manipulative tips and tricks which can make a room seem bigger, and what you should definitely avoid so your room doesn't seem smaller. 


Opt for Minimalist Designs

The first trick to making a space seem bigger than it is in actuality is the principle of minimalism. Minimalism fixes the issue of clutter, letting more light into your room and giving you more space to move.


In order to achieve minimalistic design you need start off by sorting through all your possessions. You must only keep what you absolutely need within the room, and nothing else. You will quickly learn that you have a lot of stuff that can be stored somewhere else in your household, or that you don't need at all! You will also realise that less can indeed be more. For ideas try looking at examples of nordic interior design, as one of the key principles of this style is minimalism.

Smart storage techniques:


Now what do you do with that necessary stuff that has to stay in the room? Using creative storage techniques you can hide your items from plain sight, continuing on with the theme of minimalism. Instead of placing a huge cupboard or cabinet in the room have bookshelves or drawers made that inset into the wall. Alternatively try coffee tables and ottomans with hidden storage compartments within.


Use Small Rugs


A rug can be used to manipulate the appearance of a space. A smaller rug will make your room appear huge, as it will expose a large quantity of floorspace. Alternatively a large rug that consumes most of the floorspace will diminish the size of the room. Apart from being a space manipulation tool a rug can of course also add style and flair to your room. Check out these beautiful carpets from Zado which are both unique and functional.


Manipulate the Light

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The way in which your room is illuminated can affect the way in which it is perceived. Dim lighting can serve to make your room seem smaller, so alternatively opt for higher wattage lights.

Moreover opt for a series of lamps or hanging lights placed around the room, rather than one downlight centred in the middle of the roof. A downlight pools all the light in one spot, creating shadows in the corners which make the room appear smaller. Try these hanging vintage LED lights to add unique flair to your room.


Wall Color and Pattern

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Another thing that can make your room seem larger is its colour. Try brighter colours such as white, cream or subtle greys and yellows. Patterning your wall can also impact dimensions: vertical stripes increase the height of the room, whilst horizontal stripes make it seem wider. 


As you can see, where there is will, there is always a way. Regardless of how big your room is, what matters the most is how much effort and research you are going to put into it. In order to create truly elegant ambiance, you must rely more on your imagination and creativity and less on material resources.

Bathroom Tiles That Don't Break the Budget

Once upon a time choosing tiles for your new bathroom renovation was a breeze. Tile collections were limited so you had the simple choice of selecting between the supplier’s high-end or low-end range depending on how far your budget could stretch. Forward a couple of decades on and the tile industry has completely transformed. Nowadays walking into a tile showroom can be overwhelming with the myriad of tile choice on offer. If you're working on a budget this experience can be stressful, so follow our guide to choosing tiles that don’t break the budget but will still achieve a beautiful look.

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Wall tiles

To cut costs consider only tiling walls that are essential. This includes areas such as your shower and vanity splash-backs. Other wall spaces can simply be painted in similar tones to your tiles to convey class and elegance.


By far the most inexpensive wall tiles on the market are the simple white rectangular or subway tiles (depicted above). This style is extremely popular and will give a modern, bright and clean look to your bathroom. Its also creates an appealing, yet simple backdrop to accentuate other standout features and accessories within the space - for example rose gold or black tapware.

If you're looking to add colour to your bathroom opt for coloured subway tiles. There are many colours and formats to choose from, but be aware that prices will vary once you stray from standard white.



Floor tiles

There are many excellent quality floor tiles on offer in appealing styles and colour themes, and all with a budget friendly price point. If you opted for more simple wall tiling, you might decide to splurge on floor tiles to add visual appeal to your room. This could mean adding a tile with colour, pattern or texture. If budget permits, running your floor tile up one wall can create a stunning feature (depicted below).

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Once you choose your ideal floor tile, be sure to consider how your tiles will be installed. Discuss the layout and cuts with your tiler before work commences to avoid any nasty surprises once complete. To avoid displaying any unattractive cuts and joints in your shower floor area, use a minimalistic shower grate. These Aguzzo grates can be custom made to perfectly fit your shower.

Feature walls

An alternative trick to keep your costs down is to select simple and understated floor and wall tiles, and then use your money saved to install a striking and beautiful wall tile.



The feature wall could be placed above the vanity, or in a small section of the wall in the shower space. If you have a large wall, consider breaking up the look by dividing it with the feature tile (displayed below). Here is your opportunity to have some fun and inject your style and personality into the space while creating the bathroom’s standout feature. Choose from glass mosaics, geometric formats, handmade or patterned tiles.


Kate Fuller is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Perini Tiles, a supplier of beautiful tiles and bathroom and kitchen design consultation, based in Melbourne Australia.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bath Spouts and Taps

When you begin hunting for a bath you're bound to notice there are hundreds of brands and places to purchase from. If that wasn't already overwhelming enough, the manufacturers each offer various types of bath spouts and taps to accompany the tub. Whats the difference? Which are better? What should I choose? Let this article be your ultimate guide to choosing bath spouts and taps.

Wall Mounted Spouts 


Lets start nice and simple with the classic wall-mounted spouts. A wall mounted spout is simple and stylish. Although their appearance is a key factor in which influences their popularity, their functionality is also highly influential. A wall mounted faucet is:

  • easily cleaned

  • saves both floorspace and bathtub edge space

  • can be mounted at any height

  • is available for purchase with either 1 or 2 handles.


Furthermore a wall-mounted spout is available in numerous shapes. The round spout is the most simple and classic of the three shapes. Because of this it can easily adapt and look great in most bathrooms.

The design of the square spout is more striking and bold in comparison to the round spout. Its sleek geometric design allows it to be the perfect addition to any modern bathroom.

Lastly the waterfall spout is the most unique shape of the trio. It can easily be mounted above your bathtub to provide a simple minimalistic look. It provides a gentle flow of water - much a like a natural spring  or waterfall - to effectively calm the senses after a long day.



Hob Mounted Spouts

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A hob mounted spout is quite similar to the wall mounted spout, yet bears a few differences. It is directly mounted upon the edge of the bathtub, and hence water is brought upon from within the tub to the tap. A hob mounted spout is:

  • Considered to be tidier in comparison to the wall mount as everything is compactly fit into a small spot of bathtub edge space

  • Saves floor space

  • Has the flexibility to be mounted anywhere around the edge of the bathtub (but is usually mounted along one of the sides, rather than one of the ends)

  • Available for purchase with either one or two handles

  • Can be purchased with waterfall or round spouts

  • Can potentially be somewhat harder to clean (see waterfall spout pictured above)



Floor Mounted Tapware


Floor mounted tapware is generally considered to be the most unique of the trio. This unit essentially epitomises the hybrid of artwork and function. With striking, minimalist design it is the perfect accompaniment for todays modern, freestanding bathtubs. The tap connects directly with the floor, and is mounted beside the bathtub. Water is hence brought up through the floor. A floor mounted tap is:

  • Available in either round or square shapes

  • Can be mounted at either the side of the tub, or the ends, depending upon what is most suitable to the bathroom.

  • easily cleaned

  • Can be purchased be conjoining mixers, rather than taps

  • Can be purchased with additional hand shower units


When purchasing tap ware always remember to check that your tap ware is certified by the watermark standard. Hopefully our ultimate guide to choosing bath spouts and tap ware can help you to ultimately make the best decision.



Clever ways to maximise small space

Needing to maximise a small space is a situation we will all run into at some point. Maximising a small space is all about being smart, resourceful and inventive. This is when you'll really need to manipulate furniture, objects, lighting and colours in order to make your area appear larger than it is. By following these simple tips, you'll be amazed at the ways it will transform your small space to appear much bigger than it really is!

Keep windows high 

By keeping windows high, you will be maximising wall to window ratio. This will give the illusion of larger wall space and thus maximise small space. Windows are really important in small spaces, as they let light in and brighten up any living space.

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Hang art above eye level

On that same note, hang pieces of art just above eye-level. Hanging pieces up high will give the illusion of lengthy ceiling space.

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Go open-space 

Not such a secret, but still extremely applicable. Open-space living will maximise a small space and open up your whole area. It will also add flow to your living spaces, creating a relationship between rooms.

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Mirrors for room

Adding a large mirror will give the illusion of adding visual space. Get inventive! Floor length mirrors will lengthen your walls and heighten your ceilings, whereas layering mirrors will add depth to your space.

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Go white 

Having a white base will make the space feel lighter, and will give a base for furniture and accessories to really shine.

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Add colour and plants 

Adding colour and plants to your space will add further depth. Plants add life, just be careful not to go overboard and leave the area looking cluttered.

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Get smart with storage

When you have a small space, the last thing you should be doing is cluttering what little space you do have with bulky storage options. Get smart with your storage, and choose integrated units that are sleek and barely visible to the naked eye.

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Divide, don't wall

Say goodbye to walls that make rooms smaller, and opt for wall dividers. There's plenty of inventive options out there, that will still divide spaces yet still connect rooms visually

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Even-toned rooms

Smooth, soothing even-toned rooms will give maximise small space, and give the illusion the room is bigger than it actually is.

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Use big furniture 

We know, it sounds odd! Using big furniture can actually make a room look larger. It's all about striking the fine balance of not being scared of filling up a small room, yet not going too overboard and leaving it cluttered.

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Remarkable, Easy, and Affordable Bedroom Makeover Ideas

Renovating your home can sometimes seem like it costs an arm and a leg. Mattresses, furniture, hardwood floors... the list draws on. Is it really possible to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary of comfort and beauty on a small budget? Of course you can! Here are our ideas that are not only easy and affordable, but can also give your bathroom a newly refreshing and inspiring look!



Analyse Your Space

Start by asking yourself these simple questions

  • What is the size of my bedroom?

  • Does my bedroom follow a conventional shape?

  • What style do I wish to achieve? (Traditional, Contemporary, Modern, Cottage etc.)

  • Do I have any parts that will make decorating a challenge? (appliances, equipment, fixtures etc.)


Study Your Style 

Analyse your chosen style in more detail. Look at colours, textures and patterns used. Further analyse the way in which these conventions impact a given space. An easy way to do this is through observation of other peoples houses. Alternatively you can opt for magazines or websites such as Pinterest for endless inspiration.

Choose to paint your walls with colours that never go out of style. Neutral colour schemes are an easy wall to do this. Lighter colours can make a room appear more spacious and welcoming.

If you wish to incorporate brighter pops of colour into your room add pillows, bed covers and small decorative items. These small items are fantastic as they can significantly impact the overall feel of your room, yet wont break the budget.

Buy ready-to-assemble furniture

Opt for ready-to-assemble furniture over ready-made items. Its significantly cheaper - if you know how and where to shop. Always remember to scrutinise materials, techniques and finishes used in the furniture.


Choose LED lighting

Economic LED Downlighting will help you save your hard earned cash. Not only is the initial price low, but you additionally save with huge reduction in energy usage. This Phillips 12 Watt LED Downlight Kit gives you a 75% reduction in energy usage and additionally has a 50,000 hour life span.

Warm white lighting is most suitable for bedroom use. Opt for lights which have the ability to be dimmed, as this will provide you with greater control over the mood of your bedroom.

Finally you could opt to add some DIY Feature lighting which can easily turn your bedroom into a sanctuary of beauty. For a retro look try the Domain Pendant. If you alternatively dream of an asian styled bedroom choose this Bali Kuta Pendant. Lastly to add a glamorous touch to your space choose the Milano Pendant (see below).


This is not an exhaustive list of budget-friendly bedroom makeover ideas. So if you have some fantastic tips to share, use the comment section to help fellow DIYers bring the bedroom of their dreams to life.

Smarter Home Office Designs - The Holy Grail of Productivity

Most people dream about working from home and would be willing to make sacrifices in order for this dream to become a reality. People seem to believe that because they are no longer working in a grey and unpleasant office, they will suddenly become more productive. However, things are not always what they seem. More often that not, people working from home quickly realise that there home is a comfortable and pleasant environment which can significantly compromise their professional immersion. Luckily for them, with just a few smart home office design tricks you can easily eradicate this issue and significantly increase your productivity levels. 

Lots and lots of light!


As many of you may know, natural light is very important in relation to one's mental health state. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce that a lack of light can reduce mood and diminish productivity levels, whilst an abundance of light can improve productivity. To remedy this, install the biggest windows you can afford. Additionally select the room in your house that gets most hours of light daily to be your home office. Great LED lighting will additionally help keep your office bright during all hours of the day. 



Another essential factor is peace and quiet. Ideally, to achieve this you would need no other people around to distract you. In actuality this is somewhat more challenging to achieve. To minimise the amount of sound coming to your office choose a room for your office that faces your backyard and not the street. Furthermore, it is also good for an office to be in a secluded section of your house. Last but not the least, remove any appliances that make too much noise from your office. For example, if you believe your printer to be too loud, try placing it in a room or a hallway adjacent to the office.


Office furniture and appliances

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When it comes to the office furniture, it too can significantly affect your productivity. In order to work efficiently you need to mimic the conditions you would have in an actual office. You need to create an actual office workstation. As you will most likely spend many hours at your desk, make sure to purchase a comfortable, yet functional chair. Opt to purchase a new computer that is strictly for work purposes so you can easily avoid any potential distractions. If you were wondering, a television in office is a definite no.


The right color makes all the difference

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Wall colour has the ability to affect your psyche. Basic behavioural psychology teaches us that we react differently to different colours. You can utilise this knowledge to improve your productive capacity. There is nothing more soothing than a pale yellow or baby blue colour, so painting your room one of these colours can help you relax and focus. 

In the end, there is no general equation for optimal office design. All of these are just guidelines and suggestions. Every person and house is different, yet a smart home office design is still achievable for everyone. All in all, you alone know your needs and preferences and we hope that these few tips will be of at least some assistance. 

Feng Shui Tips for a Great Home Office

It is easy to think that the latest gadgets, gimmicks and design trends are essential to making your home office an effective workspace. However, the key to producing a well decorated office that not only looks amazing, but also offers peace and productivity may actually be 5000 years old. Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophical system that governs spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Surprisingly enough this ancient set of laws can provide you with some handy tips and tricks to help you create the perfect home office.


Top 6 Feng Shui Tips for a Great Home Office by

Choosing the Room

According to feng shui law the first step is to consult the Bagua map. The Bagua map is the feng shui energy map of the space in which you live. To define your Bagua map first draw lines connecting opposite corners of your household together upon a floorplan of your house. The point at which your two diagonal lines meet determines the Center. You can now utilise an overlay of the simplified version of the Bagua areas.


According to Feng Shui law it is important to keep your home office away from the bedroom. This is essential in order to prevent leisure and work from blending together. Ideal spots would be the 'wealth/prosperity' area or the 'career/lifepath' area.


Desk Position

Your desk needs to be in the position of power within the room. It should face the entrance of the room as this allows you to embrace the Feng Shui energy and any opportunities that come your way. If this is impossible, use a mirror to reflect and redirect that energy toward your desk.


Colors and Decorations

Your desk should have a “strong back”.  This means that you need a solid symbol behind your back, like a picture of a mountain or a tall building. Also, you need to surround yourself with positive and motivational messages and objects.

If you are in sales or marketing, choose orange, terracotta and similar warm colours. This is because orange is seen as the social, optimistic colour. Alternatively if you wish to create a calming workspace choose soothing blue and green colours.

If your office contains lots of technology, utilise wooden detailing to counteract this. Engineered Euro Oak Floorboards are an easy, affordable and classy way to do this.


Clutter and Organization

Feng Shui is all about letting the energy flow freely. Clutter and disorganisation blocks energy flow, disrupting the peace associated with your office. Therefore in order to maintain a Feng Shui workspace you need to regularly schedule 'decluttering' sessions and be prepared to remove items that have no purpose in your office.


Invite Wealth and Prosperity

Pictures that display success, teamwork and your goals in life are a great addition to the workspace. Add gold and silver picture frames to these pieces to further invite prosperity and wealth. Hang these pictures on west and north-west walls.

The east and the southeast areas are perfect for plants that strive upwards, like bamboo plants. Photos of sequoias and other magnificent trees will also enhance prosperity, as well as the photos of  flowing rivers. As a rule avoid pictures with still water. You could ever have a small fountain bubbling away at your desk.

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Make it Comfortable

Above all, make your office comfortable for you. Even if it breaks some of the Feng Shui laws, overall it is the most important rule. Choose an ergonomic chair that makes you feel energised and healthy.

Hopefully these Feng Shui tips can help you create a great home office and improve your productivity and efficiency.