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Feng Shui for a Study Room – Layout, Colors, Lighting, & More!

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Do you have students in your household?

Would you like to use feng shui to help them concentrate while studying, get better grades, and even help memory and recall?

If so, feng shui can help!

Feng shui can help you create the optimal layout, use color and lighting to create balance, and put your student more in control so they can study more effectively!

Let’s discuss how to feng shui a study room!

feng shui for a study room

How to Feng Shui A Study Room

First, Clean and Declutter.

The first thing to do when using feng shui in any space, is to make sure you clean and declutter.

Cleaning and decluttering refresh the room’s energy, getting rid of stagnant vibrations that can make it hard to concentrate.

Cleaning also enhances the feng shui metal element, which is the element responsible for memory, concentration, clarity, and even creativity!

One thing to keep in mind for the study room is that it’s better for the room to have only one purpose if possible.

This will help minimize distractions and it’s also better for feng shui!

Keeping the study room the study room means that it will have clean energy, making it easier to concentrate and focus.

If the study room HAS to be multi-purpose, try to organize it so that the distractions can be put away when someone is using the room to study.

If the study room is also a playroom or media room, for example, using cabinets to store electronics or toys can help keep them out of sight.

You can also use room dividers, plants, or even curtains to block energy from the study area.

Find the Perfect Feng Shui Layout

If you want to use a feng shui layout for the study room, you can use the feng shui bagua map to plan where things should go in the room. (For a picture of the bagua and how to use it, see this post: What is the Feng Shui Bagua Map? The ULTIMATE guide for applying it to your home!)

To use the bagua map, line up the bottom of the map so the entry door lands in either the knowledge and wisdom area, the career area, or the travel and helpful people area.

From there, some ideas for layout and decor are:

In the Fame Area: Place awards, achievements, or things related to study/school goals.

In the Knowledge and Wisdom Area: Keep the books related to the area of study here when not in use.

You can also place objects related to the area of study here.

If you are in law school, for example, you could keep a judge’s gavel or legal books here.

If you’re studying to be a geography teacher, you could keep a large map in this area.

In the Creativity Area: Keep art supplies, craft supplies, or extra study supplies (like notebooks and pens) in this area.

If you are studying to be an artist or graphic designer, you could even place design boards or art samples here.

In the Helpful People Area: This is a great place to put pictures of mentors or inspiring people.

If you find Einstein inspiring, for example, you could place his picture in this area.

You could also create a helpful people box and place the names of your teachers and professors in it and switch it out each school year or semester.

This post has more info about a helpful people box and how to use it: how to create a feng shui helpful people box to attract help from the Universe!

laptop, notebook, and pencils on a desk.

Choose a Desk.

Ideally, the desk or table in the study room should be made of solid material, like wood, metal, or plastic.

Solid desks will help with grounding and stability, which leads to better focus and mental clarity.

Glass tables or desks can be used but they activate the water element, which can cause lack of focus or motivation.

If you have to use a glass table or desk, consider covering it with a desk mat or tablecloth to help with stability and concentration.

Optimal Feng Shui Desk Position for a Study Room

Another thing to keep in mind when creating a feng shui study room layout is desk placement.

In feng shui, the desk position should be in the command position.

The command position is the seat of power in the room.

Ideally, you should place the desk where you can see the door from your seat. In this position, you can see everyone who enters the room.

Of course, this means the desk shouldn’t be facing the wall.

If your study room is small and you can’t place the desk in the center of the room, you CAN place it against the wall.

Just place a small mirror in front of the desk, reflecting the door. This way, anyone who is seated at the desk can still see everyone who enters the room. (For more information about desk placement, you can see this post: how to feng shui your desk for career success and happiness at work!)

One more tip for desk placement in the study room is to have a solid wall behind your chair.

This creates safety and relaxes the nervous system, allowing better concentration and focus.

You can also place tall bookshelves on either side of the desk, which will activate the wood element and increase growth and success.

books. laptop, and notebooks on a desk in front of a bookcase

Choose a Chair.

Ideally, the desk chair should be comfortable and have a high back.

Of course, this will depend on who is using the desk or table for study sessions – use an appropriate-sized chair for smaller children when necessary.

Use Lighting.

Light activates the fire element, which increases energy flow.

Bright lights that point upward will increase attention and focus, plus they also help the student stay awake during long study sessions!

It can also be helpful to have task lighting on the desk to help them focus while studying.

The Best Feng Shui Color for the Study Room.

The best feng shui colors for the study room are greys, whites, and metallics.

Greys, whites, and metallic colors all activate the metal element, which is responsible for focus, mental clarity, and decision-making.

Try to use a grey, white, or metallic color as a base color, then you can add accent colors with furniture or other decor items.

If you want the study room to have calm energy, use watery or pastel colors as accents, like blues, light pinks, or pastel purples.

If you want the study room to have active energy, use bright colors like reds, oranges, or yellows.

Earthy colors like greens, browns, and deeper yellows will activate the earth element, creating a sense of stability and a foundation for growth!

Add Artwork.

As with all artwork in your home, the artwork in your study room should be uplifting and inspiring.

Consider what the artwork is “saying” to you and the students in your home.

Choose artwork that is colorful, but not too chaotic.

This is also an excellent room for displaying heroic or inspiring characters – whether real or imagined!

You can also use artwork or pictures of mountains in the study room.

Mountains represent support, strength, recognition, and good fortune – all things that can be extremely helpful on an academic journey!

study room with plants

Add a Plant or Two.

Adding plants to your study room can increase productivity, focus, and concentration.

They also purify the air and uplift the Chi, helping attract auspicious energy and increase success!

You can keep a plant on your study desk or anywhere in the room to activate the energy and help with studying.

A few great feng shui plants for studying are:

Succulents – increase success and abundance
Lucky Bamboo – attracts good luck and good fortune
Snake Plant – activates wood and fire energy to increase motivation and ambition
Rubber Tree Plant – activates wood energy, which increases growth and success

Or choose one from this list of feng shui lucky plants!

Add a Crystal.

Keeping a crystal in your study room can help with memory, focus, concentration, understanding material, and even with exam prep!

You can keep a crystal near you on your desk, in your pocket, or somewhere in your study room to help align your energy with your intentions.

See this post for the best crystals for studying to choose one that will work for you!

Finally, Don’t Forget Music and Scent.

When you feng shui a study room, it can be helpful to think of how the room appeals to the five senses.

This will help the room feel balanced and make it more fun to be in!

If your student has trouble focusing, you can add music to the room.

While it seems like it would be distracting, some students find that it actually helps them concentrate to have background noise.

Scent can be really helpful too!

Using a diffuser near the desk can “train the brain” so to speak that smelling a specific scent means it’s time to study.

Try citrus essential oils and peppermint to stimulate the brain and uplift the room!

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to feng shui your home’s knowledge and wisdom area to also help the students in your household!

Now that you know everything you need to know about how to feng shui a study room, you might also want to know:

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